Shortcomings With delicate draftsmanship and dialogue, Adrian Tomine makes slacker anomie dramatic. Ben Tanaka is a likable complainer, an Asian-American loser in love who denies his… Shortcomings With delicate draftsmanship and dialogue, Adrian Tomine makes slacker anomie dramatic. Ben Tanaka is a likable complainer, an Asian-American loser in love who denies his… 2007-10-02 Comic Books/Graphic Novels Fiction Drawn & Quarterly
Book Review

Shortcomings (2007)

EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Oct 02, 2007; Writer: Adrian Tomine; Genres: Comic Books/Graphic Novels, Fiction; Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly

With delicate draftsmanship and dialogue, Adrian Tomine makes slacker anomie dramatic. Ben Tanaka is a likable complainer, an Asian-American loser in love who denies his friends' accusations that he's drawn only to white women.
For Fans of… Dave Eggers, Daniel Clowes.
Bottom Line Exploring race, adulthood, and ambition with exquisitely tuned humor and poignancy, Shortcomings is a graphic narrative as piercingly realistic as any prose fiction.

Originally posted Oct 05, 2007 Published in issue #958 Oct 12, 2007 Order article reprints