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.
Dave from Revival House Press sent Meathaus a package with two comic books and a letter that reads:
Couple of new ones for ya! I’m confident you’ll enjoy them. Hawd Tales by Devin Flynn is a riotous blast of gangthah/punk rawk excitement whilst Labyrinthectomy/Luncheonette (try saying that 5x fast) is a head-spinner of epoch-shattering proportions. (It’s a flip-book!) Have a great holiday season!
Davey Revival House”
Kick-butt, Davey, and thanks! Devin Flynn‘s book is as expected a book full of hawd men, dirty deeds, soft diarrhea, and gangsta cave-wolves. C. Cilla‘s flip-book is two books, two covers, no back covers, this kind of deal. Not the animated kind, the comic book kind. Many stories intertwine into a central spread with both-ways artwork in a cube shaped arcade/mini-golf building with really cool games. Check out the scans for a little taste and surf over to Revival House Press to secure your copies!
Dave from Revival House Press sent Meathaus another package full of comics and a letter that reads:
What’s up?! It’s your old buddy Dave from Revival House. Got two new books for ya, Everything Unseen #4 and Ritual #3. I’m very proud of both these titles and I hope you enjoy them!
For sure, Dave. Don’t doubt the dopeness, ever. And thanks! Everything Unseen is by Drew Beckmeyer, and #4 is the final chapter of this story, although the last page teases a full color epilogue coming soon. This book continues the free form pencil drawing style from previous issues. There are definitely some funny drawings and strange drawings in this book. Malachi Ward is the author of Ritual #3, which for this issue is titled (subtitled?) Vile Decay. Check out the truckload of Revival House titles Dave and friends have generously sent over in previous letters here to also see previous issues of these comics. Finally, take a closer look at this fine cover drawing, here an image of a special print, from Malachi’s Vile Decay. The surface textures of buildings and nature get special attention throughout this distinctly rendered two-color book. Get your copies right away from right here.
Dave Nuss from Revival House Press sent Meathaus another sweet-ass package and a letter that reads:
“Hiya, Here’s our most recent book, Alamo Value Plus by Rusty Jordan. A real hoot and a holler. I hope you dig it. Drawn with some indelibly crisp, cartoon imagery, it’s bound to rattle yer mind (check out them grainy background textures!) Hope all is well! Dave”
Hi Dave, and hi Rusty, thanks mail-pals for sharing another book with Meathaus and Meathaus dot com readers. This one stars Duane Fields from the last Rusty book we got, History in Ruins, which you got to get your hands on as well. Duane and pals work variety retail at Alamo Value Plus, take a smoke break and hear a story from their older coworker Baldemar about escaping war, prison and death at the hands of Maximillian Von Schidthed. Dave is right about these crispy lines and textures too. Just like History in Ruins, these floppy, wrinkly cartoon folds and forms tickle the cartoon parts in my primitive brain. Like on the Ralph Snart or Groo or Life in Hell side of things.
Revival House Press kindly sent Meathaus over a copy of one of their recent titles, Ted May’s collection of short pieces called Men’s Feelings. Publisher Dave Nuss included a letter that reads:
“Here’s the latest fun one from Revival House Press: Men’s Feelings by Ted May. It’s chock full of brilliant gags and vignettes, all crafted in that top-notch Ted May-style. Some are meant to tickle your funny bone while others were conceived to elicit a degree of poignance. It’s a bold work (i.m.h.o.) Enjoy!
Thanks Dave and Ted! This collection is fun to read. There are a lot of toilets and dumps and base, body-related issues in here. “Men’s Feelings” indeed. Check out Ted’s blog over here. Preview a color version of one of the comics in the book where it was published first over on Vice.
Why is my computer fighting me to make this post. The scanner scans two images then no longer is recognized by the software, the website uploader uploads half the image then hangs there, this animation podcast I’m listening to is just this guy talking really slowly and disjointedly because he is trying to record a podcast at the same time as driving through LA traffic, so much dead air as he pauses to see accidents almost happen that he probably is almost causing, what a world. Anyway, Dave Nuss generously has sent Meathaus new comics by Malachi Ward and Drew Beckmeyer published by his Revival House Press. They are The Reverie, and Everything Unseen Parts 6 & 7 which feature “the unsettling nature of having one’s wishes truly granted” and “an evocation of thoughtfully whimsical and, sometimes, disturbing notions embodied by an appearance of straw-hats, sand-castles and ritualized sacrifice”, respectively, according to the included press-release-type letter. That sacrifice is babies, BTW. They are the kind of babies that are drawn with tiny man-heads, sort of dark-ages style. You know those paintings you can see of the Madonna and Child, the type where Jesus is a a sort of tiny-man-proportioned baby? Those are cool. It is like the artists never saw babies before. But it certainly fits here in Drew’s strange world he has been drawing. See previous letters and comics from Revival House Press here with the Nuss search.
Dave Nuss of Revival House Press sent Meathaus Malachi Ward‘s latest comic called Real Life, or maybe Ritual, and a note:
“I’ve sent you our latest publication: Ritual #1 by Malachi Ward. It’s a stand alone horror-story about the uncertainty and latent tension surrounding a couple’s foray into cohabitation. It’s got some riveting stuff with knock-out graphic story-telling. Hope you enjoy it. It debuts at the Stumptown Comics Fest April 28th and in stores, May 2nd. Take care, Dave”
Thanks Dave and Malachi, just read through this and there are some nice skin disfiguring and boiling with beetles drawings to go along with the horrific turn in the story which begins on an average night at home in a presumably Los Angeles-type apartment. I used to live in this apartment in the Palms neighborhood which is mostly just these boring concrete apartment blocks behind a KFC with the old bucket-on-a-pole-sign next to the highway. Sometime after I moved back East they turned the KFC into a weed dispensary and I would be so psyched if they modified the sign to become a bucket of weed.
Update: Of course I had to look it up and it turns out they were lazy and didn’t make a new bucket:
“Here it is! The 2nd issue of Everything Unseen (w/ parts 4 & 5). I hope you like it. It contiues where the first issue left off: our hero Charles Grodin navigating harsh, desert conditions. This one packs a punch! (War gods and all.) Take care and have a nice week -Dave”
Well thanks, Dave, and thank Drew too. This comic book will certainly make any week more pleasant, and it appears to be a nice hefty volume of material. Last year, Dave sent over volume one and you can see that package here.
Dave Nuss, publisher of neat stuff at Revival House Press, sent over a copy of their latest release, Everything Unseen #1, by Drew Beckmeyer. He writes in part:
“… I feel it presents a unique twist on the dystopian epic. Coming from a fine arts background, Beckmeyer’s approach to comics is novel and thrilling … We’re debuting it at the Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco along with another book, Trigger #2, by Mike Bertino …”
Thanks Dave! The book looks intriguing with heavy dollops of creepy, naked, perhaps some dramedy. You can learn more about Drew’s work on his website, illustration blog, and blog. Both this and the Bertino book look like solid choices to pick up at APE.
The book has 60 b/w pages and an overall comics feeling that you can get a handle on by clicking a few of the cool links listed above. The Revival crew will be at MoCCA 2010, so check them out in person then too.