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What I Did: Hey, Wait... / Sshhhh! / The Iron Wagon Hardcover – December 6, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics; First Edition edition (December 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160699414X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606994146
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 0.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #674,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Like Pocket Full of Rain and Other Stories (2008), this fat, handsome hardcover collects some of the droll Norwegian-French graphic novelist’s earlier work. While all the pieces postdate the time when Jason decided to give the long, lean characters in his stories dog, bird, and cat heads, these tales are less fantastic, less parodic, and more poignant than his later stories; some ambulatory skeletons and corpses presage later obsessions, but they’re creatures of the protagonists’ fearful and guilty consciences rather than “real.” “Hey, Wait . . .” and “Sshhhh!” are sad life stories, one of a man haunted by the death of a childhood friend for which he feels responsible, the other wordlessly follows an ordinary guy from young manhood to death, full of the protagonist’s fantasies of alternative scenarios in which he wins instead of loses. “The Iron Wagon,” an adaptation of a classic Norwegian crime novel, is the grimmest, starkest thing Jason has ever done, as powerful as a dark Ingmar Bergman film, despite those animal heads. --Ray Olson

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“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)

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The book came in really nice condition and is a hardcover.
batch
If you're a Jason fan and haven't read this, I strongly urge you to check it out, it's well worth a read.
Sam Quixote
Very creative, clever and human in emotion and well drawn in design.
J. Samson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The reissuing of Jason's back catalogue continues with this latest edition from Fantagraphics, another lovely hardback in the same size and material as two previous hardbacks "Low Moon" and "Almost Silent".

The first is arguably Jason's best book "Hey, Wait..." which features a childhood friendship torn apart by a tragedy. It's very originally presented with quirky touches like the animal faced characters using stilts instead of cars, and some brilliant techniques to show how childhood ends and a sequence illustrating drunkenness and finally despair. The ending makes you rethink the whole story but the tale stays with you for a long time. It's both touching and clever, and surpasses a lot of expectations readers might have for what the comics medium can do in terms of storytelling.

The second book "Sshhhh!" is a series of non-speaking stories featuring a bird character who goes through his everyday life, surviving on the fringes of society in a bohemian type manner. It's an interesting gimmick, having no dialogue, and there are several pages you'll find yourself turning back to once you've "read" through the sequence.

The third book is the reason why a lot of Jason fans will be buying this book. "The Iron Wagon" is a very rare and long out of print book Jason did years ago. It's an adaptation of a Stein Riverton novel, sometimes called the Norwegian Agatha Christie, who wrote "The Iron Wagon" years before Christie's "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" was published which used a similar literary device to who Christie is often credited. To say any more would ruin the surprise ending of "The Iron Wagon". It's a haunting murder mystery set in the Norwegian countryside during a holiday retreat featuring a forgotten tragedy and a ghostly iron wagon.
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By batch on July 4, 2012
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This book contains three stories by Jason. His drawings/illustrations are really fantastic. I bought this as a gift for my boyfriend who is 26 and loves comics and graphic novels. Most of Jason's books are for teens or adults. The book came in really nice condition and is a hardcover.
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By E. A. Dijkstra on December 28, 2010
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this book is completely tailored to my personal preferences: It combines three titles into one new novel, it leaves just as much to your own imagination as you can stomach, printed very well and, for US-standards, bound very, very well.
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Jason is a mad man, but his ability to draw and pull you in is worth every penny. I have not laughed this hard at a comic in my life. Cannot wait for more!
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