Meet Joe Matt, a talented cartoonist with strong ideas about how life should be lived. He makes no apologies and never compromises. Well, almost never. Actually, Joe Matt is a painfully honest man who doesn't mind admitting - in print, in cartoon form - that he has one or two flaws. Just minor ones. "The Poor Bastard" is his neurotic, compelling and utterly shameless account of some of the most personal details of his life. With the timing of a stand-up comedian, he leaves no aspect untouched, from the disintegration of personal relationships to the grim realities of life in a Toronto rooming house and his obsession with pornography - or, as Joe prefers, "nature films". Watch as he alienates lovers and friends in a candid and hilarious story about his ruthless quest for a woman who understands him and meets his ridiculous standards. This is Joe Matt: neurotic, compulsive, cheap, self-absorbed - human. And funny.
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In 1987, tired of coloring dopey superhero comics for a living, Joe Matt started writing and drawing a "diary", a torrid, often humorous page-by-page account of his daily life. These single-page comics were later published in various magazines, including Drawn & Quarterly, and by 1992 Matt finally had his own comic book series, Peepshow, devoted completely to his peculiar form of autobiographical angst. Matt was born in 1963 in Philadelphia where, evidently, he never learned the meaning of embarrassment. Throughout Peepshow, he gives us an utterly shameless account of what is, more often than not, some of the great failures of his life, from the gradual disintegration of his earlier relationship, to his later attempts at finding a new girlfriend. Matt's unflattering, although not inaccurate portrayal of himself in his stories have provoked one of the liveliest letter columns in comics, where a typical reader writes: "No wonder you're all alone - you're just a pathetic fucking loser!". At one point in his Peepshow series, Joe Matt left his contemporary troubles behind and focused on something more low-key, a story about his childhood in a Philadelphia suburb. The story, "Fair Weather", will soon be collected in book form by Drawn & Quarterly. Beginning with the release of the 11th issue of "Peepshow", Matt has returned to examining his modern-day foibles in a new storyline that promises to be almost 300 pages in length. If there's any complaints about not being able to stand him for that long, there's always the nice "pictures" to appreciate: with the new red and black two-color printing on tinted paper, Joe Matt has never looked better! Matt's first book, also called Peepshow, was first published in 1992 by Kitchen Sink Press and went on to sell over 10,000 copies in three printings. A new printing was published by Drawn & Quarterly in 1999. His second book, The Poor Bastard, collected the story from the first six issues of his comic book series and was published by Drawn & Quarterly in 1997.About the Author:
Born in 1963 in Philadelphia, Joe Matt currently lives in a rooming house in Toronto where he spends most of his time editing his treasured collection of "nature films". Occasionally, he finds time to produce his comic book series, Peepshow, the first six issues of which are collected here.
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Book Description LPC Group, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P111896597041