Hair Shirt

Hair Shirt 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 a

  • Title: Hair Shirt
  • Author: Pat McEown
  • ISBN: 9781906838270
  • Page: 395
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 sheJohn 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

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    159 thoughts on “Hair Shirt”

    1. Picked this up from the library because I was captivated by the cover and the art throughout the book. I was captivated by the dream sequences as well, but not much else. I knew after 10 pages that I wasn't going to be interested in the story and would probably hate it, but I kept reading any way, because I just do these things to myself. So I read 100-something more pages about some straight boy's girl problems, his weird guilt about being a fucking creep, his totally unaware self-absorption, h [...]

    2. 3,5 en realidad.Buen dibujo, historia sugerente, aunque el guión algo confuso. Traumas e inseguridad de una adolescencia turbia que nunca acaban de desaparecer.

    3. The art was endearing and personal and the beginning of the story was gorgeous, but the middle and end just didn't hold out, in my opinion.

    4. An eerie, disturbing, and complex tale of self deception, toxic relationships, and personal horror, Hair Shirt definitely leaves the reader unsettled, reflecting upon the unspoken fears and dark desires of the underbelly of attraction. After the sensitive, artistic “nice guy” John, our narrator, bumps into his old neighbor and high school flame, Naomi, at a show ten or so years after they drifted apart, the pair are eager to rekindle their friendship (and romance). However, from the very beg [...]

    5. I want to give this book the benefit of the doubt and say it’s an interesting portrait in internalized misogyny — Naomi’s character has the potential to be SO interesting, analyzed outside a romantic context.But after the book doesn’t pass the Bechdel test (when it could’ve easily with minor dialogue changes — Shaz has the potential to be SUCH a great foil, but is criminally underused), it reads more as sensitive-boy-gets-hurt-by-damaged-girl cliché.3 stars for plot (“middling”) [...]

    6. I picked this in the library cause the cover is super trippy, it turns out it was a current dream he had. teenagers that lost contact after her brother died and met each other years later at a party, as adults. start something, didn't work, she is kinda cuckoo, bla bla. extra points cause it's in color :)

    7. A nice little book done in a style that I like. Line work is shaky and rough looking, but the backgrounds are nicely detailed and creatively laid out. Colors and production of the book are top- notch. It feels like a very personal work. If I could fault it, I would say that the twist near the end was a bit confusing. That may have been intentional to keep things open to reader interpretation.

    8. Pat McEown's Hair Shirt is a curious read. I was enticed into picking it up at a comics convention by McEown's scratchy style, where no line is ever truly straight, no shadow truly black and his character design, while initially appearing simple, is full of a pleasingly real variety. Colourist Liz Artinan's muted pallete choices are compelling, the dream sequences particularly queasy and disturbing in television glow greens.At its heart, Hair Shirt is a psycho-sexual drama told mainly from the p [...]

    9. As I was reading "Hair Shirt," I thought I was gonna give it three stars. When I finished it, I decided to give it four stars. A day later, as I write this review, I've given it five stars. It's a strange, hypnotic graphic novel with some pretty egregious flaws but I still loved it. It's one of those books that sticks with you long after you're done reading."Hair Shirt" is the meandering story of two childhood friends, John and Naomi, who reconnect, become lovers, and then try to tear each other [...]

    10. A really interesting read! I highly recommend it, especially for anyone interested in making comics. It's basically a book about how people can screw each other up, and it's a pretty anxious and emotionally draining read for the entire second half, so prepare yourself for that.Visually, this is one of my favorite graphic novels I've read in a while. I loved the scratchy art and found the coloring to be absolutely killer. As a fellow comic artist, I found the "comics craft" of it really inspiring [...]

    11. The imagery is really very good, but the hand lettering was too variable to be easily read. Also, the night scenes, colored by Liz Artenan, were much too dark. I really needed a very bright light to see them properly.The storyline was very interesting. There were a few scene changes that could have been done a bit better, but overall, the story flowed rather well.The story is a dark one, dealing with childhood issues, teenage drama and trauma, young move during times of self-discovery through ad [...]

    12. Weird and disturbing, HAIR SHIRT is a unique graphic narrative about cycles of abuse and mental health. From the wonderful colors by Liz Artinan to the creepy text by McEown, this narrative kept my attention from start to finish with a mix of emotions. I would recommend HAIR SHIRT to lovers of Daniel Clowes as it reminds me, at times, of ICE HAVEN and THE DEATH RAY.

    13. As much as I didn't really get this book upon first reading, I do believe it may be genius. I'm surprised none of the reviewers pointed out the obvious, that the hair shirt (title) while almost non-existant in the book other than in one dream sequence, is really the theme/silent character. Naomi, or rather her history with the 'dog' in the building, figuratively brings the itching-bothersome-ever-present-constantly-reminding hair shirt to life throughout the story. I didn't like this story and I [...]

    14. The only other book I've read drawn by McEwon (Zombieworld: Champion Of The Worms) had this amazing linge claire style I responded to. This book is drawn completely differently, in a style that mixes Masaaki Yuasa with Joann Sfar (or alternatively, following the author note's hint, Tove Jannson w/ Edward Gorey). In other words, it's the best looking comic I've read in a long time.

    15. So this is essentially manic pixie nightmare girl and I guess I hate it? There's some legit good gruesome spooky imagery in the dream sequences, which, that's nice, but it's just another panties n' damage bonanza where Chill Sensitive Dude gets whacked around by Self-Serving Manipulative Fuxked Up Girl. And the author is my age which is to say old enough to know better. Older even. So why. Why teen tits and The Tragic Mysteries of Fuckable Sadness. So sick of this shit, at least from male author [...]

    16. looked great but the characters are unlikable and i am more unlikable for even wanting to read it. i cant stand comics like this. the characters self absorption makes me feel self absorbed for reading it. i guess i just cant help but identify with the protagonist, thats just the magic of books on my brain but yuck

    17. Just look at the cover. That is about the best of the book -- a weird haunted sense of guilt and grief clouding all of the protagonists interactions, decisions and relationship. In the retelling and reliving, its a bit jumbled and confusing but still suitably, atmospherically creepy. I liked it alright and I like the artistic style, but didn't come together. Capital comix crime!! Yargh. :)

    18. Raw notes: Not your typical panel showing things, angled/drawn artistically not plainly, metaphoric at times. Brilliant writer, very fluent and fluid with pleasant to read story telling skill, use of vocab. Art is hazy, wiggly, messy, lends itself to the book, uncertainty. Dark blue-toned panels

    19. Have enjoyed other work Pat McEown but I can't say I liked Hair Shirt much at all, found it all fairly depressing to be honest. My favourite book of his is still the Zombie World collaboration he did with Mike Mignola. That's still one of my favourite comics of all time.

    20. The good: excellent colors, lots of really great dream sequences, a creepy human headed dog, and sexual frustration about curvy women. The bad: pretty much everything else. Not a waste of time by any means, but it feels like I've read it before.

    21. One of the most compelling comics I've read all year. Both the story and the art are inextricably interlinked into a cohesive narrative where one necessarily complements the other. Mature and sophisticated with the best of them.

    22. It certainly made me uncomfortable, but it felt like a third draft for a comic that maybe needed a few more.

    23. maybe i have read too many existential navel gazing graphic novels lately. The reveal was just not quite enough for me to care for the characters.

    24. Love the art but the writing got in the way. There didn't seem to be any subtext in the story. The main character was constantly explaining in a way that was intrusive.

    25. A bit too text heavy, but good, snappy dialoque and overall an interesting read. I'd give it three and a half stars if possible.

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