Scott Cederland has a new podcast,
and talks about The Homeless Channel
about halfway through: "A great; fantastic story; it's hard to believe this is his first one... the cover looks like it would be a actual book cover, it looks like it belongs in with all the other books; it doesn't look comic book-y... Silady doesn't get lost in the photo-reference... it reminds me a lot of what Tony Harris does..."
"I finally got around to reading Matt Silady's The Homeless Channel.
Great concept, great dialogue and while a couple of points in the Darcy/Grady relationship could have been made a bit more clear in the storytelling, it's an impressive debut.
"Three more characters from an Unfolded Earth, each brought to us in a set of discourses with the unseen interviewer. As well as creating seamless sequential moments and high-definition visual coherence, the strips feature matters of personal histories and meta-narratives, labour relations and linguistics. Merlin-Goodbrey has crafted a collection of sociological case studies. 'The Man Who Fell To Earth' is poetical also, comics poems of the sort that sneaks up on you and doesnt tell you it's a poem. It just comes on all manner-of-factly and does beautiful things. 'She could smell tomorrow' is probably one of the most modest, coy and optimistic things Merlin-Goodbrey has done so far. It seems tame initially, ends the collection with the best synopsis and final line. Time will tell on 'She could smell tomorrow.' It's also likely to be one of the top ten best comic books this year, and next year, period.
Also, happiest of birthdays to Bodies
artist and AiT pal Celina Hernandez:
"Awhile back, Larry Young sent me a great book that I mean to do a proper review for someday, but I want to mention it now. It's called The Last Sane Cowboy & Other Stories
and it's by Daniel Merlin Goodbrey. The problem with it is that it blew my mind.
The book connected to me on a fundamental level with the very first story, 'I Bleed Scorpions.' And while none of the other stories hit me as hard, they all hit me. So if you've got a chance to check it out, please do. Maybe it'll blow your mind too."
"It only took me about five pages to get hooked on this thing. A lot of that is due to Becky Cloonan's wildly versatile illustration style which fearlessly changes from story to story, to suit each piece best. There isn't a single story here that I didn't love, that didn't make me think, that didn't thud home in my heart, though they hardly take more than five minutes apiece to get through."
on The Homeless Channel:
"I am a big fan of AiT/Planet Lar. I feel as though Larry Young has a distinct eye for what he wants comics to be, and he is good at making sure each comic he publishes has an individual purpose. I was confident going into this book. I was 100% vindicated. This was a very good story about a cause. Writer/artist Matt Silady tiptoed the line of preachiness throughout, but remained aware of it and never came off oversimplified. The book felt very much in line with the early work of Brian Michael Bendis, both due to the barbed witty banter and the negative photo referenced artwork. The art was clearly done mostly through meticulous photo-ref, but was rendered with a consistency that assured a solid look to the book. The result felt somewhere in between Michael Lark and Tony Harris’ Ex Machina
work, with a very clear line to Bendis’ own artwork. It utilized a good deal of innovative page layout work, but never at the cost of storytelling clarity. "
on The Homeless Channel:
"The book's out. We read it. We quite enjoyed it." And click the link for a little SFist giveaway.
...while Jeremy asks Matt Silady
"Three Questions for a Graphic Novelist."