Adrian Tomine: 20 Years a New Yorker

Adrian Tomine first appeared in The New Yorker in 1999, he first appeared on The New Yorker in 2004.

About 20 years ago, cartoonist Adrian Tomine experienced two simultaneous major life events: he moved from California to Brooklyn, where he has lived ever since, and he landed his first New Yorker cover.

His instantly recognizable New Yorker covers, which feature keen observations and romance-tinged glimpses of life in the city, are among his most famous works.

As an exhibit of Adrian’s art reaches a midway point the Gothamist talks to Adrian about his career.

It’s “been a really slow evolution,” he said. “Now that I’ve gone through this process, I don’t really trust someone who moves to New York and the following week declares himself a New Yorker. I’ve been here 20 years, and I still feel like I’m an outsider who is learning to get comfortable and become familiar with the city.”

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