LEAH HAYES discusses her graphic novel NOT FUNNY HA-HA

Not Funny Ha-Ha (Fantagraphics)

Not Funny Ha-Ha is a bold, slightly wry graphic novel illustrating the lives of two young women from different cultural, family, and financial backgrounds who go through two different abortions (medical and surgical). It does not address the events leading up to the pregnancy, or even the decision-making before choosing abortion as an option. It simply shows what happens when a woman goes through it, no questions asked. It follows them through the process of choosing a clinic, reaching out to friends, partners, and/or family…and eventually the procedure(s) itself.

Despite the fact that so many women and girls have abortions every day, in every city, all around us…it can be a lonely experience. Not Funny Ha-Ha is a little bit technical, a little bit moving, and often funny, in a format uniquely suited to communicate. The book is meant to be a non-judgmental, comforting, even humorous look at what a woman can go through during an abortion. Although the subject matter is heavy, the illustrations are light. The author takes a step back from putting forth any personal opinion whatsoever, simply laying out the events and possible emotional repercussions that could, and often do, occur.

Praise for Not Funny Ha-Ha

“This graphic novel is the abortion story that needs to be heard.” — The Huffington Post

“I want everyone who is having, has had, or is considering abortion to have this book. I want everyone who is close to someone who has had, is having or is considering abortion to have this book. I want anyone who feels like they just don’t or can’t understand what it’s like to go forward with, or even think about, abortion as an option to have this book. Really, I just want everyone to have this book, period.” — Heather Corinna, founder and director, Scarleteen: sex ed for the real world

“Reading this book is like sitting down with your cool older sister and having her assuringly and frankly explain a really tough situation you’re facing, and then convince you that you’re going to get through it and be okay. Intimate and kind, straightforward and informative, Leah Hayes clarifies and personalizes the clinical experience a woman can expect when she decides to have an abortion. Even more impressive, the author makes the story a compelling read, with charming artwork and humor.” — Ellen Forney, author of Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me

Leah Hayes is an illustrator, musician, songwriter, and producer. She works out of New York City and Los Angeles.

Event date: 
Friday, July 24, 2015 - 7:30pm
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1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Not Funny Ha-Ha Cover Image
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9781606998397
Published: Fantagraphics - August 8th, 2015

Funeral of the Heart Cover Image
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9781560978886
Published: Fantagraphics Books - April 1st, 2008