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(Peepshow #11-14)

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  718 ratings  ·  79 reviews
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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Oct 28, 2016 rated it liked it
No one ever said that porn addiction is easy. Joe Matt is rather brave in including his/his character's depravities, with so much talk going on. So much empty philosophizing. What strikes me problematic is just how similar every single frame in the graphic novel is. Its like xeroxing the pictorials again and again, with only the dialogue changing, but not really. In this way, I guess, it mirrors that grievous addiction (which usually has no name)--it is a sleek plateau of sameness you would rath ...more
Sam Quixote
Jul 31, 2011 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
Nov 19, 2007 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
Paul Bryant
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 :

MJ Nicholls
Apr 12, 2012 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
Ill D
Apr 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Degenerates
In contrast to the verdant tinted artwork reminiscent of the occluded world of The Matrix, Joe Matt’s, Spent is a highly exposed piece of comic book smut with perhaps too much openness. In fact, not perhaps, it is way too open in all aspects, overflowing with indulgence, pointless discussions, and an unceasing litany of Frat House type jokes that lose any charm (that they ever had) after their first offering. Spent proves Joe Matt to be the pathetic piece of shit his auto-biographical cover woul ...more
Nov 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I can’t figure out if I dislike Joe Matt or not. And it’s so strange because I feel the same way with Seth and Chester Brown, and the three of them are such good pals in real life (at least it seems that way in their graphic novels). Even though I kind of dislike them, I appreciate how they portray themselves truthfully in their comics (kind of as douchey dudes). So that makes me want to like them. But then they say/do things that make me dislike them. For example, there’s a panel where Joe Matt ...more
Tom Waters
Oct 23, 2010 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
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
A book about a wanker, wanking that isn't wank.
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not as interesting as The Poor Bastard, this sequel finds Joe spiraling in his porn addiction and reminiscing about his youth. Years of isolation and no productivity have taken their toll on his thinking and creativity, and it shows in this final volume. While the previous volume featured a host of characters, this is mostly Joe stewing alone in the shitpile he's made for himself. This makes for a more boring read, just a repulsive guy pissing in jars and editing porn (I wonder if he feels upset ...more
David Stewart
Jan 20, 2012 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
May 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Chester Brown in “Paying for it” used the medium of comics to narrate his trysts with prostitutes and portrayed the moral and ethical challenges around ‘paying’ for gratification and in a way opened up the debate about the whole stigma of visiting a brothel. I loved the book for the diligent approach it adopted to drive home uncomfortable options and politically incorrect actions. Joe Matt’s “Spent” follows the same template but unfortunately fails to achieve the greatness of the former. This, i ...more
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
"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
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.
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
perfect. makes me want to do a comic on my own sad existence. people that gave this a bad review are taking themselves too seriously and therefore, suck.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: loeg-archives
There are four chapters in this book - two feature Joe Matt hanging out with fellow cartoonist Seth (once with Chester Brown also in attendance). Both chapters are entertaining, with good, witty dialogue and crisp, clean art.

Another chapter has Matt borrowing porn tapes from a friend, and painstakingly editing - using two connected VCRs and a timer! - them so that there are no shots of guy's faces, bodies or bottoms. It's a hilarious idea and scene - until it goes on for seven more pages. Then i
Dec 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Joe is a great artist, his style is very tight and reminds me of Charles Burns. I like his honest self deprecation, but at times it was self serving, much like his lifestyle. I loved his strange relationship with Chester. He is deeply sexist and misogynist, which is deplorable just like his urine jar. The way he honestly paints himself makes you hate-read until you finally reach the last page to close the book once and for all.
Lily Strfsh
Aug 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
A book as empty as the author's balls. If you are into reading a 30 yo talk like a kid who just discovered masturbation, go for it, otherwise read literally anything else, it'll be saving you some precious minutes of your life, away from this sexist garbage.
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
About a cartoonist who is so wrapped up in creating bootleg adult video he has no time/energy to actually draw his own graphic novel. Includes flashbacks to see how he got where he is. Swearing, adult content. Occasional insight.
Nov 19, 2015 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
Samantha Glasser
May 13, 2013 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 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 18, 2014 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
Robert W
Sep 18, 2007 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
May 17, 2011 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
Apr 19, 2008 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
Kyle Wright
Sep 16, 2009 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
Dec 07, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: american, fiction, comics
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
Mattias Appelgren
Sep 05, 2013 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.
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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

Other books in the series

Peepshow (9 books)
  • Peepshow # 1 (Second Printing)
  • Peepshow # 2
  • Peepshow # 4
  • Peepshow # 5
  • Peepshow # 6
  • Peepshow # 11
  • Joe Matt's Peepshow #12
  • Peepshow # 13
  • Peepshow #14
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