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Adrian Tomine had something of a head start working in comics.
At 16, when he was still in high school in Sacramento, Adrian started writing and drawing a combination of fictional and autobiographical stories, self-publishing them in his mini-comic Optic Nerve, which he sold through local stores and mail order. At 17, Adrian was hired to produce a monthly comic strip for the Tower Records store magazine Pulse!
In 1994, at age 20, Adrian began producing Optic Nerve as a regular comic book series for Drawn & Quarterly . He won a Harvey Award for "Best New Talent" the following year. In 1995 his early mini-comics were collected in book form in the perennial fan favorite 32 Stories. In 1997, D&Q published Sleepwalk and Other Stories. Comprised of the first four D&Q issues of Optic Nerve, it remains a best-seller for the company.
In the midst of all this, Adrian continued to produce new issues of Optic Nerve, receive a degree in English Literature from the University of California at Berkeley, and even embark on a successful career in commercial illustration. Thanks to his cool, clean, and very distinctive style, Adrian quickly found himself in high demand and his work has graced numerous CD and album covers as well as magazines like The New Yorker, Esquire, Rolling Stone, and Time.
In 2002 Adrian and Drawn & Quarterly Books published the second Optic Nerve collection Summer Blonde. The story "Bomb Scare" from that collection was selected by Dave Eggers for the 2002 anthology "The Best American Nonrequired Reading" (Houghton Mifflin).
Not only is it set to become Drawn & Quarterly's best selling book in paperback, Summer Blonde has won wide critical notice from publications such as The Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice, The San Francisco Chronicle, and in a rave review by Nick Hornby in The New York Times Book Review.
Date of Birth: May 31, 1974
Birthplace: Sacramento, California
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- 2002 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Best Writer/Artist: (Optic Nerve [Drawn & Quarterly])
- 2005 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Best Writer/Artist: (Optic Nerve #9 [Drawn & Quarterly])
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