A while back I gave a short pre-review of Rooftop Stew while it was still in development. Back then I praised Max Clotfelter’s art and storytelling after seeing just a small piece of this 120-page monster of a comic. Well, now I’ve had the pleasure of reading the whole thing and all I can say is wow! What a great collection of bizarre stories and wonderfully weird art! In the pages of Rooftop Stew Max takes the reader on a comically curious trip through a world of clods, creeps, and cretins all beautifully illustrated in bold black ink!
Max’s cast of misfit characters stumble through a neglected plane of existence littered with drugs and filth set against a greasy stained background dripping with sex and open sores. Unique characters such as the much maligned “Redeye” find themselves in the midst of violence, schemes, and abandonment while dealing with less than ideal parental role models. Other characters, to include Max himself, wander through corrupting and salacious scenarios involving stealing porn from the underprivileged, smoking PCP, shooting explosives, hunting tail with dad, and getting into bar fights! Plus a bunch of other stuff that completes this portrait of working class pain and suffering in the seedy south as well as other squalid settings!
Max Clotfelter’s old-school, underground art style perfectly captures the grimy gist of his tortured tales. His penchant for delicious detail fills each panel of every page with entertaining elements of a soiled life that begs to be consumed by the curious and examined with eyes wide open!
Rooftop Stewhttps://buff.ly/2HmxEgB is a 120-page, Black
and White, perfect bound, standard size comic written and illustrated by Max
Clotfelter. Published by Birdcage Bottom Books.
What can I say folks, I love Max Clotfelter’s art and stories! The
rawness, the crudeness, and the over the top outlandishness just grabs
something in me! I can relate to these stories and find myself getting lost in
the overflowing line work and lavishly detailed hatching! In this collection of
tales Max serves up both the fictional and autobiographical to entertain and delight
fans that long for something a little different, and something that captures
the lost purity of the underground! This is lowbrow comix at its finest!
can help give a boot to this most deserving KickStarter project at https://buff.ly/2HmxEgB and find more from Birdcage
Bottom Books at https://birdcage-bottom-books.myshopify.com/
The story begins with a butcher developing a strange lesion on his leg. At the insistence of his wife he goes to the doctor for treatment and leaves with both less and more than he came in with! From there the butcher and his wife continue their story with an odd and unexpected addition to their family!
This strange and entertaining story explores a relationship that you’ve most likely never considered before. The direction this tale takes is into such uncharted territory that every turn of the page is a surprising revelation that spins this yarn into a weird thread with awesome art that will stay with you!
Thonger Dongers #3https://buff.ly/2HyfKFB is a 36-page, Black and White, anthology written mostly by J.T. Yost and illustrated by him too! Published by Birdcage Bottom Books.
In this third edition of Thonger Dongers J.T. Yost gives readers an eclectic collection of comics that touch on a range of subjects. Cat lovers will find urinating felines providing companionship to the lovelorn. Small bladder sufferers will relate to the dreams of a purple bed wetter. For those with a penchant for the darker side of life there’s a story about hitting rock bottom, and for those that like things a little gross there’s a story about accidently drinking unsavory substances. All this plus an imposter dog!
In the Future We Are Deadhttps://buff.ly/2FVHhiu is a 160-page, perfect-bound comic with full-color covers and interior written and illustrated by Eva Müller. Published by Birdcage Bottom Books.
This is the story of Eva’s journey through life from early childhood to old age. Through a string of short stories she explores her courtship with death. Early on Eva has an experience that leaves her with the realization life is finite. From this a close and personal relationship with death develops and a lifelong dance with the idea of loss follows.
As a young girl Eva is indoctrinated into Catholicism and drawn to the death and suffering that is such an important part of the faith. Later, as she matures, she discovers the benefits of yoga, but once again finds it too is connected to death through its corpse pose. At every turn of life Eva seems to focus on the shadow of death that falls over her path, always attracted by morbid curiosity to the fragility of life and what it means to be mortal. Her passage through life recounts growing up in a household with a younger brother and arguing parents. As she and her brother grow apart and their parents fighting escalates, Eva eventually leaves home. On her own Eva continues to encounter death through others she meets until death itself reunites her with her estranged brother.
In, In the Future We Are Dead, Eva’s fascination with death goes well beyond the natural acceptance of one’s own mortality and begins to take on the dynamics of a struggle. She and death wrestle as Eva doesn’t want to leave the party but death consistently tightens its grip and pulls her toward the door with reminders the party must end.
I was fortunate enough to get an early glimpse at Larkin Ford’s very original Goat Song and I must say, this is one weird comic! It starts with an older man developing a nasty spot on his leg that won’t get better. Eventually, after home remedies fail and he receives some encouragement, the man goes to the doctor. What follows is a strange twist that promises to take the man and those he cares about on a most unusual journey!
The artwork is absolutely awesome! The characters are drawn like real people with physical flaws and bodies in need of exercise. Backgrounds are all realistic with plenty of clutter strewn about in untidy rooms. And one panel in particular of a skinned animal being gutted and its entrails tossed aside, well it captures a realism that’s rarely found in comics!
A Lone Deer at the End of the Worldhttps://buff.ly/2nJByVs is a 28-page, full color, mostly silent comic written and illustrated by D. Bradford Gambles. Published by Birdcage Bottom Books.
D. Bradford Gambles beautifully illustrates a world devoid of humans as seen through the eyes of a deer. As the deer explores its world it wanders into an abandoned shopping mall where the remnants of humanity are still visible. As the deer passes through the shops and walkways we’re treated to the faded visages of a superficial culture that, with all of its technologies and comforts, was unable to survive.
D. Bradford Gambles subtle method of showing us the end of the world through the eyes of a silent animal is a powerful and effective storytelling technique. With very little text, exquisite art, and a great eye for composition and design, A Lone Deer at the End of the World delivers a moving and enjoyable read that will stay with you long after you finish the book!
“BOTTOMS UP! True Tales of Hitting Rock-Bottom” is an anthology collecting real stories of bottoming out from alcoholism, drug dependency, sex addiction, body dysmorphia, pornography addiction and more. These stories have been adapted into comics by a team of incredibly talented and diverse cartoonists
Edited by J.T. Yost
– Josh Bayer (title page)
– Haleigh Buck
– Kevin Budnik
– Josh Burggraf
– Max Clotfelter
– Peter S. Conrad
– Nate Doyle
– Rachel Dukes
– Chad Essley
– Mike Freiheit
– Tatiana Gill
– Danny Hellman (back cover)
– Jordan Jeffries
– Gideon Kendall
– Victor Kerlow
– Brendan Kiefer
– Sara Lautman
– Lizz Lunney
– Daniel McCloskey
– Chris Monday
– Fred Noland
– Adam Pasion
– Ben Passmore (front cover)
– Simon Petersen
– Summer Pierre
– John Porcellino
– Gillian Rhodes
– Matt Rota
– Kevin Scalzo
– Holly Simple
– Karl Stevens
– Michael Sweater
– Meghan Turbitt
– Noah Van Sciver
– Elaine M. Will
– Jess Worby
– George Wylesol
– Adam Yeater
– J.T. Yost
Published by Birdcage Bottom Books
6″ x 9″, 256 pages. $15
Full-color covers with b+w interior. Perfect-bound