"… [Almost Silent] is a really good book and Jason is a strong cartoonist. He does a lot with his simple-but-well-drawn characters and little to no dialogue. … For $25 you get a nice sampler of what Jason can do. This is entirely worth owning." — Vice
"Using anthropomorphic animals, [Jason] explores the social anxieties of everyday situations, wryly juxtaposing the ordinary and the extraordinary … [One story] is a George A. Romero-style zombie romp that, in Jason's hands, becomes a Woody Allen romance." — Scream Magazine
"Jason’s simple, elegant artwork … allows any reader to dive right in. … Jason’s comics … are funny, and absurd, tinged with sadness and loneliness, outrageously goofy, slapstick, human and just plain pretty to look at. … It’s a treat to enjoy a comic like Almost Silent." — Newsarama
"One gets the sense that … Jason, like poets writing sestinas, [is] testing [his] powers, letting the fierce constraints of the form reveal new possibilities, and it’s a wonderful thing to observe." — The Guardian
"Jason’s work is poetry. Beautiful and frightening. Redemptive and hopeless. He is the Kafka and Keats of the comic world." — Sherman Alexie
"The graphic novel’s cinematic qualities have rarely been so well wielded as they are by the artist known only as Jason." — Bookslut
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Almost Silent packages four original Jason graphic novels — three of them out of print since mid-2008 — into one compact, hardcover omnibus collection. (As the title indicates, this volume favors Jason's pantomime works.)
You Can't Get There from Here, the longest story of the book (and the only one to be printed in color — well, a color), tells the tale of a love triangle involving Frankenstein, Frankenstein's Monster, and The Monster's Bride: Jason cleverly alternates between totally silent sequences involving the three characters and scenes in which Frankenstein's hunchbacked assistant discusses the days events with a fellow hunchbacked assistant to another mad scientist. (You didn't know they had a union?)
Tell Me Something is a brisk (271 panels), near-totally-silent (just a few intertitles) graphic novelette about love lost and found again, told with a tricky mixture of forward- and back-flashing narrative. Meow, Baby is a collection of Jason's short stories and gags, and finally, The Living and the Dead is a hilariously deadpan (and gory) take on the traditional Romero-style zombie thriller.
All of these yarns star Jason's patented cast of tight-lipped (or -beaked) bird-, dog-, cat- and wolf-people, and show off his compassion and wry wit. Almost Silent is a perfect starting point for a new reader wanting to know what the fuss is all about, and a handsome, handy, inexpensive collection for the committed Jason fan.