Fiction at a Glance

Fair Weather

Fair Weather
Joe Matt

Drawn & Quarterly

Like his D&Q stablemate Chester Brown, Joe Matt has uncanny access to the part of the brain marked “kid.” His work zaps us back to the years when the universe was centred on the truly important things: digging underground forts, riding double on bikes, collecting comics, shirking household chores, calling friends and family rude names. The adventures of Joe and Dave are rendered in a style that combines economy of line with an unerring eye for the minutiae of suburbia. Fair Weather is no cutesy reminiscence: Matt shows the fun stuff but also reminds us how easily young minds can accommodate both wide-eyed innocence and venal self-interest. mRb

Ian McGillis writes about books and visual arts for the Montreal Gazette. He is the author of the bestselling novel A Tourist’s Guide to Glengarry, and is currently working on a memoir about life as an obsessive fan of soul, reggae, and hip-hop.

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