“I’ve had a variety of weird jobs over the years, including janitor, Wal-Mart associate, hotel maintenance man, Head of the Collections Department at a museum, and most recently Comics Manager at Warp One Comics and Games. I am the other half of the Graphic Content: A Comic Book Film Series braintrust, the first being Erin Fraser, and I’m also on the Metro Cinema Repertory Programming committee which programs Metro Bizarro among other things. With my friend Marcus Cunningham I host The Spoiler Show podcast, an irreverent look at pop culture and society that’s been going for almost half a year now. I got a BA in English Literature from the University of Alberta in 2008, and now I work at NeWest Press as the Marketing and Production Coordinator. For a while there, I was trying to read through the Time Magazine 100 Best Novels list, a process I catalogued at thisnerdinglife.com. I’m slowly gearing up to take another crack at it, I’ve read 56 out of the 113 books on the list (yes, the 100 number is a lie). I like books, comics, movies, video games, basically any media you can throw at me.”
Here is a list of things Matt and I have in common (Some of them are not true, you have to guess):
We are both Libras (Libran? Librarian? Libros?).
We both lied to the cops about being able to tell the future.
We both have wonderfully awesome women in our lives that have “Elizabeth” somewhere in their names.
We both see movies and comics as a form of modern religion.
We both have an affinity for facial hair.
We have both yelled at the television about how the laws of physics really work.
We both have no idea how the laws of physics really work.
We have both eaten over three dollars worth of change in our lifetimes.
We both have extremely good night vision.
We both think that a barrel of monkeys doesn’t seem fun at all.
We can burp the periodic table of elements.
We are both named Matt Bowes.
If you would give yourself a nickname what would it be?
Would people know I gave myself that nickname? Isn’t that kind of uncool? I’d probably go for some sort of Metal Gear Solid-esque thing, like “Fluoride Mantis”. That sounds cool.
If you could switch one body part with anyone else in the world living or dead, who and what would it be?
I would like to switch out my teeth with those of Michel Lolito, aka. “Monsieur Mangetout”. He’s a performer who ate a plane among other hilarious things, while my teeth are terrible and I get a twinge every time I eat something as innocuous as ice cream.
In five words, describe your most uncomfortable dream.
Hungry bugs in my pillow.
What is your favourite word?
What does that word smell like?
New car smell.
What is your spirit animal?
A panda, most likely.
If ghosts existed, would you want to meet one? If so, what would you ask it?
When I worked at a museum, part of my patter was pretending a ghost haunted the joint, so yeah. I used to pretend when I was little that I’d met the ghost of Al Capone, too. I’d ask a ghost how I could become one too.
If you could share a bottle of alcohol with anyone who has ever existed, who would it be and what would you drink?
Two answers here, number one is Joe Strummer, lead singer of the Clash, and I think we’d probably drink Irish Whiskey. Secondly, I’d be interested in meeting Samuel Pepys, who seems like a sherry/port guy. I guess both of these tie into the ghost question as well, in which case it would be ghost whiskey/ghost sherry.
What would you rather have as a pet: A dragon, a unicorn Pegasus or Ezra Levant?
A dragon, but only if he cracked jokes like a dinosaur on The Flintstones.
Finally, if you could live your life over again with guaranteed success, what would you do?
I think I’d cut myself off at a few bars over the years to escape some consequences. Other than that basically the same stuff.