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“[Starred Review] The sketchy, loose illustrations, lacking realism but heavy with feeling, help soften the serious topic. Lots of text, slanted and personal, provides explanation, and Hayes also offers quiet spreads with opportunity for reflection. ... As the subtitle implies, this 'handbook' could be a useful companion for women in the protagonists’ situation: it’s full of reminders to keep breathing, be calm, and call a friend, and of what to expect. ...[F]or those readers open, curious, or seeking some guidance, it’s deeply empathetic, uniquely unflinching, and unlike any book on the topic, particularly with regards to its gentle presentation.”
- Annie Bostrom, Booklist

“Leah Hayes... uses drawing as a medium to express complicated concepts and understand difficult experiences. In... Not Funny Ha-Ha: A Handbook for Something Hard, Hayes illustrates the realities of medical and surgical abortions. ... Hayes covers the technical and medical aspects of abortion as well as the deeply personal thoughts and steps that many people go through.”
- Caroline Kee, Buzzfeed

“The book explains medical jargon and breaks down the physical process of having a termination, while still offering a very human portrayal of the experience.”
- Natasha Preskey, Cosmopolitan

“...Leah Hayes’s straightforward take on the issue of choice and abortion could be titled 'most sadly necessary graphic novel of 2015.' She tells the story of two women from different cultural backgrounds exercising their legal right to reproductive healthcare, with a mind toward dispelling the mystery, mythology, judgment and loneliness that accompanies the process. That task requires a touch that is simultaneously light and assured; Hayes delivers.”
- Rob Salkowitz, Forbes

“[Hayes] takes the reader, step by step, through different aspects of the procedure, covering everything from the confused emotional feelings that can accompany the decision to abort, to what a woman might expect at the doctor's office before, after and during an abortion. ... The book, in parts, almost feels like a personal note, from one woman to another.”
- Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times

“Stories about abortions lack a calm voice that lets women know that everything is going to be okay. That’s why Leah Hayes wrote Not Funny Ha-Ha, a non-fiction graphic novel that takes the unnecessary mystery and fear out of [the] procedure...”
- Katherine Speller, MTV News

“The content is straightforward, and yet it has a forbidden, samizdat feel to it. No matter where you stand on abortion, the thought of a scared, pregnant teen getting her hands on Not Funny is bound to provoke an intense reaction ― of fear, rage, empowerment or overwhelming relief. Which is, well, funny, considering Hayes' efforts to approach the subject with as little drama as possible. Her tone, like her design, is casual and friendly. ...Hayes accomplishes this radical shift by making the most of her innate warmth and humility.”
- Etelka Lehoczky, NPR Books

“Hayes takes care to tell the story from two points of view, highlighting different procedures in different circumstances, while paying close attention to the processes that often get left out of broader discussions.”
- Brian Heater, Paper

“An amazingly thoughtful, empathetic guide to abortion.”
- Calvin Reid, Publishers Weekly

“Hayes takes on the subject of what to expect when you get an abortion with a clearheaded non-judgmental style...”
- Heidi MacDonald, Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Leah Hayes is an illustrator, musician, graphic novelist, songwriter and producer. She has published several books with Fantagraphics, including Funeral of the Heart, Holy Moly, and her latest work, Not Funny Ha-Ha (out June 2015). She also has several albums out with her band, Scary Mansion, writes songs, and produces beats for pop and hip-hop artists.

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  • File Size: 104037 KB
  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics (July 29, 2015)
  • Publication Date: July 29, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B013XS1B62
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #727,175 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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