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Book Title: Lost Cat|
The author of the book: Jason
Date of issue: July 10th 2013
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3/1/18 I decided to reread all of my Jason books, and this is the first reread (of 2018) of one of my favorite comics artists ever. I dunno, maybe I should have read them in order of publication? Oh, well. In short, this is a detective novel that would appear to morph into a loneylhearts romance and then would appear to morph. into sci-fi. Part of the reason for any confusion is that the detective, having met a woman that disappears, thinks about her, dreams about her.
Jason (John Arne Sæterøy) is a Norwegian artist living in France, very into old movies and tv and music, very active blogger, sharing his work in progress, and he also seems reclusive, The work is generally very minimal and understated, with dry, tongue-in-cheek humor, though this one is longer and more elaborate than any of his early work.
9/20/13 (somewhat edited) Lost Cat is one of my favorite books of the year from one of my favorite author/artists. I don't know if this is my favorite Jason, but now that I think of it, many seem to be my favorites, it's so hard to choose! I read it fast and will read it again slowly, savoring, appreciating the attention to craft you can miss when you go too fast with this guy. He makes it look easy, initially, and he makes the images do the bulk of the work, which I always like.
Lost Cat is a love story, a detective story, that weirdly morphs into sci-fi, so there's this interest in genre, and blending genres he usually has for fun and to explore interesting questions about genre, I think. But to play, play, play, within clean, strong lines and cartoony, anthropomorphic animal characters. For example, the detective appears as a dog, and the woman he meets asks him if he is detective like Humphrey Bogart, which--to our eyes--he clearly doesn't appear to resemble. Then Bogart references are peppered throughout.
And underneath it all is this loneliness, this sadness, this separation. In Lost Cat we have two people, both lonely, that meet over a lost cat, and they like each other. . . and then it gets all Big Sleep-ish, which is to say there are plot twists that we can just enjoy but we also know there is a plot here to figure out, but this Big Sleep thing is also a deliberate homage to Bogart and noir, which Jason especially loves. . . and who doesn't?
Maybe the most important thing for me to say (without giving away the story and that genre shift I mentioned) is that this guy (Jason!) is not just a technician (though he IS this, he is a master at comic form, proportion, all of it), but that he creates such surprisingly rich characters you come to care very much about. In the end, in the epilogue, he hasn't just played with genre, we are actually moved by what we see has happened. There is this darkly comic vein going through it, sometimes really smart-assy, through all of his work, deadpan humor and sometimes the macabre in places, but overall I think it is his humanity that shows through. He uses these silly-looking animals for characters and he STILL makes you care deeply about them. It's what Art Spiegelman and Jeff Lemire and Charles Schultz and all the great ones do in comics. Great work, and I highly recommend this and everything you can get your hands on from this guy!
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John Arne Sæterøy (born 16 May 1965 in Molde), better known by the pen name Jason, is a Norwegian cartoonist, known for his sparse drawing style and silent, anthropomorphic animal characters.
He has been nominated for two Ignatz Awards (2000: Outstanding Story and Outstanding Series, 2001: Outstanding Story and Outstanding Series), has received praise in Time, and won the Harvey Award for best new talent in 2002, and several Eisner Awards.
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