Drawn & Quarterly sent Meathaus the latest Michael DeForge (website/Twitter) book to get some eyeballs on, called Big Kids. The book is about a high school kid who hangs with a crew that likes to beat him up. He’s also in a secret relationship with one of the guys who enjoys abusing him. One day his understanding of reality is torn away: he has “treed.” He can now perceive that he is an abstract plant-based guy with flower-bed shoulder-clusters and that the world is divided into twig beings and tree beings. Twigs are those that haven’t “treed” and are stuck perceiving the lower-tier level of existence. Trees perceive sensations more intensely, often as visual vibrations, colors and blobs. Trees acknowledge each other with silent looks as they pass in a crowded hall full of twigs. Trees relax their agitated nerves by soaking in swimming pools where they writhe and cavort in next-level ecstasy. Treeing is treated as an analog for maturing or changing in some sense, but just like growing your first pube, achieving this tree-status doesn’t seem to equate with achieving any extra-special wisdom worth bragging about. As the comic progresses, we even learn that it is possible to de-tree (or re-twig, if you like). Definitely a lot of ambiguous coming-of-age hooks that you can catch your own experiences on as you plow through this fine read.
Mack from SpaceFace sent Meathaus a delightful package with books printed with digital duplicator technology and a postcard that reads:
“Here are some Riso books! ♡ Mack”
Thanks Mack! What we’ve got here is a postcard with Michael DeForge artwork featuring The Boy in Question, Me Nut Nut Nut #2 by Jason Murphy, Misliving Amended by Adam Buttrick, and MS2 Resurrection by Gabriel Corbera. All three books are curiously confusing with interesting action that creates unique reading sensations.
Gabriel Corbera’s weird, balding, action/business-man has to deal with a lot of vampire-zombie-mutants in a world of benches, empty rooms, and drab office buildings.
Adam Buttrick’s pleasurably cartooned characters psychotically maintain their one expression each while judging, processing and executing each other.
Read a lot of Jason Murphy’s work on his site as well as this book and you will enjoy picking up on themes of spiders, spider nightmares, spider eggs, and in this case, maybe spider bites and allergic pustules. Also then some character snorts this kid and his mom’s house into its nose and there are some Spanish speaking creatures there, so brush up on your español, amigos.
Meathaus got a sexy package from Thickness, with a sexy postcard that reads:
“Greetings Mr. Haus. Please enjoy our MEAT. XO Ry + Michael!”
Absolutely, that sounds like a great idea since in this package, there were issues #1 and #3 of the sexy anthology comic book, Thickness, edited by Mr. Ryan Sands and Mr. Michael DeForge. Thanks for sending over this extremely entertaining package. These books are fun to read, the artwork is distinctive and well-drawn, the stories are funny, unsettling, dirty, sometimes tender and sometimes anus-distending. The sum of it all is an excellent small press comics anthology with the sexy stuff ratcheted up.
Both issues were printed on a digital duplicator. Issue #1 has each story in a different color and issue #3 has most stories printed in two colors with different combinations. Both have color covers and issue #3 has a fold-out color pin-up image in the middle. Also there is an awesomely curious Qviet comics supplement to #3 by Andy Burkholder.
All the contributors are worth eyeballing, click over to the Thickness site for more details on the books and people behind the comics who include multiple Meathaus contributors and “special friends”.
Meathaus got this package from Space Face Books and a note that reads:
“Meathaus is awesome!”
Inside there was Rat Hex, Space Face’s new anthology comic book with work by Matt Lock, Robert Beatty, Clint Colburn, Michael Deforge, and Jesse McManus. This book has a fantastic cover by Robert Beatty and non-linear image/art by Beatty and Colburn balanced with short stories by McManus, Deforge and Lock. It’s a really strong book that you can go get here. While you are at it, get into these other things Space Face has been up to, making games and toys with Alex Schubert. These guys are having fun.
Inés Estrada sent the latest issue of Gang Bang Bong up from Mexico City, which is co-edited by Ginette Lapalme. They’ve put together a book full of spastic energy, quick hits, marks on paper, fun-to-read-fun-to-look-at comics, a really nice job that recalls black and white anthologies worth reading of the past such as Fantagraphics’s Zero Zero. That garbled sentence seems to work for me describing this book, maybe you can decipher a useful meaning. Better still, go to their website and get a copy. A few panels/drawings/images for a taste above include the cover by Ginette and art by Aisha Franz, J.C. the 54th and Michael DeForge. Gang Bang Bong previously mentioned here.