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Really Dumb Pop Culture Questionnaire: Matt Gaudio

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Really Dumb Pop Culture Questionnaire: Matt Gaudio

A fun and frivolous way to better understand your favorite creators.

Welcome to another edition of our Really Dumb Pop Culture Questionnaire. As its name might suggest, it’s a fun and frivolous way for creators to share their most asinine opinions on all things pop culture. Because being dumb doesn’t mean something still isn’t valuable. (Usually.)

For this edition, we quizzed artist Matt Gaudio, who is perhaps best known for his work at Dynamite Entertainment (including Bettie Page, John Wick, and Black Terror, among others). Gaudio’s work has appeared elsewhere, including TJ Comics and Outpouring Comics. 

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For even more of Gaudio, be sure to follow him on Twitter @matt_gaudio.

Really Dumb Pop Culture Questionnaire: Matt Gaudio

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You can adapt any of your works into a film but you have to cast Stanley Tucci as the lead. Which one and why?

Who doesn’t love Stanley Tucci? I think I’d have to go Bettie Page, with Stanley as Bettie. But I’d have him play it completely straight, totally serious, in character. To see him as Bettie, as one of
the most infamous pin-up girls of all time would be utterly ridiculous and hysterical, which I think he excels at. It reminds me of his role in The Hunger Games, with those over the top costumes and makeup, and playing it straight the whole time. It heightens the absurdity — no offense to Stanley, but he’s no Bettie Page when it comes to looks (who is?)

Your voice sounds like a famous TV or film character for one week. Who do you choose?

I’d have to go Tracy Jordan from 30 Rock here. I could listen to Tracy Morgan all day, everything about his voice is interesting and funny and bombastic.

What major city in the world would you choose to be a Batman-like superhero? And why?

I think New York is quintessentially Spidey. For Batman, I would think a type of place that’s cold and stern, unforgiving. Maybe something in Russia or Alaska (?), though I’ll be honest that’s not an answer from first-hand experience.

Is there one pop culture title you secretly didn’t understand and now want to come clean about?

The original Hellboy movie. When I first saw it I was fairly young, and wasn’t familiar with Mignola, the characters or the comics. I walked out of the theater feeling like I knew less about Hellboy then I did going in. I didn’t get it. I’m due for a rewatch.


If your life were a TV show, would it be a sitcom or a drama (and why)?

I could go either way here. I’m a storyteller, and a find the story in everything, but I also have a deep love and appreciation for comedy. I think we all kind of envision our lives as dramas, but we’re probably closer to sitcoms. I have a very small, close-knit group of friends going back to elementary school, so they’d make good recurring characters in a sitcom about the life of a comic artist.

What song would you choose as your entrance theme for your daily life?

This one’s tough. My musical tastes are all over the place. I love listening to movie scores and soundtracks, love ’90s/2000s hip hop. I like jazz, classical, classic rock. With everything going on in the world right now, I think something epic would fit, maybe the “Warthog Run” theme from Halo 3 (can you tell I’m a nerd?).

If you had to have an archrival from popular fiction, who would you choose and why?

I don’t want to get too deep but I think artists, in any medium, are looking to prove themselves in some way. Like we’re all part of the Bat family, and we want Bruce’s approval. Dick Grayson would be a good rival for a lot of us, I think.

What class would you teach at Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters?

So I majored in bio in college, and I love evolution/ecology. I think maybe a class like “Origins of Mutant Morphology” would be right up my alley. I’m also really into food and cooking, I could see teaching a “Cooking with Powers” class, too.

Would you rather live in Gotham City or King’s Landing? Why?

Easy, Gotham. In Gotham at least you have a chance. There’s a Bat Signal. King’s Landing? If your in a pickle there, you can almost guarantee it’s going to end poorly. And someone’s probably
filming it.

What one famous pop culture vehicle would you drive around in and why?

The ’61 Ferrari GT from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Why? Because it is so choice. But seriously, that car is beautiful, and who doesn’t want to feel like Ferris?

Who would you rather take a punch from Captain America or be tickled by The Hulk?

Punched by Cap. He’d probably take a picture with you afterwards if you asked. I think I’d be traumatized by the image of the Hulk’s grinning face as he tickled me.

What villain or hero would you move from one franchise into another and why?

I think Frieza would make for a tremendous Marvel cosmic villain. Just pure evil, with a quiet design that belies his intentions. He’s got the juice to go up against a team of heroes.

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