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.
From this article over on Politico, we see a first look at the new logo for the Trump campaign now that he’s chosen a second fiddle, Mike Pence. The comments on the article immediately identified the school-yard-level weakness in their name combination: TP can stand for toilet paper, or just be an exclamation by itself, as popularized by Beavis from Beavis and Butt-head. TP, in case you’ve forgotten, is the stuff that ends up smeared in feces and flushed down a toilet after being dragged across your asshole. Whoever was directing this design (Trump, we must assume, had approval) chose to actually play up those initials by incorporating them into the flag design at the top.
Second, the wretch tasked with designing this thought they’d get clever with those letters. Sort of intertwine them. Like a college sports logo or something. You know, Notre Dame style. They took the dangly protruding bit of the T and shoved it into that P-hole. On a surface level, it fits great, and best of all, feels great. This would have been entirely serviceable if it stood for Trans Pacific or some other such benign word combination representing, say, a shipping company. But no, each of those letters represents a man. Those with finer political analytical skill could expound here on this delightful visualization of how Pence’s career is about to get Trumped.
Beyond the penetrative problems above, the interlocking TP and bars actually do one thing right: they bring to mind a link in a chain (see the P), a wall, and/or prison bars. In this sense, they represent the one thing that Trump does stand for: whipping up fear and division as a means to his personal gain.
Will we ever learn who is the mystery designer of this already legendary logo? I’m off to search right now…
“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 Mineshaftwebsite 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.