"The Homeless Channel" Debuts Matt Silady's Most Personal Work

Tue, March 6th, 2007 at 12:00am PST

Comic Books
CBR News Team, Editor

Official Press Release

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF - Publisher Larry Young announced

today that his publishing house, AiT/Planet Lar, will be debuting THE

HOMELESS CHANNEL, from Matt Silady, in May. "Mimi (Rosenheim, AiT/

Planet Lar publisher) and I have been following Matt's progress on

his project since the last WonderCon and Alternative Press Expo, with

an eye towards publishing it. I've always enjoyed the purity and

honesty of the minicomic, from our own company's genesis with the

early ASTRONAUTS IN TROUBLE minicomics I wrote and drew, to Brian

Wood's pre-CHANNEL ZERO comics we've published as PUBLIC DOMAIN, and

Rob Osborne's, and Becky Cloonan's early work (which brought them to

our attention), to Matt Fraction's early dabblings, so I always try

to keep a finger on the pulse," said Young. "And Matt Silady's

rumination on society and responsibility is indicative of the next-

step in entertainment."

"Offering up the Next Big Thing is what we're all about… and Marvel

and DC are like Frito-Lay, if you know what I mean," said Young,

"selling their chips they know people already like and scooping up

the innovators' next, new products. AiT is like the smaller potato

chip house, who make the goodness that Frito-Lay can vacuum up

afterwards and market in their own image. And I really think Matt

Silady and his style is going to be the new flavor of chip, tortured

metaphor that that is. THE HOMELESS CHANNEL is the comic book version

of the snack food that's good for you."

After teaching 8th grade for six years in Champaign, Illinois, Matt

Silady decided to take a chance, head west, and pursue his dream to

become a professional writer. His first stop was the MA Program in

Creative Writing at the University of California-Davis. "The fiction

program at Davis gave me a great opportunity to focus on writing and

continue teaching. It was the best of both worlds," Silady enthused.

But comics was where his heart was really at; with several stories

already written, a meeting with the first two winners of the The

Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics inspired Matt to take a

chance at drawing his own book. "When I complained about having

trouble finding an artist, they just looked at me and said, 'So what?

Go figure the art out for yourself!'" So, he did. Using photos as

reference, he self-published the first chapter of THE HOMELESS

CHANNEL just in time for the 2005 Alternative Press Expo.

"I asked everyone I knew to pose for photos and act out the parts of

the characters. Colleagues, cousins, parents, friends, even my

girlfriend's boss played a role," said Silady. The end result is a

graphic novel that explores the complicated relationship that society

has with its responsibilities to its families, its communities, and,

really, to ourselves. "While THE HOMELESS CHANNEL does explore social

issues, I hope readers see that it's as much about the characters as

anything else. More than anything, I want to write stories that I

haven't seen in comic book form before. It's not diversity for the

sake of diversity; I just love walking into a comic shop and finding

something I wasn't expecting. AiT seems to have a special knack for

that."

THE HOMELESS CHANNEL is available nationwide beginning in May.

 
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