You Should Read: "S.O.S." by Meathaus / by Brandon Clarke


Meathaus Sets The Bar With "S.O.S."

This anthology restored my faith in comic books.

I had been struggling with my twenty-plus year on-again, off-again love affair with comic books. It seemed as if it was going to be one of those things I loved to hate. For every halfway decent book I'd read and enjoy, there'd be thirty "Earth-shattering" event books marketed and released by major publishers that would make me hate the entire industry.   

Don't get me wrong -- superheroes have their place. I don't want you to think I'm carving out some angry punk-kid agenda that advocates the destruction of major comic book publishers or distributors. I just wasn't seeing any heart in those comics. I hadn't truly been moved by a comic book since "Daytripper" by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba. And that made me sad.


Meathaus changed all that. The brainchild of Chris McDonnell, this gang of comic tribesmen describe themselves as a "...loosely defined collective of friends and associates contributing to irregular comics and art anthologies and an art-blog-website with a special emphasis on drawing, sketchbooks and comics". Upon discovery their anthology "S.O.S." I was bummed to find out that they had been around since 2000 and I was just finding out about them.

As the web master for Brand New Nostalgia, I was familiar with the concept of indie comic creators collaborating to publish anthologies. But now? Now Meathaus had set the bar at a level I had not known was possible. And in the process they restored my faith in comic books.

"S.O.S." is an absolutely gorgeous book from cover to cover. Brandon Graham of "King City", "Prophet" and "Multiple Warheads" fame was one of the editors of this anthology. Anyone familiar with his work will attest to the little gems he loves to pepper throughout his work.

The Meathaus crew numbers over 20, so I'd be hard-pressed to go down the line and review every story in this book. That's a good problem to have when you're talking about the quality of content this anthology provides. But I can assure you that only a cold, heartless Nazi could read this book and not find at least one story enjoyable.