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Down with OPP*: Scenes from an Impending Marriage
Written by janice headley | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreDown with OPP 14 Feb 2011 9:39 AM

* Other People's Publications
** Yeah, You Know Me. 

Scenes from an Impending Marriage by Adrian Tomine

For this special Valentine's Day edition of "Down with OPP," I'm spotlighting one of the most romantic books we have in stock at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery:  Scenes from an Impending Marriage by Adrian Tomine (Drawn & Quarterly).

I had read an interview with Tomine in ReadyMade magazine a few years ago where he talked about how he'd made this mini-comic for wedding guests.  And since my invitation got lost in the mail... (cough, cough -- no, I'm just kidding), the publication of this book meant I could stop trolling eBay for disgruntled wedding guests unloading their copies. 

Tomine fans, be forewarned: this book is really, really sweet.  Even the artwork strays a bit from what we've come to know from him, with charming homages to Peanuts and The Family Circus both. If you prefer your Tomine tortured, it might be better to dig out your well-read copies of Summer Blonde instead.

But, if any of my friends were getting married, you can bet the bride would be getting a copy of this from me at her bridal shower.  From the neat, petite size to the Tiffany Blue cover, it really is tailor-made for gift-giving.

(Of course, the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery has tons of other great gifts, too... cough.)

Scenes from an Impending Marriage, and more anguished Adrian Tomine titles, are currently in stock at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, located at 1201 S. Vale Street in Seattle's Georgetown district. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone: (206) 658-0110.  See you soon!