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From Art Manifested Artbook
About the artist:
J.M. Matthews (Age 30. Born November 17th, 1983, in Ann Arbor, Michigan) but attended schooling in Florida. He has enjoyed drawing concept and sketchbook art for the majority of his life. Matthews honed his skill by working in web comics. He is currently working on a world manga series and cites his key influences in visual genres as Tim Burton, Goth, the Star Wars Universe and much more. J.M. published his first book at the age of 28 in the year 2012, and published his second book, a collection of creative nonfiction titled "The Imaginomicon: Volume 1" in later 2012 of that same years. J.M. began journaling on a word processor at the age of 17, in the year 2000, and continues to write volumes and chapters of his journal regularly till today bringing his series of journal manuscripts to a total of over 3,000 pages of manuscript text. J.M. is currently revising Volume II of his nonfiction series.
"My two books I've authored," J.M. states, "in my view, each represent an individual hemisphere of my brain. My art book, Art Manifested, represents the purely visual, cinematic, and artistic design half of my thought process. And Imaginomicon represents the more left brained verbal, linguistic, literary, scientific, and analytical half of my brain. While I have yet to integrate the two hemispheres to unite to form a decent comic book or visual novel, (which is something I'm currently working on), each hemisphere of my brain works pretty good unto its own devices and individually."
At the age of 30 and beyond, J.M. Matthews is one of the youngest American cartoonists in history to publish a book of designs and illustrations in an artbook worldwide.
From http://www.sites.google.com/site/jmmatthewsofficial/ Website:
Born an American citizen, JM grew up speaking fluent American English, and was born and adopted in Ann Arbor Michigan, in Ypsilanti County, adopted at the University of Michigan Hospital, spent his early childhood years living in Ann Arbor, Michigan, moving with his parents before the age of 5 to Central Florida.
JM has "hidden genetic lineage" that traces back over many centuries to Great Britain, France, Australia, and Mongolia, Berber, Tunisia, and Morocco numerous centuries ago, according to a DNA test he once took. JM's biological father, Glendis Sorrell, whom JM never met when his father was alive, built automobiles for a living in the local Michigan automotive factory, according to his death certificate, and at another point practiced Catholicism as a "Trappist monk" according to my JM's biological mother Mary Ann Gaynor.
Upon the start of his childhood growing up in Florida, JM attended preschool in Maitland, where he met one of my 2 best friends, Chris, and after that, attended elementary schooling, in Seminole, where JM Matthews still lives today. In Elementary School, JM excelled in writing and art, and got very good grades received early high praise from his classroom teachers, which left a strong formative impression on JM's confidence as an artist.. After that, JM attended Middle School, where he grew into adolescence, was tested to have an I.Q. of 130, was placed in gifted classes for English and Science and made new friends, and met lots of fellow classmates. This was where JM met a newer best friend, a local musician and fellow class clown by the name of Johnny B. In middle school, JM excelled at English and drumming. Middle School didn't have any art classes or art teachers at the time (Kind of sure they still don't), so most of JM's early art and drawing was drawn and sketched during more boring classes on JM's notebook paper, where JM drew cartoons and comics he shared with his friends and classmates, who all strongly admired his artistic abilities and often requested drawings from him. After JM graduated Middle School where he got most of his good grades, JM unsuccessfully attended a local public High School, which he found quite unnerving personally. It was harsher, more aggressive, and harder to pass classes in and had more bullies than JM had previously seen before in his earlier middle school and elementary adolescence in the mid 90s. Upon absence from school for psychiatric hospitalization from a full blown nervous breakdown caused by the stress of school, JM and was forced to transfer to a much smaller private school. What people in the current media now refer to as "secular charter schools". JM Had a much more positive experience in charter school than public community high school, and to everyone's surprise, began excelling academically and making a lot of friends in his classes again, with very little hostility towards himself to be found at the time in 2000 and 2001, with few exceptions. One of JMs older classmates, Amanda, coincidentally also attended the same charter school. After they went to high school together with everyone else at the school, JM and Amanda would go on to bond later on, and because very loving friends. And because the environment didn't really have any pressure the way public school did.
JM graduated from his charter school class as a salutatorian, which later led to JM receiving a fully paid scholarship to the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, based on good word of mouth from J.M.'s early 2000s art mentor, Animation industry veteran Phil Ferretti who had worked on early nicktoons and MTV Animation series in the mid and early 90s. Upon graduation from Center Academy, after a mid-sized hiatus upon receiving his high school diploma from private high school, JM applied to and submitted his portfolio to 2 art schools, the Ringling School of Art and Design, and the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale (AiFL). JM was rejected by Ringling, but gained acceptance to and invariably attended AiFL for a brief time as a popular man on campus, and local legend among 2002 attendies, where JM met a friend named Nicole Cook, and lived in a room with roommate John Miller. Once again, psychological disaster struck without much warning, as JM had another nervous breakdown in art school, and was taken out of art school only to be bakeracted by Florida's medical community and dumped in a psychiatric ward in Orlando, mostly for not contacting his parents when away from his house in Casselberry, and neglected schoolwork and instead of working on school projects like he probably should have, JM got distracted and would loiter and socialize with dorm neighbors a lot at the Sunrise Hall Living Quarters Apartment. JM's dorm neighbors liked him a lot, and he achieved a newly discovered popularity in South Florida Art school for the most part, and was very popular in art school, a "star" at the school and dorm, where he achieved some local fame in art school, but was forced to make an early exit, as he came under a lot of fire from his parents back home for socializing "too much and at unwanted times." JM was both one of the most disruptive students his art school had ever seen, and one of its most famous, well liked, popular, and high achieving, as he didn't just goof off. Half of JM's time was spent sketching across campus. Just not for schoolwork.
Upon returning home, JM entered a dark regressive period of his life where he lived in my parents house to this day mostly, attended night classes in film, music, and art, at a downtown community college. It was ground zero again.
Later, J.M. ended up writing online reviews for the TV show AnimeTV, hosted by anime veteran voice actor-celebrity Johnny Young Bosch, and produced by producer Eric P. Sherman and his anime dubbing studio, Bang Zoom Entertainment of Los Angeles, where despite much difficulty, continued to pursue his career goals in entertainment, animation, anime, co-productions, manga, and comics. Both celebrities were industry vets J.M. would have something of a falling out with upon the failure of AnimeTV to achieve a real audience, a conflict arising more from circumstance than actual animosity.
This was around the time technology entered JM's life, the year 2005, which started a new chapter in JM's life entirely. A new, more successful and mainstream chapter, in which JM continued living at his adoptive parents' house, well into his late 20s.
In 2004, JM began work on what would become my would-be magnum opus and one of my most popular projects of all time: Parallax or "END TIMES" as it came to become known by others. JM's comic, that was heavily influenced and inspired by his love for the aesthetics of action movies and cartoons, manga, and anime.
In 2005, JM ended up an engineer alongside being an artist-writer-creator also began experimenting with DVD authoring software, which was the first example of his engineering skills put to work, when JM made his own DVD of video taken directly from websites and made into a DVD film he created at home from scratch on no budget, of what was primarily footage of Toonami and Adult Swim interstitials he found on early Apple-based video websites. And then a miracle happened.
Rolling Stone, which had helped JM in the past, helped JM once again a thousand times over by making him aware of a new website that was "turning normal everyday people into worldwide Hollywood players. YouTube.com." This sounded intriguing to JM, so JM went online to investigate. Lo and behold, what JM found there was a fledgling website in 2005, YouTube that was openly accepting video uploads from anyone for anything at the time. It made no mention of copyright or anime, so JM figured what the hell, I'll give it a try. Then without hesitation JM began uploading much of the footage from his video collection off of Adult Swim and Toonami sites, and leftover footage from his "TV-DVD" tech invention prototype he had produced months earlier. JM WAS looking for exposure for his anime filmmaking skills and YouTube seemed like just such an outlet. People took notice, and the rest, as they say, is online and digital anime history.
As of this day, near the end of 2013, J.M.'s YouTube channel, SplitAtomBoom, has received over 647,000 views (more than half a million) and has over 1 million minutes of viewership.
J.M. is the author of numerous published books and Kindle eBooks, including Art Manifested: The Art of J.M. Matthews, an art book (first edition; Kindle Second ebook second edition), End Times (One Shot), and The Imaginomicon Volume 1 (A Journal Collection) all published through Amazon.
http://sites.google.com/site/jmmatthewsofficial - Author's Official Site