Cartoonist Joe Matt's porn problem follows him to Los Angeles


#21

Not sure if there’s more to this story than what’s here; I’m very interested to find out what happened with the proposed series. I’ve followed his work ever since he started publishing in the Kitchen Sink Press anthology book Snarf, where he used a format that would tell a (usually autobiographical) story in a single page through dozens of postage-stamp-sized panels. His later work would employ longer narratives and more conventional comics storytelling, as above. He’s one of those people who has done far less work than you’d like (assuming that you weren’t turned off by the subject matter) for no apparent reason; at some point several years ago, he just seemed to stop.

The last I heard of him was when he was interviewed for a story about the reprinting of Gasoline Alley newspaper comic strips; a lot of the strips were reproduced from Matt’s extensive collection of classic strips. Matt bitched about how little he was paid for loaning his collection for reproduction, relative to what he paid for them, but the article noted that Matt had severely reduced the resale value of the collection by cutting the strips out of the newspaper pages and mounting them on cardboard backing. (Imagine someone doing that with Action #1, for example.) He was also part of a loose group of cartoonists when he lived in Canada that included Seth and Chester Brown; he also worked with Matt Wagner and was buddies with Bernie Mireault as well.


#22

Of course!


#23

Let’s see. I’m a big fan of Dori Seda, Mary Fleener, Julie Doucet, Aline Kominsky, Lucy Knisley, Carol Lay, Roberta Gregory, Trina Robbins, Katy Skelly, Shary Flenniken, Gabrielle Bell… those are off the top of my head. There are at least a dozen more. As for book authors, I probably read more novels written by women than men. The best novelist about sociopaths is Highsmith, I think.


#24

Then speak their names loud and clear and feature their work on BB for all to see.

I have read enough about maladjusted dudes with personality disorders and porn obsessions to last me through several slow lifetimes.


#25

I think a lot of cartoonists first got praise for their ability to sketch hentai in study hall. What do you think they were drawing, unicorns?


#26

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