Author Archives: Edward Haynes

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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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“The Inking Woman”

By | Apr 9, 2018 | Reviews

Comics can feel like a monoculture at times. They are, of course, not. Discussions of the history of comics generally centre around hypermasculine cape comics and their male creators. But there is an alternative mainstream; there have always been non-superhero comics and there have always been women cartoonists making great art. In Anglophile comics culture […]

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“Why Art?”

By | Mar 12, 2018 | Reviews

“Why Art?” Eleanor Davis asks us, before giving her response to that multi-faceted two-word question, she asks us. Why art? Why make art? Why consume art? Why is art the way it is? Why think about art? Why art? Davis’s response is just as multi-faceted the question is. Taking us on an intimate, thoughtful, and […]

“The Silence of Our Friends”

By | Feb 12, 2018 | Reviews

In 1967 Houston, white and black families didn’t mix. Their worlds were completely separate. In 1967, writer Mark Long’s father, then a reporter for a local television station, made friends with a black activist while reporting on anti-racist student movements. “The Silence of Our Friends” is about crossing that racial line, and it’s about a […]

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“Magritte: This is Not a Biography”

By | Jan 15, 2018 | Reviews

How do you go about trying to understand a surreal mind? How do you explore a body of work and a life that purposefully highlights contradictions and runs from conventional narratives of understanding? For artist Thomas Campi and writer Vincent Zabus, exploring the life and work of Surrealist painter René Magritte means looking through the […]


By | Dec 18, 2017 | Reviews

With “Roots” Tara O’Connor plants seeds that sometimes branches into interesting places, exploring her journey across the whole island of Ireland as she searches for her familial roots and lays down new romantic roots that hopefully grows into something strong and beautiful as an oak. The problem with “Roots,” however is that none of these […]

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“Sex Criminals” #1

By | Dec 4, 2017 | Reviews

The opening captions of Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s “Sex Criminals” ask us not to judge as we see our leads, Jon and Suzie, having sex in a public bathroom. At the point of climax, pink, blue and purple swirls of light as time freezes, it would be beautiful if it wasn’t for Jon’s cumface […]


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