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Jayson: A New Collection Paperback – April, 1997

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"Jayson: A New Collection" caused me to laugh out loud. The cat-fights between Jayson's fag-hag roommate Arena Stage and his cross-dressing pornographer/neighbor Robyn Ricketts are priceless. And when you read them you'll be laughing out loud and telling your friends that you'd react the same way. -- Rodd Steale, "Impact," Vol. 22, Issue 26, New Year 1998

Jayson and Arena are fully rounded creations, funny (when they're not merely pathetic), and real. -- Michael Willhoite, "Lambda Book Report," May 1997

Jayson reflects the experiences of the "gay everyman." He's not a drop-dead gorgeous superhunk, he's just kind of average. He faces common dilemmas: he has trouble finding a boyfriend, his budget is always stretched to the limit, and he's frustrated in the employment department-in short, he's like the majority of us. And most importantly, he isn't obsessed with sex, looks, or himself, except to the degree that he struggles with a subculture that tells him he should be. -- Ron Romanovsky & Paul Phillips, singer-songwriter-activists

The strength of the series is in its deft writing, stylish and evocative characterization and superbly bitchy dialogue. Related with all the dexterity and skill of a superior situation comedy, the cutting putdowns and snide asides are so funny you find yourself saving them up to use yourself at a later date....And while [Krell's] forte is comedy, the occasional downbeat episode manages to be moving and poignant while still possessed of a mordant humour....An enjoyable, upbeat read. -- Howard Stangroom, "Comics Forum," No. 15, Summer 1997

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Since 1982, Jayson Callowhill has been searching for happiness in the contemporary gay ghetto. Along the way he's met a card-carrying fag-hag named Arena Stage, a cross-dressing pornographer named Robyn Ricketts, and a succession of men who've broken his heart-but not his spirit. This new collection follows Jayson's rise from six-panel featurette in the "Philadelphia Gay News" to national prominence in "Gay Comix," "Meatmen," and beyond. Here you'll find all the stories that inspired the sensational new Jayson musical-and then some! Like Superhero Jayson...Spaceman Jayson...even Straight-boy Jayson! Plus never-before-seen "lost" episodes from Arena's spinoff strip! The cartoon once dismissed as "retrograde" is now the hippest strip in town. Could it be that the world has finally caught up with Jayson?

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Jeff Krell created the groundbreaking comic strip "Jayson," which debuted in the Philadelphia Gay News in 1983. By 1985 "Jayson" had achieved national prominence in Gay Comix, where the strip was named Most Popular Feature. "Jayson" then became a staple in Leyland Publications' Meatmen series of gay male comics anthologies, gracing nearly twenty volumes. In 1990 "Jayson" debuted in national syndication.

Krell also translated and published English versions of two works by famed German gay cartoonist Ralf König. "Maybe...Maybe Not" and "Maybe...Maybe Not Again!" were the basis for one of Germany's highest grossing comedy movies.

Krell collaborated with singer/songwriters Ron Romanovsky and Paul Phillips to produce an off-Broadway "Jayson" musical at The 45th Street Theatre, which The New York Times praised for its "tart, keenly observed humor." The show ran for 10 weeks in the summer of 1998.

Krell's first collection of "Jayson" cartoons, "Jayson: A New Collection" (1997), contained all of the stories that inspired the musical. In 2005 Krell published two new retrospectives, "Jayson: Best of the 80s" and "Jayson: Best of the 90s," which were so well received that Krell announced plans for a new series of "Jayson" graphic novels.

On the eve of "Jayson's" 25th anniversary in comics, Krell unveiled "Jayson Goes to Hollywood" (2008), his first original graphic novel. This milestone was celebrated at the San Diego Comic-Con, where Krell was a featured guest on the 2008 Gays In Comics panel.

"Jayson Goes to Hollywood" received the Full Five Tonys (highest rating) from Tony Isabella in the Comics Buyer's Guide and garnered nominations in the 2009 CBG Fan Awards for both Favorite Writer and Favorite Graphic Novel. Krell followed that up in 2012 with his second original graphic novel, "Jayson Gets a Job!"

Krell also translated and published English versions of two works by famed German gay cartoonist Ralf König. "Maybe... Maybe Not" (1998) and "Maybe... Maybe Not Again!" (1999) were the basis for one of Germany's highest grossing comedy movies. These works proved so successful that Krell has since published English-language versions of two other graphic novels by Ralf König, "The Killer Condom" (2009) and its sequel, "Down to the Bone" (2011).

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