Shortcomings

Shortcomings

Graphic Novel - 2009 | 1st pbk. ed., Apr. 2009
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A graphic novel in which Ben Tanaka tries to salvage his failing long-term relationship with Miko Hayashi, who suspects Ben is more attracted to white women, an accusation that cause their personal and political problems to reach a boiling point.
Publisher: Montreal : Drawn & Quarterly, 2009
Edition: 1st pbk. ed., Apr. 2009
ISBN: 9781897299760
1897299761
9781897299753
1897299753
Branch Call Number: x
Characteristics: 108 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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lukasevansherman
Dec 11, 2015

The latest from Adrian Tomine (Optic Nerve, Summer Blonde), one of the most gifted artists/writers working, is a bittersweet (well, mostly bitter), short illustrated novel about relationships. With his usual acute sense of character, Tomine gives us a protagonist who is self-absorbed & cynical, yet still sympathetic. He breaks up with his Japanese girlfriend, pursues other women (who are white), and flies across the country to spy on his ex-girlfriend. Tomine's drawings are subtle and incisive, his dialogue well-observed (think an indie film that doesn't suck), and he tackles thorny issues like race, sex, gender, sexuality, jealousy, and, um, penis size. The hardcover edition features a handy ruler on the cover.

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mclarjh
Aug 26, 2015

A very unlikeable protagonist (presumably modelled after the author), and an immature love story. For young adults.

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tegan
Nov 27, 2013

A dissolving relationship and an unresolved ending made this book a bit on the depressing side. If it weren't for Alice, the main character's best friend, I probably wouldn't have bothered finishing this book.

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azbier
Jun 29, 2012

I really feel that it is disrespectful of the Windsor Public Library (central) to place works like this in the Young Adult section of the library. It should be shelved in the Fiction section. Just because something looks like a "Comic" should not devalue its artistic and literary value. Any counter arguments to this could be used to argue that all of the items in the regular fiction section should also be classified as "Young Adult". I can only conclude that this and many other "Graphic Novels" or "Sequential Art" are classified based on limited information and bias.

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JustinRay
Jun 30, 2011

As realistic as any prose fiction. A sad story that raises more questions than it answers and requires reflection to appreciate.

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itstartswithano
Jan 24, 2011

LOVED this! Clever observation of modern life and relationships. I only wish the story kept going...

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J_Duncan_Cook
Apr 24, 2010

Simply written and neatly drawn, this volume displays Adrian Tomine's obvious experience and skill with the comic medium. There are no superheros or villains here, all the drama comes from real modern day people. You may not like all of the characters, but you certainly know one or two.
Fans of California's East Bay will appreciate direct references to Mills College, University Theater and Interstate 880 (p 34). There are also some veiled nods to College Avenue's Crepevine and Pegasus Books (p 13 & 17), Mama's Royale Cafe on Broadway (p 44), The Smokehouse on Telegraph (p 57) Juan's Place on Carleton (p 59),and a really subtle appearance of the legendary but now defunct Cody's at Telegraph and Haste (p 60).

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fblichert
Mar 04, 2010

A very funny book. Adrian Tomine cleverly illustrates the difficulty of finding one's place in the world, while posing interesting questions about relationships, race, and gender.

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J_Duncan_Cook
Apr 25, 2010

"You know, there's still a part of me that thinks when I land in Oakland, everything will just be...back to normal." -Ben to Alice

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J_Duncan_Cook
Apr 25, 2010

"I love this place. I don't think ther's a healthy item on the menu." -Sasha to Ben

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J_Duncan_Cook
Apr 25, 2010

"Oh, that's one of my works-in-progress. I wake up every morning, go pee, and then take a picture. I've been doing it since January." -Autumn to Ben

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J_Duncan_Cook
Apr 25, 2010

"Still, I'm sure my family would rather see me with a Japanese boy than a Korean girl." -Alice to Ben

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J_Duncan_Cook
Apr 25, 2010

“God, you drive me crazy sometimes. It's almost like you're ashamed to be Asian." -Miko to Ben”

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J_Duncan_Cook
Apr 24, 2010

Sexual Content: References to and a couple of sexual acts.

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J_Duncan_Cook
Apr 24, 2010

Coarse Language: There are some aggressive racial and sexual discussions.

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J_Duncan_Cook
Apr 24, 2010

J_Duncan_Cook thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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J_Duncan_Cook
Apr 24, 2010

Jaded tri-genarian Ben Tanaka has a decent life but manages to find enough to complain about. Managing a local theater also seems to distance him from his girlfriend Miko's interest in independent film, looking down on her Asian Film Festival with enough self loathing for both of them. His friend Alice Kim is a womanizing woman and manages to aid him in some semblance of a social life.
Add to this one cross country internship for Miko, a new, cute flirty punker employee at the theater, and a waffling bisexual white girl making his acquaintance and Ben has his hands full. It seems Ben knows what he doesn't want, but does he really want what he thinks he does?

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