New in Meathaus 8, Matthew Woodson’s comics and illustrations are rendered with careful skill and detail, in powerful black and white. If we had gotten our crap together earlier (a year or two back), we could have boasted his published comics premier! But Matthew is too good and prolific not to be widely published, and has since had pieces in the popular anthology FLIGHT and is working on a new project with Brian Wood. Visit Matthew’s website Ghostco.
“Angry Jim” has been up to various things these days. His new book Krachmacher 2, the follow up to his Xeric book Krachmacher 1, is available now but only on his website and at conventions like A.P.E., M.o.C.C.A., and S.P.X.. Also available on his site is the 7″ debut from his band Paper Fleet, which includes a 4 page comic. Samples from his band can be heard atpaperfleet.com and on their myspace page
If you know about Meathaus then you know about Farel Dalrymple. But do you know about his deepest darkest secrets? Maybe he will post them one day on his Livejournal blog, but probably not. Until that day, you’ll have to be content with the awesome sketches and designs he posts there direct from his current sketchbooks and projects. The internet is awesome!
When I was in my last year at the animation program at SVA, Ralph showed up and began teaching 3rd year students. I knew I couldn’t miss out on the opportunity to learn from one of the few animation directors whose work really got me excited to work in the medium. Ralph is a true artist, and that was the first thing I learned when I started sitting in on his classes. He cut all the bullshit out of the classroom experience right away. He said something like “I don’t care about grades, I’ll give you all A’s I don’t care. You came here learn or just fuck around, but if you came here to learn you’ll come to class every week and work hard…” …
School ended and I went on to be able to work with Ralph on a variety of different projects including film pitches and his official website. The site has since grown and there are a few more people redesigning sections (front page) and adding more (media page and downloads), etc. It is great source of inspiration and information on one of the great artists and social critics of recent times.
Esao has been a Meathaus contributor since the beginning of time. His personal site is a marvel of flash programming and his work just as tasty. Been there before? Well come back again and visit again “for the first time”. Ah memories.
James Jean recently started attending weekly life drawing sessions and has been posting the results on one of his sites, Process Recess. Additionally, he goes into descriptive details about some of his latest illustrations and the process he used to create them, and posts old work from his student days to provide context for the progress in his work. It is like a James Jean retrospective in the making!
Besides the fact one of the dudes in Cause co-Motion! happens to be an old, old, friend of the Meathaus, a bandmate in Ancient Justice, and a coconspirator of the practically defunct but too funky Beard Records, well….. besides that fact, the Cause co-Motion! just happens to be such an amazing band that it would deserve a post here and much of you giving a listen anyways.
Based in NYC, they have a new 7″ four song EP put out by Kevin over at What’s Your Rupture that has been seeing play even out here in old Los Angeles, on the baddest ass of stations, KXLU, which you can stream to where ever you are in the world.
Let’s start off the Monday with a new awesome link. Tomer and Asaf Hanuka have a recently new site up called Tropical Toxic in which they post their latest illustrations that they produce for their global array of high profile clients. It’s not just a glorified portfolio site, each Hanuka describes his piece in detail and the process he used to arrive at the final result. It is an excellent window into the world of the pro illustrator(s).
From Amid Amidi at Cartoon Brew:
… I received my copy of GO FOR THE GOLD: A MEATHAUS SKETCHBOOK when I got back from Ottawa and I’ve been completely inspired over the past couple days … [Go For The Gold! brings] together an incredible array of names from the illustration and animation worlds … The whole thing totals 218 black-&-white pages, and sells for a quite affordable $12.95. You will not find a better bargain around. It’s printed on-demand by Lulu.com, and the print quality rivals any printed book to be found at the bookstore. Note: I was offered a complimentary copy, but insisted on paying because I want to encourage quality artist-driven projects, and GO FOR THE GOLD is a project most worthy of support.
From “FFWD: Calgary’s News and Entertainment Weekly, Web Watch by Courtney Thompson”:
Meathaus (meathaus.com) is an artists’ collective born out of New York’s School of Visual Arts, including such illustrious members as James Jean, Jim Campbell and Tomer Hanuka. The group has published seven anthology comic books, which are available on its website along with prints, music and T-shirts. The Go for the Gold Meathaus sketchbook is not to be missed – it’s a gift so good you’ll want to keep it for yourself.