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Spent (Peepshow #11-14)

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Spent by Joe Matt

Meet the original antihero Joe Matt: a master of a domain that includes more than twenty-three self-edited eight-hour-long videotapes of bootlegged pornography; a penny-pincher who never fails to make a dime off his friends; a chronic masturbator who doesn't understand why he never has a girlfriend; an obsessive collector frantically searching for the toys
Hardcover, 120 pages
Published July 10th 2007 by Drawn and Quarterly
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Sam Quixote
Sep 19, 2016 Sam Quixote rated it it was amazing
Look at that cover. This book’s exactly that: a cartoonist wanking himself into oblivion, literally and figuratively - and it’s brilliant!

I loves the superhero comics but if it weren’t for great indie cartoonists like Joe Matt, I’d probably have left the medium behind years ago. When indie creators are as compelling and gifted as Joe Matt is, reading about an ordinary schmuck talking about his life in an empty room is vastly more exciting and gripping than seeing the Green and Red Lanterns fight
Paul Bryant
Apr 09, 2013 Paul Bryant rated it liked it
Hamlet thinks of himself as neither a saint nor a villain, a middling kind of guy

I am myself indifferent honest

Which makes his next remarks startling

but yet I could accuse me of such things that it were better my mother had not borne me: I am very proud, revengeful, ambitious, with more offences at my beck than I have thoughts to put them in,
imagination to give them shape, or time to act them in.

He's unexceptional, and therefore unexceptionally vile – we all are, that is what he is saying :

Nov 19, 2007 Marissa rated it did not like it
Shelves: comix
Joe Matt desperately wants to be Robert Crumb. Unfortunately being uncomfortably honest about your porn addiction, your urine jar, your miserliness, your intense misogyny, your self-loathing, etc. ad nauseum does not make you a comix legend anymore. Sorry Joe! I'm afraid that particular niche market has already been snagged! Not to mention that at least Crumb is an incredible artist, while even the drawing style in this looks exactly like that of fellow self-loathing nebbish and close friend, Se ...more
MJ Nicholls
Apr 12, 2012 MJ Nicholls rated it really liked it
Recommended to MJ by: Paul Bryant
Joe Matt unleashes a vision of bachelor hell in this graphic novel adaptation of Notes From Underground. It isn’t really, but if there was ever a modern exploration of Dostoevskyian self-loathing and seething hatred for mankind set in a shared house in Canada, it’s this frightening piece. A confession: for a brief period in my teens I exhibited signs of such obsessive masturbatory proclivities (such as storing up sex scenes on VHS for easy midnight use), but this ended when the hormonal eruption ...more
Tom Waters
Oct 23, 2010 Tom Waters rated it it was amazing
Firing Another One Out: Joe Matt’s Spent

Like many older comic readers (and we seem to be quickly determining the course of the market by our numbers alone as the main demographic), I prefer not to buy single issues of comics. Were it my only hobby, perhaps things would be different, but it’s not, and as a former single issue and collector, I prefer to read the compilations and graphic novels for the story value instead of the market value over the course of a few decades. Occasionally, this ca
Alan Chen
Jul 07, 2015 Alan Chen rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Joe Matt is in his 30s, lives in a rooming house with 3 other tenants that share the same restroom. He spends most of his time masturbating and recording porn that he rents and editing out the bits he doesn't like. He is notoriously cheap and feels guilt for every dollar he spends because it takes away from being invested for his future. His two best friends are also cartoonists and outside of them he has no other friends. His masturbatikn has escalated to a level that he has no time to draw. Th ...more
"The Poor Bastard" himself, Joe Matt, continues to chronicle his miserable existence in comic book form. Not as good as its predecessor - the story doesn't have as clear a trajectory and the wrap up isn't much of a wrap up - but not without its warped charm, and his artwork just gets better and better. This time around Matt directly addresses the fact that much of this "autobiography" is pure fiction, underlining again that there is a level of self-awareness and self-satire that doesn't always r ...more
Aug 04, 2014 Twan rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
A book about a wanker, wanking that isn't wank.
Feb 05, 2016 Batmark rated it it was ok

There's not much in the way of a "plot" in Joe Matt's books. Spent starts with a conversation/argument between Matt and his fellow cartoonist and friend Seth. Then Matt meets up with a guy who rents him porn videos for two dollars apiece. Then we watch as Matt obsessively edits together a "best of" tape of scenes from the porn videos he's borrowing from his supplier. Then there's another conversation/argument among Matt, Seth, and fellow cartoonist/friend
Philippe Billé
J’ai lu voilà quelque temps une bonne bandessinée de Joe Matt intitulée Epuisé (en anglais Spent), parue l’an dernier au Canada et aussitôt traduite en français au Seuil. L’auteur y met en images des souvenirs assez récents, sa vie dans une piaule austère où il consacre l’essentiel de son activité à se branler en enregistrant des morceaux choisis de films pornos, quand il ne va pas au café se chamailler avec ses copains collectionneurs de comics. Matt est assez habile conteur pour accrocher l’at ...more
David Stewart
Jan 24, 2012 David Stewart rated it really liked it
I have never read a book, comic or otherwise, with as much raw, unfettered honesty as is within the pages of Spent. Joe Matt relates a very short span of his own like that delves into the deepest, most disturbing parts of his own mind, and it's like watching a train derail and come spiraling in through the kitchen window.

The title implies the subject matter. Spent refers to the feeling Matt has after he's pleasured himself. He boast an addiction to pornography second to none, and spares the rea
I think Joe Matt should do a Joe Matt version of everything everyone writes. But that's just me. Though few will argue that the man can draw, the events and attitudes he conveys with his talents range from egotistical to mundane to downright repellent, some might even say bordering on psychotic. So much the better. Joe Matt thrives on exposing his basest instincts and embraces his seemingly many faults like beloved playthings. I have a feeling I'd get along with him really well, eventually regre ...more
Samantha Glasser
May 13, 2013 Samantha Glasser rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
On one hand, I have to respect the author (Is Joe Matt a pen name?) for revealing so many embarassing things about himself which make him seem impossible to get along with and somewhat repulsive. On the other, there is nothing redeeming at the end to make us like this guy. He is a penny-pincher who is addicted to porn and is too lazy and/or impatient to wait to use the community bathroom in his rooming house so he pees in a bottle. He pines for the charm of a past he never experienced firsthand ...more
Mark Desrosiers
Mar 22, 2008 Mark Desrosiers rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
A porn-obsessed miser gives us an embarrassingly honest picture of his life: wanking, compiling porn videos, peeing into a bottle, and haggling over money with Seth and Chester Brown. Luckily it all ends pretty quickly, complete with a nice self-critique of his past work (on Fair Weather: "I was a happy, go-lucky kid, not this miserable little brat..."). And he retains his unique talent for portraying himself as a totally unlikeable arsehole: even his attempts at defending his miserliness (obvi ...more
Robert Hudder
Mar 20, 2014 Robert Hudder rated it liked it
So now it appears that I have read at least two of these three artists covering the same period. Chester in Paying for it and Matt in Spent. I have read a number of Seth but I'm not sure it covers the same period.

This stuff is great by itself. This autobiographical like piece is about this poor guy's addiction to porn and his miserly ways. It is definitely Crumb influenced but the part that amused me to no end is the interaction between the artists. If you read some of their works covering roug
Matti Karjalainen
Joe Mattin "Spent" (D&Q, 2007) kokoaa yhteen viimeiset Peepshow-lehden numerot, joissa sarjakuvataiteilija kertoo elämästään varsin inhorealistiseen tyyliin. Matt kuvaa itsensä itsekeskeiseksi ja neuroottiseksi pornografian suurkuluttajaksi, joka sarjakuvan viimeisillä sivuilla toteaa, ettei hänen viimeisimmissä sarjakuvissaan oikeastaan edes ole mitään tolkkua.

Mattin itseisarvio on vähän turhan ankara, mutta on myönnettävä, ettei "Spent" yllä aikaisempien osien tasolle. Lukukokemus on paik
Apr 20, 2008 teresa rated it it was ok
This graphic novel illustrated what it is to me one of the largest weaknesses of the genre--the tendency of the author/illustrator to write about themselves as the main character of their novels. There are some strong examples of this in the genre, e.g., Robert Crumb, Harvery Pekar, Marjane Satrapi, Craig Thompson, etc. But even with some of those authors works I get a bit sick of the self-focus that provides no insight into life, etc. Is it really an artform to portray yourself as one of the mo ...more
May 20, 2011 Alexis added it
The most interesting part of the comic for me was when he was talking about the parts of his previous comics that he'd embellished for the sake of the story (like the ménage à trois with his ex). For some reason I've always taken autobio comics to be sacred - especially the ones that are particularly self loathing (I guess because at that point we really invest in the honesty, I mean if someone is writing about their piss jar one assumes at that point that all the laundrys been aired). But of co ...more
Robert W
Sep 18, 2007 Robert W rated it really liked it
This is the grimmest volume of Joe Matt’s various autobiographical comics, dealing with his porn addiction. He seems unbelievably self-aware. This seems crazy because you would think that someone so self-aware would deal with his problems. But I think that is the point of these books, and Spent in particular. Addiction and other obsessive behavior are mysteries not because their victims have self-justifying fantasies about their behavior, but rather they know their behavior is a problem but are ...more
Dec 07, 2009 Giacomo rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics, fiction, american
I really, really wanted to like this book. I could say that I can't make my mind up about whether Joe Matt was writing about himself in a self-parodic tone, or taking himself too seriously, or reporting his day-to-day "activities", or condemn masturbation... but it would be a lie. Matt is just making stuff up to flog it, ala Bukowski, without too much thought.
If you like reading about lonely guys masturbating and obsessing over porn, you'll find plenty of that in "Spent". Just don't ask for hin
Kyle Wright
May 19, 2010 Kyle Wright rated it liked it
After enjoying Joe Matt's Peepshow and The Poor Bastard, my expectations were high going into Spent. After finishing it, however, I can't help but feel a bit disappointed. The story was not nearly as compelling, focusing mostly on himself (as opposed to his tales of his interactions with other people). At the end, Matt's character makes an astute observation that the whole book isn't really about anything and that people probably aren't going to like it that much. I agree with his self assessmen ...more
Jan 10, 2010 Lauren rated it liked it
this book was awkward to read, to put it mildly. I have read all of Joe Matt's graphic novels up to this point, all of which are biographical. So I was prepared to read about his longing for girlfriends, his obsession with porn, and his cheap cheap ways. But Spent took it to a whole new level. The whole book is about his intense obsession with porn, and while it is entertaining to read, you can't but help but feel uncomfortable at his habits.
Emilia P
Aug 26, 2007 Emilia P rated it liked it
Recommends it for: gross dudes
Shelves: comic-books
this book was gross, but not in a graphic way, which was kind of an interesting way to spin it-it's basically about how this dude watches porn and pees in a jar and saves up his money.

aurora was warning me about it, since she read it before me.
I actually would consider giving his other books a chance, just because the artistic style wasn't too bad, although, come to think of it, it was sort of monotonous. Oh well. It's over now.
S. G. R.
A masturbatory book - delivered mostly in soliloquy by the author, or in conversations about the author, in simple square grids - about how compulsive masturbating and pornography curating is preventing the author from doing any cartooning: like one of those old men who are permanent fixtures of a bar, this book calmly acknowledges its own failure in its unintentionally serious jokes at its own expense. It adds nothing to the world other than another instance of the author's name.
Amar Pai
Sep 03, 2009 Amar Pai rated it did not like it
This book is shit. It's the comic book equivalent of writing a term paper about procrastination and the process of writing a term paper. Joe Matt is an addicted-to-porn loser and all that happens in Spent is him bitching about being an addicted-to-porn loser who can't write or draw anything worthwhile.

Could have spared the ink and paper. There's enough losers writing comic books, I want to hear from some winners.
Mattias Appelgren
Sep 05, 2013 Mattias Appelgren rated it really liked it
One ugly slice of bachelor depravity and misery. Joe Matt's main accomplishment in this book is how he manages to masturbate 20 times in one day. (It only took 6 and 1/2 hours!) It's a tragic, sad, miserable existence for sure, Joe Matt would be the first to admit it. Don't expect much of a story here, it's basically just one long whine from a desperate, lonely, porn-addicted bachelor. But it still is pretty funny at times.
If Jenna Fischer likes it...

...I think Jenna should read other graphic novels, especially Daniel Clowes. This book was short, whiny, and self-indulgent. I guess (?) Joe Matt makes up for it at the end by acknowledging that it is whiny and self-indulgent, but still.

Good for a gross-out, but I need a little more. And I've read Jeffrey Brown.
Apr 06, 2016 Ott rated it really liked it
Shelves: koomiksid
This is probably my favorite of the Peepshow books. I just wanted to post the last panel of the four, because it kind of summarizes the whole book (or maybe not, but it's still kind of funny), but could not find it. So here is the whole dialogue. Enjoy!

Aug 07, 2007 LeGrand rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic_novels
This book is an easy quick read. Not too much going on here, except some ugly honesty about the quantity of porn owned and time spent masturbating. I really enjoyed the conversations between the main character and his artist friends. The banter was amusing and interesting and believable. If you enjoy reading for the sake of reading, then this may be worth your time.
Oct 07, 2009 D.J. rated it liked it
Joe Matt is a very talented comic book creator and a great guy in person. His comic book version of himself seems a little off putting, though. It's amazing that he can bare his soul like this in comic book form -- for the public. Dealing a lot with what he considers his laziness to his addiction to porn... just a really raw book that still manages to be humorous and very readable.
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He started drawing comics in 1987 and is best known for his autobiographical work, Peepshow. In addition to his cartooning career, he is known for his large collection of vintage Gasoline Alley comic strips. Matt lived (illegally) in Canada from 1988 to 2002. He currently lives in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

He is the author of the autobiographical comic Peepshow, in whic
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