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Product Details

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books (August 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560975989
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560975984
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,961,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Jason's work will haunt you long after you've put it down.” (AintItCool.com)

“Jason's work hides remarkable depth.” (Bloomsbury Review)

About the Author

Jason hails from Oslo, Norway, but currently resides in the south of France. The Harvey and Eisner Award-winner continues to create new books at a breakneck pace—his books include Werewolves of Montpellier; Low Moon; Pocket Full of Rain and Other Stories; Hey, Wait...; Sshhhh!; The Iron Wagon; What I Did (collecting the previous three volumes); I Killed Adolf Hitler; The Last Musketeer; The Left Bank Gang; Why Are You Doing This?; The Living and the Dead; Meow, Baby!; You Can't Get There from Here; Tell Me Something; and Almost Silent (collecting the previous four volumes) and (with Fabien Vehlmann) Isle of 100,000 Graves.

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Like a kid who uses toys of his favourite characters to create his own stories, Jason takes the cast of the classic Universal Frankenstein movies and concocts a brilliant new tale of love, lost and found.

Frankenstein’s creation is getting into trouble stealing porn and watching women in the shower so Dr Frankenstein creates a female companion to calm him down: the Bride. But the Dr sees his two creations happy together and feels the pangs of loneliness and jealousy as his own (human) partner has left him - and then he does something drastic about the pairing. Also, his assistant Igor is looking for someone to be with as well as a change of profession after seeing his boss’s increasingly erratic behaviour.

I think Jason is the only comics creator whose work I’ve read in their entirety and loved everything they’ve done – he’s actually incapable of crafting a bad comic! He’s such a natural storyteller who makes what he does seem effortless.

You Can’t Get There From Here is a good example of the kind of work he produces: animal-headed characters based on pop culture in a story filled with pathos and emotion, despite the limited range of expressions he gives his characters. There’s some humour at first, a sweet romance, some very dark material (Dr Frankenstein drugs, then rapes, the Bride), and some everyday banality with Igor and another assistant meeting in a café to shoot the breeze. There’s even an angry mob with pitchforks and torches like in the movies!

Jason’s art is very understated but elegant.
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