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Has Jason become more embittered and misanthropic as he’s aged [?]. . . Athos in America is up to his usual standards, full of stories that build slowly, with plenty of subtle detail in its stone-­faced panels.... The execution, as it always is with both Jason and Fantagraphics, is stellar. (Hillary Brown - Paste)

Any new work from Norwegian cartoonist Jason is worthy of a comics fan’s full attention, but the new, all­-original short ­story collection Athos in America is one of the best books of Jason’s career, which automatically makes it one of the best books of this year. (Noel Murray - The A.V. Club)

If you have not read any of Jason, I can not think of a better way to start than with Athos. Most likely not be the last work of this author that passes through your hands. (Héctor G. Olarte - el Mundo)

Besides a particularly gleeful dark humour, this collection of short stories by Norweigan artist Jason is tied together by a certain obsession with Hollywood genres . . . Jason infuses them with both a slightly tweaked pathos and a taste for melancholy macabre. ...[F]antastic stuff for sad bastards and the people who love them. (David Berry - National Post)

Visually exciting, at times hilarious and at times devastating, Athos in America will only add to Jason’s well­-deserved reputation as a star of the graphic novel world. (Publishers Weekly)

What’s amazing is how much [Jason] can squeeze from so little. Though their emotional register usually falls somewhere between disappointment and death, the stories make an eclectic bunch.... Sure, Jason’s following his muse down the wormiest of rabbit holes these days, but you wouldn’t want him any less weird. (Ian Chipman - Booklist)

One of the medium’s finest storytellers. (Publishers Weekly)

...Jason is quite effective in modulating emotion from story to story, going from gags to violence to tragedy . . . Jason is in total control of all aspects of his storytelling, and, even after a decade straight of ambitious publishing, it seems as if he’s just getting warmed up. (Rob Clough - The Comics Journal)

Although Jason’s art is attractive... it’s his grasp of sociopathy that stays with you. Jason is a master of frisson. (Boston Sunday Globe)

Athos in America is a tour de force that showcases Jason’s immense talents as both an artist and a storyteller. These haunting stories will stick with you long after you’ve turned the last page. Rating: 10 out of 10 (Edward Kaye - Newsarama)

The graphic novel’s cinematic qualities have rarely been so well wielded as they are by the artist known only as Jason. (Bookslut)

When I read Jason for the first time, I was just as excited and devastated as the first time I read the poems of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman. Jason’s work is poetry. (Sherman Alexie)

About the Author

Jason hails from Oslo, Norway, but currently resides in the south of France. The Harvey and Eisner Award-winner continues to create new books at a breakneck pace―his books include Werewolves of Montpellier; Low Moon; Pocket Full of Rain and Other Stories; Hey, Wait...; Sshhhh!; The Iron Wagon; What I Did (collecting the previous three volumes); I Killed Adolf Hitler; The Last Musketeer; The Left Bank Gang; Why Are You Doing This?; The Living and the Dead; Meow, Baby!; You Can't Get There from Here; Tell Me Something; and Almost Silent (collecting the previous four volumes) and (with Fabien Vehlmann) Isle of 100,000 Graves.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics; F First Edition edition (March 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606994786
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606994788
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #716,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ella on April 8, 2012
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My rating is actually 4.5 of 5 stars.

A graphic novel composed of six short stories.

This was a lovely collection. The stories all had different characters, but had similar tones and ideas, which made for a cohesive collection. This collection was on the angrier side of things. As usual, Jason did an amazing job at conveying lots of emotion through simple anthropomorphic drawings.

I found all of the stories, except the title story, to be very strong and rather intense. One story has amusing scene of Jason doing a reading, quoting passages from one of his excellent mostly silent books- Hey, Wait.... Another story, Athos in America, didn't come off as very strong to me, however it was supposed to be a prequel to another of his books "The Last Musketeer", which I have yet to read. As a note this is one of Jason's wordier pieces, which may not be to some fans' taste.

I would recommend this to anyone who has really enjoyed Jason's previous work or wants an introduction to graphic novels.
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Norwegian cartoonist Jason (John Arne Sæterøy) may be the foreign equivalent to Craig Thompson. Not because of similar story telling or similar art styles, but because both men can effectively make you feel like 200-500 pages is too short. Athos in America, the artists 17th translated collection, is a series of six short stories that spans approximately 200 pages. Ranging from crime tales, to love tales, and the bizarre, Jason's knack for exploring the human psyche and psychosis, with characters that lack the required genetic programming is stunning with every turn of the page.

It wasn't that long ago, 11 years in fact, when American's were first introduced to Jason's work. Now with the art of translation and demand, this work is becoming more readily available. A huge amount of credit has to go to Kim Thompson on this volume; his knack for translation doesn't lose any of the sentimentality in these stories and retains a lot more than the reader may initially realize.

The collection opens with a kidnapping tale - "The Smiling Horse" - and may be the collections least appealing story. However, for a work from Jason, that only bolsters the rest of the collection from the arms of mediocrity. In this tale, the kidnappers get a taste of their own medicine, and in his brilliance, Jason never reveals what the kidnapped party looks like. Neither does he reveal the party that get's even as well. With elements like that, the story retains more appeal than the reader may at first think.

The second story - "A Cat from Heaven" - see's Jason as the central character, and the portrayal that he paints is self-deprecating, but ultimately humbling. His misadventures in relationships and in dealing with fandom may hint to how many celebrities feel, as well as the author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dawn M. Kurtz on January 4, 2014
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for my son, but he seemed very pleased with it - I hope this helps! He had it on his "wish list" and was happy to add it to another one he had by the same author.
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