Adrian tomines killing and dying may finally be that book and im amazed and heartened by it chris ware author of building stories killing and dying is a stunning showcase of the possibilities of the graphic novel medium and a wry exploration of loss creative ambition identity and family dynamics. Killing and dying contains six of adrian tomines short stories all of which i believe have been pulled from his optic nerve series each of his stories is rife with complex family dynamics with shame loss fear uncertainty and every other emotion that comes along with failure. Adrian tomines collection of short fiction killing and dying is one of the finest examples of comics as literature published to date these six exceptional stories should be anthologized with the best from writers like george saunders donald antrim and james salter each piece in killing and dying should be shortlisted for fiction awards and some like amber sweet should win. In six interconnected darkly funny stories tomine forms a quietly moving portrait of contemporary life adrian tomine is a master of the small gesture equally deft at signaling emotion via a subtle change of expression or writ large across landscapes illustrated in full color killing and dying is a fraught realist masterpiece. Killing and dying by adrian tomine 128 pp drawn and quarterly paper 1995 adult thanks to better world books 215 s main st in goshen for providing me with books to review
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