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August 2015

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“Norwegian cartoonist Jason is the master of haunting comics that wriggle into the reader’s brain and very often break their heart. With its signature four-panel grid, basic anthropomorphic animal characters, and ligne claire minimalism throughout, Jason's work seems simple, yet the uncomplicated surface gives way to complex layers that hold far deeper meanings.” – Laura Sneddon, Publishers Weekly

Jason’s latest collection indulges his light and playful side, consisting of eleven wildly off-kilter stories that mix incongruous elements of pop culture and a variety of genres, pastiches and mash-ups in a delightful brick of elegant graphic storytelling.

Frida Kahlo is a hired killer. Santo, the Mexican wrestling film star, faces his ultimate challenge. The rise and fall of Chet Baker – told in six pages. Night of the Vampire Hunter. The last word on the JFK assassination conspiracies. A non-linear heist story that also somehow includes images by Magritte. A big bug story based on 1950s black-and-white films. And what would Van Morrison’s Moondance album look like if it were a horror comic? All as foretold by Nostradamus, of course. And all told by Jason, whose sly and elusive meanings are hidden beneath a beguilingly deadpan style.

“These pages showcase Jason’s understated characterizations, atmospheric coloring, and talent for diffusing tension with comedy, balancing a fantastic concept with a grounded perspective that makes it easy to forget these are walking, talking dogs investigating a murder allegedly committed by a giant reptile.” – Oliver Sava,
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•Comics website

“Jason's short tales are known for being chock full of pop culture kitsch, genre-mashing experimentation, and quiet ennui-heavy contemplation. His latest collection … continues in the same vein and is likely to earn the cult-favorite cartoonist more plaudits like his 2002 Harvey Award for Best New Talent or his three Eisner Awards.” – Michael C. Laurer

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•Comics website and blog

“Jason's stories are ultimately about the redemptive nature of love. They are usually cut from a similar cloth and yet they constantly delight and surprise me... This guy is so good.” – Heidi MacDonald

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•Comics blog

“Jason is one of my favorite cartoonists, a master of pitch, tone and composition. His comics are simultaneously hilarious and tinged with sadness, a balance achieved in part through his use of a ‘funny animal’ motif.”