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To celebrate the one year anniversary of Youth in Decline, we’ve partnered with legendary pixel artist Uno Moralez to design a new t-shirt!

[Order your shirt here!]

Uno Moralez was our first published artist, and we’re so excited to have his take on the Youth in Decline logo (which was designed by Michael DeForge).

Design printed in white on a black tee from Next Level. The shirt is printed with a soft waterbased ink on a “modern & somewhat fitted cut” shirt, similar to American Apparel sizing. The shirt production is happening at Forward Printing in Oakland, the same folks that produce wonderful shirts for SEIBEI. (THNX SEIBEIBEI!)

FRONTIER 2014 SUBSCRIBERS: Please check your email for a special coupon! You can enter it upon checkout for a discount!

TIMING: SHIRTS ARE BEING PRINTED RIGHT NOW! THEY WILL BEGIN SHIPPING MAY 14 AFTER Toronto Comic Arts Festival! AND YEP, WE WILL HAVE SHIRTS FOR SALE AT OUR BOOTH AT TCAF, MAY 10-11 in TORONTO

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ajmcguire asked: I bought Anthony Ha's collection of short stories from you at MOCCA and really enjoyed it. At the time you said you printed it yourself. Do you have a legit commercial print shop setup yourself? Or do you have access to a shared studio or something similar?

Thanks, I’m really pleased to hear you enjoyed the book!  Anthony’s interwoven tales are delightful to read together as a pocket paperback.

Yes, I did print all of the interiors for the book myself at my small Risograph print shop in San Francisco. I have an office, lovingly referred to as “Mission Risoplex,” with my Risograph RP 3105 — this is the same machine that Thickness #1-3, Prison for Bitches, and Frontier #1: Uno Moralez was printed on.  I don’t take commercial work (not enough time!) but have helped print for/with friends on their books, including Jonny Negron & Jesse Balmer’s Chameleon #1-2, Hannah K. Lee’s Issues #2: Shoes Over Bills and Issues #3: Mascots, Alison Dubois’ Antique Roadshow, covers for Studygroup’s It Will All Hurt #1 by Farel, and a bunch of prints for Sophia Foster-Dimino and Roman Muradov <3.  

I love my Risograph — our last few issues have been produced offset, but I plan to return to Riso for Frontier #5: Sam Alden and for producing the third issue of my personal zine Electric Ant. :)  I also created a Risograph-centric Mailing List called The Church of Risography, which connects about 75 Risograph printers from around North America and Europe to share troubleshooting tips.

For folks that want to get a copy of the chapbook, you can order "Love Songs for Monsters" by Anthony Ha right here.

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More fabulous work by Ping Zhu!  Her issue of Frontier is on sale now, 32 pages of new color work! 
pingszoo:

Monsters in the valley

More fabulous work by Ping Zhu!  Her issue of Frontier is on sale now, 32 pages of new color work! 

pingszoo:

Monsters in the valley

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Fabulous new pixel strip from Sam Alden!

We’re EXTREMELY excited to present a new story by Sam for our next issue…   FRONTIER #5: SAM ALDEN!  (coming in September)

u0o:

fort death skull treehead

(Source: gingerlandcomics)

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Very, very excited to see this book recognized &#8212; out of all the projects I&#8217;ve worked on, &#8220;Panorama Island&#8221; is the gold standard in terms of book production and physical presentation of a hardcover comic.
We are using this same printer (and paper) for the forthcoming Thickness Anthology!
samehat:

"The Strange Tale of Panorama Island" by Suehiro Maruo (Last Gasp) was nominated for an Eisner! Best Adaptation from Another Medium.
This is the book that I translated/edited and Evan Hayden lettered and designed with our editor Colin at Last Gasp. I usually don’t care much about Eisners, but I am extremely proud of the book production and extreme care we took on presenting “Panorama Island” for English readers.
Full list of nominations: http://www.comic-con.org/awards/will-eisner-comic-industry-award-nominees-2014

Very, very excited to see this book recognized — out of all the projects I’ve worked on, “Panorama Island” is the gold standard in terms of book production and physical presentation of a hardcover comic.

We are using this same printer (and paper) for the forthcoming Thickness Anthology!

samehat:

"The Strange Tale of Panorama Island" by Suehiro Maruo (Last Gasp) was nominated for an Eisner! Best Adaptation from Another Medium.

This is the book that I translated/edited and Evan Hayden lettered and designed with our editor Colin at Last Gasp. I usually don’t care much about Eisners, but I am extremely proud of the book production and extreme care we took on presenting “Panorama Island” for English readers.

Full list of nominations: http://www.comic-con.org/awards/will-eisner-comic-industry-award-nominees-2014

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My favorite sketch tumblr: Ugly Drawings by Ping Zhu
Ping&#8217;s first collection, &#8220;Frontier #4: Ping Zhu" is now available!
whatdididraw:

Fat finger syndrome- no good for texts

My favorite sketch tumblr: Ugly Drawings by Ping Zhu

Ping’s first collection, “Frontier #4: Ping Zhu" is now available!

whatdididraw:

Fat finger syndrome- no good for texts

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Morning GIF with Ping Zhu! Her first print collection is now available! Frontier #4: Ping Zhu on sale at Youth in Decline
pingszoo:

Mondays: email collab with Josh

Morning GIF with Ping Zhu! Her first print collection is now available! Frontier #4: Ping Zhu on sale at Youth in Decline

pingszoo:

Mondays: email collab with Josh

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Video preview of Frontier #4: Ping Zhu!  Order your copy here: http://www.youthindecline.com/product/frontier-4-ping-zhu

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Exciting news for fans of illustration and art!  The latest issue of our quarterly art & comics monograph has been released, Frontier #4: Ping Zhu, featuring 32 color pages of paintings and drawings by the delightful, playful, and extremely talented Ping Zhu! (ALL NEW ARTS, and also an interview with Ping!)

Get your copy of “FRONTIER #4: PING ZHU” right here!

For Frontier 2014 subscribers, your copies (+ surprise goodies!) are being shipped late this week!

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MoCCA 2014: SCENE REPORT

Youth in Decline is back safe and sound after an action-packed MoCCA Arts Fest weekend out in New York. This was our first time tabling at MoCCA after visiting and hosting Jillian Tamaki’s Guest of Honor interview panel at the 2013 version of the show.

We were nestled (hidden?) somewhere in the back aisles, but did have a chance to meet lots of longtime readers (some since the Electric Ant and Same Hat days!) as well as new Youth in Decline FRONTIER subscribers.

The big debut of the show was Frontier #4: Ping Zhu, which is a beautiful, delightful, and kinetic book collecting new paintings, doodles, and drawings by the masterful illustrator (and Brooklyn local), Ping Zhu

Ping was in person on Saturday signing books, and we got a good stream of fangirls and fanboys that came by to meet her. I couldn’t be happier with the newest installment of Frontier, and am in awe of Ping’s free and raw drawings captured in the new issue.

My Instax pictures capture none of the actual festival, but do give a glimpse into my favorite part of these cons — the partying and socializing with the extended and connected web of artists and friends, the internet-turned-IRL-buddies cemented in Bestie status through karaoke and soju and sharing late-night cabs.

A few notable highlights of the fest weekend:

Stopping by Edie Fake’s book release party + lecture to high-five him and the Secret Acres guys / Visiting Pencil Factory and seeing the shared studios of Ping Zhu, Erik CarterDom Collardey Adebimpe, Kris Mukai, and other delightful folks / Lunch with BFF Jillian Tamaki and homies Ping, Hannah K. Lee and Jeremy Sorese (as well as the new pleasure of Koyamaing them all — picking up the bill without telling anyone!~) / Catching up on life and SecretProject with forever-partner Michael DeForge / Hand-selling a ton of copies of our first fiction chapbook to excited readers, the “Space Emo” risographed collection, “Love Songs for Monsters" by Anthony Ha /  Karaoke madness with the aforementioned hooligans, and Patrick Kyle, Annie Koyama, Ed Kanerva, Robin Nishio / Catching up with sweethearts HamletMachine, Leslie Stein, Frank Santoro, Same Hat OGs Olivia Fox & Anna Rose, as well as many, many other quick mid-aisle greetings with friends old and new.

Some Pictures (in order!): 

  • metacapture of Jillian photographing Hannah & Ping photographing themselves
  • me & JT
  • Jeremy & Hannah
  • Hannah & Ping
  • Lala Albert, DeForge, Chandler Moses
  • Me regaining feelings in my fingers post-sleeting rain
  • Patrick Kyle singing pop-punk (suspected)
  • DeForge & Jillian
  • DeForge & Robin
  • Ping full force

What’s ahead for the Spring shows:

To be perhaps expected, I’ve found myself with a bit of a cold developing  after getting back to San Francisco— too little sleep, too many flights, too many shared bottles of chamisul!  But we’re resting up and beginning to think about TCAF 2014 next month!

At TCAF we’ll be trying out a new table display, debuting a new t-shirt designed by Uno Moralez, and presenting a panel as part of their rich slate of programming. MORE DETAILS IN THE COMING WEEKS!

In the meantime, please hit our site on Monday, when we make Frontier #4: Ping Zhu available for purchase!

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Testing posting by email, by sending a quick GIF I made from the new video for Yasutaka Nakata-produced track "FAMILY PARTY" by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

Testing posting by email, by sending a quick GIF I made from the new video for Yasutaka Nakata-produced track "FAMILY PARTY" by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

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Youth in Decline is excited to table at MoCCA Arts Fest 2014!

The festival is this weekend, April 5th & 6th from 11am - 6pm. We will be at Table E32 ½!  Debuting at the show is Frontier #4: Ping Zhu, a collection of new paintings, doodles, and drawings by the massively talented illustrator (and local artist!) Ping Zhu.

We’ll also have copies of Frontier #1: Uno Moralez, Frontier #2: Hellen Jo, Frontier #3: Sascha Hommer, and “Love Songs for Monsters” by Anthony Ha.

ALSO: Ping Zhu will be in-person and signing books on Saturday, April 5th from 2pm - 4pm at the Youth in Decline table!

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The gang’s all here!

Frontier #4: Ping Zhu is the latest entry in our flagship monograph series!

The gang’s all here!

Frontier #4: Ping Zhu is the latest entry in our flagship monograph series!

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"This issue […] features Sacha Hommer, a German cartoonist in his mid-thirties. His the kind of talent around which scenes are built, and through connections are made across international boundaries. All three stories presented here are visually compelling, nudging at the boundaries of the expectations for narrative comics in a pleasing way. It is the kind of comic to which one will return two or three times after thinking what you’ll get from it will be exhausted. If you see it, buy it."

— From an interesting review of Frontier #3: Sascha Hommer from Tom Spurgeon at The Comics Reporter.

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Three pages from a new ongoing serial called "Wir haben nichts zu verbergen" by Sascha Hommer.  This is for a Leipzig-based minicomics project Tiny Masters, which seems similar to the Oily Comics subscription format.

You can order a copy of Frontier #3: Sascha Hommer on our site, with three fantastic stories translated into English for the first time!