Hair Shirt

Hair Shirt

by Patrick McEown
     
 

John and Naomi were childhood sweethearts— and then they grew up. Life took them on very different paths, but accidents will happen. When their two lives intersect again, they decide to have another go at love. But this is no simple romantic rekindling: Both John and Naomi are wearing the hairshirts of miserable memories and dark nightmares, which may be

Overview

John and Naomi were childhood sweethearts— and then they grew up. Life took them on very different paths, but accidents will happen. When their two lives intersect again, they decide to have another go at love. But this is no simple romantic rekindling: Both John and Naomi are wearing the hairshirts of miserable memories and dark nightmares, which may be too painful to shed, even if they hold each other tight again. Their terrible struggle is powerfully represented in beautifully nuanced art that reflects a soulless city, troubled love, and tense aimlessness.

Praise for Hair Shirt:

“Unlike the whimsical logic that often governs courtship comics . . . McEown’s characters behave with believable insecurities and are simultaneously responsible for and helpless against the deterioration of their love.”  —Publishers Weekly

“Nothing about McEown’s dark-hued, scratchy art or his intense exploration of guilt and shame is generic.” —The A.V. Club

“With Hair Shirt, McEown constructs a dark and dreamlike visual spectacle that tackles memory and the labyrinthe of emotional trauma that can follow suit.” —The Beat

 

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
It seems like kismet when John and Naomi reunite within the opening pages of McEown’s (Grendel) bleak yet honest story, which reveals the toll one’s past can have on both oneself and close friends. But John is haunted by lurid memories of Chris, a boorish childhood friend and Naomi’s brother, who died years earlier, after leaving the pair with deep psychosexual scars that prevent them from maintaining healthy relationships. Unlike the whimsical logic that often governs courtship in comics (such as in Archie or Bryan O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim), McEown’s characters behave with believable insecurities and are simultaneously responsible for and helpless against the deterioration of their love. It’s a gloomy read, perhaps, best accompanied by a cup of black coffee and a Radiohead album, but it never drifts too far into angst-ridden melodrama, instead drawing readers into McEown’s appropriately scribbled and murky-hued world of youth and regret. (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781906838270
Publisher:
SelfMadeHero
Publication date:
03/12/2013
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Patrick McEown is an Eisner Award–winning artist whose credits include the popular comics series Grendel: War Child and collaborations with Mike Mignola, creator of Hellboy. He lives in Montreal, Canada.

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