Johnny Sampson wrote Meathaus with a mini comic called Total Fuckup and a nice card that reads:
“Hi Meathaus, I hope you like my comic, Total Fuckup. Yours, Johnny Sampson”
Thanks for Total Fuckup, Johnny. There were some funny bits in this one as the main character sneaks his way into the country fair, drinks and eats garbage, barfs on the ride, wins a portrait of Jesus, checks out some pig testicles, etc. Look into Johnny’s website where you can pick this one up and look at more artwork including more of these fine greeting card designs and sweet stinckers.
Nigel Lark wrote Meathaus this gold-encrusted letter:
Thank you for being a cool website! Here is a copy of my comic. Hope you like it! Best, Nigel”
Check it out, Nigel sent over this comic called Dooder No. 1 which has five stories inside and what appears to be a two-ink printed cover, black and blue (is that an option? I always wondered if that would be a cheaper professional printing option, electing to print with less than CMYK, but since it would be a custom job maybe that would negate any savings. I mean I guess it is more likely just a blue and black design printed in normal 4-color process). Inside there are some gross people in a relationship, a girl pisses her PJs when seeing a bear and some guy makes a dumb bagel order, plus more. You can dig into more Nigel comics on his Tumblr where you can see and/or read more bits of Dooder for yourself, and also Twitter where there is an order link for this jimmy. Thanks Nigel.
Check it out, Fat Ben sent Meathaus this stuffed package of items and a note that reads:
Here’s the new issue. Also included is a re-print of a ‘from memory’ book my buddy and I did 10 years ago.
Enjoy, Fat Ben”
The new issue being of course Kleavage, Fat Ben’s variety zine of drawings, fold out pages and little bits of stories from a group of contributors. Thanks, Fat Ben. This old re-print zine is funny too. It’s called The Cyclone is Cheating (One Hundred Drawings of “Taz” From Memory), collected by Ben Klevay and Martin Weiland. Inside there are one hundred shitty drawings of Taz (I assume, who’s going to count?) It is an impressive collection. See previous letters from Fat Ben on the Kleavage tag and head over to his website for more info on how you might acquire these items or become friends with Ben and get involved with his publications somehow. I was going to link the words “his website” to his website but I forgot that Fat Ben isn’t that easy to find on the internet, you’ve got to work for it. So instead I’ll send you to Ben’s Instagram where it appears there is a lot of fun, novelty sign painting going on, and you can see some Kleavage items in the mix.
Everett wrote to Meathaus:
“Here’s the new Mineshaft! Hope you like it…
Very best wishes, Everett”
Check out that Mary Fleener cover on this bad boy. And look at that tag list below to see just some of the artists represented in this volume (I think I got most of them.) Thanks again Everett and co-publisher/co-editor Gioia Palmieri for doggedly cranking out this labor of love… This is issue #33! That’s an impressive chunk of independent publishing. Heck, Meathaus only made it to #9 (SOS, buy one here over half-off, fool! The discount more than covers the shipping cost, duh! Still a deal, you sack of sh-!) But truthfully, on this post about Mineshaft we should be pushing their wares with our refined sales techniques, not ours. Do yourself a favor and get over to the Mineshaft website to take a look at this and past issues and get yourself some prime toilet reading (it really is, nice variety, small sections, one and two-pager comics etc.) Also see past Mineshafts to Meathaus on the Mineshaft tag.
George sent Meathaus so much stuff that looked so good that I took a lot of photos of it to share. His letter reads:
I just finished grad school and I wanted to show you some of the work I did there. This stuff is part of a collection called ‘The Book of Trash.’ Anyway, hope you’re doing well. Peace!”
Thanks George, yes, everything is downright decent. It is good the see your latest and most impressive work yet. See past George letters on the George tag where I also describe how George was a student at UArts years ago now, and more work at his website and Tumblr.
JD sent Meathaus this screen printed postcard with a note on the back that says:
Your site is RARE and WELL DONE, and continues to serve up inspiration and people for me to copy and rip off. Keep up the good work!
Thanks for this sweet postcard JD. I think we should always strive for excellence in everything we do. That’s the ideal. So if you are going to meathaus dot com, meathaus dot com with conviction and passion. I love this multi-color print–super semi-transparent ink interplay. See more of JD’s work over on Deardourff.
Looks like we got on some kind of review list for Candlewick Press and four books in rapid succession were sent to Meathaus addressed to Dash. Dash you are invited to come down any time and stay over, we’ve got a room for you here in Philly. You’ve got to check out the Barnes if you haven’t yet–it is really overwhelming. And kind of sexy. Why did I bring that up… oh yeah! Yes you can pick up these books when you are here because they were addressed to you! Anyway, what have we got here. It looks like these were preview copies so the shots you’ll see above are b/w print on demand versions of books that will be in full color when published (at least the two with comics will be). Well let me just cover all the bases by saying I’m sure you can go to Candlewick Press’s website to investigate further and purchase these books. The main book of interest here is Comics Confidential: Thirteen Graphic Novelists Talk Story, Craft, and Life Outside the Box, edited by Leonard S. Marcus. If you are like me and are excited about consuming as many interviews and articles about the artistic pursuit that you are passionate about, then here you go, here are some about comics. Included is a section about Dave Roman, a SVA alumnus contemporary with a load of the Meathaus folks.
Ron Hotz sent Meathaus a hybrid sketch/drawing and comics zine and a letter from Toronto:
“I hope you like this book. Yup, That’s about all I got to say. Love, Ron Hotz”
And then a second copy and another letter after we took too long to post the first:
“Where the hell is out Meathaus submission?! Love you guys, Ron”
Thanks Ron! I’ve got your Meathaus submission right here. Check it out: the book that Ron produced is sort of a scrap book of weird medical office paraphernalia, receipts, sticky notes and cork board photos with a narrative through line of Ron’s teenaged characters with cool hair who are trying to get home. I’m thinking these are the same characters in Ron’s online comics Best Day Evr! that he would also like to share with you, here. Also above are a few images Ron included in an initial email when I told him to send a letter in the real mail as sure-fire way to get on the Meathaus which is also why Ron had certain expectations of us posting said-submission. Little did Ron know, it can take an ass-long time to get around to. But here we are today, alive in this moment, sharing this digi-connection. Rejoice, internet. Life without art would be a cruel slog through a brutal meat-scape of unending horror.
Logan sent Meathaus two comic books and this swell illuminated letter that reads:
Here is some of my recent work: My first professionally printed comic, “Too Much Fun.” (printed by Colour Code Press,) as well as a self-printed version of the complete first act of “TVDEEPFRY.” I hope these works bring you great joy, and that you will like ’em enough to feature on Meathaus.
These comics and more are available to read on my website, and I have also recently begun to upload new pages for “TVDEEPFRY, Act 2,” which may be viewed on my website, tumblr, or ello pages.
Thanks for being awesome!
Sweet, thanks Logan. Get into Logan’s links above, where you can see much more of the latest action and read the comics with your own eyeballs! Also, previously on Meathaus.
Check it out: Christine Larsen, steadfast member of the Philly Cartoonists Society sometimes teacher and all the time comics maker has sent Meathaus this envelope of sketchbook zines and mini comics about orcs. To see more of these little beauties for yourself get over to Christine’s website, Tumblr, Instagram and blog. Thanks Christine!