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Fair Weather

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  239 ratings  ·  21 reviews
For over ten years Joe Matt has been notorious in cult circles for the embarrassing frankness with which he reveals his distressing habits and predilections. Utterly shameless and completely self-absorbed, Joe Matt writes with an exhibitionist’s enthusiasm for his favorite subject, himself.

In his new graphic novel, Fair Weather, Joe examines his 1970s suburban childhood....more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Drawn and Quarterly (first published 2002)
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Sam Quixote
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 acquai...more
If have ANY interest in this guy, start with "Fair Weather." It's a cool, autobiographical glimpse into his life. A real set-up to his books "Spent" and "The Poor Bastard" (which are kind of sad, neurotic tales of hoarding and chronic masturbating). With "Fair Weather," you really appreciate the innocence he had as a kid. And if you grew up collecting comics, it's a pretty interesting tale of a lonely fanboy. It's a world of bicycles, 7-11 Slurpees and late night horror movie hosts. My favorite...more
Mattias Appelgren
Portraying Joe Matt in a more innocent and simpler time than the porn/masturbation-obsessed Spent. Here's brief glimpse into the early 70's suburban childhood. Joe Matt doesn't exactly try to make himself look like a kid who's very nice and sweet. Instead he comes across as a mean, ungrateful, lying kid, a bed-wetting coward who even threatens to burn down his mothers house if she hides his comics again. Gotta love that honesty. It only covers 2 days, one weekend, from his childhood and feels a...more
Matti Karjalainen
En pitänyt Joe Mattin "Fair Weatherista" ihan niin paljon kuin aikaisemmin lukemastani "Poor Bastardista", mutta siitä huolimatta tämä Peepshow'n numerot 7-10 sisältänyt albumi oli ihan positiivinen lukukokemus.

Fair Weather on omaelämäkerrallinen kuvaus 70-luvulla eletystä varhaisnuoruudesta, johon liittyivät oleellisena osana sarjakuvalehtien keräily, yläosattomissa aurinkoa ottavien naisten tirkistely ja kulmakunnan kovimman kundin vältteleminen. Matt ei tälläkään kertaa säästele itseään, vaa...more
Joe Matt's work puts me in a terrific mood. Unless he can somehow benefit from being friendly or helpful, he is always exemplifying the exact opposite of those traits, and pre-teen Matt, brought to vivid, unforgettable life in "Fair Weather", is pure, hilarious, wonderful human evil. He's a lying, baiting, snivelling coward, interested in nothing more than getting his way, and God help the woeful parent who obstructs him. In short, this brisk account of a mildly turbulent weekend in 70's-era sub...more
Denisse Valdenegro
Siempre fue un hijo de puta.
David Stewart
I like some of Joe Matt's other stuff, particularly the famous brutal honesty that he brings, even at the cost of his own dignity. I thought Fair Weather kind of sad though. He's a complete shit for 90% of it and then we're supposed to forgive him in the last three pages because he decides not to be a shit to one person. Brutally honest maybe, but that doesn't make it enjoyable to read.
When it comes to unflinching, autobiographic vignettes (in comic form) on the depravity of 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.
a well-written, thoroughly honest, occasionally painful memoir of life as a young geek. extra points for avoiding the paint-by-numbers "dork as victim" thing, young joe tortures plenty of helpless victims himself - his mother, a retarded kid, the family cat, yet still somehow manages to be a sympathetic character. recommended.
Emilia P
This wasn't bad, but I didn't like it. About Joe Matt's bratty youth of yelling at his mom, being a cheapskate and a bad friend, and loving/hoarding comic books. It was actually totally well illustrated and well imagined characters, but well, Joe Matt was always a twerp, and how much fun is that? Not that much.
George Marshall
A well drawn teenage confessional from Joe Matt - with his usual blunt and guilty insecure honesty. Very good of its type, and Matt's drawing skill is beyond question, but really this kind of suburban adolescent coming of age saga is now a hopelessly overworked cliche in comics.
Beautifully drawn, well-told tale of one summer weekend in the life of the author-cartoonist's childhood in 70's suburbia. I am now an officially reconfirmed Joe Matt fan and eagerly await his next book, whatever and whenever that may be.
Brent Legault
I sometimes wish that Mr. Matt would write and draw something oustide of his direct experience, but what he does within his hermetic environment isn't exactly drek.
I guess I'd rather hear about adult Joe Matt being a dick and masturbating, then hear about the young Joe Matt being a dick and a pansy.
South Park meets Calvin and Hobbes in this horribly uninteresting and uninviting novel.

And the author has a real potty mouth.
I liked this book. Pretty humourous the way the author makes fun of himself - boy, he must have been annoying.
Jul 13, 2009 Mark rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics
Doesn't have the weight of Joe Matt's "Spent" - or at least that one just made more of an impact on me.
Joe Matt is such an unlikable character, I found myself rooting for him to get beaten up.
Dec 23, 2011 Alex rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: visual
Joe Matt as a child reminds me why I claim to not like kids.
This is my favorite by Joe Matt :)
Lorra Fae
great memoir of a childhood weekend :)
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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...more
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The Poor Bastard Spent Peepshow: The Cartoon Diary Joe Matt's Peepshow #12 Peepshow # 1 (Second Printing)

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