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Why Are You Doing This?

Why Are You Doing This Imagine a long forgotten never produced Alfred Hitchcock wrong man thriller screenplay discovered adapted and filmed by a modern minimalist like Jim Jarmusch and you ll have some idea of the unique

  • Title: Why Are You Doing This?
  • Author: Jason
  • ISBN: 9781560976554
  • Page: 481
  • Format: Paperback
  • Imagine a long forgotten, never produced Alfred Hitchcock wrong man thriller screenplay discovered, adapted and filmed by a modern minimalist like Jim Jarmusch and you ll have some idea of the unique flavor of Jason s latest graphic novel The protagonist, a moody twenty something wallowing in depression after a breakup with his long time girlfriend, finds himself drawnImagine a long forgotten, never produced Alfred Hitchcock wrong man thriller screenplay discovered, adapted and filmed by a modern minimalist like Jim Jarmusch and you ll have some idea of the unique flavor of Jason s latest graphic novel The protagonist, a moody twenty something wallowing in depression after a breakup with his long time girlfriend, finds himself drawn into a paranoid s worst nightmare after his best friend is murdered and the blame is pinned on him With the help of a single mother who spontaneously throws in her lot with him not to mention her precocious daughter , he sets out to clear his name Soon new relationships are forged, dark secrets from the past are revealed, and the real killer comes back into the picture with a vengeance.

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    1. Short, Hitchcockesque dark crime-story with an existential flavour. Life is just generally crappy and bad things happen to us in order to become masters at telling anecdotal stories to our friends.

    2. Only after having read nearly all of Jason's books have I begun to see some of the themes that run, to some degree, through all of them. There's almost always an ordinary character who, by accident or design, finds himself in extraordinary circumstances that he may or may not survive. Jason's stories tend not to have traditional happy endings, yet I think that his work is very positive. Positive because these characters are becoming active decision makers rather than passive ones, even if the de [...]

    3. Βαθμολογία: 9/10Αυτές τις μέρες έκατσα και έψαξα για διάφορα σημαντικά και ενδιαφέροντα έργα Ευρωπαίων σχεδιαστών/σεναριογράφων και αυτά του Jason μου τράβηξαν ιδιαίτερα την προσοχή. Διάβασα περιλήψεις των ιστοριών του, είδα τα σχέδια, έριξα μια προσεκτική ματιά σε διάφορες κ [...]

    4. The back cover of Why Are You doing This? describes the work as Hitchcockian. I suppose that's fair, but only in the most overt sense. On the surface, the graphic novelette is about murder and mistaken identity and a kind of cat-and-mouse between victim and victor. But that's only on the surface.If someone asked, I'd say Why Are You Doing This? is about what it means to live, what makes a live worthwhile.Alex has just been dumped and is struggling to make sense of life. And he's having a hard ti [...]

    5. Jason, the superb writer/artist of such books as "I Killed Adolf Hitler" and "The Left Bank Gang" comes up with this book. The story about a man being forced on the run after being framed for murdering his friend and being chased by a mysterious hitman who did the killings. Why him? Why is he being chased? And why are they doing this? Great artwork as always, Jason allows himself the use of dialogue in this book and so tension is built through the man on the run's interactions with members of th [...]

    6. Amazing storytelling. Scary, suspenseful. There are in this volume echoes of Hitchcock, yes, but with bizarre Jason elements thrown in. This guy is like the Coen Bros and Hitchcock in that in that he is interested in all sorts of storytelling, genres, techniques. . . dark humor sometimes undermining the seriousness. . . but he is a master at his craft. . . and Ingmar Bergman is mentioned in the same breath in some reviews, the darkness. . . that fits.

    7. A real departure from the sparse dialogue and simple slapstick that usually characterizes Jason's deadpan work. Instead we are greeted with a Noir-esque narrative, Hitchcock style; and a very well put together one at that. A case of mistaken identity and the immediacy of being in the wrong place in the wrong time. If you didn't enjoy Jason's previous work because you prefer more complex narratives- you will most likely dig this. Very enjoyable read, and highly recommended.

    8. I think, from now on, my professional name under which I'll be publishing all my popular, classy and accomplished work will be: Melissa. I've never read Jason before, even though- obviously- he is very famous and popular. But he is a genius! I started it and I was like, oh, a mopey indie comic about a sad boy, HOW FUCKIN DROLL. But then his friend got knifed and I was like, oh! I didn't expect that. Then a bunch of other things happened and even though I don't really know anything about Alfred H [...]

    9. Jason's "Why Are You Doing This?" is billed on the back as a Hitchockian fable. This is true, but throw into the mix Kafka and you may have some idea what this short story comic is about. An ordinary man framed for a murder and all the while being chased by the very hit man who committed the crime. His existential, morose mumbling amounts to much more when the supposed real world goes off kilter and sends our snout-faced protagonist into a wheel of uncertainty. While I really enjoyed this one, I [...]

    10. Cuantísimo me gusta este autor, cuanto más leo sus cómics mejor me parece. Los que he comprado ya los he releído varias veces, son buenísimos, sorprendentes, un vicio. Me encantan los personajes, que casi no se distingan unos de otros (físicamente), todo lo que cuenta en tan pocas páginas, las emociones, la tensión que puede llegar a crear los temas recurrentes, la soledad, el amor, la condición humana, lo intrigante de la trama, los pocos diálogos pero lo muchísimo que dicen, las ref [...]

    11. The jacket copy and the description of this graphic novel give away too much of the plot, so I'd recommend skipping them and just reading the book. I picked this one up because I loved the cover art. This short story appears to be one thing on the surface, but is really about something else on a deeper level. I cannot say anything more without a spoiler warning, so all I'll say is that this a fun and quick read.

    12. Jason tries his hand on the 'Clear My Name' plot that has been hashed and rehashed to death.Indulge yourself in this book's great, colorful artwork and crisp dialogue. Jason's not really prone to wasting any panels.Some of his anthologies are a bit of a hit-and-miss but his other novellas are always worth reading.

    13. Stop reading anything about the plot, and sit still for a second.This book is short and all blurbs on the back of the book or online give way too much away.(As with all good experiences) enter blind.This review will mention no plot content. This is as anti-spoiler as it comes.------------------------With this in mind, all I can write now is why you should read it without describing any plot events.I have read no others by Jason, but a fair few other graphic novels recently. This is why I see thi [...]

    14. The more and more of Jason's work I read, the more and more I like it. This book is so wonderful. It has the feel of being a Hitchcock thriller, dreamed up by Herge, but somehow drawn by Jason. It's that freaking good. It was cool to see Jason working outside of a rigorous panel grid, as he seems to have done with the other works I've read. He has a good sense of how to break up a page. Also, because he was using more panels per page, to try and make it feel like Tintin, it's a much more dense s [...]

    15. Mmm creo que sé de alguien que DEBERÍA estar terminando su tesis.Acá discrepo con el juanchi. Este es el que más me gustó de todos los que leí hasta ahora. Tiene más escrito, pero la historia el final

    16. A rather interesting graphic novel, with spare but well-drawn art, the story a bit slight and not particularly original, but interesting (and sad) nonetheless. It is short, and I don't want to reveal too much and spoil it for someone, but I liked the dog-like humans and the presentation, and I think people into graphic work will enjoy this stand alone.

    17. I didn't read the blurb before reading this. I also just finished reading Tell Me Something, which is presented as if someone took screen captures of a silent film and has like 7 lines of dialogue in the entire work.I bring those two things up because as I started this story, I felt that it had a slow start. But I recognize that this is in part due to my actually having to read words instead of just look at pictures like in Tell Me Something, and being unsure if there was an action plot waiting [...]

    18. Jason's "Why Are You Doing This?" weighs in at a mere 48 pages, but I can say without hesitation that it is a beautiful story (and homage to Hitchcock) that keeps you guessing what can possibly be next from page-to-page. When you think something is about to happen, Jason leads you down a completely different path. I loved main character, a self-centered character who is not even a shadow of who he was by the end of the piece. Very pleasant, surprising and another talented short story by one of t [...]

    19. Stylistically and thematically, Jason stories begin to go together in a sort of career arc. This one's a typically deadpan story about starting over and the ways we come to ends. There's relationships that start and stop and lives that do the same, and in the hands of Jason, that means lots of awkward panels with no dialogue and lots of musing over the ways we choose to live.

    20. I discovered him late, but Jason has quickly become one of my favorite comics creators, after Alan Moore and Charles Burns. The appeal of Why Are You Doing This? isn't as obvious as something like an ageless musketeer, and at first it seems like it's just Hitchcock by way of Richard Linklater, but the last few pages really punch.

    21. I'm making my way through a few of Jason's books and while I'm interested in what he's doing here, I find myself wondering whether the tone of his books vary much from one to the other. This is kind of sad and grim, but not terriblyvolved? I don't feel invested in these characters the way I feel like I ought to be.

    22. This guy,JASON, is a genius. Now, Go and read all his work and don't miss a single book.They will teach you something. They will touch your Heart somewhere.And after reading a 50 page book (comic) which hardly takes half an hour to finish, You can spend days thinking about it.

    23. Very clean art with a interesting color palate. Jason's stories to me are kind of like a Twilight Zone episode. The story is quick, starts with a hook to suck you in and then has surprise twist at the end. I mean this in a good way, not in a derivative way. I still think I like "I Killed Adolph Hitler" a bit better but this was still a fun, quirky read.

    24. It's captivating Herge-like artwork caught my eye in the library, and I impulsively picked it up. And I'm so glad that I did. This book is brilliant! I really can't say much about it except, go and read it. You won't be disappointed.

    25. Jason's illustrations are so very appealing. it would be impossible to hate them. the story is crime noir, with several cases of mistaken identity. it's a twisting plot with unexpected turns along the way. plus there's a rant about Dolly Parton. obviously this is an awesome book.

    26. I feel like my measure of how good a Jason book is should be how much it upsets me. So - really really good BUT crucially, not his saddest. Still great (and pretty sad) but a little simplistic compared to his best stuff.

    27. Los cómics de Jason son de lo mejor para leer antes de dormir, se me está haciendo costumbre hacerlo.(No sé que haré cuando se me acaben las obras de J).

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