Interviewing Matt Kindt at WonderCon brought with it some unusual circumstances. Just prior to speaking to Kindt, I had the opportunity to hear him talk about his career history in a mammoth 90 minute panel interview, which I later covered for The Beat. This posed a serious question: what could I possibly ask him about that he had not already covered during the panel? Fortunately, hearing about Kindt’s life and work in such detail was a good springboard for posing some strange queries and I tried to get off the beaten path a little in the subjects we discussed. Not only was Kindt engaging, despite talking about himself at length for such long periods that day, but he allowed extra time for our chat, which was more than gracious of him.
Last week the first collected edition of his phenomenal series MIND MGMT (about the dark aftermath of a psychic spy organization) was released from Dark Horse, and this week, another new issue hits the stands. It’s an opportunity for new readers to jump on board and find out what all the clamor is about, but it’s also a season in the sun for fans who have been following Kindt’s long and unwavering career bringing his personal visions to light as both a writer and an artist. The more you hear from Kindt about his life and work, the more compelling his journey becomes for fans, and it’s easy to see why he inspires readers to stay with him for the long haul to the heights of comics stardom. For some, he’s a rising star, but the inside story behind the success is that he’s been shining brightly all along via a methodical commitment to his craft.
Hannah Means-Shannon: We’re starting off with a big question! Why do you think people need stories? Are they just entertainment, or is there something more than that to it?
Matt Kindt: I don’t know. There are so many answers to that question. People read to escape and people read for whatever reason. Like the reasons I read are for ideas. And it’s because I guess I just like pure ideas. So one of my favorite authors is Phillip K. Dick, and it’s not because his writing is so good. It’s not like it’s so great, frankly, the novels aren’t that fantastically written, but he puts so many ideas and different concepts in those books that that’s what I like. So, while I don’t recommend that everybody read his books, I think that he’s got more ideas per page than anybody, so that’s why I read. And again, it’s not so much about the story as it is about pure ideas. So that’s why I read, and honestly, that’s kind of why I watch movies, and that’s why I take in any sort of entertainment. Because I’m just on the hunt for a unique way of looking at something or a different perspective. I don’t know if a lot of people read what I do, but I’m glad they do. Is that vague enough for you?