COMIC BOOK YETI: Matt, thank you so much for joining me here in the Yeti Cave for this interview. Diving right in, your newest project is Ghosts of the Carousel, currently available for pre-order through Dauntless Stories. This is a 48-page one-shot that “watches a man struggle with the demons of failure, regret, and loss over the course of a long New Jersey night.” What inspired you to create, what I’m assuming from the preview pages I read, this very personal story?
MATT BATTAGLIA: I think the easiest way to sum up the inspiration is that over the past two years I’ve had a lot of emotions that I wanted to deal with – and I think this is true for everyone, 2020 (and 2021) have been a hell of a few years and I think we all are considering loss, grief, death, purpose. All these things were on my mind for the bulk of the story. So while there are a lot of personal elements in the book, I hope the emotions in it are universal.
CBY: What’s your comic origin story as a creator?
MB: I’ve always been drawing comics. I grew up right near the Kubert School and was lucky enough to go to the occasional Saturday Morning Sketch Class that they held for kids, which really helped foster my creativity and passion for the comics medium. Comics have been a part of my life for a very long time and reading and drawing them has been one of those things that I’ve run to throughout life when looking for escape.