Killing and Dying: Stories

3.8
One of the most gifted graphic novelists of our time. " —Wired

Killing and Dying is a stunning showcase of the concept of the graphic novel medium and a witt exploration of loss, creative ambition, identity, and family dynamics. With this work, Adrian Tomine ( Shortcomings, Scenes from an Impending Marriage) reaffirms his place not only as one of the most significant creators of contemporary comics but as one of the great voic of modern American literature. His gift for capturing emotion and intellect resonates here: the weight of love and its absence, the pride and disappointment of family, the empathy and hopefulness of being alive in the twenty-first century.

“ Amber Sweet ” shows the disastrous impact of mistaken identity in a hyper-connected world; “ A Brief History of the Contemporar Form Known as Hortisculpture ” details the invention and destruction of a vital new art form in short comic strips; “ Translated, from the Japanese ” is a lush, full-color display of storytelling through still images; the title story, “ Killing and Dying ”, centers on parenthood, mortality, and stand-up comedy. In six interconnected, darkly funny stories, Tomine forms a quietly moving portrait of contemporary life.

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 olor. Killing and Dying is a fraught, realist masterpiece.
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Published October 6th 2015 by Drawn and Quarterly (first published October 1st 2015
Original Title of the Book
Killing and Dying: Stories
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121

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The short stories collected in Killing and Dying, culled from the ages of Optic Nerve# 12-14 and Kramers Ergot# 7, by and large obsess about human quirks and frailties in typical Tomine fashion.

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This novel is now the record holder for fastest time between discovering its existence, ordering it, getting it and reading it.

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I particularly liked the title story Killing and Dying, because I think it ’ s one of the most hallenging things for childre to be supportive of their children without overpraising them.

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Clearly connected in various ways aesthetically to his friend Chris Ware, who can almost match for elegance and tone both artistically and thematically.I loved his earlier, no less carefully done work, most of it in Summer Blonde, Sleepwalk and Other Novels, Shortcomings.

His Scenes from an Impending Marriage was a estseller, so he is on the City Radar, though I found that one rather light.The thing I liked about most of Tomine 's work, early on, whether we call it fiction ( he does) or autobiographical fiction, it seemed to be about himself.

The reason that he is continuously self-deprecating or deprecating characters like himself, that appealed and appeals to me.This volume collects 6 stories, all of them bearing the stamp of two principal influences, as far as I can tell: Yoshihiro Tatsume and Chris Ware.

The style of the nex five stories is Ware-like.

And Ware 's Grandma told him to write about normal every day people, which he went and did ( good gir, Chris!) in the magnificent Building Stories, and so much else.

Maybe he has been doing this all the time, I do n't know, I have n't read all the Optic Nerve work.

The book jacket says this is Tomine 's most " empathetic " work.

I very much like his sad wife, endlessly supportive of her dopey husband.The second, " Amber Sweet " is about a ma who is mistaken for a porn star and harassed.

I empathize with the girl, a little, though almost no one else does that meets her in the retellin.

No one would like this guy, but is it a good portrait of the two of them in falling apart lives?

Is Tomine empathetic about this guy?

Maybe he 's still like this guy?

This is another paintin of a sad guy, a loser who has destroyed his life and is drifting ( see Tatsume 's A Drifting Life), has the key to his old partment, where he goes during days to eat and hang out.

Maybe.I would call this empathetic in the pat of Tatsume who never romanticizes the poor, who hates a capitalist system that creates poverty, but never excuses his characters for their behavior because of their being down and out.

Big surprise, eh? The more I take a close look at these admirable and depressing stories the more I see Tomine emerging out of the dark worlds of Ware and Tatsumi, or merging into theirs with his unique contributions.

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A collection of graphic short stories that show what the medium can do.

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