Adrienne Aguirre

Top Three: Adrian Tomine

We asked graphic novelist Adrian Tomiine, the man behind the Optic Nerve series and the recently released full-length Shortcomings: What are your favorite books of all time?

More Peanuts

By Charles M. Schulz (Henry Holt & Company, Inc.)

This was a hand-me-down paperback that I've had my entire life, and I still enjoy today. This was the first work of art that I can remember having an emotional response to. Also, this was the best incarnation of these characters: bigger heads on the kids, Snoopy acting more like a regular dog, etc. The extreme cuteness of the visuals works perfectly with the sadness and bitterness that permeates the content of this strip.

Flies on the Ceiling