it’s been two years since the last Optic Nerve; it’s crazy to have just breezed through a new issue. there are some notable shifts with this one, most immediately gratifying is the promise of more new material much sooner than last time. this story is the ﬁrst of three parts, and Tomine will also be publishing a collection of “odds and ends” called Scrapbook (may 2004 release). he is deﬁnitely one of my favorite comic book artists and the recent lack of publishing has been sorely disappointing.
this story focuses on a core group of pointedly asian american characters — the ﬁrst time Tomine has really delved into race within his work. this and perhaps the longer narrative show that he is seeking to develop his work more. it’s hard to comment on a story that isn’t yet ﬁnished, but i am looking forward to the next part.