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Realistic stories of life, featuring tales of alienation and desperation, with a varying art style that is most often is reminiscent of Dan Clowes.

Many readers have given Tomine grief over the endings of his stories, which just seem to stop instead of tying up all the loose ends into a neat little package for the reader. However, Tomine's refusal to spell everything out gives OPTIC NERVE a literary feel that is akin to Raymond Carver and even Ernest Hemingway and Richard Ford.

      Author/Artist: Adrian Tomine
      Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
      Page Count: 32pp
      Size: 7 x 10
      Notes: saddle-stitched, b/w, current printing
      Date of Publication: August 1996