Taddle Creek, VI-1, 9, Christmas 2002: 10.
“I’m not as bad as I appear in these books. People forget that I write this stuff down and I choose to tell them [only] some things.” Globe & Mail, 11 Sept. 1993: C1
U.S. born and raised, in 1993 he was a Toronto based cartoonist creating a cartoon story based on his life for the past six years and publishing it in Peepshow. Along the Gregory Gallant (Seth) and Chester Brown two other cartoonists and close friends he formed a group who dedicated themselves to creating autobiographical cartoon stories.
Although the comic books of these three sold in small quantities per issue (3000 – 7000) They attracted mail from across North America, Europe and Asia.
Oliveros owner of Drawn and Quarterly worked on developing a roster of high quality cartoonists. He signed on Joe Matt’s Peepshow. Matt became one of the core artists at Drawn and Quarterly.
While the three friends Gallant, Brown and Matt have all exploited the autobiographical vein of cartoon stories to the maximum both Gallant, Brown in 1993 were wanting to move away from it into fiction and history.
In 1996 Oliveros and the Drawn and Quarterly artists were featured guests at the Haarlem Comics Festival in the Netherlands in Europe.
Joe moved back to the U.S.
BOOK GRAPHIC COLLECTION:
Peep Show. Kitchen Sink Press, 1991.
BOOK TEXT & GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:
“The Lucky Bastard.” Drawn and Quarterly: Twenty-Five Years …. Drawn & Quarterly, May 2015: 635. A jam session: Panels 1, 4, 7, by Joe Matt; panels 2, 5, 8, by Chester Brown; panels 3, 6, 9, by Gregory Gallant (Seth).
“50 Years down the road”: Drawn and Quarterly: Twenty-Five Years …. Drawn & Quarterly, May 2015: 750. Previously appeared in Comics Journal, 162, October 1993: 53. Self portraits by Joe Matt, Chester Brown, Gregory Gallant (Seth). See GALLERY below.
BOOK GRAPHIC COLLECTION:
Front & Back: Peep Show. Kitchen Sink Press, 1991.
Portrait:” The Jam.” The Jam Urban Adventure: Super Cool Color-injected Turbo Adventure From Hell.1, May 1988: 38.
“Seth, Brown, Matt.” Interviewers, Mark Daly & Rich Kreiner. Comics Journal, 162, October 1993: 51-56.
Taddle Creek, VI-1, 9, Christmas 2002: “What’s The Frequency, Joe?” Interviewer, Conan Tobias: 10-13.
“Comic actor.” Writ., Cathal Kelly. Globe and Mail, 9 Oct.1999: C20.
“Drawing on painful experience.” Writ., Alan Echenberg. Globe and Mail, 11 Sept.1993: C1.
Joe Matt draws a portrait of Bernie Mireault’s “The Jammer” The Jam Urban Adventure: Super Cool Color-injected Turbo Adventure From Hell.1, May 1988: 38.
Left to right: Joe Matt, Chester Brown, Gregory Gallant (Seth) A jam cartoon in which each artist did a self portrait as he expected to be at “50 years down the road”. Comics Journal, 162, October 1993: 53
Joe Matt (left), Chester Brown, Greogory Gallant (Seth). Comics Journal, 162, October 1993: 52.