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
“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
“I’ve been working with the same three goals my whole career,” says Kalagayan. “They’re the three Es. It has to entertain. It should educate. And it should be enlightening. I think this tour is all three of those. The sewers are something that are literally under our feet all day, every day. But most of us know almost nothing about them.”
Awards and Honors
2019 SPACE Prize
PHOTO: Hailey Bollinger, Cincinnati Citybeat
Articles, Interviews, and Features
"If MeSseD was going to be a movie, we'd love Constance Wu to be cast as Lilliput."
"We have the first fatberg in comic books. That's one of our claims to fame."
"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.'"
"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.
"For civilization to exist and get bigger, you need a plumber and the written word."
"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."
"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.’ ”
"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."