Wednesday, March 10, 2010

First time with Jason

I finally got a chance to read comics by Norwegian cartoonist Jason. Low Moon (Fantagraphics) is collection of short comics. Most of them utilize classic American genres, such as noir and western. Using genre conventions to tell his stories, he plays them straight sometimes, crooked at others, but always with his quirky and humorous touch.

Though the stories are rather simple, being based on genres, it is quite a page turner. There is usually a hook to each of them, say a mystery or some goal the protagonists are trying to reach. All this, with Jason's sense of comedy and depth, is worth exploring.

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