New York Drawings

New York Drawings

A Decade of Covers, Comics, Illustrations, and Sketches From the Pages of The New Yorker and Beyond

Graphic Novel - 2012
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Two strangers, both reading the same novel, share a fleeting glance between passing subway cars. A bookstore owner locks eyes with a neighbor as she receives an Amazon package. Strangers are united by circumstance as they wait on the subway stairs for a summer storm to pass.

Adrian Tomine's illustrations and comics have been appearing for more than a decade in the pages (and on the cover) of The New Yorker . Instantly recognizable for their deceptively simple and evocative style, these images have garnered the attention of The New Yorker 's readership and the approbation of such venerable institutions as the Art Directors Club and American Illustration .

New York Drawings is a loving homage to the city that Tomine, a West Coast transplant, has called home for the past seven years. This lavish, beautifully designed volume collects every cover, comic, and illustration that he has produced for The New Yorker to date, along with an assortment of other rare and uncollected illustrations and sketches inspired by the city. Complete with notes and annotations by the author, New York Drawings will also feature a new introductory comic focusing on Tomine's experiences as a New York illustrator.

Publisher: Montreal : Drawn & Quarterly, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781770460874
Branch Call Number: NEW YORK DRAWINGS
NC968.5.N4 T66 2012x
Characteristics: 175 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 29 cm
Uniform Title: New Yorker


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Cdnbookworm Feb 20, 2013

This collection intrigued me from the cover, which was actually a The New Yorker cover. It shows a young woman on a subway train reading a book, looking through a window to see a young man on another subway train going in the opposite direction, reading the same book. I liked the image, and was interested to see what else he had done.
The book is structured with the images, placed nicely on the page, with just their titles, where they were published, and the date of publication. There is a section of notes at the end that explains the context of the images: what they were accompanying, if anything; the artist's intention (sometimes), and other commentary. I didn't discover the notes until I'd looked through all the images, so then I went back to the beginning again and looked through them all again, checking the notes as I went.
Because I hadn't seem the images in context originally, when they were published, my first round left me unclear for many what their context and purpose were. The notes helped immensely with this and I found them very useful. I am of two minds as to whether they should have been included with the image, as I think they would have cluttered the clear pages, but they were essential to my understanding and appreciating the images.


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