Quotes by: Adrian Tomine

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Adrian Tomine
Tomine at the 2011 Brooklyn Book Festival
Born (1974-05-31) May 31, 1974 (age 42)
Sacramento, California, US
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Artist
Notable works
Optic Nerve

There's a part of me that feels like it gets really frustrating to keep working in the manner that I made the book 'Shortcomings,' where everything is pretty accurate to the real world.
Adrian Tomine
To me, one of the big fears of doing a big huge graphic novel is locking yourself into one style and getting halfway through it and going, 'Oh I made the wrong choice,' which is a recurring nightmare I have.
Adrian Tomine
The most impactful comics that I've read are the ones where the artists swung for the bleachers and tried to immerse you in their world.
Adrian Tomine
My 20s were peaceful, privileged, but still I felt the desire to write angsty dramas.
Adrian Tomine
I wanted to be as invisible as possible as an artist. I wanted to differentiate between myself and who I'm writing about.
Adrian Tomine
I grew up with a very romantic, idealized vision of New York, probably because of all the books I read and the movies I watched.
Adrian Tomine
The comics work is very slow, and it basically involves working for sometimes years in isolation and not knowing how the work is going to be received.
Adrian Tomine
I enjoy getting any kind of mail. Like, for me, like, the more interesting a letter is, I just get more excited, and I know that this going to be great for my friends who are looking forward to reading that in my comic.
Adrian Tomine
When I'm sitting at my drafting table in my studio, I could really be anywhere.
Adrian Tomine
My early comics are really reflective of being kind of a befuddled, single loser in the Bay Area, and I think having kids has been by far the most profound impact on me as a person and as an artist.
Adrian Tomine
I think comics can be the basis for great films, but I think the focus of such a project should be on making the film as good as possible, not on painstakingly replicating the comic.
Adrian Tomine
To be perfectly honest, if it was up to me, I would be invisible as an artist.
Adrian Tomine
I used to live in Chris Rock's former apartment. I've got some junk mail for him if he wants it.
Adrian Tomine
I had relatives who would go to Japan and bring back random stuff they bought at the airport or whatever - 'Ultraman' and 'Speed Racer,' stuff like that.
Adrian Tomine
New York is a brutally expensive place to live, and the kind of person who might have the dedication and esoteric taste to make the comics that I would really love is finding it more relaxing to live elsewhere.
Adrian Tomine
I'm always a little apprehensive about 'decoding' fictional stories.
Adrian Tomine
When email and the Internet came along, I never publish an email address. I just stuck with this P.O. Box address.
Adrian Tomine
Ninety percent of the time when I'm working, there's this very palpable sensation that I'm doing everything wrong and should just give up.
Adrian Tomine
Readers often bring a different set of criteria to the work based on the format.
Adrian Tomine
I started my career so early and developed in print for better or for worse, so I think there's a sense some of my earliest readers are kind of copilots on this voyage with me.
Adrian Tomine
I've always liked the tradition of publishing work serially in the comic-book 'pamphlet' format and then collecting that work in book form, so I've just stuck with it.
Adrian Tomine
I was just taking my sketchbook to Kinko's and making photocopies and hand-assembling them - folding them over and stapling them.
Adrian Tomine
'Peanuts' is a life-long influence, going back to before I could even read.
Adrian Tomine
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