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About the Author
Adrian Tomine is the critically acclaimed cartoonist of the comic book series Optic Nerve; the graphic novels 32 Stories, Sleepwalk, Summer Blonde, and Shortcomings; and the art book Scrapbook. He is also an illustrator for The New Yorker, Esquire, and Rolling Stone, and his stories have appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading and An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Tomine lives in Brooklyn, New York.
"Meticulously observed . . . Pitch-perfect and succinct. [Tomine] is an invisible reporter, a scientist of the heart." --The New York Times Book Review
"Exploring race, adulthood, and ambition with exquisitely tuned humor and poignancy, Shortcomings is a graphic narrative as piercingly realistic as any prose fiction. A" --Entertainment Weekly
"Shortcomings is Tomine's richest and most rewarding read, packed with the most human characters he has ever created." --Star-Tribune (Minneapolis)
"One of the most masterful cartoonists of his generation . . . [Shortcomings is] equal parts poignant, hilarious, and sad." --The Village Voice