Wednesday, 23 December 2020

New Book! GRAPHIC INFLUENCE is available on Amazon Kindle as paperback and eBook!

Paranoia, isolation, sudden bursts of energy, bouncing loaves of bread... mirages of memory, stunning beauty and serene reflection offset random violence and bleak desolation. One wordless comic drawn entirely during COVID-19 explores what it's like to live in Pandemic times -- my latest book GRAPHIC INFLUENCE -- now available (as are most things) on Amazon!

Surprise! Brand new book! GRAPHIC INFLUENCE is now available on Amazon Kindle as both paperback and eBook!

Matthew Brown digs into the bookshelves of his lockdown library to deliver a delirious visual mix-tape.

An homage to the images which shaped the author—vigilantes, princesses, pixies, wanderers, assassins, superheroes, children, soldiers and animals fight, fly, fall and pursue their objectives in a looped landscape of modern and ancient architecture.

Inspired by the graphic works of comics masters Frank Miller, Moebius, Charles Schulz, Jack Kirby, Joe Schuster, Howard Chaykin, Chester Brown and others.

Also featuring architectural cameos from Ördek’s Necropolis in China, the Church of St. George in Ethiopia, the Malwiya Minaret of Samarra, Le Corbusier’s Ronchamp Cathedral, Mies van der Rohe’s Lake Shore Drive Apartments, Louis Kahn’s Dhaka National Assembly buildings and more!

Saturday, 19 December 2020

ARCHITECTURE DEPARTMENT now available on Amazon Kindle!

 My Master's of Architecture thesis graphic novel ARCHITECTURE DEPARTMENT, which was originally available only in limited edition hardcover, is now available as affordable paperback or eBook from Amazon Kindle! Mixing Hindu and Buddhist philosophy with an examination of architecture as world-building, this graphic novel also targets architecture school, lust and the origin of the bagel.

Saturday, 5 December 2020

WHAT IS MEDITATION? now available on Amazon Kindle!

 My book from two years ago, "WHAT IS MEDITATION? And Why Should I Do It?" is now available (in slightly revised format) as hard copy and eBook on Amazon Kindle!

Featuring interviews with meditation teachers Edward Muzika and Frederick Prack, it also includes brief biographies of the Buddha and Lao Tzu and traces how I got interested in meditation in the first place! It contains cameos from advaita gurus Sri Ramana Maharshi and Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. And an introduction by underground comics legend Chester Brown.

Sunday, 29 November 2020

Saturday, 27 June 2020

ORNETTE is here!

My graphic novel ORNETTE SPEAKS: a Cartoon Grammar is now available on Amazon Kindle as both hard copy and ebook

Or, if you're in the Toronto area, please contact me and I 'd be happy to meet up and bring you a signed copy!

Here is a mini-doc about the making of ORNETTE SPEAKS from Winging It Productions:

Sunday, 26 April 2020

Live Stream Graphic Novel Reading Videos

In April 2020 I hosted a five-part series of graphic novel readings on my Facebook page.  In case you'd like to see this retrospective, plus the live premiere of "Ornette Speaks," here are the video links... each has an introduction with me (and sometimes family members) then the view of the book itself, along with music as follows:

- ARCHITECTURE DEPARTMENT (2016) -- Master's of Architecture thesis graphic novel, with music from Archie Shepp

- THE CLIFF (2017) -- a science fiction spiritual surrealist epic that took more than a decade to complete, with music from Eric Dolphy

- WHAT IS MEDITATION? (2018) -- a brief overview of meditation 'superheroes' like the Buddha, Lao Tzu and Nisargadatta, explaining how I got into meditation and live comics interviews with my two great living teachers Ed Muzika and Frederick Prack, with music from Don Cherry

- ROTHKO (2019) -- cartoon biography imagining the life of abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko as a sort of Peanuts comic strip, with music from Thelonious Monk

- ORNETTE SPEAKS (2020) -- A stream of consciousness odyssey through words spoken by avantgarde saxophone genius and composer Ornette Coleman, with music by the man himself.  This is a virtual launch, with the hard copy of the book to come when the pandemic is over.  Produced with the kind assistance of a grant from the Toronto Arts Council!

Thursday, 9 January 2020

"Winging it with Matthew Brown, Part 2: Three Men on a Couch"

Charles Hackbarth and Marc Cohen continue interviewing me for "Winging It." We take a magical mystery tour through my printed career, looking at the books from a Crad Kilodney cover in high school to ROTHKO last year... the YouTube link is below. Thanks guys!!

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

"Winging It with Matthew Brown: Chapter One, The Studio"

Charles Hackbarth and Marc Cohen just interviewed me for their series about artists and their work in Toronto, "Winging It." I love what they've done with Part One... the YouTube link is below. Part Two to follow. Thanks guys!!