Killing and Dying

Killing and Dying

Six Stories

Book - 2015
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"One of the most gifted graphic novelists of our time." -- Wired

Killing and Dying is a stunning showcase of the possibilities of the graphic novel medium and a wry 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 voices 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 anxiety 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 Art 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 color. Killing and Dying is a fraught, realist masterpiece.

Publisher: Montreal, Québec : Drawn & Quarterly, ©2015.
ISBN: 9781770462090
Characteristics: 121 pages :,chiefly illustrations (some colour) ;,25 cm


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JCLIanH Jun 27, 2019

Tomine's best work in a canon of amazing work. The title story is one of the most devastating pieces I've ever read. It's a masterclass of selectively doling out information, and letting the reader put things together on their own.

Dec 02, 2018

Tomine's collection of six short stories points a discriminating lens at modern urban life. I enjoyed all of these stories, but found them somewhat less illuminating than his previous works. Tomine's classic art style continues to be spartan with clean lines, purposeful inkings, and bland coloring.

Jan 10, 2018

Shows Life can be a Bitch.

ArapahoeZoey Jun 05, 2017

I neither liked or disliked this graphic novel. I was a quick read, and some of the framing was different/cool.

Jul 13, 2016

Unique format--graphic short stories! Good stuff.

Jun 09, 2016

I really like Adrian Tomine's clean, precise art style, which has graced the covers of a number of "New Yorkers." His latest collection is six stories that are more like sketches: a woman mistaken for a porn star, a middle aged man who finds a new hobbie, a girl trying to be a stand up comedian, and so forth. I liked them without really connecting with an of them. "Translated, from the Japanese" is the best graphically.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 05, 2016

Tomine's art is fantastic. Each story is presented in a different style, a different set of colors, and a different perspective. I'd never before considered that graphic novelists could have such a range of storytelling options. As a fellow writer, I can't help but marvel at a motif that is as carefully selected for each piece as point-of-view, narrative style, and characterization are mulled over by more traditional writers.

Apr 03, 2016

The type is very small and hard to read. Illustrations are precise and neat. Strange topics though.

Nov 23, 2015

This collection of graphic short stories is complex, densely packed, and moving, definitely about adult concerns. His drawings and spare text communicate the emotions - empathy, revulsion, frustration, love, and anger – and varying socioeconomic circumstances his characters are dealing with, just like real life.

LPL_EliH Nov 20, 2015

Tomine presents humanity as a vast spectrum of flaws and beauty. The stories have a degree of unusualness that make them feel all-the-more potently real. An incredible work of art, it pushes the storytelling bounds of literary graphic novels. This book is special.

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