Joe Matt | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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Joe Matt belongs, with R. Crumb and local genius Ivan Brunetti, to the school of cartoonists trafficking in brutally honest self-depiction. His new graphic memoir, Spent (Drawn and Quarterly), reveals his life in cringe-inducing detail. Nothing is too embarrassing to disclose, from being dressed down by fellow cartoonists like Seth for being cheap and lazy ("you're living like a loser") to his obsession with re-editing hundreds of hours of video porn. Matt's palette consists mainly of black and shades of green (pea, olive)--he definitely doesn't view the world through rose-colored glasses. Thankfully, acid self-loathing can also be hilarious. Matt will be interviewed here by Brunetti, whose latest Fantagraphic Books collection is titled Misery Loves Comedy. a Sat 6/16, 7:30 PM, Quimby's Bookstore, 1854 W. North, 773-342-1910. --Jerome Ludwig

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