Douglas Wolk

  • Page detail from Adrian Tomine’s Killing and Dying (Drawn & Quarterly, 2015). “Amber Sweet.”

    Adrian Tomine’s Killing and Dying

    Killing and Dying, by Adrian Tomine. Montreal: Drawn & Quarterly, 2015. 128 pages.

    THE LANDSCAPES in Adrian Tomine’s comics are stripped down to their most essential lines, so precisely and elegantly observed as to imply the whole world around them. His characters are drawn with the same meticulous intentionality, but their personalities come off as looser, broader caricatures—these are contemptible men and put-upon women. As the volume’s title punningly suggests, Killing and Dying’s six stories (collected from recent issues of Tomine’s comic book Optic Nerve, which has appeared intermittently

  • Cover of Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez’s Love and Rockets, no. 1 (Fantagraphics, 1984).

    Douglas Wolk

    TO UNDERSTAND what Fantagraphics Books publishers Gary Groth and the late Kim Thompson have done for comics as an art form over the past thirty-eight years, you have to imagine, say, Sylvia Beach and Lawrence Ferlinghetti and André Bazin and Edith Grossman and Barney Rosset and Clement Greenberg having all their roles in their respective media performed by two guys working from a converted two-story house in Seattle. If the only thing Fantagraphics had ever published had been Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez’s series Love and Rockets (which they’ve been doing since 1982), they’d still be Hall of