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Culture, The Exhibitionist Comics Giants (and Ex-Neighbors) Daniel Clowes and Adrian Tomine to Reunite at APE

Comics Giants (and Ex-Neighbors) Daniel Clowes and Adrian Tomine to Reunite at APE

It was an unlikely scenario. If it showed up in fiction, it would appear contrived. In the early 1990s, as grunge and ska and thrift store shopping distracted a generation, two people at the top of their chosen field (in…
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Calendar, Night&Day From Sacto, Northern Cal

From Sacto, Northern Cal

Most writers hate their juvenilia: Adrian Tomine spends nearly the whole introduction of 32 Stories, a rerelease of his collected early work, slamming it. He uses the words “amateurish, scattershot, affected, and deeply derivative.” The title he picked “kills” him,…
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Culture, Books The Gift of Reading

The Gift of Reading

Shortcomings By Adrian Tomine ($19.95) Bay Area comic artist Adrian Tomine collected a fan base over the past 15 years with his Optic Nerve series, first published in zine form, later bound and sold in the traditional manner by Drawn…
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First, full disclosure on possible circle-jerky conflict-of-interest: This book talks some brief shit about S.F. Weekly. In return, S.F. Weekly will talk some brief shit back, while also acknowledging that Adrian Tomine's Shortcomings is awfully wonderful. This graphic novel, his…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen Yo, Adrian!

Yo, Adrian!

FRI 7/30 He's redefined an entire art form in the eyes of the public. He's attracted a lot of attention and new artists to a moribund scene. He's shaken up the comic-book world pretty seriously. Adrian Tomine (pronounced TOE-mee-nay) would…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best Unknown Local Cartoonist

Maybe it's because he's originally from Ontario, Canada, but Graham Annable draws cartoons that lack the cynical, biting tone of many other Bay Area comics. Annable's collections, Grickle and Further Grickle (published by Alternative Comics), don't feature ennui-ridden art-school…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Westward, Ho!

Westward, Ho!

MON 12/15 The Sunset District isn't one of San Francisco's sexiest areas. It lacks the touristy appeal of the Wharf or Chinatown, the hipster street cred of the Haight or the Mission, even the slightly stuffy, well-scrubbed chic of Pac…
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Calendar, Night&Day

This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, June 18 Many of us girls had a love-hate relationship with our childhood Barbie doll. Though we spent countless hours braiding her hair and dressing her up in perky outfits, secretly we couldn't wait to pull out her flaxen…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Underrecognized Cartoonist

The Bay Area has a long history of underground cartoonists, from '60s freaks like R. Crumb and S. Clay Wilson to '80s "second wave" artists like Dori Seda and Dan Clowes to current wonderkids Adrian Tomine and Ariel Schrag. Before…
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