Killing and Dying

Killing and Dying

Graphic Novel - 2015
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A showcase of the possibilities of the graphic novel medium and a wry exploration of loss, creative ambition, identity, and family dynamics.
Publisher: [Montreal, Québec] :, Drawn & Quarterly,, 2015.
Edition: First hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781770462090
Branch Call Number: GN TOMI
Characteristics: 121 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm


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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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