Dear comics friends, here are your mission(s), should you accept them:
1. Add Joe Matt as your Myspace buddy. He’s that big smiling, bespectacled man holding a cat in our top eight [he’s our fifthest best friend forever--consult image at left for more information-ed.]. That the man doesn’t currently have 50,000 friends, including each and every lonely 50-year-old housewife in Southern Kansas is a damn crime.
2. Buy Matt’s books. They are good and funny and smart and well-drawn. If you want any more than that, you are a greedy bastard who will most assuredly die alone and disappointed. There are currently 14 issues of his auto-bio book, Peepshow to choose from, as well as anthologies Fair Weather, and the incredibly insightfully named Peepshow: The Cartoon Diary of Joe Matt. Hi new book, Spent, and a re-release of almost-turned-into-an-HBO-show trade paperback, The Poor Bastard are dropping in June.
3. Once you have taken the first two steps, and have fallen in love with Matt’s work, loudly profess your feelings to the world in your own unique way, be it through song, telling a friend, buying him some groceries from Gelson’s, or getting a Joe Matt tattoo somewhere on your body. Hell, if it’s good enough, you might even buy yourself a spot in a Daily Cross Hatch post. We’re just saying.
We spoke to Matt from his home Los Angeles home, and we’re a little bit sadder for having done it.
Editor’s note: The Joe Matt interview is down for retooling. We all have bad days. Personally, I make a point to conduct at least nine crappy interviews in a given week. Since those days spent standing in the middle of our court, playing Three Flies Up, I’ve been a firm believer in the do-over. With that in mind, please stay tuned for The Joe Matt Interview, Version 2.0, coming soon. In the meantime, go pick up a copy of Peepshow, available at your local comic book purveyors.
–The Daily Cross Hatch