Almost Silent

Overview

A deluxe, hardcover collection of four Jason classics: Meow Baby, Tell Me Something, You Can't Get There From Here, and The Living and the Dead.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 ...

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Overview

A deluxe, hardcover collection of four Jason classics: Meow Baby, Tell Me Something, You Can't Get There From Here, and The Living and the Dead.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 day’s 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Vice
“[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. ... you get a nice sampler of what Jason can do. This is entirely worth owning.”— Nick Gazin
Bookslut
“The graphic novel’s cinematic qualities have rarely been so well wielded as they are by the artist known only as Jason.”
Newsarama
“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.”— Michael C. Lorah
The Guardian
“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 Daily Cross Hatch
“This is the output of an artist with a clear vision who is truly at the top of his game. ... Beautifully bound and reasonably priced, you’re not going to find a much better entry point into the world of contemporary graphic novels than Almost Silent.”— Brian Heater
The SF Site: Nexus Graphica
“Throughout the sublime Almost Silent, Jason examines traditional relationships and social norms via a deliciously warped lens, quite probably one constructed by Dr. Frankenstein himself.”— Rick Klaw
Nick Gazin - Vice
“[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. ... you get a nice sampler of what Jason can do. This is entirely worth owning.”
J. Caleb Mozzocco - Newsarama
“Thank God then for Almost Silent, a new collection repackaging some of Fanta’s older Jason books—some of which are no longer in print in their original format—as an anthology the same size, shape and design as Low Moon. ... Buy it to read the stories, keep it to restore order and balance to your bookshelf.”
Michael C. Lorah - Newsarama
“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.”
Sherman Alexie
“Jason’s work is poetry. Beautiful and frightening. Redemptive and hopeless. He is the Kafka and Keats of the comic world.”
Brian Heater - The Daily Cross Hatch
“This is the output of an artist with a clear vision who is truly at the top of his game. ... Beautifully bound and reasonably priced, you’re not going to find a much better entry point into the world of contemporary graphic novels than Almost Silent.”
Rick Klaw - The SF Site: Nexus Graphica
“Throughout the sublime Almost Silent, Jason examines traditional relationships and social norms via a deliciously warped lens, quite probably one constructed by Dr. Frankenstein himself.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606993156
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
  • Publication date: 3/2/2010
  • Pages: 302
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jason hails from Oslo, Norway, but currently resides in the south of France. The Harvey and Eisner Award-winner continues to create new books at a breakneck pace—his books include Werewolves of Montpellier; Low Moon; Pocket Full of Rain and Other Stories; Hey, Wait...; Sshhhh!; The Iron Wagon; What I Did (collecting the previous three volumes); I Killed Adolf Hitler; The Last Musketeer; The Left Bank Gang; Why Are You Doing This?; The Living and the Dead; Meow, Baby!; You Can't Get There from Here; Tell Me Something; and Almost Silent (collecting the previous four volumes) and (with Fabien Vehlmann) Isle of 100,000 Graves.

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