Remember when you read comics on paper and they would have a letters column with reader’s words and drawings? Yeah! Here is our Letters Page. Send Meathaus a real letter through the real mail to the address on the Contact page and we will scan it and put it here with a link to your website along with a response. Keep sending us letters!
Look at this, Makkinoso has sent Meathaus another zine from Italy and a note that reads:
“Greetings from Italy!!! Patrick”
Thanks for the split art zine, Patrick! This handsome black and white and yellow item called Do What Thou Wilt was created by Patrick “Makkinoso” Aleotti and Gianluigi “Anto Anti Aldo” Rivasi and published by Nervi Cani (where you can get a copy) in 2015. Every spread is a pleasing mashup of photo-collage and ink drawings with a high-impact use of the yellow ink balancing every composition. Words like “death” “sex” “no” “jangle” and “brain scan” are placed alongside doodles and photos of ancient sculpted figures. Patrick also sends a link to ZINE HUNTER, which is the name of his blog as well as the most noble profession. Check out more on the artists’s web pages linked above and look into previous letters from Patrick on the Makkinoso tag.
“Hello Chris and Meathaus,
Here’s a copy of the new Mineshaft…
Very best wishes for 2016!
Well thank you Everett and best wishes at you as well. This zine is crammed with a sampler of drawings and stories, sometimes tastes of something larger like the selected pages of Bill Griffith’s Invisible Ink, sometimes satisfying two-pagers like Noah Van Scriver‘s Rich Dad Poor Dad. To reminisce about previous issues sent to Meathaus you can peruse the Mineshaft tag, and to get your own copy of #32 you should navigate to Mineshaft‘s website where you can find even more.
Check it out, Steve Teare sent Meathaus some drawings and comics and a heart-encrusted letter which reads:
Here are some gift to express my appreciation for your showing me some of the best artwork online. Inside you’ll find some sketches one issue of my older series Back + Forth + my most recent book: the risograph-printed Spider Grandmother.
I’m an illustrator + teacher here in Philly + I also organize performances by comic book artists at the Vox Populi called ‘The Church of the Living Comic.’ Artists project their comics + pair the work w/ dialog, music + other antics. It’s a lotta fun.
Anyway, enjoy these gifts + enjoy your week.
Thanks for this sweet haul, Steve. In Spider Grandmother, an observant outsider attends a shitty desert-based festival with a burning idol figure in red and blue ink. These original drawings are great to share here and look at. While were at it, look at more Steve stuff on Twitter, Tumblr and his illustration website, and get looped into the Steve-scene so you can attend the next comics happening.
Finally processed through a pile of letters to Meathaus. We’re only three months behind. The bad part was getting a notice at the P.O. Box that a package had been returned. Apparently the sender had required a signature for delivery and the post office only holds those in P.O. Boxes for fifteen days before returning to the sender. I had no idea! Apologies to whoever sent that letter. If you ever send anything, try to not require signature for receipt. Sometimes it takes a while to get to the box. Checking it every fifteen days is not going to consistently happen for this sweet, sweet Meathaus hobby. Non-signature-requiring packages can marinate in that box for months, if need be.
Anyway, on with the Letters. First, a postcard from Cartoon Network with some of your favorite cartoon pals on it. Nice design but I don’t see an art credit for who made the art to credit here. I don’t remember if this came to Meathaus or to me because I contribute to cartoonbrew.com. Or maybe because I wrote and designed the unbelievably fantastic art book about Adventure Time (Amazon.com link here). Or maybe because half of Meathaus works at CN by now. I’m exaggerating. Speaking of Cartoon Network, I may be out to see some CN people again in the flesh sometime soon for mysterious reasons. But until then, from one massive global entertainment corporation (Meathaus) to another, “Happy Holidays back at you!”
Check it out, Lauren Kolesinskas sent Meathaus a postcard with an illustration on the front and a link to her art stash and a note that says:
“Thanks for filling my mind & eyes with weird nonsense! –Lauren”
Watch what you put into your mind, Lauren! That thing is just a big analog electric meat machine which stores vague impressions of experience filtered through fallible sensory organs as they continuously deteriorate and sag towards the gravitational pull of the planet’s molten core. Thanks for the postcard and check out Lauren’s website here. Dig the Lauren Kolesinskas tag for previous letters and links.
Also now we know that Sciencepainted has a name and it is Mike Olson because it is right on the cover of Primitive Beast, Language, one of the two zines he sent. Dig into these drawing publications and you will find Mike drawing more figures and characters and almost flirting with one panel gag cartoons but not quite still keeping things weird enough to be continuously conceptually curious or confusing in a eyeball-worthy way. And then there are a few one panel gags too. Check out more on the tumblr.
C’est Bon has sent Meathaus a new hardcover book When the Last Story is Told by Allan Haverholm, which asks the question in the accompanying letter:
“When the last story is told, what fills the space it leaves? In the latest book by visual artist Allan Haverholm, narrative gives way to another order of meaning.”
The book consists of “60 pages of minimalist colour compositions alternatingly obscured with bold strokes of white paint and abstract, black textures … Like a message from an alien mind, When the Last Story is Told is loaded with meaning encoded in an undecipherable language.” Since the language is undecipherable, you can appreciate the abstract comics grid-like compositions on Allan’s website and the C’est Bon Kultur website and tumblr.
Look at this, James Turek sent Meathaus a package with some prints and a card that reads:
Just wanted to say ‘thanks’ for supporting my Tumblr a while back. Here are a few Risographs & a couple stickers. I don’t know if you speak German but my friend Anna Haifisch and I started a mini-comic subscription here in Leipzig you can check it out at www.tinymasters.eu. Keep up the great work!
P.S. www.shuttlebase.tumblr.com is my blog”
Thanks for these super prints and letter James. I don’t know how to understand German but that wont stop me from looking all over that website. It is great that you sent over these items because it is about time to go absorb the latest of your drawings and think about them and look some more. Travel with me, Internet friends, to James’s house. Also James is making some drawing videos over here.
Check it out, Dave Nuss of Revival House Press has sent this lucky Meathaus a new book and a letter that reads:
“To my beloved Meathaus
Here’s our first Graphic Novel, Sky in Stereo by Mardou. I know you’re gonna love it! It’s got all our favs: sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, God, mental illness (well, maybe not the last two). Gave fun!
Davey Revival House”
Thanks as always Dave for sharing the output of your artists and publishing house. The book begins with our lead character’s mother becoming a Jehovah’s Witness, the resulting pressure to conform and the ultimate fallout of her actions. Then along the way she hangs out with some other young people, hallucinates and buys a video tape of Major League. Everyone can get into Mardou’s comics over on Tumblr here and click around to more information on Revival House here.
Check it out, Andrew McKay sent Meathaus a package with PEONY STUDIES and a letter that says:
“Hello again Meathaus,
Please see enclosed for your review a copy of the catalogue produced for my most recent body of work, PEONY STUDIES.
Well thank you A., let’s take a look at this book. Andrew also goes by Andy Borehol which it says right on the cover, and the work includes ten collaborating artists in the project as well from Andrew’s locality of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. As is often the case, you’re going to do better using the native image browsing system that you are currently using to eyeball these peonies over on Andrew’s website rather than trying to see some detail in the scanned thumbnails of the catalog above. As of this writing, the PEONY STUDIES are right on the front page of the website so get over there and check ’em out. Not only does Andrew’s letter say “Hello again” but I had the sense that we have had a letter or links from Andrew before–but no combination of searches on this website bring up any previous articles or letters to link to. It is a strange universe, indeed.