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
Any international news organization that would give the late great John Peel free rein is allright by me. And now, the BBC is even more allrighter by me since they’ve written a feature on the Meathaus. MH head cheese Chris McD spoke with the BBC’s Collective: Interactive Culture Magazine earlier this month, and the results are now online for the world to read. Tear it up!
Artwork pictured above by the very psychedelic Rob Donnelly
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!
I have an old friend named Brian Maryansky. We once shared a slanted, shady and shambling little apartment on Rivington Street back when Rivington Street was not a very nice place at all. He played guitar in the Van Pelt and Jets to Brazil and likes ice hockey. He is also a really great photographer and he’s got one of those nifty little photoblogs with an eclectic selection of prints to view. Check it out.
They’re everywhere out here. Maybe it’s a California thing. Having lived in New York City for the past ten years, I’ve been particularly struck by the wide variety of decaying mid century fast food chains still hanging around and very much in business in the Oakland/Berkeley area. At my old job back east, my friend Gary and I would often talk about how in storied and historied New York, you may happen to work in a building that’s over a century old, the city itself may have been settled in the 1600’s, but you’ll never see anything on the streets that’s older than a decade. Real estate is endlessly recycled and refurbished and remodeled. And in post-Giuliani playground New York, the process has only sped up. That’s not to say that NYC doesn’t have its own brand of urban detritus (hat blocking shops and bialy stores and the like), but you don’t often see burger stands unless Danny Meyer is behind them.
Out here in the Berkeley/Oakland environs, for whatever reason, these gaudy emblems of an earlier age seem to be around every corner. Stay tuned in the pages of this blog (does a blog have pages?) for a cataloging and collection of all the curious palaces of fried food to be found in the East Bay, or at least ones I can walk to from my apartment. There will be illustrations, photographs, taste-tests, interviews and random thoughts.
I’ll now return you to your regular, comic-themed programming.
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!