Wednesday, 22 May 2019

ROTHKO available!

Inspired by the life of abstract expressionist painter Mark Rotkho—known for his “colour field” paintings—each episode is a four panel gag strip à-la-Peanuts, using the diagrammatic vocabulary of black and white cartoons to explore Rothko’s complex personality and achievements with irony, compassion and wit.

Where else could you find Rothko teaching kids how to make a dog out of clay, hitting on women at parties and drinking, smoking and listening to Mozart?  Tragedy, ecstasy and doom were the ingredients Rothko recommended for every great painting… whether you love his work or hate it, this book presents a light-handed yet heavy-hitting contemplation of the forces that shaped Rothko, the role of art in our lives and the legacy we leave behind.

Matthew Brown’s previous book from Éditions TRIP Comix released at TCAF last year was “WHAT IS MEDITATION? And Why Should I Do It?,” with an introduction by Chester Brown.

Please send a message to get this cute volume (same size as the old "Garfield" comic collections) for the super affordable price of $10 + postage!

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

ROTHKO launching at TCAF!

ROTHKO--exploring the tragic, ecstatic life of Abstract Expressionist painter Mark Rothko in 4-panel chapters a-la Charles Schulz's Peanuts--is here!  Please drop by the Éditions Trip Comix table at TCAF (Toronto Comic Arts Festival) this weekend at Table 138... I'll be there between about 12:30 and 2pm on Sat. May 11, and all day on Sun. May 12!  Or, shoot me a message if you'd like to order a copy!  Super-excited... the book looks great and will make a nice addition to your collections of Garfield strips or mid-century American abstract art coffee table books!
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Front cover

Back cover

Friday, 5 April 2019

ROTHKO coming soon!

My next book ROTHKO if off to the printers today! To be released by Editions TRIP at TCAF 2019! (Toronto Comic Arts Festival.) May 11-12. Hope to see you there!

Front cover

Back cover

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Canada Comics Open Library

The brand new Canada Comics Open Library at the Centre for Social Innovation now has a few of my books! ARCHITECTURE DEPARTMENT, THE CLIFF and WHAT IS MEDITATION? have been donated. Drop by and check out the space! Awesome.

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

MEDITATION and ROTHKO live reading at The Dock on Queen - photos and video!

On Feb. 23 we had a great live reading of both graphic novels - WHAT IS MEDITATION? (already published in 2018) and ROTHKO (to be released at TCAF in May!)  Here are some videos and pictures taken by the very helpful Utkarsh Singh featuring musicians Mikhial Gurarie on bass, Paul Ruston on piano and guitar and me, Matthew Brown on hand drum with character voices and narration.

Thanks to all who came!


Mikhial Gurarie, Matthew Brown and Paul Ruston

Mikhial Gurarie, Matthew Brown and Paul Ruston


Mikhial Gurarie, Matthew Brown and Paul Ruston

Mikhial Gurarie

Mikhial Gurarie, Matthew Brown and Paul Ruston

Thursday, 28 February 2019

ROTHKO live reading at Tertulia - photos and video!

We had a great live reading of ROTHKO on Feb. 21 at the fabulous Tertulia Espresso Cafe in Toronto, with musicians Mikhial Gurarie (bass), Adam Reich (atmospheres and textures) and Paul Ruston (guitar), with yours truly playing drum and reading character voices. 

The actual book will be launched by Éditions TRIP Comix at the TCAF (Toronto Comic Arts Festival) on May 11-12, 2019!

Thanks to all who came!  And we had another reading of ROTHKO two days later, along with WHAT IS MEDITATION? I'll post video of that soon!  Meanwhile,

Here's a short Instagram video:

And some photos!

THE CREW: Mikhial Gurarie (bass), Thomas Turrittin (inspiration), Paul Ruston (guitar), Adam Reich (atmospheres & textures), Chester Brown (great cartoonist), Me (Matthew Brown)

The musicians at work.

Matthew Brown, acting the character voices and playing the drum.