Matt Madden

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Matt Madden
Madden at the 2009 Brooklyn Book Festival
New York, NY
Area(s)Cartoonist, Writer, Colourist
Notable works
Black Candy
99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style

Matt Madden (born 1968 in New York City) is a U.S. comic book writer and artist. He is best known for original alternative comics, for his coloring work in traditional comics, and for the experimental work 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style, which is based on the idea of Raymond Queneau's Exercises in Style. He also teaches comics at the School of Visual Arts and Yale University.[1]


Madden began his career self-publishing minicomics in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the early 1990s. He was co-editor with Matt Feazell and Sean Bieri of the anthology 5 O'Clock Shadow. After several of his short pieces appeared in established publications, Madden's first graphic novel, Black Candy, was published by Black Eye Books in 1998.

In the mid-1990s Madden began writing reviews for The Comics Journal and other publications. He is a consulting editor for the mini-comic Le Sketch.

He works in illustration and comics coloring and also teaches comics storytelling at the School of Visual Arts. His graphic novel, Odds Off, was published by Highwater Books, and issue of his periodical series of short works, A Fine Mess, are published by Alternative Comics.

He regularly deals with themes in settings in Mexico (where he lived for a time in the late 1990s), or that are rooted in Mexican culture.

Madden is OuBaPo's "U.S. correspondent."[2]

Personal life[edit]

Madden currently lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife, fellow comics creator Jessica Abel, and their two children.[3] They took a sabbatical in France in August 2012.[4]


  • Black Candy (Black Eye Books, 1998) ISBN 978-0-9698874-6-1
  • Odds off, or, L'amour foutu (Highwater Books, 2001) ISBN 978-0-9665363-9-3
  • A Fine Mess 2 issues (Alternative Comics, 2002–2004)
  • 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style (Chamberlain Bros., 2005) ISBN 978-1-59609-078-1
  • Madden, with Jessica Abel, Drawing Words and Writing Pictures, (First Second, 2008) ISBN 978-1-59643-131-7
  • Madden (translator), Aristophane, "The Zabime Sisters," (First Second, 2010) ISBN 1596436387
  • Madden, with Jessica Abel, Mastering Comics: Drawing Words & Writing Pictures Continued, (First Second, 2012) ISBN 978-1596436176


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