Tuesday, November 15, 2016

UNCONQUERABLE AND IRRESISTIBLE

A quote from Ram Das keeps coming to mind as we enter this new chapter in the American story: “You may protest if you can love the person you are protesting against as much as you love yourself." I'm not that evolved, if only I was!, but it's certainly a worthy challenge, a goal worth aiming for. 
Some healthy, focused anger (and, yes, I believe you can be angry and remain rooted in love) can ground us in our personal power, give us the courage to speak truth to power; but hate consumes everyone and everything, leaving nothing in its wake but scorched earth and shattered hearts. As Buddha said: "Never in this world has hate ever cast out hate. Love alone wins over hate." 
We don't always see it mirrored in the Big Events—there's just too much noise, too much shouting and shaking of fists—but in our day to day lives, in our one-on-one interactions, love and compassion are the most vital, valuable and transformative qualities we can cultivate. And if the microcosm is the macrocosm, then every act of compassion and love, no matter how small, how seemingly insignificant, will echo out into the wider world.
One more quote, from Avatar Meher Baba: "Love is essentially self-communicative; those who do not have it catch it from those who have it. Those who receive love from others cannot be its recipients without giving a response that, in itself, is the nature of love. True love is unconquerable and irresistible. It goes on gathering power and spreading itself until eventually it transforms everyone it touches."
Even if that's not true—I believe it is, but even if it's not—I would rather live my life choosing love over hate, compassion over division. Even if it's just a dream—what a beautiful dream it is. 
There are spiritual traditions that say the entire universe is a dream. If that's so, then perhaps a collective dream of love can actually transmute (so-called) reality and change the world for the better. 
Worth a try, isn't it?


©copyright 2016 J.M. DeMatteis

Friday, November 11, 2016

DETOX

Just finished a post-election detox with two days off social media and a twenty-four hour news fast. A powerful way to remember that there is a truer, deeper reality than the one the media feeds us on a daily basis. There is something far more beautiful, and far more transformative, hidden beneath the skin of the world; and, by grounding ourselves in that deeper reality, we are better equipped to deal with the dance of illusion that we so often take to be reality.
I need to make this part of my regular regime.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

NOT WE, BUT ONE

Now, more than ever, we owe it to ourselves, to our families, to our world, to seek, and nurture, the light that unites us all.  As Avatar Meher Baba said, "You and I are not we, but One."  It may be hard to find that light right now; but I believe, to the bottom of my soul, that it's there.

And, with that, I'm taking a social media vacation for a few days.


Friday, October 14, 2016

HYPE FROM THE HEART

The Adventures of Augusta Wind: The Last Story has turned into one of the most creatively satisfying, and joyful, projects of my career.  It's hard to break through the wall of Big Two Superheroes with personal projects like this, so I hope folks that have enjoyed my work (especially books like Moonshadow and Abadazad) will give Augusta a chance.  Second issue is on sale now, so it's a good time to jump on.  And you can find a preview of the third issue right here.  (And, yes, I realize I hyped this a couple of posts back, but this series really mean a lot to me.)

Update:  If you prefer digital to print, the fine folks at Comixology are having a 50% off sale on all IDW books, including Augusta.



Sunday, October 9, 2016

IT'S JOHN LENNON'S BIRTHDAY!

As anyone who has followed this site for more than five minutes knows, no musician has impacted my life more powerfully, and more permanently, than John Lennon. His extraordinary songs—which form the greatest musical autobiography in rock and roll—shine on, speaking to our world today as powerfully as they did all those years ago.  Happy birthday, John.

Friday, October 7, 2016

GALLIMAUFRY


A bit of a melange today, some odds and ends I want to bring to your attention. First, this past Wednesday saw the release of a brand-new edition of one of my favorite projects, The Last One.  Originally done for Vertigo, back in the 90's, this new hardcover comes from the fine folks at IDW.  The story deals with Myrwann, an immortal being living in New York's East Village, where he (or is it she?) has taken a group of lost souls under her (or is it his?) wing.  The art is by the amazing Dan Sweetman (best known to comics fans for his work on Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children) and I'm delighted that this is finally back in print.




Next, a gentle reminder that the second issue of The Adventures of Augusta Wind: The Last Story is on sale now.  I loved working on the first Augusta series with my wildly-talented collaborator, Vassilis Gogtzilas, but this second series, which wraps up Augusta's epic story, has been one of the most exhilarating creative experiences I've had in years.  It's hard for originals like this to make their way across an ocean filled with Marvel and DC relaunches and licensed books based on hit movies and TV shows, so I'd love it if folks could spread the word about this series.  If you enjoyed Moonshadow or Abadazad (to name two), I think you'll enjoy this.



My final convention appearance of the year is coming up in November, in Bangalore, India.  It's been eleven years since my last trip to that magical country and this one promises to be very special, on so many levels.  Really looking forward to it.

And, finally, let me point you toward the Hollywood Reporter, where they list their choices for "The 100 Greatest Superhero Comics."  Both Justice League International and Kraven's Last Hunt made the list and, however arbitrary these things can seem, it always feels good to be remembered and appreciated.  One of the things I liked about this particular list is that it includes some unexpected, and worthy, choices. Check it out.

This concludes today's gallimaufry.  To paraphrase The Outer Limits, we now return control of your computers to you.