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.
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:
Content story & Cover book front & back:
Peep Show. Kitchen Sink Press, 1991.
BOOK TEXT & GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:
Content cartoon jam:
Drawn and Quarterly: Twenty-Five Years …. Drawn & Quarterly, May 2015: “The Lucky Bastard”: 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”: 750. Previously appeared in Comics Journal, 162, October 1993: 53. Self portraits by Joe Matt, Chester Brown, Gregory Gallant (Seth). See below.
The Jam Urban Adventure: Super Cool Color-injected Turbo Adventure From Hell.1, May 1988: “The Jam”: :38.
Comics Journal, 162, October 1993: “Seth, Brown, Matt.” Interv., Mark Daly & Rich Kreiner:
Taddle Creek, VI-1, 9, Christmas 2002: “What’s The Frequency, Joe?” Interv, Conan Tobias: 10-13.
Globe and Mail, 11 Sept.1993: “Drawing on painful experience.” Writ., Alan Echenberg: C1.
Globe and Mail, 9 Oct.1999: “Comic actor.” Writ., Cathal Kelly: C20.
The Jam Urban Adventure: Super Cool Color-injected Turbo Adventure From Hell.1, May 1988: 38. Joe Matt draws a portrait of Bernie Mireault’s “The Jammer”
Comics Journal, 162, October 1993: 53. 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”.
Joe Matt (left), Chester Brown, Greogory Gallant (Seth). Comics Journal, 162, October 1993: 52.