Shortcomings

Shortcomings

Shortcomings, Adrian Tomine's first long-form graphic novel, is the story of Ben Tanaka, a confused, obsessive Japanese American male in his late twenties, and his cross-country search for contentment (or at least the perfect girl). Along the way, Tomine tackles modern culture, sexual mores, and racial politics with brutal honesty and lacerating, irreverent humor, while deftly bringing to life a cast of painfully real antihero characters. A frequent contributor to The New Yorker, Tomine has acquired a cultlike fan following and has earned status as one of the most widely acclaimed cartoonists of our time.

Shortcomings was serialized in Tomine's iconic comic book series Optic Nerve and was excerpted in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern #13.

Title:Shortcomings
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781897299166
Format Type:

    Shortcomings Reviews

  • Orsodimondo

    DIFETTI, LIMITI, MANCHEVOLEZZE: IMPERFEZIONI Questo Tomine è decisamente superiore all’altro che ho letto (Scene da un matrimonio imminente), qui posso capire il motivo della sua fama.Ma non tirere...

  • Summer

    Adrian Tomine is a good artist who writes a genuine narrative. Unfortunately, as is the case with a lot of "indie" cartoonists, the narrative is boring and irritating. Whiny, irresponsible hipsters go...

  • Jan Philipzig

    Annoying Protagonist, Annoying Book?It looks like many reviewers dislike this book because they dislike its protagonist, which seems a bit unfair to me. Sure, Ben is snobbish, judgmental, dishonest, h...

  • Carol

    I am missing whatever others see in Shortcomings. Ben Tanaka is an incredibly unpleasant, immature, negative, shallow, humorless, and defensive main character. I hope he dates no one in the future, an...

  • Greta G

    ShortcomingsA bit short, but great. This was exactly how people behave in a relationship that's falling apart. Blaming, criticizing and demeaning each other. Ugly, but that is precisely what's going o...

  • Paul Bryant

    Everyone loves this one but I instead loved Summer Blonde and only liked Shortcomings a lot. 3.5 on the Richter scale.Even fans will have to agree that Ben Tanaka, the non-hero, is a thoroughly depres...

  • Bobby

    Haven't I been introduced to these characters before? The brooding film geek, the discontented, underappreciated girlfriend, the shock-you punk rock girl, the brash, gay friend. At times, I fear that ...

  • Andrs Santiago

    This was amazing, one of the best stories about the disintegration of a relationship I've ever read. Who said you have to like the characters to enjoy a story? I loved the observations about asian ame...

  • Trane

    The last piece of Adrian Tomine's work that I read before moving to Japan was issue nine of Optic Nerve, the issue that began the serialization of the work that would later be collected as Shortcoming...

  • Glenn Sumi

    Adrian Tomine has been compared to filmmaker Eric Rohmer, but in Shortcomings he seems more like Woody Allen - that is, if Allen were Asian, 30-something and had started out on the West Coast instead ...