Please explain what just happened.

Just got back from San Diego Comicon. It’s like Woodstock for nerds. Which is why I love it! I did a panel for my new film about artist Drew Struzan titled Drew: The Man Behind the Poster. I was lucky enough to share the stage with my favorite artist Drew Struzan, actor Thomas Jane, producer Charles Ricciardi, cinematographer Greg Boas, editor Jeff Yorkes, Steve Saffel (Titan Books), composer Ryan Shore, and Zach Martin from Skywalker Sound. We had a great time doing it, and it really helped bring attention to the film.

 

What is your earliest memory?  

Okay, this is super nerdy, but my earliest memory is seeing the original Star Wars in the theatre when I was a little kid. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Darth Vader totally scared me. And Han Solo became my hero. I know it’s geeky, but true.

Why did you write [you] Ruined It For Everyone?

I felt there was a real need for some honesty in this era of Eat, Pray, Love. My writing takes a more sardonic approach to the world. We can’t just Band-Aid up our problems or spackle them with Julia Roberts. We have to address the mess we are in and find out who’s to blame!

 

Could you tone it down a bit? You’re scaring people.

Okay, sorry. I wrote the book because…well, I always wanted to write a book. (I’m sure most of us have at one point or another.) But it had to be in my voice…so the book is part fun facts, part humor, part sarcasm (and partly unfinished).

 

What makes you such an expert on being able to identify these ruiners?

Genetics of course. I was born with a very large hand. And attached to that hand is a very long pointy finger.

 

How did you research the book?

Well, I am proud to say that I did not step foot in one single library. I Googled everything (which is probably why I put a disclaimer in the front of the book that it might not all be factual). Aside from that, when I found something or someone that made daily life more difficult–I shrugged, and then added it to the list.

 

What’s your favorite part?

I like the ones that hit close to home for me. And I’m sure everyone will have their favorites, but a couple of mine are:

02–DeBeers–For making guys spend two months salary. (Because I did not use this rule of thumb to propose to my wife–and luckily she still loves me–I think?!)

056–Overprotective parents–For ruining children. (Hopefully I can take my own advise with my newborn daughter. So, I’ll have to get back to you with my success rate…)

051–Michael J. Fox—For causing skateboarding accidents. (I like this one because MJF is an unsuspecting ruiner. Yes he is beloved and he stars in my favorite movie BACK TO THE FUTURE. But seriously, how many kids have skinned their knees or broken bones trying to be like Marty McFly?)

 

Is there anything you’d like to brag about?

Well, I hate to boast, but since you asked…I designed this whole book. The cover, the illustrations, the typesetting and the writing—and in that order. (They think I’m a writer—but really, I am a designer at heart.)

 

What does it feel like to be a published author?

I have to say, it doesn’t suck! But, I was humbled very quickly when Christian Lander (the author of Stuff White People Like) told me before my book came out, “Make no mistake about it…you are an author–and you will have critics.”

 

What else is going on in your life?

I just had a book come out AND a baby come out…trust me, that’s plenty!

 

Is there going to be a sequel?

I just said I’m super busy, weren’t you listening? Okay, I’ll make you a deal, if you buy a copy, I’ll write another one. There, are you happy now?

 

I read through this entire interview and I feel kind of gypped…

Well, if you really feel that way, you can always email your frustration at matt@youruinedit.com. Or, for complete fulfillment, you can visit youruinedit.com and tell me [who] Ruined It For You!