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Enter the strange and compelling comic book world of Eric Haven. Collecting The Tales To Demolish series and The Aviatrix. Deconstructing the tawdry form of the traditional comic book, Haven builds layers of dark, dorkish humor to undermine the expectations of certain familiar genres. A series of short comics that deconstructs—while it celebrates—classic comic book tropes. Enter the strange and compelling comic book world of Eric Haven. Collecting The Tales To Demolish series and The Aviatrix. Deconstructing the tawdry form of the traditional comic book, Haven builds layers of dark, dorkish humor to undermine the expectations of certain familiar genres. A series of short comics that deconstructs—while it celebrates—classic comic book tropes. Eric Haven is a producer of the popular television show Mythbusters. He has been producing unusual and fascinating comics for many years.


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Enter the strange and compelling comic book world of Eric Haven. Collecting The Tales To Demolish series and The Aviatrix. Deconstructing the tawdry form of the traditional comic book, Haven builds layers of dark, dorkish humor to undermine the expectations of certain familiar genres. A series of short comics that deconstructs—while it celebrates—classic comic book tropes. Enter the strange and compelling comic book world of Eric Haven. Collecting The Tales To Demolish series and The Aviatrix. Deconstructing the tawdry form of the traditional comic book, Haven builds layers of dark, dorkish humor to undermine the expectations of certain familiar genres. A series of short comics that deconstructs—while it celebrates—classic comic book tropes. Eric Haven is a producer of the popular television show Mythbusters. He has been producing unusual and fascinating comics for many years.

30 review for Compulsive Comics

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dave Schaafsma

    There's a coming together of influences here in these short stories published more than a decade ago, brought together n this book. I'll say he's in conversation with superhero comics guys such as Jack Kirby, Golden Age comics folks such as Winsor McCay, contemporary comics guys such as Charles Burns, and weird/surreal comics guys such as Fletcher Hanks. These are all stories. The most memorable might be I killed Charles Burns, though in it a guy looking a bit like Haven himself also kills Adria There's a coming together of influences here in these short stories published more than a decade ago, brought together n this book. I'll say he's in conversation with superhero comics guys such as Jack Kirby, Golden Age comics folks such as Winsor McCay, contemporary comics guys such as Charles Burns, and weird/surreal comics guys such as Fletcher Hanks. These are all stories. The most memorable might be I killed Charles Burns, though in it a guy looking a bit like Haven himself also kills Adrian Tomine, who talk God into coming back to Earth from Heaven for a revenge killing of Haven. These are stories, a collection, worth looking at for their surreal twist on superhero comics. I'd say 3.5, which I nudge up to 4 stars in hope that he might be encouraged by this publication to do a long form project.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jon Nakapalau

    CROM! THRAK! BROK! SPLUK! Fletcher Hanks and Ed Woods collaborate on 'picture consequences' and we get to see the results! CROM! THRAK! BROK! SPLUK! Fletcher Hanks and Ed Woods collaborate on 'picture consequences' and we get to see the results!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stewart Tame

    A nice mixture of pulp tropes and indie comics sensibilities. The book is probably best represented by the story, “I Killed Dan Clowes.” In it, a motorist runs down legendary indie comics creators Dan Clowes and Adrian Tomine. Being a fan of their work, God allows them to don superhero outfits and return to Earth to wreak vengeance upon their killer. Although never named, the motorist is almost certainly intended to be Eric Haven himself. Haven’s style seems derived in equal parts from Charles B A nice mixture of pulp tropes and indie comics sensibilities. The book is probably best represented by the story, “I Killed Dan Clowes.” In it, a motorist runs down legendary indie comics creators Dan Clowes and Adrian Tomine. Being a fan of their work, God allows them to don superhero outfits and return to Earth to wreak vengeance upon their killer. Although never named, the motorist is almost certainly intended to be Eric Haven himself. Haven’s style seems derived in equal parts from Charles Burns and Basil Wolverton, with maybe a touch of Jack Chick. His stories recall the Golden Age of comics, but with enough irony to appeal to a contemporary audience. It's an interesting sensibility. While I liked this book, I’m not sure how I’d feel about more of the same. It seems like a schtick that could get old fairly quickly. Hopefully there's more to his talent than just this, and I’m just worrying about nothing. Recommended!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Derek Royal

    Another hilarious collection of short pieces from Haven, following in the wake of last year's Ur...which has received an Eisner nomination in the "Humor" category. And well deserved! Another hilarious collection of short pieces from Haven, following in the wake of last year's Ur...which has received an Eisner nomination in the "Humor" category. And well deserved!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    This is a lot of goofy-ass fun. It's an interesting mix of stories Eric Haven has done over the years. Most of them are meant to goofy off-beat parodies of comic book tropes but there are a couple of more serious, darker stories. My own personal favorite is one about a guy who accidentally kills comics artist Daniel Clowes and tries to cover it up. I look forward to any stories Haven produces in longer-form. This is a lot of goofy-ass fun. It's an interesting mix of stories Eric Haven has done over the years. Most of them are meant to goofy off-beat parodies of comic book tropes but there are a couple of more serious, darker stories. My own personal favorite is one about a guy who accidentally kills comics artist Daniel Clowes and tries to cover it up. I look forward to any stories Haven produces in longer-form.

  6. 4 out of 5

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  7. 5 out of 5

    Harris

    Another bizarre and utterly weird collection of comics, Compulsive Comics was full of offbeat, gruesome, and strangely compelling fun. One can never tell just what’s going to happen in these comedic pulp comic parodies, from a murderous anteater to reptoid fighting superheroes on top of active volcanoes. Not quite as strong as Haven’s earlier collection, UR, the highlights here include the self-deprecating I Killed Dan Clowes, though the comic adaptation of a chapter of G.K. Chesterton’s The Man Another bizarre and utterly weird collection of comics, Compulsive Comics was full of offbeat, gruesome, and strangely compelling fun. One can never tell just what’s going to happen in these comedic pulp comic parodies, from a murderous anteater to reptoid fighting superheroes on top of active volcanoes. Not quite as strong as Haven’s earlier collection, UR, the highlights here include the self-deprecating I Killed Dan Clowes, though the comic adaptation of a chapter of G.K. Chesterton’s The Man Who Was Thursday (which I haven’t read) seemed a little arcane. Perhaps if I’d read it would have been more interesting.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Adam Stone

    My favorite story in this collection validates my long believed theory that artists (not just visual artists, but writers, and performance artists) are terrible drivers. I have a writer friend who almost ran over Saul Williams, and another who was inches away from running over Junot Díaz. In this story, the narrator first accidentally runs over Daniel Clowes, then Adrian Tomine, and then presumably others are run over off-panel. Clowes and Tomine see each other in the afterlife, and "God" decide My favorite story in this collection validates my long believed theory that artists (not just visual artists, but writers, and performance artists) are terrible drivers. I have a writer friend who almost ran over Saul Williams, and another who was inches away from running over Junot Díaz. In this story, the narrator first accidentally runs over Daniel Clowes, then Adrian Tomine, and then presumably others are run over off-panel. Clowes and Tomine see each other in the afterlife, and "God" decides to return them to Earth to enact their vengeance. It's the least weird story in the book. The other two longer pieces in the collection lost my interest part way through. The art is fantastic, but I'm not usually a fan of comics that are more about philosophy than plot. The shorter, more humorous portions were more my speed. I recommend this for people who enjoy the kind of comics that end up in The Best American Comics 2016, fans of Canadian or European slice of life comics (this book is none of those things, but I think people who enjoy those things would also enjoy this), environmental philosophy enthusiasts, and those who wish to see Adrian Tomine and Daniel Clowes "get what they deserve".

  9. 4 out of 5

    Duncan

    Another terrifically bizarre and oh so carefully delineated comix book from Eric Haven. I love this guy. Don't always understand what the hell he's going on about but that's part of the fun. I will re-read this again. Not a lot of text of course, mostly just images but that in my mind is the perfect comix story. It's funny that he has a story where he mistakenly runs over Daniel Clowes and Adrian Tomine and I just read a book by Tomine which I sorta savaged. I'm guessing Haven likes him as an ar Another terrifically bizarre and oh so carefully delineated comix book from Eric Haven. I love this guy. Don't always understand what the hell he's going on about but that's part of the fun. I will re-read this again. Not a lot of text of course, mostly just images but that in my mind is the perfect comix story. It's funny that he has a story where he mistakenly runs over Daniel Clowes and Adrian Tomine and I just read a book by Tomine which I sorta savaged. I'm guessing Haven likes him as an artist a bit more than me. I'm sure he's a nice guy but not the artist as Haven or Clowes (who is in my top 5 cartoonists of all time, or maybe top 10, he's up there!). I wish he put out more books but I know from what I see here that his art probably takes awhile to produce. Highly recommend this guy a lot.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Joyce

    I'd give this five stars but the last two short stories really tripped me out and I had a hard time following them. Perhaps just lack of context? Aside from that, this book was awesome. I found myself chuckling at a gradually increasing volume in the library, and story by story I was choking back stifled laughter like two schoolboys in the back of the classroom. "The Gunslinger" was my favorite. It's only two pages long and it had me in quiet, breathless tears. This is one of the few library read I'd give this five stars but the last two short stories really tripped me out and I had a hard time following them. Perhaps just lack of context? Aside from that, this book was awesome. I found myself chuckling at a gradually increasing volume in the library, and story by story I was choking back stifled laughter like two schoolboys in the back of the classroom. "The Gunslinger" was my favorite. It's only two pages long and it had me in quiet, breathless tears. This is one of the few library reads I've picked up that I would go out of my way to buy.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Andy Hickman

    COMPULSIVE COMICS by Eric Haven What the heck is this? Borderline psychedelic. Very original and several laugh-out-loud moments. The Glacier: “Human civilisation sprung up after the last glaciation. Will it survive the next?” I Killed Dan Clowes: [postscript: “Apologies to Dan Clowes…”] Mammology: “Would she believe me if I told her that reptoid shape-shifters infest the United States government? No.” The Gunslinger & Secret Origins … very clever and funny

  12. 5 out of 5

    Frank McGirk

    A collection of Haven's submissions to other indie comics, most are quite fun, in that weird-indie-comic sort of way where you are so expecting weird, it doesn't really have that big of an impact. He also included a very odd and unfulfilling chapter that he drew from a larger unpublished work that had been drawn by many different artists. I suppose if you just had to have all Haven's stuff you're glad it's in there. Overall, I'm glad I read this book. A collection of Haven's submissions to other indie comics, most are quite fun, in that weird-indie-comic sort of way where you are so expecting weird, it doesn't really have that big of an impact. He also included a very odd and unfulfilling chapter that he drew from a larger unpublished work that had been drawn by many different artists. I suppose if you just had to have all Haven's stuff you're glad it's in there. Overall, I'm glad I read this book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amanda [Novel Addiction]

    2.5 stars. What.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mickey Bits

    Strange and weird. I don't think I could even tell what it was about. (If it even IS supposed to be about something...) Strange and weird. I don't think I could even tell what it was about. (If it even IS supposed to be about something...)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I really want to give this a 3.5 or maybe slightly higher, but 4 stars doesn't seem right. I like the art style. Some of the short stories were funny/amusing. I really want to give this a 3.5 or maybe slightly higher, but 4 stars doesn't seem right. I like the art style. Some of the short stories were funny/amusing.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    Solid work here. Nice collection of stories. His style is clean and his protagonists

  17. 5 out of 5

    Annemarie Kuhnau

    I liked some of the stories...but others were a little on the weird side for my taste.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Blair

    Fun stuff from the world of alt comix. Some pieces work better than others, but the overall collection is well worth checking out.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey

    2.5

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ed

  21. 5 out of 5

    Logan Hill

  22. 5 out of 5

    Xisix

  23. 4 out of 5

    The_Savage_Head

  24. 4 out of 5

    S̶e̶a̶n̶

  25. 5 out of 5

    Eli

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alexander

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michael Buckner

  28. 4 out of 5

    Stewart

  29. 4 out of 5

    Gabriel

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Hawpe

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