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Leah Hayes is not only an acclaimed illustrator and graphic novelist, but also a songwriter and musician. She’s the author of several books, including the illustrated short story collection Funeral of the Heart and, most recently, Not So Funny Ha-Ha, which chronicles the experiences of two young women who have abortions. Hayes’s incredible visual work has also appeared in publications including the New Yorker, the New York Times, and McSweeney’s Quarterly, not to mention a Ryan Adams limited edition vinyl release. As a musician, she has written songs for pop and hip-hop artists, and collaborated with David Ivar of Herman Dune, and the band TV on the Radio. Hayes now fronts her own eclectic band, Scary Mansion.

#29 in The Rumpus profile series “Sound & Vision.” For the full profile, click here.

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