Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

The Dirty Dozen, with Joey Comeau

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Joey Comeau

Joey Comeau is the author of One Bloody Thing After Another, Overqualified and, most recently, The Complete Lockpick Pornography (ECW Press). His webcomic, A Softer World, has received praise from around the world, and his writing has been included in Best American Nonrequired Reading.

In his responses to our Dirty Dozen interview, which asks authors to shares twelve unexpected facts about themselves, Joey tells Open Book about his favourite movie, his plan for happiness and his favourite movie (oh, and his favourite movie).

You have two chances to catch Joey in person over the next few days — tonight, Friday, May 11 at the book launch for The Complete Lockpick Pornography and Monday, May 14 at ECW Press' spring party! Read on to hear from Joey.

  1. I have fired a machine gun. You can see it on the internet.
  2. I have a three year plan for getting what I want out of life. It is on my whiteboard as "Dog acquisition plan" with two underlines.
  3. My favourite movie is Sympathy for Vengeance by Chan-Wook Park.
  4. I can go months just listening to the Mountain Goats. I think it might be a brain problem.
  5. My favourite movie is Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  6. I like Patricia Highsmith and HP Lovecraft even though they were racists. I like their writing, not their racism. It's not complicated, man.
  7. I meant to say I love Patricia Highsmith. I have a secret Patricia Highsmith tattoo.
  8. My favourite movie is The Mist — the director's cut version that is balanced for black and white.
  9. No! FARGO. My favourite movie is Fargo. F*ck, that movie kills me. With the sun shining and everything.
  10. Jane Bowles is a goddamned genius. And Sarah Kane. All of my role models are weirdos.
  11. The best book I ever read was Tekkonkinkreet.
  12. I can program computers and I am pretty good at chess unless you are good at chess, and then I am not very good at all.


Joey Comeau writes the comic A Softer World, which has been profiled in Rolling Stone, The Guardian and has been called “subtle and dramatic” by Publishers Weekly. He is the author of the bestselling Overqualified (2009) and One Bloody Thing After Another (2010), which was nominated for the 2010 Shirley Jackson Award and the 2011 ReLit Award. He lives in Toronto, ON.

For more information about The Complete Lockpick Pornography please visit the ECW Press website.

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Check out all the Dirty Dozen interviews in our archives.

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