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Lost Cat Hardcover – July 9, 2013
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Write what you know, and all that.
Interestingly enough, though, art itself crosses the barriers between the isolation and the individual. A creator who examines their own inability to connect with others ends up connecting, in a sense, to similarly minded people who encounter the creator's work. By putting form to loneliness, it becomes a shared experience. The act of creation creates community; were it not for the impulse spawned in isolation, the singular insights would never be heard.
Thus is the power of art. Only the creative individual can present their own loneliness, isolation, and inability to connect with others in a way that brings us together.
Norwegian comic creator Jason does just this in his latest graphic novel, Lost Cat. In 150 four-panel pages, Jason uses his sparse, clean, black-and-white art (with the help of the late Kim Thompson's excellent translation) to tell the story of Dan Delon, a detective in the classic Raymond Chandler/Dashiell Hammett/Jim Thompson vein. In Lost Cat, Delon is vastly and stupefyingly alone and his loneliness is palpable thanks to Jason's pacing, clean lines, and use of negative space. When characters actually come together and physically touch in this book, it is either to inflict damage or perpetuate isolation.Read more ›
I liked it a lot more the 2nd time. I was disappointed in the ending but other than that enjoyed it.
Anyway, other reviews have addressed the story specifics enough already, but I just wanted to put my two cents in. if you're a fan of Jason, you won't be disappointed!!
I liked Jason's sketches and the nods to noir detective genre. I liked the bizarre twist. Still, the content was too brief for me.
Don't know if it's important to anyone, but the binding of the book is great. High quality production. It will be a nice collector's item for those that like his work.