Tell Me Something

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Fantagraphics Books, 2003 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 48 pages
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A blank-eyed, silent meditation on young love thwarted and re-kindled. If we can have graphic novels, we can surely have graphic novellas, and this latest book from the acclaimed Norwegian cartoonist Jason is a prime example of a tight, self-contained volume that tells one complete, satisfying story in a compact 48 pages. Tell Me Something picks up the stylized anthropomorphic characters of Jason's earlier works (Hey, Wait... and The Iron Wagon), as well as the challenge of all-pantomime (or almost) comics of Sshhhh! to weave a yarn of young love thwarted and re-kindled. Switching smoothly between two time periods, alternating moments of tenderness and sadness with slapstick and irony, Tell Me Something is a virtuoso technical achievement as well as a funny and sad tale of romance and treachery. New readers will find themselves astonished at how deeply they come to identify with Jason's stylized, blank-eyed menagerie of characters, while those who shed a tear at Hey, Wait... will be somewhat prepared for the emotional wallops contained in this slender but perfect book in which every single line counts, and words are not needed.

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User Review  - Elizabeth - Goodreads

Drawn in the style of a silent movie, with what little dialogue there is in its own panels, Jason tries to recapture the intensity of glance and the significance of gesture used in silent-era romances ... Read full review

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User Review  - Wumples - Goodreads

One of my favorite comics of all time. Read full review

About the author (2003)

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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