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Optic Nerve #12
Published by Drawn and Quarterly
40p, b&w and color, 6.5"x10"
Two pitch-perfect stories of rejection, imperfection, and relationship drama, each ending on a surprisingly uplifting note. "Hortisculpture" pushes Tomine into a stylistic camp with Sammy Harkham, Jordan Crane, Chuck Forsman and Kevin Huizenga - perhaps more than ever before. The story works with a "Chalky White"-ish suburban everyman and his tempered ambitions, but camps up the visual style into a Marmaduke-y newspaper strip aesthetic. The effect is similar to the trickiness of his wedding planning comics. The second half is a repolishing of his "Amber Sweet" college girl mistaken for porn star plot. Plus we get a glimpse into Tomine's sad-sack mailbox, and some self-aware griping about putting out comics issue by issue. -EF