Looking for a good comic? Try THC.

No, I’m not talking about Tetrahydrocannabinol so get your mind out of the gutter, and if you don’t know what that is – don’t worry. It’s not what this article is about anyway. This article is about a book I just read called The Homeless Channel by Matt Silady. I’ll get the dirty part out of the way first…Yes, I know Matt. We met last August in Chicago Rosemont, which also happens to be the first time I saw the book. Since our initial meeting we have conversed at conventions, at Isotope parties…we have actually been on a beer run together. Additionally, Matt and I are technically colleagues. We are both college professors and if I’m not mistaken we have both also had the pleasure of teaching middle school. Now that’s out of the way I can talk about his book completely objectively.

When I first saw The Homeless Channel at the Chicago Rosemont convention I wasn’t particularly drawn to it. The nature of my other profession curses me by making me judge everything on appearance, and that curse follows me in everything I do. To say that I judge books by their covers would be an understatement. As a matter of fact I have piles of books with amazing covers that I didn’t get more than a few chapters (or even pages) into. You’d think I would learn eventually. Regardless, don’t judge this book by the cover…unless you really like the cover…then you can do that. Seriously though, the reasons that I don’t like the cover are simple.

1. I am not homeless, haven’t been homeless and don’t plan on being homeless – so the title baffled me and scared me.

2. Hurm…

And that’s where my problems with the book stop. Long list, huh.

Warning – the rest of this review contains spoilers.

This book follows Darcy on a quest to create and run a 24 hour channel dedicated to homeless people. The hope/intent of the channel is to raise awareness of a truly serious problem. In Darcy’s ideal world homelessness might eventually not even exist – thus putting her out of a job. But to say this is just a story about a girl launching a television network would not do the story any justice.

The real story is about Darcy and her struggle with family, friendship, love and of course The Homeless Channel (THC). Like a lot of people in the modern day American work environment, there is not much separation between Darcy’s job and her social life. As a matter of fact her “accidental

Comments

  1. This sounds like a book I should get for my wife.  She has a huge heart for homeless people, so the concept would resonate with her, plus I’d get her to read a comicbook.

    The scene you laid out is right on target.  It saddens me to think about a person standing on the side of the road or sitting on a sidewalk and people just ignore their existence.  I’d encourage people to at least acknowledge the homeless by waving or smiling from the comfortable safety of their car, even if you aren’t going to give them anything.  So many of the homeless folks I’ve talked to have told me that even though they always want food or money, they certainly value a wave or smile.

     If you happen to give someone some change or food or whatever, I’d encourage you to ask them their name, even if you know you will never see them again.  Again, this can mean a lot to someone who is ignored all day. Also, if you pass by them often, you could then greet them by name, which means a lot.

  2. Yo Gordon! I love the artcal. The way he done the pic/drawing seem very intersting. Just mibhty have pick this up sometime.As for the homeless i hardly have to come aross them so don’t really think adout them that much.Next time i do i’ll take Andrew advise. 

  3. Great pick Gordon.  I picked this book up last year at WWC and it’s really a good read.

  4. I don’t even bother reading Gordon’s posts. He’s the anti-ifanboy. He’s not funny. He’s not educated on comics. His commercials have made me stop watching the iFanboy video show. He should stay behind the scenes. He’s like Roger Chang of DL.TV or now Tekzilla. He should stay behind the camera. Yikes. Just my opinion of course. Honesty is the best policy. Other people probably appreciate the Chang and the Gordon but not me. It’s like Fonzie jumping the shark… makes the show look bad.

  5. If you’re not going to read the posts, and you don’t have anything constructive to add to the actual topic, please don’t post in the thread.  If you don’t want to like Gordon, that’s fine, but you’re just trolling right now, and you’ve already said this.

  6. I’ve never read this book, but it sounds pretty interesting. I’ll definitely pick it up now. Love the article!

  7. Thank you, Gordon! Ron forwarded me the link to your review early this morning and I’ve had a smile on my face all day thanks to your kind words!

    I really hope your wife gives it a shot. When I was writing it, I always hoped that it might appeal to both die hard comic nerds like me and non-comics readers as well.

    For anyone interested in sampling the story, go ahead and click on the link that Gordon so kindly included in the article and you’ll find the first chapter of the story posted on-line!

      

  8. When I have a moment to breathe, I will most certainly attempt to read this book.  Unlike you, I find the cover to be intriguing and upon flipping through the book, the illustrations have grabbed my attention.  If I actually finish reading this book, it will be my maiden voyage into the world of comics!

    In response to your questions about homelessness, I have been impacted by homeless people on several occasions in my life.  In college, I volunteered several days at a drop in center on Skid Row in LA.  Eye opening to say the least.  As part of a summer enrichment program, I worked at a soup kitchen when I was much younger.  While working alongside a friend, she looked up to see someone from her grade school class on the other side of the line.  Very impactful. 

    As an adult, I seem to turn my head and look the other way.  Fear takes over.  Your words have definitely caused me to think.  I look forward to reading the book and accepting the challenge to be a more thoughtful person.