Casanova Is Comics for Music Lovers: An Interview With Matt Fraction
If you don't think music plays a big role in Matt Fraction's writing, you're not reading closely enough. Or the last album you bought was Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet.
- He titled an issue of Uncanny X-Men "All Tomorrow's Parties" and used Velvet Underground references as caption character descriptors.
- Lyrics from "No Children" by the Mountain Goats appeared in an issue of Invincible Iron Man, which led to a friendship with the band's singer John Darnielle.
- The last issue of the second volume of his creator-owned super-spy series Casanova featured tracks for each scene, his way of putting a soundtrack to the story.
And it's an approach that has worked on him when he would read Grant Morrison's Doom Patrol and Invisibles series, both bursting at the staples with cultural references that Fraction would decipher then search out. Same with the comics of Warren Ellis. Using art to spread the word about other art is just another way, Fraction says, to propagate, um, art.
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