Fair Weather

Fair Weather

By Ian McGillis

A review of Fair Weather by Joe Matt

Published on October 1, 2002

Fair Weather
Joe Matt

Drawn & Quarterly
$39.95
hardcover
124pp
1-896597-56-4

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.

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