Optic Nerve 8 was selected for inclusion in the literary anthology The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2002 and Optic Nerve 9 will be excerpted in an upcoming issue of McSweeney’s, edited by Chris Ware. After a lengthy period of writing and planning, Tomine returns with his longest, most ambitious work to date. With a projected length of over one hundred pages, this fictional story examines the troubled sex-life of a confused, obsessive, Japanese-American male in his late twenties, and his cross-country search for the perfect girl. This issue is the first of three chapters.
First printing: January 2004; second printing: June 2004; third printing: September 2007.