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say yes to cheese and grapes.

Take a pause to really see what you’ve accomplished, and celebrate it. Today, I’m celebrating the release of my new podcast.

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Out on the Wire is out in the world + USA book tour dates

Out on the Wire: the Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio, my comics documentary on the narrative ideas and techniques of the new generation of top audio producers hit the bookstores last Tuesday. And I’m making a few stops for book events in the USA in September. I hope you’ll come see me; I’d be thrilled to get a chance to sign your books for you.

The audio stories in Out on the Wire

An index of all the stories mentioned in Out on the Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio, in order of appearance: L’atelier du son This American Life Episode 126: Do Gooders This American Life Episode 355: The Giant Pool of Money Jessica Kittams’ “One Acre” from The Transom Workshop “Email Encryption Rare in


diy: making minicomics

This is a pretty comprehensive guide on how to put together a minicomic that I last updated in about 2004. A similar, but much more useable guide can also be found in Appendix E of Drawing Words & Writing Pictures, as well as in the last 4 chapters of Mastering Comics (which is an even

the faces of Carla

Here are some of the early stages I went through to develop Carla’s look.

development notes for la Perdida

This is a random assortment of notes and thumbs from the development of La Perdida that you might find interesting—note that most of it is written/drawn on recycled paper, thus the weird stuff bleeding through.

la Perdida cocktail

Matt is a huge cocktail fanatic, and invented this amazing drink in honor of the la Perdida book release. Try it; you won’t be sorry. Well, maybe a little sorry if you have more than a couple. It’s delicious (and deceptively “quaffable”…might as well be called La Noche Perdida (the Lost Night)). 1 oz. silver

la Perdida playlist

In 2006, when the graphic novel came out, I was asked by Largehearted Boy to put together a playlist for La Perdida. It’s a cool idea: try some of these. You’ll like them. I can’t write with music on. At least not music I care about, whether I like it or hate it. It’s ironic,

La Perdida photo reference

La Perdida was researched in the pre-digital era, so I have a big box full of fairly crappy photos that I used extensively. Here are a few of them, and some of the places they showed up. Note that, in general, I’m using the photo for visual notes, not exact composition.

La Perdida serialized version (the original release)

La Perdida originally appeared in serialized form from 2001-2005, published by Fantagraphics Books (and in a 4-page extra in the LA Weekly). If you’re a completist, you’ll want to compare the two versions and see what I changed (a lot, but it’s subtle). If you’re not, well, you may be interested in them for the cover art.