MeSseD in the Media

"Lilliput... is tough and enterprising. She is fearless and unflappable.

Lilliput is a hero for all of us."

-David Lyman, Cincinnati Enquirer

National Press

Cincy Library Film Club

INTERVIEW "MeSseD Comics joins us to talk sewer adventures, Matthew Sweet, and the pure wonder of Miyazaki's animated worlds."

Canned Air Podcast

INTERVIEW "I wanted to create a comic book that if people said 'it was a piece of s**t!' I could take it like a compliment."

Outright Geekery

REVIEW "MeSseD gives us a creative look into the weird, wet underground of the sewer system, with a strong, likeable lead, and a fun, science fiction embellishment."


REVIEW "“Leave it to MeSseD Comics to make me wish I had a pet rat and a giant grasshopper that loves beer as my sidekicks!” 

Earth 16 Comic Podcast

INTERVIEW "Lilliput reminds me of a combination of Batman and Anne of Green Gables ... "


REVIEW “A purposefully yet uniquely disgusting sci-fi/horror comic book.”

Comics Grinder


"What wows me about this comic series is that creators ...  are not afraid to play with sci-fi tropes and just have some fun."



“There is this utility that is essential that we use everyday.  We contribute to this system everytime we turn on a faucet and we don’t know anything about it.”



“MeSseD … is pretty rad and has that grungy noir creature feature vibe that we just don’t get to see much in comics.” 

Wandering Nerd Girl

REVIEW "Fans of independent comics built on a base of reality with a science fiction flare will enjoy this one."

Municipal Sewer & Water Magazine

“The comic book takes sewer work and amps up the fantasy, turning common tubifex worms and wastewater filaments into larger-than-life monsters … “


“I want people to realize there’s a lot that goes into maintaining sewers. That’s why people pay so much money to do it,” Beardsley says. “I try to explain how old the sewer system in the city is. In some places, it’s 120 years old, so it takes a lot of manpower, and a lot of money to maintain and get it up to date.”

Animated Short / Music Video
Tunnel Tour
Awards and Honors
PHOTO: Hailey Bollinger, Cincinnati Citybeat
Articles, Interviews, and Features

The Cinema Guys do Cincinnati Comic Expo (2018)

"If MeSseD was going to be a movie, we'd love Constance Wu to be cast as Lilliput."

Real Dudes Podcast- Real Mini: Interview with Jay Kalagayan of MeSseD Comics (2018)

"We have the first fatberg in comic books.  That's one of our claims to fame."

Cincinnati Magazine dives beneath the sewer grates (2017)

"Kalagayan adds... 'My favorite response is when sewer workers come up to us and say how much they’ve enjoyed [it]. I have the utmost respect for the underappreciated yet essential job that they do.'"

Soapbox Cincinnati highlights MeSseD's local roots (2017)

"I really enjoy the process, and Jay pushes me to do things that I wouldn't normally do," Speeg says. He also loves that his involvement has influenced his 6-year-old daughter to start creating her own comics, which regularly feature a hotdog and a slice of pizza that go on adventures.

The Charlie Tonic Hour podcast features Jay, Dylan, and a special MeSseD cocktail (2017)

"For civilization to exist and get bigger, you need a plumber and the written word."

WVXU sat down to talk to Jay and Dylan about comics, sewers, and more (2017)

"Ever wondered what’s lurking beneath your feet within the city’s massive, twisting sewer system?

Know Theatre founder Jay B. Kalagayan did, and he’s giving Cincinnatians a peek underground into a gooey, alien world. ...readers get a glimpse into a surprising ecological area created by the waste that flows through the sewers."

Cincinnati Citybeat explores the alien world beneath our feet (2017)

"Speeg — also a singer and guitarist for Cincy Rock/Soul/Roots band Heavy Hinges — was fresh off of a project creating concept art for the Syfy cable channel.


...My favorite fiction and science fiction have always been built on a foundation of what’s real,” Kalagayan says. “I wanted to have that (idea) underlying, so you really think to yourself, ‘We don’t really know what’s down there.’ ”

The Cincinnati Enquirer gets down and dirty with Jay and Dylan (2017)

"Fascinating. And kinda creepy, too.


...That initial interest [in the MSD] led to more and more research about life in the subterranean world of sewer systems... The list of oddities goes on and on and on. Combine that with an overactive imagination spawned by a life spent reading sci-fi and cutting-edge theater and Kalagayan was chomping at the bit to create a freewheeling tale of life in the underground."

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