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With Matt Maxwell, author of Strangeways: Murder Moon

Photo of Matt Maxwell by Laura "Tegan" Gjovaag. The troll's name is Torvald.


It's about time we got to graphic novels, and what better place to start than with Matt Maxwell's Strangeways: Murder Moon. Please join us as Matt talks about his cross-genre story that combines werewolves and the American west.

Matt Maxwell is a writer living in a nest of suburbia at the base of the Sierra Nevada Foothills, not far from Folsom, California. An actual California native, he grew up in Orange County and received degrees from the University of California, Irvine in both social sciences and English literature. He has worked with designers of the atomic bomb, members of the JASONs, and the Council on Foreign Relations (to the delight of his conspiracy-loving friends). He has also worked as an animator in (North) Hollywood (not the same thing) on shows that you or your kids have probably watched, and still can, thanks to YouTube.

Matt is the author of the graphic novel/webcomic series STRANGEWAYS, the first volume of which, MURDER MOON, is available at Amazon and The second volume, entitled THE THIRSTY, is running currently at the Robot6 blog, part of Comic Book Resources ( Since 2003 he has been a columnist covering comics and popular culture at sites such as Broken Frontier, Comicon Pulse, The Beat, and the Comics Waiting Room (, where his column "Full Bleed" is updated every two weeks. His own weblog can be found at where he talks about comics, writing, music, horror movies, and his own work in the third person.

Even the condemned got a right to eat. (Click to enlarge.) The Sheriff of Silver Branch sets out some limits.
"One of my favorite pages in the book, if not simply for the emotion that Luis Guragna gets into the fourth panel." The wolf stalks a family home outside Silver Branch. Show less, get more. (Above and right)

Interviewee: Matt Maxwell
Host: Paula B.
Date: August 16, 2009
Running time: 52:46
File size: 25  megabytes
Rating: G
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