The Left Bank Gang

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August 2006

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• 2007 Eisner Award Winner: Best U.S. Edition of International Material

“Cross Ingmar Bergman with Walt Kelly and Raymond Carver and you may have some idea of what Norwegian cartoonist Jason’s work is like... one of the medium’s finest storytellers.” – Publishers Weekly

F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, and James Joyce walk into a Parisian bar... no, it’s not the beginning of a joke, but the premise of Jason’s unique new graphic novel. Set in 1920s Paris,
The Left Bank Gang is a deliciously inventive re-imagining of these four literary figures as not only typical Jason anthropomorphics, but... graphic novelists!

Yes, in Jason’s warped world, cartooning is the dominant form of fiction, and not only do these four literary giants work in the comics medium but they get together to discuss pen vs brush, chat about the latest graphic novels from Dostoevsky (“I can’t tell any of his characters apart!”) to Faulkner (“Hasn’t he heard of white space? His panels are too crowded!”), and bemoan their erratic careers. With guest appearances by Zelda Fitzgerald and Jean-Paul Sartre, and a few remarkable twists and turns along the way, and you’ve got one of the funniest and most playful graphic novels of recent years.

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Forbidden Planet

•Comics retailer

“Jason’s art is a beautiful European stylistic mix of clean lines and solid blocks of colour or blacks. No shading, no particular detailing, just simple backgrounds and surprisingly expressive characters, all done in his minimalist, anthropomorphic style … The Left Bank Gang is original, innovative, stylish and highly recommended.” – Richard Bruton

Publishers Weekly

•Publishing trade magazine

“Jason's clean, comfortable art and droll storytelling keep everything together through all the stylistic flights of fancy.”

TIME magazine

•News and entertainment magazine

“The use of animals as human stand-ins turns the tales into Aesop-like fables with a modern, existential twist.”