Saturday, 26 July 2014

RED EYE EXHIBITION - Moronto / Varanasi

The exhibition contrasts the city of Moronto, Canada in the first two pages, and the city of Varanasi, India in the last two pages.  Moronto shows Mutt Blue and his guide, Poopsie the Penguin embraced in black and shadows, wrapped in relationship and organic trappings.  Varanasi shows Mutt Blue alone, surrounded by light and space, navigating the void of inner awareness.  The pages can be read as a search from human confusion to divine insight.

These pages from a larger graphic novel (more than 250 pages when completed) trace the footsteps of self-discovery for exiled mafia prince Mutt Blue and uncover some of the mystery surrounding his portly guide, Poopsie the Penguin… while raising yet other questions, and introducing a host of charming and confounding characters.

For those of you in Toronto--if you like great coffee, delicious pastries and surreal black-and-white comix, please drop by to see some original pages of THE CLIFF framed and hung at Red Eye Espresso, 29 McCaul St. ... (south of OCAD University on the east side of McCaul, just north of Queen St. West...)
They look quite handsome framed, if I may say so myself!

One week only - Mon. July 28 - Sat. Aug.2, 2014     --     Open Mon.-Sat., 8am-6pm

Monday, 14 July 2014


So, it came and went... with sunshine, rain, butterflies, pigeons, passersby, and an assortment of wild and wonderful visitors to the Annex Patio Art Show, July 12-13, 2014.  Please find some photos, and for those with intestinal fortitude, a video documentary collaboration between my father Richard and me!

Ready for business.

Mr. Mikhail Gurarie, who helped with setup, take-down and maintenance throughout the show...
an essential mainstay of the Ambient Zero effort!  THANKS MIKE!!

A lovely lady peruses the pages...

Mystery visitor.

My lovely wife Quyen... she visited Varanasi with me on our honeymoon (her idea,) so
she knows the scenes behind us from firsthand experience!

Youngest and most advanced Cliff fan, our niece Evelyn Elizabeth
graced us with her rainbow presence.

Passersby, evincing zero interest in Ambient Zero.

What the... ?

There were pages on the inside, too... although few realized it.

Rain on the second day morning... really reminded me of traveling in
India, how you have to keep on going no matter what as if it's
no big deal.

My Mom, who first made us draw when we otherwise would have been punching
each other on long car trips.  She's holding the Annex Art Show catalog, open
to a drawing I did for Mackenzie's Pub, Annex.

Moving product.  (I.e., moving coffee into my guts.)

Me, Nettie and my Dad, who first taught me to draw a penguin.

Me, facing a picture of me, facing the Ganges River.


In addition, Brian Labelle has a project of photographing artists with their work, and came by to shoot the Annex Patio Art Show... check out these beautiful shots of all the artists who participated, on Brian's Flickr site:

And now, for those of you who made it to the end, a special treat!  

Friday, 11 July 2014


Hope you can drop by and see original pages from THE CLIFF, Book 4: "Heart of Brightness" hanging in the window of Menchella's Gourmet Pizza, 454 Bloor St. West... (across from Ginger Vietnamese Restaurant, north side, between Spadina and Bathurst!)  I'll be there all day, 10am-7pm on Sat. July 12 and Sun. July 13.  Wish us good weather!  :)

Meanwhile, here's some more preview panels, from the upcoming graphic novel pgs 76 & 77...

Friday, 4 July 2014


I'll be showing original comic book pages from my upcoming graphic novel, THE CLIFF -- Book 4, "Heart of Brightness" in the window of Menchella’s Gourmet Pizza -- 454 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1X8.  Hope to see you there!