'Optic Nerve' picked for Eggers 'Best American' Anthology

Official Press Release

Adrian Tomine's most recent issue of the cult comic book series Optic Nerve has been picked for inclusion in the newest volume in Houghton Mifflin's celebrated "Best American" series (Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, etc.).

The 32 page issue, titled "Bomb Scare" was selected by guest editor Dave Eggers as one of the twenty best stories and short nonfiction pieces of 200, for the irreverently titled collection The Best American Nonrequired Reading.

Eggers is best known as the author of the best-selling memoir "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" (2000) and is the man behind the popular quirky publisher McSweeny's, publisher for the likes of Neal Pollack and Stephen Dixon.

The volume is slated for a mid-October release.

"It could not come at a better time," says Drawn & Quarterly publisher Chris Oliveros.

"We are releasing his new hardcover Optic Nerve collection Summer Blonde this summer and we know it will do very well in comic book shops. But this anthology will introduce more people then ever to Adrian's work."

"Every time a great comic book is on the shelf of a bookstore it is good for the entire comics industry. We want book buyers and book sellers to be thinking of graphic novels the next time they go looking for great new fiction. We anticipate that the Spring 2003 softcover Summer Blonde will be our best selling title ever, thanks in no small part to this exposure."

"Bomb Scare" is about the formative experiences of American teenagers in the beginning of the 1990s, experiences that would come to shape the decade. Deep-seated anxiety underlies the tense atmosphere of a high school in 1992 during the Gulf War, and erupts in the intense relationships between three teenagers alienated from a mainstream, CNN-televised, post-boomer culture.

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