Matt is renowned--some would say notorious--for autobiographical comics portraying himself as a penny-pinching, misanthropic pornophile. In this account of a weekend from his 1970s suburban childhood, he takes a different tack. His backward glance is no nostalgia-tinged recollection, however. Himself when young enjoys hanging out with best friend Dave, digging an underground fort, and watching horror movies on TV, but he spends most of his time avoiding chores, cheating his friends, and hiding from bullies. Matt's depiction of his younger self is as harsh as that of himself grown. Boy Joe is greedy, a shoplifter, and a bed wetter. In response to the traumatic discovery that Mom has thrown out his comic-book collection, he threatens to burn the house down. In short, here, in nascency, are the traits that define the mature--well, older--Joe. The child is father to the malcontent. As cowardly as his comics persona is, Matt the artist is utterly fearless when it comes to unflinchingly exposing his pathetic life for all the world to see. Gordon FlaggCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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"JOE MATT REVEALS PERSONAL DETAILS OF HIS LIFE WITH THE UNABASHEDNESS, AND THE TIMING, OF A STAND-UP COMEDIAN."