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Hey, Wait...

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  2,790 Ratings  ·  161 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published October 17th 2001 by Fantagraphics (first published January 1st 2000)
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Archit Ojha
Nov 01, 2016 Archit Ojha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks
There's always a story behind the books I read.

At midnight, my wife calls me up over the phone and tells me about this book. I postpone and take it to another day.

We had other books scheduled for the day. After 5 books down, I opened it.

And I sat and wept.

Not many books do that. This one did, just without words.
The pictures are so evocative that they take you in a stance. Stupefied.

The story of two friends plodding around on the look-out for fun. Etched out a plan as simple as that. The Batman F
Nov 14, 2009 matt rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
Is it wrong to not want to recommend a book just because it is so sad? I really loved the powerful expression achieved with such simple drawings, but I kinda never want to look at it again.....
Sam Quixote
Sep 20, 2011 Sam Quixote rated it it was amazing
This is one of Jason's earliest graphic novels and could arguably be his best. It starts with two friends who go through the usual childhood antics of playing football, playing computer games, slowly noticing girls, and being bored in school. Then a tragedy occurs with one of the friends being killed. The surviving friend is haunted by this event and Part 2 opens with him grown up, divorced, working a job he hates, and increasingly becoming dependent on alcohol.

It's a portrait of trauma painted
Jan Philipzig
Norwegian cartoonist Jason is the undisputed master of melancholia, and his uncanny ability to develop mood or illuminate a character's inner life by putting the spotlight on a few seemingly insignificant moments reaches the pinnacle of its potential here. The result is a story that captures feelings of regret and sorrow to absolutely devastating effect. Pure magic!
Graham Faught
Sep 12, 2010 Graham Faught rated it it was amazing
Super fast read and yet it was something I thought and thought about for hours and even days after. You wouldn't think a graphic novel could bring to mind one's desire to do something more than just breeze through life and yet this one did for me. You'll finish it in no time and yet it sticks to the back of your mind. It definitely still has for me and for that I would suggest giving it a read through in hopes that it does the same for you.
Jul 29, 2016 Pooja rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Archit Ojha, Archana Bhoi, Rashmi Basant
Shelves: ebooks
It's 3:13 am. I just finished reading Hey, Wait...
Before reading it I was planning to sleep, but I couldn't. I read some of Anya's Ghost but then everyone's sleeping here. The train is passing in every ten minutes. With that graphic novel, I started to get scared, in the middle of the night, I thought I must call you Archit and tell you ghosts are circling around me. I stopped reading that book immediately, checked if you are online, thought of leaving you a message, and just before doing so, I
Elizabeth A
Apr 05, 2016 Elizabeth A rated it liked it
Shelves: graphix, 2016
This graphic novel is one of the earlier works by the author, and his talent is clearly visible. In this one the author explores childhood trauma and loss, and to say anymore would be spoilery. I have always loved how all the characters in his art have animal heads, but behave like humans. There are some really quirky and imaginative things the author does in this story (the stilts for example), and he is really good at telling a story with very few words and panels. While I liked it, I did not ...more
Mike Raymond
Hey, Wait... is about too boys that are best friends that love to go on adventures with each other. But one day they go to a ledge and one of the boys falls of the ledge and dies. It then shows the other boy later in his life living pretty miserably actually. This book was very good but it was sad too, I would highly recommend it
Anthony Vacca
Jul 17, 2014 Anthony Vacca rated it liked it
Jason's debut graphic novel. A short and bittersweet rumination on childhood and loss, and then the awfulness of growing old, having a shit job, and being forever alone. Add a peppering of visual tricks and a slight salting of (uncharacteristic)surreal storytelling, and you've got a pretty good first book.
This is the epitome of the graphic novel as a literary work of art.
Jason shows amazing skill as he tells a deeply moving and touching story without a single word and with characters whose facial expressions are also very limited.
He exploits the language of the drawing and the panels masterfully to convey deep feelings and emotions.
Remarkable in all ways!!
Diana Marie
Jan 15, 2013 Diana Marie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
A very sad, but beautifully told story of the fragility of human life and human emotions. The power this book has and the simplicity in which it is told is truly astounding. It's one of those books that makes you reasses your life, put things into perspective, and appreciate each moment.
Simon Harper
Jan 31, 2016 Simon Harper rated it it was amazing
Beautifully drawn and brilliantly written, combining the existential with the coming-of-age, cutting between childhood and adulthood to portray a life of promise which didn't go to plan. Recommended.
El Marcapaginas
May 28, 2015 El Marcapaginas rated it really liked it
Sentido, triste y genial. Con unos dibujos dignos de Maus y con un guión duro pero que hace cosquillas en el pecho.
Aug 16, 2016 Ran rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-comics
Well, that got dark and never let up.
Max Coombes
Jan 19, 2015 Max Coombes rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
in the seminal understanding comics, scott mccloud attempted to make the case for 'comics as art' by defining and differentiating them as a distinct category of expression somewhere between written word and pictorial representation. naturally comic artists everywhere were offended by mccloud's perceived need to 'justify' their field, and some attempted to challenge mccloud's definitions using the comic medium itself. of all of these comic-critiques, jason's are some of the most playful as rather ...more
Sep 12, 2014 Michael rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sequential-art
Der Norweger Jason erzählt die Geschichte der Freundschaft zwischen Jon und Björn, die mit einem schrecklichen Unfall endet, der die Kindheit ausläutet und Jon mit Schuldgefühlen und Trauer beladen zurück läßt. Mit großer Ökonomie und Zurückhaltung in Text und Bild vermittelt Jason im ersten Teil des Buches das, was ich als die Quintessenz der Kindheit bezeichnen möchte und was selten so fassbar darzustellen glückt. Durch die Stimmigkeit der Details und der archetypischen Szenen habe ich mich ...more
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Aditya Mani
Dec 20, 2012 Aditya Mani rated it it was amazing
Jason is the unsung hero of the comics world. Franco-Belgian comics really caught on only after the Tintin phenomenon, but Jason is not just another doodler with a Hergé hangover. His characters are anthropomorphic, and not in a cutesy way. Pterodactyls and sea monsters rub shoulders with humans in Jason's world, without anyone batting an eyelid. A deep-seated existential dilemma is often the focus of his stories, and Hey Wait is not exception. When a childhood accident hangs heavy on Jon's ...more
Dave Riley
Dec 10, 2013 Dave Riley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
This has to be one of the most shocking graphic novels I've read because it charts a brutal emptiness and logs the depths of depression. In a sense the Hey, Wait... refers to a call not to suicide , least not yet.

Jason reminds us -- tragically -- that death haunts us all and from his POV, you just have to make do with the moments you get offered, no matter hoiw small.

Norwegian, right? and there's an impression here that Jason is a comic version of Edvard Munch. Albeit, more laid back.Acerbic.
Feb 17, 2008 Lilburninbean rated it it was ok
The beginning of this book had me thinking that this might just be a stock re-telling of boyhood friends with unchecked sexism and moments of kind-of-funny stuff. (The funniest part of this to me was that every now and then I would remind myself that these characters were animals, and I’d become aware of my willingness to suspend disbelief.) It took a really unexpected turn, which was great, as I love to be surprised by plots. It was enough to hold my interest, but I was underwhelmed by the ...more
Jul 09, 2016 Kajwan rated it it was amazing
Just chilling out for some pretty long time in my archive, waited for the best moment like tonight to be picked when it could bite the bloodiest!
The fragmented story, reticently developed but put altogether very intact and touching, "Hey, Wait..." is a dark comic, specifically not for children despite the medium and seemingly happy-go-lucky character design, but most suitable for adults, again specifically those stranded in their haunting past, remembering those bedimming never-fading memories,
Jackson Nieuwland
Nov 01, 2011 Jackson Nieuwland rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
This is Jason’s most emotional book. I don’t mean that in a good or bad way although the book is definitely good. It has a strong sense of nostalgia and truth. The book feels so true as to be autobiographical although I have no idea if that is indeed the case. The story is told in scenes which are as beautifully balanced as most of Jason’s work but are stripped of most of the humour (although a few surreal moments still occur and there are a couple of nice little visual plays). The black and ...more
May 24, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it
Hey, Wait... starts out to be a boring story about a typical summer vacation of two young boys. The two find activities and constantly fight boredom. The story of the two boys takes a dark twist, leaving the reader haunted. On the surface, one may find this book to be cutsie and lighthearted do to the non-symbolic animal characters. However, underneath the surface there is a dark nightmarish vibe. One thing I found particularly interesting that instead of driving cars in the morning commute to ...more
Zena V.
Hmm, I dunno. I think after reading Chris Ware and Daniel Clowes, other comics that do this same sort of thing with normalcy and tragedy, depression and rot that this didn't really do much for me. I can sometimes appreciate comic books about the mundane or about growing up, and tragedies that change our directions, etc. but this was almost too blank. It gets 2 stars because it wasn't bad, but I don't know if I actually liked it.
Jan 12, 2012 David rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Not quite as moving as the back cover suggests but still does a great job of evoking how beautiful childhood is and how much comfort and joy can be found in our relationships during that time. Also a powerful reminder of how easy it becomes to dishonor the dreams that made that time special in our adult lives.
Apr 08, 2007 Adam rated it it was ok
where minimal text = good, but at a cost; one moves thru too quickly. favorable art styling. lovely useage of newspaper text in word bubbles to convey conversations about stocks, sports. decent enough story about growing up, accidents, regrets. not as gripping as hipster media reviews would have you believe.
No sé como sentirme al respecto con este autor, su serie de cómics son muy melancólicos y te dejan con un sabor bastante amargo, y no porque sean malos si no porque sus personajes te llenan de soledad. No pondré toda la colección, porque son muchos.
Darran Mclaughlin
Jul 10, 2013 Darran Mclaughlin rated it really liked it
Brilliant. Probably the best Jason comic I have read so far. In a sentence, it's about the transition from childhood to adulthood, and he captures the essentials in the sparsest, briefest possible fashion.
Jun 04, 2014 Aj added it
I really like this book, it almost feels as if you can relate it to your life in a way. One kid and his friend start a club and to get in you have to do something dangerous but what happens is one kid doesn't make it and well you will find out if you read it.
Feb 11, 2016 natura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Muy duro lo que cuenta Jason en este título, con pocos diálogos pero una expresividad en las viñetas y en el blanco y negro increibles. Fuerte y emotivo sin necesidad de grandes discursos. Genial
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There are multiple authors with this single name, but Goodreads is unable to differentiate between them. The most prominent is the author below.

John Arne Sæterøy (born 16 May 1965 in Molde), better known by the pen name Jason, is a Norwegian cartoonist, known for his sparse drawing style and silent, anthropomorphic animal characters.

He has been nominated for two Ignatz Awards (2000: Outstanding St
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