excerpt from Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist

Adrian Tomine interviewed on Working podcast

Working Podcast, Slate    |    Rumaan Alam    |    July 27, 2020

On this week’s episode of Working, Rumaan Alam spoke with cartoonist and illustrator Adrian Tomine, whose latest book, The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist, was published on Tuesday.

This partial transcript of their conversation has been edited and condensed for clarity.

Rumaan Alam: I’m going to do something truly awful and ask you to describe your visual style.

Adrian Tomine: I work in a couple of modes. I think of myself as having two separate careers, one as a guy who makes comics and one as an illustrator for magazines and advertising, mainly these days for the New Yorker. I think there are probably people who would recognize my work or they would know who I was if I described a New Yorker cover I did where two people were passing on opposite subway cars and for a minute they see each other, and they’re holding the same book. Of my two modes of working, that style is more detailed, it’s more composed, it’s always in full color. And I tend to use a bit of a muted-leaning-toward-pastel palette of flat color. It’s not painterly at all.

Transcript continued at the link above, where you can also listen to the full interview. 


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