No way, really? Optic Nerve #11. Nearly two years in the making, Tomine has finally taken a break in his hectic schedule of admitting that yes, “Graphic Novels” are “Cool!” in countless no doubt strenuous interviews and has sat down to write and draw twenty-two black and white pages! Phew! It’s over! Now all we gotta do is kiiiiiick back and wait for the “Graphic Novel” to come out in the fall collecting the last three issues and we’re set! Best “Graphic Novel” of the Year! Look for the next issue in about three or four years, I guess. Meanwhile, Tomine will probably be signing copies of the “Graphic Novel” on a Fifty-State tour sometime soon! Twenty-two frickin’ black and white pages! Let’s get a round of applause! Jack Kirby used to knock out two to four comic books in a month! When he was twice your age, Adrian! But no matter, the truth is this issue will probably be very good, as the last one was very good, and really, Optic Nerve is a very good comic book. I just miss the days when you could get great indie comics that came out nearly every month (Cerebus, Bone, Love & Rockets, Hate, Eightball) instead of once every year or so (Acme, Palookaville, Optic Nerve.) My dad said the new generation is lazier, and he’s right!
The latest N+1 is out which they say is supposed to come out twice a year but I don’t know, it feels like at least a year since the last one, doesn’t it? Still not sure what to think of these cats, but this one seems chock full of fun, negative, and possibly scary articles about why email is bad and what the act of reading blogs is doing to our brains. Hoo-boy! No, but seriously, I root like hell for these dudes, and I’m heading down to Reading Frenzy today to see if I can find myself a copy of this. Fingers crossed.