A lot of productivity from Tomine this year. His new issue of Optic Nerve is his most accomplished one yet. While his fiction and style experiments are still Clowesian, the final story is his best and it's also his most autobiographical and cartoony. In the digital age and an era of graphic novel collections, Optic Nerve #12 is a love letter to an endangered format - and it stands as an example of what will be missed if we lose the magazine-format comic. On the bright side, it was a best seller at Atomic - suggesting there are still plenty of people who love comic books. (Posted on 1/31/12)
I’m obviously a big fan of classic '90s titles like this one, but I also wouldn’t want Tomine to revive this series after a long absence if the results felt dated or redundant. Well, he emphatically hasn’t. This struck me as a drastically different Optic Nerve, with very fresh characters and a new, very welcome dark tone to its humor.
(Posted on 1/31/12)