Thursday, 10 August 2017

Me, Crad Kilodney and Chester Brown

I habitually forget that one of my first commissions (other than painting a copy of a Picasso for a Taiwanese account executive's condo living room) was drawing the cover of Junior Brain Tumors in Action for Toronto self-publishing legend, Crad Kilodney who used to sell his self-published books on the street in the 1980's and early 1990's... since then he has, unfortunately, passed away.

Anyway, I was reminded by a mention in Chester Brown's excellent page on Patreon -- I suggest everyone support Chester, one of the greatest living cartoonists!  -- anyway, it mentions that back in high school I drew the cover for this book, which I no longer have a copy of.  It was meant as a parody of some school primer that kids used to have in the 1950's.

"Junior Brain Tumors in Action"
by Crad Kilodney, 1990 (cover by Matthew Brown)

Crad Kilodney in action

Click on link to go directly to Chester's Patreon site -

(Quotation follows: )

"Matthew — I’d forgotten that you did a cover for one of Crad Kilodney’s books, but now I remember that when I saw that cover I was a bit jealous, thinking something like, 'Why hasn’t Crad asked ME to do a cover for him? Doesn’t he like my work?' Thinking about it, I don’t recall him ever complimenting me on anything, although I must have told him how much I enjoyed his stuff, particularly those last two books, Excrement and Putrid Scum. I’m hoping this documentary will trigger a posthumous interest in his work and that some publisher will put those two books back into print.
Hi Chester! That would be fantastic. I'm not sure why Crad asked me... maybe he figured he could pay me a cheap rate because I was still in high school. Plus, I had two cute female friends (fellow high school students) who came with me to visit his place, so maybe that tipped the scales...? I do recall as they were analyzing his movie poster of a giant ant eating a well-endowed heroine, he had a gleeful glint in his eye. Or I was just malleable or something. There's no way my drawing matched anything you could do!"

Friday, 4 August 2017

What is Meditation? (work in progress) PAGES 31-33

“What is Meditation? CONSCIOUS AWARENESS” is an ongoing confessional slapstick autobiography docu-comic about meditation—daily panels can be found on Instagram under Poopsiepenguin... and Facebook.

These pages conclude the live comics interview portion with spiritual teacher Edward "Edji" Muzika--driving home his teachings on consciousness, human identity and Self-realization under his own teacher, Robert Adams.

I'm currently working on page 61!  Please direct inquiries or comments to

What is Meditation?
(page 31)

What is Meditation?
(page 32)

What is Meditation?
(page 33)

Monday, 31 July 2017

THE CLIFF Graphic Novel Book 5, "The King" - Live Reading Video!

Live Graphic Novel
Reading – THE CLIFF, Book Five - “The King”

Intrepid hero Mutt Blue finds his way back to the Nexus Island to enlist his travel companions Torvek and Partridge to meet a mysterious bearded bureaucrat who runs the universe—The King.
However, while for Mutt it only seems to be a week since he swam off toVaranasi with Poopsie the Penguin, for Torvek and Partridge fifteen years have passed; they are reluctant to leave their settled lives. 

Mutt must go it alone to meet The King, find love, and figure out why he is alive.

Live reading at Red Eye Espresso, Toronto – July 8, 2017

Voice actors: Morgan Phillips, Jacob Pendergrast, Colin Matthews, Sarah Goodman, Liyat Benchetrit and Tova Epp. 

Musicians: Adam Reich, Mikhial Gurarie, Paul Swoger-Ruston and Matthew Brown. 

Slide Advancer: Quyen Tieu. 

THE CLIFF graphic novel is available in Toronto at Red Eye Espresso, The Beguiling, Silver Snail, Doug Miller Books, University of Toronto Bookstore, Sonic Boom, Page & Panel, Book City on the Danforth and Seekers Books.

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Friday, 14 July 2017

Know Your CLIFF Characters!

Here's your chance to know the CLIFF characters!  What are their hangups?  What do they like to do?  Could you dance to the same song?  Or would you drive each other crazy?

Name: Muttula "Mutt" Blue

Occupation: Exiled mafia prince.

Relationship status: Anguished.
Likes: Long walks on the beach, sense of identity.
Favourite song: "Beginning to See the Light" 
by The Velvet Underground

Name: Partridge Bark

Occupation: Aspiring novelist.

Relationship status: Encounters in geological places of interest, attracted to power.
Likes: Glum passion, erotic nay-saying.
Favourite song: "Shoulder Holster" 
by Morcheeba

Name: Honky the Pig

Occupation: Assassin, gun for hire.

Relationship status: Obsessive jealousy bordering on ecstatic devotion.
Likes: Revenge, shooting, word play.
Favourite song: "Under Cover of the Night" 
by the Rolling Stones

Name: Poopsie the Penguin

Occupation: Private detective, part-time minor deity, trans-dimensional guide.

Relationship status: In love with his secretary but afraid to tell her.
Likes: Water, jokes, travel.
Favourite song: "Hat and Beard" 
by Eric Dolphy

Name: The King

Occupation: Bureaucrat running the universe.

Relationship status: Married, with kids.
Likes: Earnest effort, candid inquiry, sexual tension and the occasional cigarette.
Favourite song: "I Am the Walrus" 
by the Beatles

Women of THE CLIFF (from left to right) 

Rebecca Nurse (Poopsie the Penguin's secretary)
Lolita Perspecks (The King's receptionist)
Partridge Bark (aspiring novelist)
Quongo Retoola (Mutt Blue's girlfriend)
Anita Raymont-Rotinski (anti-police activist & daughter of Sheriff Raymont Raymont)
Mei-Mei Castiglione (detergent billionairess's niece)
Luxy Fan Belt (detergent billionairess)

Theme song: "Twelve Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming To The Canyon)" 

by the Mamas & the Papas

People of THE CLIFF: Nexus Island, Varanasi and Moronto (from left to right) 

Fafa Raymont-Rotinski, Anita Raymont-Rotinski (holding Boo-Boo Raymont Rotinski,) Sheriff Raymont Raymont, Partridge Bark, Torvek Rotinski, Muttula "Mutt" Blue, Honky the Pig, Poopsie the Penguin, Laxmi Blue, Rebecca Nurse, Ganga Fan Belt Blue (holding doll,) Sgt. Rajesh

Theme song: "Stronger Through the Years"
by Roxy Music

Copies of THE CLIFF Graphic Novel are available in Toronto at these fine establishments!

Page and Panel Comic Store789 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W 2G8
Seekers Bookstore509 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 2N5
Doug Miller Bookstore -  650 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G 1K9
The Beguiling Comic Store - 319 College St, Toronto, ON M5T 1S2
Silver Snail Comic Store - 329 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5B 1R7
University of Toronto Bookstore - 214 College St, Toronto, ON M5T 3A1
Book City on the Danforth - 348 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1N8
Sonic Boom Music Store - 215 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2C7
Red Eye Espresso Shop - 29 McCaul Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1V7

Or directly from me--I will mail them to you with a personalized sketch--ORIGINAL PAGES OF ARTWORK ARE ALSO FOR SALE!  Please email me if interested - Matthew Brown.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

THE CLIFF - Graphic Novel Live Reading Launch - July 8, 2017

Thanks to all who came out!  Copies of THE CLIFF are now available in Toronto at these fine establishments:

The Beguiling Comic Store319 College St, Toronto, ON M5T 1S2
Silver Snail Comic Store329 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5B 1R7
University of Toronto Bookstore214 College St, Toronto, ON M5T 3A1
Book City on the Danforth348 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1N8
Sonic Boom Music Store215 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2C7
Red Eye Espresso Shop29 McCaul Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1V7

Or directly from me--I will mail them to you with a personalized sketch--ORIGINAL PAGES OF ARTWORK ARE ALSO FOR SALE!  Please email me if interested -

THE CLIFF Dramatic Reading with Improvised Soundtrack!  What was it like??

The writing was on the wall!

Books and baked goods lined up and ready to go at Red Eye Espresso, where owner and barista extraordinaire Alex Pereira shared her gracious hospitality!...

Signing and smiling.

Talented actors in conference! — with Morgan Phillips and Sarah Goodman

The North Arrow design team - Marek Rudzinski and Luciana Calvet.

Teacher and artist Youngsin with her aspiring artist daughter Kylie, in deep discussion with my M. Arch. thesis advisor Prof. David Lieberman.

My beautiful wife Quyen demonstrates her love of children with Marek and Luciana's daughter, Clara.

Chester Brown is not only my favourite cartoonist, he is also a great guy and I'm glad to call him a friend!

Hangin' and chillin' with Quyen and Clara.

Actors in deep discussion... circle of power! — withMorgan PhillipsLiyat BenchetritSarah Goodman,Colin MatthewsTova Roo and Jacob Pendergrast

Talented teachers also graced our gathering... Andrew and Nabila struck a pose or two. 

Adam Gonya and architect Laura contributed many valuable insights and asked questions that had me on my toes!

It was great to see Liyat BenchetritSarah GoodmanTova RooJacob PendergrastColin Matthews and Morgan Phillips again! They are great friends from Theatre days at Northern Secondary School, as well as being multi-talented individuals of a consistently impressive kindness and calibre! — with Morgan PhillipsLiyat BenchetritColin MatthewsSarah GoodmanJacob Pendergrast andTova Roo

Me and the acting crew. And Poopsie the Penguin on a t-shirt my father ordered from
Available to all in a panoply of colours and styles! 

Taking direction from the penguin!

A serious group of people! — with Jacob PendergrastColin MatthewsMorgan PhillipsLiyat BenchetritSarah Goodman and Tova Roo

THE CLIFF musical ensemble, plus the charming and talented Paul Swoger-Ruston! — with Mikhial GurariePoopsie and Adam Reich

This video taken by Quyen Tieu sets the scene in Red Eye Espresso, graciously hosted by barista and owner Alex P. Featuring Alex P., Prof. David Lieberman, Chester Brown, Matthew BrownAdam ReichMikhial GurarieSarah GoodmanMorgan PhillipsColin MatthewsTova Roo and Liyat Benchetrit!

This video also shot by Quyen Tieu conveys more aspects of the scene... starring Clara Calvet-Rudzinski, Adam Gonya, Chester Brown, Jacob PendergrastSarah GoodmanMorgan Phillips, Tova, Mikhial, Colin and Luciana Calvet.