"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
From the Back Cover
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?