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The Norwegian cartoonist Jason combines a poker-faced minimalist anthropomorphic style with more than a passing nod to the “clear-line” ethos of Hergé. As he has shown in a series of acclaimed graphic novels, this seemingly limited approach has proven amazingly versatile, allowing Jason to create gag comedy (Meow, Baby!), romantic melodramas (Tell Me Something), dramas (Hey, Wait…), and genuine thrillers (the period detective novel The Iron Wagon) — often without even the benefit of words, and using a stylishly minimalist color palette to boot.
Jason won the Norwegian “Sproing” Award for “Best Norwegian Comic Book” twice, in 1995 and 2000. The American edition of Hey, Wait… was nominated for two Harvey Awards. His books have won three consecutive Eisner Awards for Best U.S. Edition of International Material: The Left Bank Gang in 2007, I Killed Adolf Hitler in 2008, and The Last Musketeer in 2009. Jason, whose work has been translated into Swedish, Finnish, German, Italian and French in addition to English, lives in Montpellier, France. He blogs regularly at Cats Without Dogs.
Jason attends TCAF in support of his new book O Josephine!, published by Fantagraphics, and with the financial support of NORLA Norwegian Literature Abroad.
Jason can be found at TCAF:
Saturday May 11
10:00-11:00: Comics Formalism at the Hinton Leaning Theatre (Toronto Reference Library, 3rd Floor)
Sunday May 12
1:30-2:30: When I Was a Kid: Comics and Early Reading Experiences at the Hinton Leaning Theatre (Toronto Reference Library, 3rd Floor)