Most of the comics in Rooftop Stew originally appeared in Seattle’s comics tabloid The Intruder. So if you’re not a local, everything here is new. Max Clotfelter’s work harkens back to the underground comix of yesterday—gross, rude, rough, and hilarious.
Published by J.T. Yost’s Birdcage Bottom Books, Rooftop Stew is 120 pages of depraved fictional and autobiographical antics, blending ‘60s psychedelic underground comic sensibility with Southern style debauchery.
6” x 8” print only $12.00
Max Clotfelter was kind enough to send a batch of his recent mini comics. The digest-sized Andros No. 8 features 20 pages (plus covers) of laugh-out-loud comics. Volume Two of The Elements of Rough is also digest-sized, with an inch sliced off the top. It’s 32 pages with a self-cover—all about “Liz’s Last Birthday Party.”
Not shown are Hole Shot and Lean Cuisine, two recent mini comics in the classic 1/4-sheet format.
I interviewed Max a while back for Copy This!. Here’s an excerpt:
RK: I’ve picked up most of your work from shows in Seattle and Portland. But for those who live elsewhere, where are some good places to find your comics?
MC: Ah, great question! If anyone wants any of my comics I would suggest they go to the Spit and a Half website and support John Porcellino’s fantastic distro. He carries a nice selection of my more accessible zines. Then if you really wanna get into the nooks and crannies of my catalog you can email me directly and I’ll send you a list of what’s currently in stock, along with directions on how to order. I’m also always going to be tabling at the great regional zine shows in the PNW such as The Olympia Comics Festival and Shortrun in Seattle. And occasionally I’ll even travel to other shows across the nation like CAKE, Autoptic and Fluke. Trades are always welcome through the mail or in person at the shows!
To stay current on Max’s work, check out his blog: Snake Meat.
“Each page of this zine was created in under four hours during the monthly Dune Comics Night at Cafe Racer in Seattle…” Nov. 2012 thru Oct. 2017
The self-imposed timeframe give these single-page comix spontaneity. Their diversity of subject are likely the result of the five-year span of the sessions, I suspect influenced by cartoonist Max Clotfelter’s mood from his preceding daytime dramas. The styles here are also diverse, from intense crosshatching to more fluid outlined, twisting shapes—but all within the Clotfelter universe.
If you enjoy snake meat, Rat Tactics is a treasure trove of rough, dark humor. Several of the comix inside had me laughing out loud.
Rat Tactics smt-077 March 2018
Comix by Max Clotfelter
60 pages, 5.5” x 8.5”
$5.00 plus add a few bucks for postage
Snake Meat website