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After self-publishing seven mini-comics as a teenager, Optic Nerve became a regular comic book series when Adrian Tomine was only twenty. His work developed steadily over the years, from the rough, sketchy drawings of his early mini-comics to the stark, crisp graphic approach of his D&Q series. Although his work is no longer strictly autobiographical, his contemporary stories are still deeply personal. Tomine creates a new cast of characters for each story, and he has become a master of penetrating their fragile exteriors.

In this issue Tomine tells the story of two outcast teenagers and of the tense undercurrents that exist between them and the more popular group of students at school. This is the story that Dave Eggers chose to be included in the book The Best American Non-Required Reading.

Author/Artist: Adrian Tomine
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
Page Count: 32pp
Size: 7 x 10
Notes: saddle-stitched, b/w, out of print
Date of Publication: September 2001
ISBN: 978-1894937382