Wednesday 3 June 2009

Swoon Now! 32 Stories: The Complete Optic Nerve Mini-Comics

In 1991, Adrian Tomine self-published the first issue of Optic Nerve. Consisting of three sheets of paper, and with a print run of twenty-five, it was a less-than-auspicious, largely unnoticed debut. In the following three years though, Optic Nerve developed at a startlingly rapid pace: the artwork and writing evolved with each story, production quality improved, page counts increased, and by issue seven sales had reached 6,000. In 1994, Drawn & Quarterly took over the publishing duties on Optic Nerve, and the original seven stories were sold out and left out of print. This new printing of 32 Stories presents those rare, early editions individually in one box.

Out now £15.

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