Hey, Wait...

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2002 Harvey Award Winner, Best New Talent: this superbly evocative story by the award-winning Norwegian cartoonist is a tale of childhood friendship and tragedy, and the terrible lingering aftereffects thereof.
One of Europe's most exciting young cartoonists makes his American debut. 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 ...

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Overview

2002 Harvey Award Winner, Best New Talent: this superbly evocative story by the award-winning Norwegian cartoonist is a tale of childhood friendship and tragedy, and the terrible lingering aftereffects thereof.
One of Europe's most exciting young cartoonists makes his American debut. 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. 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... one of the most surprising and engaging debuts of the year.

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Editorial Reviews

Andrew Arnold - Time
“[I]t stands out as one of the most beautifully sad comix in recent memory.”
Rob Neyer - ESPN.com
“Now this is a heartbreaking work of staggering genius. Don't walk, run to your nearest bookstore and check it out.”
Sherman Alexie
“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. Beautiful and frightening. Redemptive and hopeless. He is the Kafka and Keats of the comic world.”
Arnold T. Blumberg - Cinescape Comics
“[A] touching ode to childhood but it's a very disturbing one as well.”
Cosmic Treadmill
“What starts out as a series of cute and fun moments of the protagonist’s childhood turns into one of the most memorable comic book moments I can think of…. This should be on everyone’s to-read list.”
Alan David Doane - Comics Book Galaxy
“Will insinuate itself into your consciousness and make you appreciate much more the remaining moments of your life.”
S. A. Bennett - Comics Buyers Guide
“A remarkable first graphic novel that's hauntingly evocative.”
Phil Mateer - Comics Buyers Guide
“Depressing, technically accomplished, and full of little touches and images that linger in the memory—yes, it's a typical Fantagraphics book.”
Comics International
“If you read this book, you'll be thinking about it for weeks.”
Dustin Harbin - The HeroesOnline Blog
“I still think of Hey, Wait as [Jason's] best work, the most nuanced, the most beguiling. Even rereading it before writing this, there are so many things I feel like I only half-understand, images that hint at something I can never grasp all the way.... If you haven’t read Hey, Wait yet, mm-mm, you’ve got some good reading ahead of you.”
Dylan Horrocks
“Careful—think twice before you read this book. It's is very, very beautiful, but it will utterly break your heart.”
Phil Mateer
Depressing, technically accomplished, and full of little touches and images that linger in the memory—yes, it's a typical Fantagraphics book.
Comics Buyers Guide
S. A. Bennett
A remarkable first graphic novel that's hauntingly evocative...
From The Critics
Careful—think twice before you read this book. It's is very, very<.I> beautiful, but it will utterly break you heart.
Dylan Horrocks
Careful—think twice before you read this book. It's is very, very<.I> beautiful, but it will utterly break you heart.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560974635
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 822,796
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet 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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