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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly; First Edition edition (September 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1896597742
  • ISBN-13: 978-1896597744
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 6.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #475,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Flagg
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"JOE MATT REVEALS PERSONAL DETAILS OF HIS LIFE WITH THE UNABASHEDNESS, AND THE TIMING, OF A STAND-UP COMEDIAN."

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By Jere on February 26, 2013
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I finished it in one sitting. I really enjoyed this flashback to the 70's that I remember. I'm rereading it now.
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When it comes to unflinching, autobiographic snapshots on the depravity contained in one man's day to day mini dramas - no one does it better than Joe Matt. So when said artist captures a weekend during his adolescence that captures all the hopes, fears and desires that defines your typical suburban teen during the 70's you know you're in for a treat.
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Joe Matt's autobiographical comics have never flinched from portraying himself as anything other than a flawed human being and "Fair Weather" is no different. The story takes place over a weekend when he's a pre-pubescent boy who is obsessed with comics. Over the course of the book he has an argument with his mother about mowing the lawn, leading to her throwing his comic book collection out, tries to finagle an "Action Comics #1" from an unknowing older boy, and tries to dodge an unhappy acquaintance who was swindled by Matt and wants revenge.

The Americana flavour is strong throughout. Balmy Saturday afternoons spent watching horror films and wrestling, going out for slurpees, digging hideouts in the yard, it's all chronicled throughout.

Matt himself is portrayed as spoilt, manipulative, greedy, unpleasant, and deceitful, and like in his other books, never makes him seem a nice person, all to the good as it makes for a more funny read.

I like Matt's drawing style and while it's not as polished as it was in "Spent" it is excellent in this book. His exaggerated facial expressions add to the pettiness of Matt's own obsessions such as collecting comic book slurpee cups.

A fantastic read and an excellent comic book from an artist who produces far too few books for a man of such talents. If you're interested in indie comics then Joe Matt is your man.
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