Sandwich Anarchy: The Cult Culinary Posters of Melt Bar & Grilled Book by John G
In 2006 Melt Bar & Grilled was born from Cleveland musician and chef Matt Fish’s love of two things: great craft beer and the humble grilled cheese sandwich. Two years later underground comics creator John G had an idea to push Melt’s punk rock concept even further by producing eye-popping “gig posters.” Ten years and 250 posters later, the synergy of food and art has transformed Melt Bar & Grilled from a tiny rock ’n’ roll bar into the biggest culinary buzz to hit the Midwest in decades. What had been the best-kept local secret was thrust into the national spotlight, as Melt caught the attention of television series such as Man v. Food and Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Everyone from Kevin Bacon to Mastadon to Weird Al was dropping by unannounced to snag both a sandwich and a poster. Sandwich Anarchy collects ten years of Melt posters into one volume, from the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon Melt to The Brat Pack Breakfast Club Melt (Pixy Stix included!), along with the stories behind the images. Perhaps the first book to document restaurant “gig posters,” Sandwich Anarchy serves clever artwork and design sure to entertain the senses. The man behind the artwork is the subject of the short documentary "Draw Hard,” winner of “Best Ohio Short Film” at the Cleveland International Film Fest. John G is an illustrator, comics creator, and head of Cleveland-based Shiner Comics. Since the late ‘90s, he's been building a humble following, creating hundreds of vivid posters for Melt Bar & Grilled, Cleveland Cinemas, Scene Magazine, local and national bands, and music venues. Together with Jake Kelly, he created and published The Lake Erie Monster, a Rust Belt-centered horror anthology comic. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.