Jason’s latest collection indulges his light and playful side, consisting of eleven wildly off-kilter stories that mix incongruous elements of pop culture and a variety of genres, pastiches and mash-ups in a delightful brick of elegant graphic storytelling.
Frida Kahlo is a hired killer. Santo, the Mexican wrestling film star, faces his ultimate challenge. The rise and fall of Chet Baker—told in six pages. Night of the Vampire Hunter. The last word on the JFK assassination conspiracies. A non-linear heist story that also somehow includes images by Magritte. A big bug story based on 1950s black-and-white films. And what would Van Morrison’s Moondance album look like if it were a horror comic? All as foretold by Nostradamus, of course. And all told by Jason, whose sly and elusive meanings are hidden beneath a beguilingly deadpan style.
"The Norwegian artist who goes by the single name Jason is the most deadpan comedian in comics. ... In Jason’s comics, we’re less likely to see a military showdown against a huge, murderous chameleon than a couple of animal-headed civilians placidly watching the fight from a distance." — The New York Times
"These pages showcase Jason’s understated characterizations, atmospheric coloring, and talent for diffusing tension with comedy (why is Professor Jones so fixated on the roots of masturbation?), balancing a fantastic concept with a grounded perspective that makes it easy to forget these are walking, talking dogs investigating a murder allegedly committed by a giant reptile." — The A.V. Club
"The art is bright and poppy, a pleasantly sweet-and-sour contrast to the inherently bleak world of the anthropomorphic animals who populate Jason's fables." — Publishers Weekly
"Even as his animal-headed characters tussle, rob banks and fight supernatural creatures, they do so with a minimum facial expression in economically-rendered, droopy poses. They often lie prone in bed and smoke cigarettes with a blank stare. If You Steal employs a combination of amusement and ennui that’s textbook Jason, and seems to come straight from French New Wave films." — Paste Magazine
"The breadth of topics showcases Jason’s wide range of storytelling prowess. If read all at once, If You Steal can be a blur of cartoon animals engaged in strange adventures with hushed outcomes. When savored, If You Steal is Jason’s quiet triumph." — Omnivoracious