So I do feel very akin to vampires… They are chique, ethereal and interestingly pallid. They live in castles and only drink Dom Perignon or blood. They got fangs. What more could you wish for?
But admit it – even if you are awed by their air of otherworldly superiority, you really itch to know the sordid little details of their daily lives. You think of your own meetings with the man in the mirror on cold, sludgy, dull Monday mornings in November. And you wonder if Nosferatu flosses his teeth…
Without further ado, let me introduce you to a dear friend of mine, Fangus, and share a typical early evening…
These guys are all from Norway, and their author is none other than Jason:
Jason (John Arne Sæterøy), born 16 May 1965 is a Norwegian cartoonist, nominated for two Ignatz Awards (2000: Outstanding Story and Outstanding Series, best new talent in 2002, and several Eisner Awards.
His style is clean and minimalist, with little or no talking. His work often refer to other works such as Buster Keaton’s movies and Ernest Hemingway’s novels. The line work is very influenced by Hergé’s Tintin. Other inspirations are Jim Jarmusch, Hal Hartley, Wes Anderson, Aki Kaurismäki. Jaime Hernandez, Jim Woodring, Daniel Clowes, Chester Brown.
To me his world is very melancholy: Lone wanderers with hollow eyes walking around in empty black and white cityscapes. They are surreal and hilarious, too.
Here is a wonderful cover for Jack Kerouac’s Dharma Bums.
I could find no photo of Jason. But it’s very appropriate with his cartoon self portrait, I think…
Other books by Jason: