Zachary Flagg/ Zachary Baldus

Zachary Flagg Baldus painting
He’s sort of like the other power-duo of art dudes involved in Meathaus, like your Thomas Herpich/ Peter Herpich, Tomer Hanuka/ Asaf Hanuka, Brandon Graham/ Keith Graham types, except that he’s just himself, Mr. Zachary Flagg Baldus or Zachary Flagg or Zachary Baldus or whatever. No matter how you slice it he is a cool dude, world traveller and illustrator/ painter extraordinaire. Visit Zach’s website here.

Becky Cloonan

Becky cloonan dracula
Becky is a comics monster! Fresh back from some adventures around the globe, she is probably doing what she does best right now, making more comics. She’s got too many projects to list here, but her recently new site has them all laid out real nice so you can begin to appreciate the volume of fine pages she’s been cranking out. In Meathaus for many years, Becky has once again served up some fresh pages for the upcoming issue 8, “Head Games”, which she previews on her website. While you’re there, check out her other pals work at Estrigious.

Matthew Woodson

Matthew Woodson art
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 stuff

“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 and on their myspace page

The BBC Talks with Chris McD

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

Brian Maryansky Photography

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.

East Bay Fast Food

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.

We are all meat in the end