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Jason

Sshhhh!

On sale date: August 17, 2002

A sharp suite of short tales, ranging from funny to terrifying to surreal to touching, all told entirely in pantomime. Jason's clean, deadpan art style hides a wealth of emotion and human complexity, leavened with a wicked wit.

From the multiple Eisner and Harvey Award-winning author comes this sharp suite of short tales, ranging from the funny to the terrifying to the surreal to the touching, all told entirely in pantomime. Like Chris Ware, Jason's clean, deadpan style (featuring animal-headed characters with mask-like faces) hides a wealth of emotion and human complexity, leavened with a wicked wit. Jason's work has also drawn comparisons to Art Spiegelman for the similar ways both artists utilize anthropomorphic stylizations to reach deeper, more general truths, and to create elegantly minimalist panels whose emotional depth-charge comes as an even greater shock. His dark wit and supremely bold use of "jump-cuts" from one scene to the next are endlessly surprising and exhilarating.

Praise

“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

“Sshhhh! is a peculiar and fascinating look at love and life.” — Stergios Botzakis - Graphic Novel Resources

“…[U]tterly engrossing…. Themes such as fatherhood, love lost, living with death and depression are all featured in the ten parts that are Sshhhh!… [A] quite memorable book.” — Cosmic Treadmill

Specs

Pages
120
Format
Paperback / Softback
Color
Black and white
Dimensions
7.2" × 10.1"
ISBN-13
9781560974970
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