Hair Shirt by Patrick McEown

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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.

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“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


About Patrick McEown

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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.
Published March 12, 2013 by SelfMadeHero. 128 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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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. Bu

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