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Comic books reinventing history

Comic books reinventing history — Jason explains the popularity of his work and the up side to sad endings

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He’s sent a hitman back in time to whack Hitler and imagined Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald in a bank heist. So how could Norwegian-born comics creator Jason (né John Arne Sæterøy), 42, possibly bastardize history any more? By writing a droll sequel to a literary classic — which he does in his fading-swashbuckler-meets-alien-invaders thriller, The Last Musketeer.

Viva La France
In 2006, Jason left Norway for Montpellier, France. ”I moved here because the tradition of making comics is much bigger,” he explains. ”In Norway, it’s for kids, mostly.”
Go Figure
”Originally I drew in a more realistic style, with people. But they were stiff and didn’t look that convincing,” he says of all his anthropomorphic animal characters. ”There’s rabbits, there’s birds. Cats or dogs. It’s hard to tell.”
Forget Comics. Watch Movies!
”I buy more DVDs than I buy comics. Musketeer is influenced by the film serials from the ’40s, like Flash Gordon.” As for his tendency to use very little dialogue? ”I’m a big fan of Buster Keaton.”
Don’t Look on the Bright Side
”I often write sad endings because you remember them longer. Like, if Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart had gotten together in Casablanca — it would not have been the same thing.”

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