ARTICLES BY Matthew Jent

“It Hatched and It Died” an excerpt from Brand New Berto

Matthew Jent


If you drive to a parking lot in Ohio over the Labor Day weekend, you might see this exact story taking place.  Matt Jent nails the teenage experience of this spot on the calendar: making a name for yourself at a new school, the thrills of the the backseats of cars, the anxiety and excitement of, gulp, hanging out with older kids.  If like me, your heart still dies a little every time you see a "Back to School Sale" sign, Matt Jent’s impeccable pacing and a great ear for dialogue ought to take the edge off.  Accompanying illustration provided by Ben Costa, winner of a Xeric Award for his self-published comic book Shi Long Pang.