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Monday, 28 May 2018

'WHAT IS MEDITATION?' - Reviewed!



These are some of the comments have come in from readers of the "WHAT IS MEDITATION?" graphic novel... I am delighted and grateful for them!

"Yes, it is interesting how books can show up and change your life in a way.... I loved both interviews! Self-awareness is a powerful tool that can turn around our perspective of life.... I enjoyed reading it and looking at it. Your drawings can help the descriptions of the experiences that you or others lived through meditation.

W. Daniel Reyes Corral (PhD Candidate - Redpath Museum, McGill University, Montréal, Québec)




"What an amazing document you have created!  You did an expert job of combining a wealth of detailed information about meditation, a most engaging story about your own spiritual journey, and the delightful drawings readers have come to expect in your work.


·         The two interviews are in-depth studies of meditation that would offer new insights to experienced practitioners.
·         Your own journey is fascinating to explore. You really put yourself out there, Matthew, with candid assessments of your life struggles and triumphs. I believe that your experiences and frank sharing will be of great help to many readers.
·         Your skill in drawing is certainly on view in this book. On page 23 for example, the face of Edward Muzika, your face, the female figure, and the swirling paths…make a stunning combination. That whole section from pages 23-43 is so visually compelling. You depict so much “soul” with a few lines—in the faces of Muktananda, Muzika, your own.
·         I stared at the nine frames on p. 48 for a long time. Just wonderful!

And there are so many more examples. No one has ever seen a graphic novel like this before.  I keep thinking about the hundreds of hours, working alone, creating all this. You can be very proud."

- Janet Glasspool (Former Director of Education - Bluewater District School Board, Ontario)



Sunday, 13 May 2018

"WHAT IS MEDITATION?" has launched! TCAF 2018 - It's a wrap




"WHAT IS MEDITATION?" has launched! TCAF 2018 - It's a wrap. We had fun... Chester Brown and Fred Prack dropped by... met some great people. The actual book is finally here!
You can still order one...will start sending them out soon! Quyen and I are expecting a baby any moment so it may take a while! Please email me if you'd like to add your order! :) teacherintherye@hotmail.com


Marc Tessier​ and I trying to look serious with the beautiful book that is finally here and ready for all... thanks for the help of Richard Brown​, Rolly Brown​, Chester Brown (not related) for proofreading it and graphic designer Bora Tekogul for his awesome "Matthew Brown" font!


Friday, 13 April 2018

What is Meditation? PAGES 53-58

 I am super-excited that "WHAT IS MEDITATION? And Why Should I do it?" will be launched by  Editions TRIP Comix of Montreal at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) Sat. May 12-Sun. May 13, 2018!

Even more exciting, it will feature an introduction by perhaps the world's greatest living cartoonist  Chester Brown (no relation!)

"WHAT IS MEDITATION? And Why Should I do it?" examines what meditation is and interviews two great living teachers in comics form... it is a humorous and autobiographical take on meditation in the modern age, and is posted panel-by-panel every day on Instagram and Facebook... full pages 53-58 are posted below!


What is Meditation?
(page 53)



What is Meditation?
(page 54)



What is Meditation?
(page 55)



What is Meditation?
(page 56)



What is Meditation?
(page 57)



What is Meditation?
(page 58)


Sunday, 8 April 2018

THE CLIFF Book 5 gallery installation video now online!


https://drive.google.com/open?id=1dJbCNGqVr8pRSaviGxDU8Wnu64qZfqiu

Just picked up the artwork from the "Road to Independent Comics" group show at Mississauga Living Arts Centre this past Jan.-March... thanks again to Claudio Ghirardo for curating, and Lee Petrie for her superb gallery space! For all who are interested in seeing the video clip what was playing live in the gallery during the run of the show, featuring the amazing voices of Morgan Phillips, Liyat Benchetrit, Jacob Pendergrast, Sarah Goodman and Colin Matthews, plus the mind-altering tones of musicians Mikhial Gurarie, Paul Swoger-Ruston and Adam Reich --here is the link!