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A detective is walking down the street. It is raining. He sees a "Lost Cat" poster. A minute later he sees the cat from the photo. He picks it up and goes
back to the poster. He calls the number. A woman answers. He turns up at her place and gives her the cat. She invites him in from the rain for a cup of coffee. They talk and find out they have a lot in common: both are divorced and living alone.
Some days later he invites her out for a dinner. She accepts. He shows up at the agreed time. She doesn't. He calls her home and knocks on her door. No answer. He asks the neighbors. They haven't seen her. She has disappeared. He makes some phone calls and investigates, but can't find her. He gets a new client and has to start working on a new case. In his head he continues their conversation...
Lost Cat, the new graphic novel by Jason (after years of "graphic novellas" of less than 50 pages, arguably his first genuine graphic NOVEL) is 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?
15-page excerpt (download 11 MB PDF):
Praise for Jason:
“When I read Jason for the first time, I was just as excited and devastated
as the first time I read the poems of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman.
Jason’s work is poetry.” — Sherman Alexie
“One of the medium’s finest storytellers.” — Publishers Weekly
“Although Jason’s art is attractive... it’s his grasp of sociopathy that stays
with you. Jason is a master of frisson.” — Boston Sunday Globe
“The graphic novel’s cinematic qualities have rarely been so well wielded as
they are by the artist known only as Jason.” — Bookslut
"...Jason is quite effective in modulating emotion from story to story, going from gags to violence to tragedy, sometimes all in the same story. Jason is in total control of all aspects of his storytelling, and, even after a decade straight of ambitious publishing, it seems as if he’s just getting warmed up." – Rob Clough, The Comics Journal
"Any new work from Norwegian cartoonist Jason is worthy of a comics fan’s full attention..." – Noel Murray, The A.V. Club
"...[F]antastic stuff for sad bastards and the people who love them." – David Berry, National Post