I sat down with the lovely and talented Isabel Jane earlier this week to discus all things 200 DEAF BOYS, and now you can get the inside scoop! Don’t ask, just start reading (or listening)!
I sat down with cartoonist Matt Seneca this week to talk about the latest, second installation of 200 Deaf Boys, his horror comic about the end of the world at a Catholic school for deaf boys. It’s dark and it’s kind of fucked up, but it’s also beautiful and reverent, both a challenge to the institution of the Catholic church and an ode to personal faith and the power of the divine. Read the interview below, or listen to the audio in full here and hear me frequently attempt humor and fail!
Isabel: Alright, Matt Seneca, so we’re talking today about 200 Deaf Boys Part 2. So what’s the deal? Is it picking up exactly where part one left off?
Matt: Picking it up the morning after the events of part one, in both the story of Galahad and the story of Pope Benedict, Father Murphy and little Nicholas.
Isabel: Do you want to give us a refresher? It’s been awhile. How long has it been since 200 Deaf Boys #1?
Matt: I hate to say it but it’s been almost a year and a half since I released 200 Deaf Boys #1. Which, you know, obviously I’ve done hundreds of pages of other comics in between now and then, plus I drew a whole nother seventy-two pages of this issue.
Isabel: It’s long!
Matt: It is long. Lots of story to tell. 200 Deaf Boys is my story about Catholicism. It’s the story where I put my religion on the scales of good and evil, and tell myself, and consequently my audience, a story about the goodness and bright light that Catholicism can be, which is the story of Galahad and the Holy Grail - and also a story about the darkest place that Catholicism has gone to, which is the molestation of kids by priests in the church, and the subsequent cover-ups by Pope Benedict, who is a character in the book.