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Lost Cat by Jason

Lost Cat (edition 2013)

by Jason

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Title:Lost Cat
Info:Fantagraphics (2013), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 160 pages
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This was really weird, but well drawn. ( )
  CarpeLibrum58 | Jun 4, 2016 |
A private eye finds a lost cat and returns it to its owner only to be drawn into a deeper mystery. Typical Jason art & odd story. Very odd.

Overall – another wtf from Jason, this is one of his more weird pieces, which is saying something ( )
  psutto | Mar 17, 2014 |
I’m a great fan of Norwegian comic book writer and artist Jason (John Arne Sæterøy). I believe I have and have read all of his books, in single or collected editions, in English and translated into Spanish. Sometimes it is not clear in what language Jason has written (not that it really matters, since most of them are wordless or almost silent). His latest work, called Lost Cat, is about fifty percent wordless and was probably written at least partly in French (if we are to go by the indication that Jason has lived for many years now in Montpellier) and the translation has been done by Kim Thompson of Fantagraphics fame.

Jason’s style is instantly recognizable. His characters have some animal features but, genetically, are clearly humans of male or female persuasion and traits. And yet, part of the fun, is that the reader must pay close attention to such things as dark or light hair, mouths or beaks, feet or flappers, short or long ears, or a wide variety of eyes. Architectural detail, especially roofs, and interior decoration also help with clues and to carry the story forward.

Jason’s storylines are convoluted. Time does not follow a straight line; there are flashbacks, incidents remembered and a lot of reflexive thinking on the part of the main characters which is represented as a first rate example of visual stream of consciousness. Jason is a master at this, requiring from the reader an effort that becomes rewarding satisfaction when everything clicks together.

Lost Cat is all the above and more. It is a mystery tale that develops a bit slowly starring a private detective, a dark secret, some lonely characters and a lost cat (or perhaps two of them). There is love, sex, a bit of violence and lots of dry humour and pointed psychological observations.

I always have to read Jason’s books at least twice. His latest was no exception. There is much to be gained from a second or third reading because what seems superficial at first turns out to be profound or to have a meaning not immediately discernible. Fantagraphics announces that, like the cat in the story, Jason is now disappeared. I truly hope that someone will rescue him soon for delight of all his admiring fans. ( )
  drasvola | Jul 16, 2013 |
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Both a playful take on the classic detective story, and a story about how difficult it is to find a sister spirit, someone you feel a real connection to-- and what do you do if you lose that person?"

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