Tell Me Something

Tell Me Something

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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.

Title:Tell Me Something
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781560975663
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    Tell Me Something Reviews

  • Dave Schaafsma

    Tell Me Something is a short book, with a silent film-era feel, an almost silent comic, featuring a guy who finds a photograph of an old love. This reminds him of those days, and he wonders if this lo...

  • Sam Quixote

    A poet turned pickpocket stumbles across a photo of his beloved, long since gone, in the wallet of his latest mark. As he decides to visit his former love, he discovers her home life with her abusive ...

  • Ill D

    A thorough sampling of Pulp Fiction’s chronological slicing and dicing meets silent movie era “talkies” in one of Jason’s lesser known works. Whether its era appropriate slapstick or a surpris...

  • Anthony Vacca

    Another early (almost) silent work by Jason. Tell Me Something does a back-and-forth game of telling the tragic romance of an anthropomorphic pickpocket poet and his one true love. A simple but effect...

  • Ray

    Read in Feb 2022, as part of the collection, Almost Silent. I'm adding this separate book to my read list so I don't forget that I've already read it, so I don't go out of my seeking it out. 3 stars. ...

  • Monkey Feyerabend

    7.5/10Jason is a specialist in conveying universal human feelings using anthropomorphic characters that show no facial expressions. This counterintuitive approach to graphic storytelling shines in tho...

  • Rachel

    Not sure what to make of this—I just feel like there's not enough scaffolding to tell this story. I'm interested in what's going on here, but it's like I tell my poetry students: you have to do at l...

  • Mateen Mahboubi

    This "silent film" style volume from Jason brings a lot of the elements that I enjoy from his books. The unique style and humour is great and, like some other Jason books, it asks for some attention t...

  • Norman

    Very inventive storytelling - back and forths between two timelines of our protagonist and his love - one about their early times and one in the present where he and his love find each other again. Lo...

  • Jonathan

    TELL ME SOMETHING by Jason - it was probably a mistake to binge read several of Jason’s graphic novels in a row or maybe just a mistake to wait until months later to write about them, as I can’t ...