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Low Moon

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  1,732 Ratings  ·  118 Reviews
The acclaimed graphic novelist Jason returns with his most eagerly awaited book yet, thanks to the inclusion of the title story, the world’s first (and likely last) chess western, originally serialized in 2008 in the New York Times Sunday Magazine “Funny Pages” section.

This 216-page hardcover book features five yarns—all brand new with the exception of the aforementioned “
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published July 14th 2009 by Fantagraphics (first published January 1st 2009)
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Anthony Vacca
Jul 23, 2014 Anthony Vacca rated it it was amazing
I'm sad to say that until he releases his next injection of anthropomorphic misanthropy, I'm going to be stuck clawing up the walls in the throes of Jason withdrawal. At least this last piece of pie was a wonderful collection of stories that I piggishly gobbled up and smacked over. Low Moon is a perfectly prepared dish: a sparse but ingeniously structured slice of unflinching noir; a slapstick Western replacing gunplay with chess; an unsettling absurdist take on the The Postman Always Rings Twic ...more
It's not great, it's more than great.
I really enjoyed it, and I will definitely read more from Jason.
Aug 29, 2009 Oriana marked it as to-read
why why why have I not read anything by Jason yet??
Dec 27, 2012 Elif rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Jason is just great!
Aug 08, 2009 Ademption rated it it was amazing
Jason's laconic, anthropomorphic beings schlep through multiple genres, wringing tragedy and dark comedy from the oppression they face, be it oppression from aliens, nazis, hitmen, lovers, or some combination of thereof. Using cinematographic techniques (closeups, two-shots, exterior intro shots, etc) his nearly expressionless characters methodically work through their often symmetric, downbeat entanglements. In his last few books, Jason had been hyperactively mixing aliens and musketeers, timet ...more
Jun 08, 2016 Liam rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
If you are new to Jason, do not read this, read 'Hey Wait' or 'Why Are You Doing This?' first.

I dislike the GoodReads blurb for this.

A short story summary is like a TV episode trailer: it gives too much away.

Also this is not Jason at his peak, for me this only tops Almost Silent but not Shhh (his silent works being less appealing to read for me).

I believe Jason's stories feature pretty ambiguous and unexplained endings which are part of their appeal, and as such, there's no point really going
Peter Gasston
Apr 02, 2012 Peter Gasston rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I put off reading Jason for a long time because I was snobbish about reading stories about talking animals, but now that I've got over myself I'll definitely be reading more.

This is only the second book of Jason's work that I've read (Athos in America was my first), but already I see that he has a very fixed pattern: four panels per page, anthropomorphic characters, and stories of sadness, loneliness, low life and murder, laced with dark humour. In fact this collection contains more outright hum
Nov 11, 2011 Jeff rated it really liked it
I've been a bit disappointed with some of Jason's latest books in English, after having enjoyed the first few entries in the series of his works that Fantagraphics Books has been issuing for the last few years. That said, I think that Low Moon is an excellent return to form, showcasing Jason's droll humor, odd scenarios, and simple-but-effective cartoony artwork. The five stories in this volume are not especially ambitious or ground-breaking, but they amply demonstrate everything that is unique ...more
Bryce Holt
Sep 04, 2011 Bryce Holt rated it really liked it
A book with 5 short stories inside it, "Emily Says Hello" and "&" were by far my favorite stories. "Emily Says Hello" is a rather seedy piece that, only at the end, turns somewhat beautiful in its simplicity. Equally, "&" is a sentimental tale that doesn't seem to make much sense the first time through, and yet has a quintessential ending, perfect in its sentiment. The other three are pretty good as well, but these two struck a certain chord that made me really appreciate Jason's tact, t ...more
Trey Piepmeier
Apr 28, 2015 Trey Piepmeier rated it really liked it
I picked this up randomly at the library (the same time I picked up Batman: Earth One) just because it looked interesting.

I really enjoyed it. The art and particularly its pacing were delightful. The stories were both disturbing and surreal. I could look at Jason's art all day long, though.

It felt like it could fit the format of a serialized web comic pretty well. I wonder if that's how it was originally published. Each page feels like a self-contained comic strip.
Sep 29, 2009 Jason rated it really liked it
Low Moon was a great tribute to High Noon- very clever. & was also very good, if tragic. "Emily Says Hello" and "Proto Film Noir" didn't do much for me, though, admittedly I didn't really get the latter. "You Are Here" was a bit to sad for me. But that's about taste, not quality. A solid collection of stories overall.
Jan 29, 2015 Pustulio rated it really liked it
Bien raro, no se si es muy conceptual, pero me cuesta un poco de trabajo entenderles. Pero está bueno pinshis noruegos locos.
Jun 26, 2009 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
I have yet to read something by Jason that I don't love. I don't think there's anyone doing more with less.
Mar 01, 2016 natura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Repite alguna de sus obsesiones con variaciones y humor negro muy bien dosificado. Hay viñetas impagables, y la de la portada es una de ellas.
Otro título recomendable y disfrutado.
Jan 29, 2016 Leonardo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-digital, graphics
Son varias historias. Alguna me gustó más que otra, pero muy bueno, como todo lo de este muchacho.
Jon Hewelt
Jan 16, 2015 Jon Hewelt rated it it was amazing
Jun 17, 2016 Huicha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Narración nítida, impecable.
Jan 15, 2017 Harish rated it it was amazing
Brilliant work!
Brian Dickerson
Jan 01, 2017 Brian Dickerson rated it it was amazing
After each short story "what, what?" was always my first thought, but it was the good kind of self questioning. Jason is a brilliant cartoonist and his story pacing is perfect. I would love to hear his production thoughts / notes on just one story because it would be a shame to miss just one obtuse aspect. It would be edifying to gain a glimpse of his thought process.

I cannot recommend a book higher although it may not be for everyone.
Dec 20, 2016 Jeff rated it really liked it
4 similar stories and 4 shiny stars.
Is it just me and my generalization based on too-limited readings in Jason's œuvre, or is he obsessed with the difficulties of love as complicated by the simplicity of murder?

"Emily Says Hello" couldn't not remind me of I Killed Adolf Hitler. In the latter, a hitman in a world with legalized murder for hire breaks up with his girlfriend, who gets sexually turned on watching him work. In the former, a woman exchanges increasingly intimate sexual favors for each
Jul 26, 2010 Abraham rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Here's another one from that indefatigable single-named Norwegian artist and writer, Jason...Low Moon includes five stories, all featuring Jason's trademark minimalistic, undeviating art style; stiff anthropomorphic animals, mostly dogs; easy, silent movie-inspired writing; and sharp attention to detail.

The showpiece of this collection is the one on the cover. No, not "Low Moon," the title story and so-so western-style tale of a duel that is fought with chess pieces instead of guns. I mean inst
Ross McLean
Jun 08, 2016 Ross McLean rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I love Jason, but at a certain point all of his work starts to runs together: Deadpan anthropomorphic animals, doomed noir protagonists, lovers growing old, echoes of silent film, unrequited love, the mundanity of everyday life, unusual genre mashups, and misguided acts of desperation that just lead to more sadness. It's all variations on a theme.

Yet, each story creates a world with its own quirky idiosyncrasies. At one point in Low Moon, two old men are sitting on a porch in a typical Western t
Sam Quixote
Sep 20, 2011 Sam Quixote rated it it was amazing
"Low Moon" shows two things about Jason's success - firstly that he's getting blurbs from writers like Glen David Gold on the back cover, and secondly that this is his first hardback edition with colour.

It's a little larger than the average paperback and is Jason's longest work yet. It's made up of five short stories: Emily Says Hello, Low Moon, &, Proto Film Noir, and You Are Here.

Emily Says Hello is about a man killing people in exchange for sexual favours from a woman. He records their
Tom Ronningen
Jan 24, 2015 Tom Ronningen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Jeez. This one's crazy.

Jason (just Jason), the Norwegian cartoonist responsible for works like "Why Are You Doing This?" and "Tell Me Something", is known for a simple style and heavy, heady topics. This collection of short, disturbing, hilarious and incredibly depressing stories definitely follows in that vein. It tackles an array of topics, including death, love, sex, marriage, aliens and chess. And for some reason, it works.

All the stories here are deadpan in delivery, and are laid out in fou
مصطفي سليمان
Nov 21, 2014 مصطفي سليمان rated it really liked it

أعتقد اني مش هقرأ ليه لفترة طويلة

مجموعة قصص
ايميلي تلقي السلام

فتاة تستأجر قاتل محترف ليقتل ناس معينة مقابل خدمات جنسية
يقع ف حبها القاتل المحترف علي كل رأس يقتله
تتقرب منه
ف النهاية يكتشف انها ليست ايميلي وتنتحر!!! الراجل مش عارف اقول ايه

2-القمر المنخفض
مش عارف اصفها ازاي فعلا
اجواء الغرب الامريكي لكن علي شطرنج
علي مباراة شطرنج
قصة حب تكتمل وتفشل


أفضل القصص ف الكتاب دا

شخص يحب فتاة كلما يتقدم لها
تخبره انها تحب شخص اخر
تخلص في حدود ال 5
وكل مرة تقول لا
وف النهاية توافق ف تتنحر
القصة الموازية له
Mar 11, 2012 Christian rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, a collection of five almost mystical short stories. The simple illustrations convey a very ponderous tension between the characters, an expectation of greater things at play, and I don't know how Jason does this. There is so much life present and hinted at in each of the characters, so the funny moments are full of relief, with both subtle and overt humor, and the darker moments are quite bleak or dreadful. How should this be possible with comical-looking anthropomorp ...more
Sep 24, 2011 Shanna rated it it was amazing
I was pleasantly surprised with this book.

I'd never heard of Jason and his books before. I just stumbled upon it at the library and thought "this book is bound nicely. The pages look of good quality. Someone put a lot of thought into it." Yes, I judged a book by its cover, but it was one of the FEW times that it paid off.

The humor is VERRRYYY dry. It sneaks up on you until you find yourself aching with laughter, or aching with the effort of trying to keep yourself from laughing because you're in
Aug 27, 2009 Bobby rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is another instance when I wish I could give something half stars. Certainly would have been 3 1/2.

Low Moon is a collection of five stories told with Jason's typical unemotional delivery. Each story is unique and seems to reflect a different genre of literture. The story, &, probably stands out to me the most with it's split spread telling of two stories at the same time. As always, the dynamics and situations portrayed within so few pages have the potential to make you contemplate for
Jan 09, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
The five vignettes in this book have a deadpan charm that is sweet and sad. Jason, a Norwegian, shows the same sort of quiet sadness that I'm used to seeing in Scandinavian fiction. There is little talking, lots of pauses, and wry commentary. The clean, simple animal characters with Little-Orphan-Annie eyes work very well with the complexities of each story. The stories range from a murder mystery to a wild-west chess match to alien abduction. Each story has a punchline melancholy punchline that ...more
Roman Stadtler
Feb 25, 2016 Roman Stadtler rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I love the honest staggering emotional moments in Jason's work, and all the silent film, western, and other pop cultural allusions interspersed throughout. This latest book of stories has a classic western scenario, intellectualized; an puzzling and poignant broken family SF story, another story I liked but have already forgotten what it was about, and my favorite, the first story. It's a intriguing bit of mystery, obsession, and revenge with a dramatic, haunting ending (the final panel won't le ...more
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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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