April 25, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

”Autobiographical comics” are often marked by boorish mopishness, but Joe Matt’s hilarious self-eviscerations are an exception. Fair Weather — collected from the cartoonist’s continuing series Peepshow — portrays the artist as a greedy young geek, incessantly warring with his mother and willing to sell out his only friend for a comic book. Richly evoking a ’70s suburban childhood without sentimentality, Matt’s poignant graphic novella is as refreshing as a Slurpee on a muggy afternoon.

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