Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Birthday Present

Since I accidentally posted something here from my personal blog, I thought I'd completely edit it into a present from me to you, my reading public. That present will be this wonderful post.

So I may recently seem down on mainstream superhero work. Well, there's a reason for that. It's mostly completely terrible. Any writer who thinks people give a good flying pee about more masked cyphers doing battle or yet another "controversial" take on a classic character is a tard. And I don't just mean "drools a little bit" tard, I mean "Jesus Christ, is that a person?" tard.

But do not assume that means all indie comics are golden manna sent down from Our Lord Groth. Because some of it is incredibly awful, as well.

Case in point: Joe Matt's Peepshow. Now I probably hate Peepshow than most people, but I've got good reason. I had to read it. It was the favorite comic of an ex of mine. She just LOVED it and would get every issue for me, force her back issues on me, etc. So I've read a lot of it and it's really so awful that it almost makes me like Chris Claremont's work.

To sum it up is fairly easy. It's autobio comics of the most self-obsessed variety. Matt examines his relationships, neuroses, and obsessions. And he's got plenty of them. He's obsessed with minority women, with pornography (and making mix tapes consisting only of "money shots"), Viewmaster reels, old comics, saving money (to the point that he pees in the sink or in jars so his water bill is lower) . . .he's a miserable person, from all accounts. He annoys his friends, mooches off everyone, all the while looking down his nose at everything.

It's insufferable. It's the daily life of someone you'd avoid if you knew him personally. It's poorly drawn, like a talentless guy who read one Crumb comic. It's terrible comics. It's a little shool girl's diary, except instead of ponies and cute boys she obsesses over Asian, Latin, and black women with disgusting fetishism and talks about porn like it's a friend.

I hate Peepshow.


Blogger Brian Cronin said...

Good man.

You beat me to my "Did you MEAN to post that here, Joe?" reply with grace and aplumb.

I like Brian Hibbs' recent comments about "indy" books (well, the stuff in the back of Previews), where he pointed out that while they like to complain about stores not ordering enough out of the back of the Previews, he points out that that is because a large portion of the books in the back of the Previews are NOT good books!

1/18/2005 06:31:00 PM  
Blogger Joe Rice said...

Most indie books are just as bad as most superhero books, yeah.

I will posit that the very best indie books tend to be better than most of the best superhero books.

1/18/2005 06:44:00 PM  
Blogger alex said...

PEEPSHOW can suck my dick.

1/18/2005 06:45:00 PM  
Blogger Ed Cunard said...

You know which ones tend to be the worst?

The ones in the green section that really, really, really wish they were in the front part.

1/18/2005 09:59:00 PM  
Blogger Blockade Boy said...

He's still peeing in jars? Jeebus.

I remember liking his cartooning style back when he had stories in "Drawn & Quarterly" (I think) and I enjoyed some of his anecdotes -- like putting up with Matt Wagner's incessant pot smoking or sleeping on a mattress so warped it was like being inside a giant taco. But even then he didn't sound like a terribly pleasant or happy individual. I remember the porn-addiction, cheapness and mooching in those stories way back then. I bought one issue of Peepshow years ago and the whole thing detailed what a horrid child he used to be. I guess Joe doesn't like himself very much (and I don't blame him) but I sure as hell can't understand his urge to tell everybody about how godawful he thinks he is.

1/19/2005 08:43:00 PM  
Blogger Joe Rice said...

Yeah, I really don't get what he's trying to do with this comic. Is it some kind of therapy? Well, I don't find it any more interesting than any other random schmuck's therapy.

You're right, some of his anecdotes CAN be funny. But the self-obsession wears thin around page four.

1/19/2005 08:48:00 PM  
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