Meathaus got this cool postcard from some rabbits smoking up on the beach earlier this year. Thanks for the card, rabbits. It turns out that the postcard is the work of Sarah Haug, and you can see more of her work on her website, Instagram and Tumblr and get into more views of her work for sale at her shop so can get some of these postcards and prints yourself that you can see more samples of below:
Get into it: Christine Larsen sent Meathaus the latest load of her comics because she is a machine. What a steady steadfast one person production outfit. What a force. Check it out, she even has a map of the Orcs! world. Christine streamlined her online presence down to just portfolio website, Instagram and blog (I can understand how Tumblr could potentially a time-suck and/or a soul-suck), where you can see a bunch more pages from these items.
Here is a case where I wont show any interior pages from a comic that was mailed to us. The attached letter you can read above adds some context to this Italian comic book. Apparently it is a collection of short comics that parody the mainstream Italian comic character Tex Willer, written and drawn by a variety of people over a few decades and now re-published. The imagery is brutal and generally rendered in a range from professional slickness to Jack-Chick-tract-style grunge. Without the ability to read Italian, or knowledge of the original parody subject, there is no way for me to appreciate a satirical message beyond the surface of the drawings and what they depict. Perhaps these artists and writers are brilliant satirists––I don’t know, but the letter hinting at their total ostracization from the Italian publishing world suggests otherwise. There’s a chance that these are simply blunt stabs at subversion––obvious attempts, like drawing a Mickey Mouse comic where he does some “adult” stuff. But the ugliness here is in how dedicated to the worst possible violence these comics are, seemingly to the point of nullifying any effective satire which might be there. (This is territory R. Crumb repeatedly broached in his most unrestrained and self-indulgent work, for an American example.) I’ll save you and I the trouble of scanning and posting the comics that they drew depicting child rape and murder, Nazism, sexual disembowelment, bestiality, etc. because the dark nihilistic world of these comics is exactly the kind of thing that doesn’t need a signal boost in the current climate. In fact, now is the time to be very clear about where we stand and what we reject.
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.