Adrian Tomine

I never heard of Adrian Tomine though I must have come across his work in The New Yorker several times. I saw the art work above, Missed Connections (2004) at The Sleepless Reader's  blog. She listed it as one of her favorite art works about women reading. I love that it speaks volumes. A missed connection indeed. So I looked up the cartoonist Adrian Tomine and he has several wonderful pieces of art that I decided to share in this post.

I also love this one of Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung in a still from the classic film In the Mood for Love directed by Wong Kar-Wei.

A very skinny Sylvia Plath.

Here are some other ones. Enjoy!


  1. Thanks for sharing, I've not heard of Adrian Tomine before. I love the last two illustrations!

  2. Very cool illustrations! So glad you shared them, because now I'm too look up Adrian Tomine. Thanks!

  3. I read Tomine's Shortcomings a couple of years ago, and while I liked some parts of it, I didn't love all of it. The illustrations, though, were very vintage-y, much like those above here. What a fun way to highlight someone new to you!

  4. So glad you liked the collection! This is one of my favorites, and I also love the bus one. Had no idea Tomine also had a book, must go check it out.

  5. I really like Tomine's art, but I'm not so crazy about his writing. I read Shortcomings too, a few years ago, and didn't enjoy it at all. I didn't like any of the characters and couldn't sympathize with how they felt about life.

  6. I love these - I'm very ignorant about modern illustrators, so thanks for introducing me to one of them, at least.


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