John Arne Sæterøy(born 16 May 1965), better known by the pen nameJason, is a Norwegiancartoonist, known for his sparse drawing style and silent, anthropomorphic animal characters.
He has been nominated for two Ignatz Awards(2000: Outstanding Story and Outstanding Series, 2001: Outstanding Story and Outstanding Series), has received praise in Time, and won the Harvey Award for best new talent in 2002, and several Eisner Awards.
one of my favourite artists out there. i’ve only read 5 of his books and i already plan on owning all of them.
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8:59 am • 28 November 2013 • 6 notes
A Graphic Cosmogony by Various (insanely brilliant) Artists
When it comes to the birth of comics, like the birth of the cosmos, it’s still open to speculation. The Book of Genesis might open with ‘In the beginning was the word’, but it seems more than likely that ‘In the beginning was the picture’. Or at least a picture which served as a word, a visual vehicle for representation and meaning. Mankind surely drew before we could write, but why make a distinction anyway? After all, the Chinese use the same word to mean both writing and drawing. And we know that many letter or word forms began as codified shorthand drawings of what they represented. We can only guess what the very first drawings looked like on the rocky walls of our very first art galleries, cinemas, decorated temples or stained-glass-windowed cathedrals, namely our earliest ancestors’ cosy, craggy caves. Most probably they included a life-size hand, daubed, smacked and printed straight onto the rock, and perhaps a simplified version of man himself, reduced to a symbolic, talismanic stick figure, the proto-cartoon or ur-comic.
Pull up a rock and gather round the flickering fire - the universe is about to be born again…
without a doubt, one of the prettiest books i own.
here’s the thing, you don’t actually READ ‘a graphic cosmogony’. yes, there are some pages that contain text but this anthology celebrates artists’ diversity and individualism, not only in illustrating/creating comics but also the way they think and their own philosophies.
i found it to be a visually stunning anthology + i get to look up the artists i reallyreally liked.
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10:33 am • 17 November 2013 • 4 notes
Ringed Planets by Bob Schofield (read via his website)
3:53 am • 29 October 2013 • 3 notes
PBS’s Superheroes (3 parts) (via pbs)
TRUTH, JUSTICE, AND THE AMERICAN WAY (1938-1958)
During the Depression, the popularity of dozens of superhero characters opens the door for a new generation of artists and writers. World War II creates a patriotic fervor for star-spangled adventurers to represent the American spirit at war and on the home front, but in the 1950s, superheroes are caught in the fire of government scrutiny and regulation.
When the thrilling “Adventures of Superman” is broadcast on the new medium of television, America’s first and greatest superhero leads the entire comic book industry to renewed strength.
GREAT POWER, GREAT RESPONSIBILITY (1959-1977)
In the 1960s, a new breed of superhero emerges in the pages of Marvel Comics, inspired by the age of atomic energy and space travel and, in turn, inspiring the pop culture and Pop artists of the time.
Spider-Man, the Hulk, and others are the first to have “problems” with which an adult audience can identify, and contemporary social issues make their way into comic books. Black powerhouses such as the Black Panther and Luke Cage appear on the scene and the pages of “Green Lantern/Green Arrow” explode with relevant storylines, as comic books are forced to confront the reality of an increasingly complex world.
A HERO CAN BE ANYONE (1978-Present)
This episode captures the enthusiasm for superheroes as they are embraced in all forms of media and by all demographics, beginning with the historic “Superman” movie featuring Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel. In 1986, Batman is overhauled as The Dark Knight to reflect the nocturnal underside of his character, and Watchmen brings new sophistication to comic book narratives, illuminating a violent and politicized world.
In the burgeoning new millennium, superheroes have taken over popular culture with feature films, television shows and video games complementing a new generation of web-based comics that bring superhero adventures to every corner of the world.
thank you pbs for this documentary. this documentary is a great (visual) reminded of why i love comics. if anyone is interested in knowing why comics and superheroes started, this is an excellent history lesson.
also, comic books’ historian is an actual job. very envious at the moment.
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bonus: a free online lesson on graphic novels
10:24 am • 26 October 2013 • 7 notes
Oh, It’s the End of the World by @MatthewBogart (read/download pdf via his website)
matthew was one of the first comic artists i followed when i first joined tumblr (a longlonglong time ago). his comics are very heartwarming and his style very refreshing. this might be my favorite by him.
a completely different scenario on how things will go down when the world comes to an end and i instantly fell in love with the characters.
can’t wait to read the rest of this (it’s still ongoing).
follow him on twitter, check out his website and read everything (he’s one of the few awesome people who provide free downloads for readers).
4:42 am • 3 October 2013 • 14 notes
The Last Days of Tokyo by Bob Schofield (download free pdf via his website)
i think everyone should just trust me for a couple of seconds and read this. that is all.
and to the artist/writer,
i just finished this and it’s far from nonsense. if anything i thought it was a genius mixture of dark humor and brilliant art. can’t wait to read the rest.
1:47 pm • 2 October 2013 • 24 notes
Comic Books and Graphic Novels by Prof. William Kuskin
The comic book pamphlet developed as an independent literary form in the 1930s and early 1940s and has been a favorite of adolescent enthusiasts and cult devotees ever since. Recently, it has entered into a process of transformation, moving from a species of pulp fiction on the margins of children’s literature to an autonomous genre, one Will Eisner labeled the graphic novel. This transformation has been noted in such literary venues as the New York Times and the New Yorker, as well as in an increasing number of university classrooms and bookstore shelves.
“Comic Books and Graphic Novels” presents a survey of the history of American comics and a review of major graphic novels circulating in the U. S. today. It is focused on three main points. First, it argues that as comics develop in concert with, and participate in literary culture, they should be considered literature. Second, it reasons that such a designation forces us to redefine our concept of literature itself. Finally, it explores this transformative literary world by arguing that comics have much to teach us about ourselves.
Get started by enrolling in an upcoming session, then print out the official course playset and get started!
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thank you, amna!
2:25 am • 29 September 2013
marvel noir: daredevil
Prohibition-era Hell’s Kitchen is Kingpin territory, and until now, his only problem has been the masked vigilante known as Daredevil. When gangster Orville Halloran arrives on the scene, fresh from a stretch in Sing Sing and eager to stretch his wings, Hell’s about to get hotter. For P.I. Foggy Nelson and his loyal assistant Matt Murdock, it all starts when a desperate woman comes to their office with an irresistible story about her and Halloran.
i’ve never read anything daredevil and this was a pleasant short read. not to mention the insane gloomy illustrations. absolutely love.
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7:32 am • 29 August 2013 • 9 notes
dope comix (complete) (18+)
Almost five years after underground comics had largely given up the ghost, one of the few publishers to survive and thrive from the era decided to publish a series of stories about drugs. It’s not quite as narrow in scope as the title might suggest, with all sorts of illicit substances covered.
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10:28 am • 12 July 2013 • 4 notes
MIND MGMT - The Manager (1 - 6)
MIND MGMT is a government agency of spies, formed during or after World War I, who have psychic abilities. Henry Lyme is recruited as a child, and becomes their greatest agent. The work exhausts him, and Lyme is retired to Zanzibar. While there, he has a breakdown and loses control of his abilities, causing the city’s inhabitants to murder one another. Lyme decides MIND MGMT is too dangerous to exist, and flees. In an effort to cover his escape, he accidentally causes everyone aboard a plane with him to develop amnesia
stumbled upon this when i was looking up MGMT (the band) covers. splendid illustrations and great graphic novel.
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5:30 am • 29 June 2013
poem strip by dino buzzati (images from here)(18+)
There’s a certain street—via Saterna—in the middle of Milan that just doesn’t show up on maps of the city. Orfi, a wildly successful young singer, lives there, and it’s there that one night he sees his gorgeous girlfriend Eura disappear, “like a spirit,” through a little door in the high wall that surrounds a mysterious mansion across the way. Where has Eura gone? Orfi will have to venture with his guitar across the borders of life and death to find out.
i’ve read somewhere that this is basically the story of orpheus & eurydice retold in a more modern and poetic way?
nonetheless, i absolutely loved this book, a great visual and reading experience.
4:17 am • 25 June 2013 • 5 notes
sleepwalk: and other stories by adrian tomine
Collecting the first four issues of Adrian Tomine’s acclaimed comic series optic nerve, this book offers sixteen concise, haunting tales of modern life. The characters here appear to be well-adjusted on the surface, but Tomine takes us deeper into their lives, subtly examining their struggle to connect with friends and lovers.
guest reviewer #4: abby (@AbbytheGroovy) - 5/5
despite my desperate desires to get my self to be, I am not an avid reader of graphic novels.
so I will approach this as a work of literature, short stories to be exact.
I always admire, revere and prefer minimalistic approach for many reasons most of which that it takes great talent to project so much
through a relatively small opening. and mostly because our lives are almost always extremely minimal. sadness that is daily and utterly ordinary is often heartbreaking.
this book (and its author) has been compared to the works of woody allen. I however saw absolutely no resemblance to that, I thought it felt more like raymond carver. minimalistic realism, or dirty realism, a term that i think is super cool, coined by Bill Buford who described it as:
"Dirty realism is the fiction of a new generation of American authors. They write about the belly-side of contemporary life – a deserted husband, an unwed mother, a car thief, a pickpocket, a drug addict – but they write about it with a disturbing detachment, at times verging on comedy. Understated, ironic, sometimes savage, but insistently compassionate, these stories constitute a new voice in fiction."
Sleepwalk, drawn simply enough and described even more simply, mostly focused on clean, direct plots that tend to be so grippingly familier it feels like a memory you had that overwhelmed you saddened you, and every time you look back, you feel slightly ashamed to have let it get to you so much. forgetting that most human unhappiness is daily, small and undetectable.
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7:25 am • 7 June 2013 • 5 notes