LA Times | LA Times Staff | May 25, 2009
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Here, to conclude, is an absolute treat, a boxed set of the complete set of mini-comics that Adrian Tomine originally self-published back in the early 1990s. Tomine, who was then in his late teens and early 20s, wrote and drew these things, got to work with glue and scissors, then hauled himself off to Kinko's. This new edition reproduces the originals in all their downbeat glory, slices of small-time California life, telling tales about adults, kids, dogs, Kerouac, etc. Loneliness is a theme, inevitably, but the work resounds with passion and wit, growing more and more polished as Tomine ages and matures. The art is great, and the tone somehow mingles Raymond Carver with that of the Japanese manga maestro Yoshihiro Tatsumi.