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“The Homeless Channel” Debuts Matt Silady’s Most Personal Work

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“The Homeless Channel” Debuts Matt Silady’s Most Personal Work

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

THE HOMELESS CHANNEL is available nationwide beginning in May.

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