2013 Eisner Award Nominee: Best U.S. Edition of International Material
Ranked #6 on MTV Geek's Best Graphic Novels of 2012
Ranked #4 by Kevin Huizenga in Paste's "Comic Relief: Paste's Favorite Writers & Artists Pick Their Favorite Comics of 2012" survey
Another all-original collection of full-color graphic novellas in the format of Low Moon, Athos in America takes its title from the lead story, a prequel of sorts to the graphic novel The Last Musketeer, in which the seemingly ageless swashbuckler turns up in a bar in 1920 New York and relates the tale of how he went to Hollywood to play himself in a film version of The Three Musketeers. Another tie-in with a previous Jason story occurs in The Smiling Horse, in which the characters from the story & in Low Moon attempt to kidnap a woman.
Also in this volume: The Brain That Wouldnt Virginia Woolf, a mashup of The Brain That Wouldnt Die and Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf, told in reverse chronological order; the Bukowski pastiche A Cat From Heaven in which Jason works on his comic, has a reading in a comic book store, gets drunk and makes a fool of himself; the dialogue-free (all the text occurs in thought balloons) Tom Waits on the Moon, in which we follow four people (one of them a scientist working on a teleportation machine) until something goes wrong; and So Long Mary Ann, a prison-escape love-triangle story.
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Praise for Jason:
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
One of the medium's finest storytellers. Publishers Weekly
Although Jasons art is attractive... it's his grasp of sociopathy that stays with you. Jason is a master of frisson. Boston Sunday Globe
The graphic novel's cinematic qualities have rarely been so well wielded as they are by the artist known only as Jason. Bookslut
"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