Adrian Tomine's Optic Nerve #12: exclusive preview

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  1. sweetcraspy says:

    Is this a thing that happens to people?   Not being mistaken for well known TV or movie stars but being associated with particular internet-specific porn stars? 

    • Ambiguity says:

      s this a thing that happens to people?   Not being mistaken for well known TV or movie stars but being associated with particular internet-specific porn stars?

      Happens to me all the time. Honestly, I don’t know who this “Ron Jeremy” guy is, but he must be pretty hot!

      • Slightly Askew says:

        Sorry, only in the locker room is that a compliment.

      • Halloween Jack says:

        You laugh, but there’s an actor in the movie of Godspell who’s a dead ringer for a young Ron Jeremy; when “The Hedgehog” was younger, thinner and had a full head of hair, he was actually pretty handsome. (And just to make things even weirder, veteran porn actor Paul Thomas (not to be confused with Paul Thomas Anderson, director of Boogie Nights) was Peter in the movie of Jesus Christ Superstar, under his birth name, Philip Toubus.)

        • Ambiguity says:

          (And just to make things even weirder, veteran porn actor Paul Thomas (not to be confused with Paul Thomas Anderson, director of Boogie Nights) was Peter in the movie of Jesus Christ Superstar, under his birth name, Philip Toubus.)

          And that, sir, is why I love the internet.

  2. Julian Fine says:

    Isn’t this the comic from Kramer’s Ergot 7?

  3. tylerkaraszewski says:

    Her entire school is familiar enough with that particular internet porn star to recognize her on the street? Man, that’s one porn-loving campus.

    • We are talking Van Nuys here.  So, yes, a porn-loving campus.

    • technogeekagain says:

      All it takes is for one frat jock to make the connection and show/tell all his buddies next time they’re drunk, and for enough of them to think it’s amusing/salacious enough to be work passing along. “We’ve got a porn star on campus — here, I’ll show you” would get folks to look who normally wouldn’t.

      Especially likely if someone she turned down at some point who is brain-damaged enough to want to damage her reputation.

      So: Surprising when considered from her point of view? Certainly. But I don’t find it at all unbelievable that some student, at some school, at some particular time, would be the victim of such a broadly-spread false association.

  4. ChrisRR says:

    I wonder if the “Repo! The Genetic Opera” reference is intentional.

  5. Alessandro Ribeiro says:

    Fantastic!!

  6. The thing about Tomine’s work that drives me nuts is – and I’m sure he’s a nice guy – but it looks so much like Dan Clowes work I can’t but feel it’s derivative.  But then I read it and I like his work.  But still…  it unnerves me.

    • greybird says:

      more like the love-child of chris ware and dan clowes.

    • noah django says:

      That’s fair to say, though I was getting out of comics before I was introduced to Clowes.  I found Tomine first, but it looks like he might just be a biter.  I notice that they both got a more refined, classic illustrator style these days, too (maybe because they started getting hired by the New Yorker?  or NYer hired them after their style changed?)  Kinda damning evidence in view of your comment.

      Anyway, I still have Optic Nerve #4 and a bunch of strips I tore out of Tower Records’ PULSE, and I kinda wish Tomine’s stuff still looked that way.  Seems so bland now.  Though it does fit the stories.  That sounds like an insult, but I don’t mean it that way.  I LOVE the stories.

  7. Phikus says:

    Man, this happens to me all the time, especially when I go out in my skinny boots and thong.  What does Pene Grande even mean?

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