Werewolves of Montpellier by Jason

Werewolves of Montpellier
by Jason
Fantagraphics, 2010

A bored artist, in love with his lesbian neighbour, dresses up as a werewolf and roams the roofs of Montpellier for kicks, annoying the district’s actual werewolves. Very Jason, in other words. Our hero Sven is one of Jason’s anthropomorphic dog characters, so apparently the only difference between him and the werewolves is that they have bigger claws and meaner expressions.

Jason’s tales of the distracted and listless existences of dog-faced Europeans are so consistently excellent that it’s almost predictable, but while this story has his usual skilled construction and subdued colour palette, there’s also┬ásome rather good characterisation. His blank-eyed characters (like Little Orphan Annie) are often ciphers, but here the relationship between Sven, his neighbour Audrey and her girlfriend Julie is sketched out so subtly that it isn’t until you get to the end that you realise how much was communicated without words.

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