Hey, Wait...

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September 2001

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“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

This superbly evocative graphic novella by the award-winning Norwegian cartoonist Jason (his first appearance in the English language) starts off as a melancholy childhood memoir and then, with a shocking twist midway through, becomes the summary of lives lived, wasted, and lost. (Imagine a version of
Stand by Me in which not all of the kids outrace the train.)

Like Art Spiegelman did with
Maus, Jason utilizes anthropomorphic stylizations to reach deeper, more general truths, and to create elegantly minimalist panels whose emotional depth charge comes as an even greater shock. His sparse dialogue, dark wit, and supremely bold use of “jump-cuts” from one scene to the next (sometimes spanning a number of years) make Hey, Wait... a surprising and engaging debut. Love and Rockets co-creator Gilbert Hernandez calls this one of the best graphic novels ever.

2002 Harvey Award Winner, Best New Talent

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Comics Beat

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“Jason's stories are ultimately about the redemptive nature of love. They are usually cut from a similar cloth and yet they constantly delight and surprise me... This guy is so good.” – Heidi MacDonald

Publishers Weekly

•Publishing trade magazine

“One of the medium’s finest storytellers.”

The AV Club

•Pop-culture website

“Jason’s blank-faced animal-headed characters reveal unexpectedly deep passion via deadpan tales of dislocation.”