Matt Madden


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Matt Madden (NYC 1968) lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife, Jessica Abel. The official US correspondent for the OuBaPo, he is a cartoonist and illustrator. He also teaches comics and drawing at the School of Visual Arts. Recent work includes 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style (Penguin), a collection of his comics adaptation of Raymond Queneau’s Exercises in Style and A Fine Mess, Madden's anthology series.

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Notes: The way I adapted the sestina to comics was to treat the end panels as the “repetons” so the last panels of each row change order in the same way the repetons would, and are then all included (in no particular order) on the last, half-page envoi. I saw an explanation of the algorithm that permutates the order of the repetons that visualizes it as a spiral and that's what gave me the maelstrom and all of the other spiral imagery in the story.