Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Chester Brown to write the Introduction for "WHAT IS MEDITATION?"!!!

It's confirmed!  My favourite comic book artist, and perhaps the world's greatest living cartoonist, Chester Brown has agreed to write the introduction for "WHAT IS MEDITATION?  And Why Should I Do It?"
I am delighted, happy, grateful, humbled and excited!

Thanks Chester!

Thursday, 15 February 2018

What is Meditation? PAGES 49-52

"WHAT IS MEDITATION? And Why Should I do it?" has been completed!  I am super-excited that Editions TRIP Comix of Montreal will launch it at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) Sat. May 12-Sun. May 13, 2018 in both English and French!

This comic tracing what meditation is and interviewing two great living teachers in comics form is posted panel-by-panel every day on Instagram and Facebook... full pages 49-52 are posted below!

What is Meditation?
(page 49)

What is Meditation?
(page 50)

What is Meditation?
(page 51)

What is Meditation?
(page 52)

Friday, 19 January 2018

"The Road to Independent Comics" - Live Reading at the Mississauga Living Arts Centre Gallery!

Great event! Thanks for all the support -- from voice actors Liyat Benchetrit, Sarah Goodman, Colin Matthews and Matthew Krist, musicians Mikhial Gurarie, Adam Reich and Paul Swoger-Ruston, from fellow artists Caeleigh Boara, Katie Shanahan and Claudio Ghirardo, from MLAC curator Lee Petrie and her crew, for all those who braved a cold Thursday evening's journey to Mississauga, and for all who sent their wishes!

Matthew Brown - Comics Writer, Artist and Musician

Thanks for all those years encouraging us to draw, Mom!

Talented voice actors reading from THE CLIFF, Book 5: "The King"...
Sarah Goodman, Liyat Benchetrit, Colin Matthews and Matthew Krist

Live musicians improvising the soundtrack... Mikhial Gurarie on bass, Adam Reich on atmospherics and percussion, Matthew Brown on drum and, just out of the left edge, Paul Ruston on guitar

The audience came out on a cold Thursday night in January... thank you!

Let's do it again soon! It was really fun and the show looks great.The "Road to Independent Comics" show is still on at the Mississauga Living Arts Centre gallery until March, 2018!

Friday, 12 January 2018

A live reading by the "renowned" Matthew Brown! Check out this fun article promoting the launch this coming Thursday!

Thanks Claudio Ghirardo!

Full story at ...

6 Reasons to check out Comics: The Road To Independence at The Living Arts Centre

Did you know that many have debated whether or not comics are an art-form? Some say yes, some say no but the Living Arts Centre is putting together its first ever exhibition on comics by four artists: Claudio Ghirardo, Matthew Brown, Katie Shanahan, and Caeleigh Boara, who have taken the medium and its use of visual narrative to tell stories of everyday life, funny situations, dreamlike drama, and more. Here are six very good reasons you should visit “Comics: The Road to Independence”
Drawings done on windows

Matthew Brown

Besides pages of amazing comic book art, you will also be see drawings done on the windows! The artists have used the windows at the Living Arts Centre as panels, each artist drew on a window or two and began telling a story and started a comic strip panel. More will be done during the opening reception Thursday January 18, from 7-9pm.

A live reading by the renowned Matthew Brown
During the opening reception, artist Matthew Brown will be doing, for the first time ever in Mississauga, a live performance reading of his graphic novel “The Cliff”. Live music will be played, actors will provide the voices of the characters from the comic, and video images from the graphic novel will be displayed on the wall of the gallery. During the exhibition, the public can watch a video of the comic book performance reading at their own leisure.

There'll be a reading room to relax in
A reading room will be installed allowing the public to read various comics while in the gallery. Whether you are into comics or not (you will be after this exhibition), you can sit down, relax, and enjoy being a kid again while reading innovative comics.

Every artist is an independent one

Katie Shanahan

All the artists are independents! Meaning that the artworks are written, drawn (some painted), and published by the artists themselves. Their own personal work from their own personal perspectives, you will not see superheroes, fantasy or sci-fi adventure. You will see how artists have used comics to tell stories about real life situations, romance, drama, meditation, and humour.

This a first of its kind event in Mississauga

This is the first time the Living Arts Centre, or any gallery in Mississauga, has ever done an exhibition on comics. Independent, sometimes known as alternative, comics are not as well known as DC and Marvel but have for the past 25 years grown into close a billion dollar market.

It's half of $0.00 to attend!

It’s FREE!! All you need to do is enter the Living Arts Centre, walk through the gallery doors on the second floor, and enjoy the show and comics.

The opening reception at the Living Arts Centre is on Thursday, January 18 from 7-pm and there will be munchies and drinks (no alcohol) and it is FREE to attend.
Free admission, free drinks, free snacks, free entertainment, free enjoyment.
Best of all? You'll be supporting our local arts community!

Claudio Ghirardo