Author Archives: Edward Haynes

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“24 Panels”

By | Dec 10, 2018 | Reviews

I was on a minibus going to a hostel in central London about a month ago. On the right, as we drove I saw the shell of Grenfell Tower, wrapped up in white sheets with a green heart and an epitaph, ‘forever in our hearts’ across its top. This is the only time I’ve seen […]

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“I Am Young”

By | Nov 12, 2018 | Reviews

“I Am Young” claims the title of M. Dean’s new collection of stories. “I Am Young” is a statement of fact; I am not old. It’s an insistence; I still have youth. It’s present; ‘am,’ not ‘was.’ It’s hypocritical; I am the oldest now that I have ever been. You’re only as old as you […]

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By | Oct 8, 2018 | Reviews

Originally published in French as a series of zines, Max de Radiguès’ “Bastard” takes us on the run with May and her son, Eugene, from both police and criminals in a heart-warming tale of heists, murder, and family. Radiguès’ efficient line cuts to the heart of the familial relationships at the centre of “Bastard,” as […]

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“Coyote Doggirl”

By | Sep 10, 2018 | Reviews

Lisa Hanawalt is best known to me as the production designer for the beautiful and emotive Netflix original series Bojack Horseman, but outside of that she has made some award-winning comics. In 2016, Hanawalt’s “Hot Dog Taste Test” won the Ignatz for outstanding graphic novel. Now, just before Bojack’s fifth season, Hanawalt returns to comics […]

“Bad Girls”

By | Aug 13, 2018 | Reviews

It’s 8pm on New Year’s Eve 1958 at mob-run Cuban casino, El Eden, and singer Taffy is on stage, while single mother and dancer Ana cares for her daughter backstage, and Gangster girlfriend Carole is getting ready for the night’s celebrations by sleeping with her mobster boyfriend’s driver. It’s almost midnight, the verge of 1959, […]

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By | Jul 9, 2018 | Reviews

“Tumult” is a London-set psychological thriller, a story of an artistic man, in an alcoholic and depressive descent, who meets, obsesses over, and rediscovers purpose through, a mysterious woman with a dark past. This is a story we’ve seen before, which doesn’t have to be a bad thing, a familiar shape to a story can […]

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“X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills”

By | Jun 26, 2018 | Reviews

The first original graphic novel to bear the “X-Men” name, and Marvel’s fifth OGN, is uncomfortably prescient in today’s political and social climate. The X-Men, and mutants, have always been used as a somewhat crude metaphor for really existing marginalised groups, and in “God Loves, Man Kills,” Chris Claremont and Brent Anderson place mutant discrimination […]

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“The Communist Manifesto”

By | Jun 11, 2018 | Reviews

As a political cartoonist for The Guardian, Martin Rowson mocks the figures of current politics. Now for the 200th birthday of legendary leftist thinker Karl Marx, Rowson turns his eye to 170-year-old politics, adapting Marx and Engels’s “Communist Manifesto” into a playful, strange, grotesque, and relevant graphic novel. Using the original text, and foregrounding Marx […]

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“Permanent Press”

By | May 15, 2018 | Reviews

In “Permanent Press,” Luke strays in and out of an artistic funk as his anthropomorphic shadow taunts him while he shrinks into a mouse trying to make some comics. In the book, he manages to make two comics, complete with their own characters, themes, and visual language: “The Unofficial Cuckoo’s Nest Study Guide” and “The […]


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