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Very excited to have been able to attend Simon Hanselmann’s beautiful wedding to comics. And for Mickey Zacchilli’s RAV 1ST COLLECTION to have been part of the stack of books that made up the “GROOM”.

♫ A Tale as Old as Time

A Song as Old as Rhyme

Simon & the Comics 

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For folks looking for information on RAV 1ST COLLECTION by Mickey Zacchilli, I recommend this fantastic interview with Mickey and primer on the series!

[[ Pics of the RAV minis, and details on the story from Mickey herself, on HMPH COMICS! ]]

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MORNING READING! One of my favorite comics reviewers (and fellow deep cut manga spelunker) Joe McCulloch has included a review of RAV 1ST COLLECTION by Mickey Zacchilli in his fantastic SPX 2014 recap for TCJ.  

[[ Go check out the entire review here! ]]

HERE ARE SOME EXCERPTS FROM THE REVIEW:

"So imagine my pleasure upon spotting this: the first ‘official’ bookshelf-ready Youth in Decline publication, and maybe the most holistically manga-informed American thing with a bar code at the entire show. I loved this book. It’s like a very deluxe variant on a Japanese shōjo or josei comics magazine, 5″ x 8″ and printed on this heavy-ish yellow paper that arcs in intensity with your progress through the book, so that it’s light at the beginning and end while dark toward the middle. There’s brief, oblique supplementary texts, an omake puzzle section, and even tribute art by special guests – it’s the total package.

What’s all the more impressive is that I’d never really thought of Mickey Zachilli in that way at all.”

AND:

"Zachilli’s visual style, while surface-loud, is both extremely fast-reading and VERY intuitive, with an almost unerring tendency to drop those pregnant little word balloons exactly where your eye is set to fall on the page; fundamentally, it’s just the sort of thing that a manga magazine of the alt-flavored-yet-still-mainstream IKKI or Morning Two sort would look for in chasing something cool.”

AND:

"This is the best thing I got at the show. READ IT."

RAV 1ST COLLECTION by Mickey Zacchilli is available for pre-order now, and shipping to readers and stores once it clears customs in 2 weeks!

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RAV 1ST COLLECTION by Mickey Zacchilli is a real, meaty, awesome book!  We sold out of the copies we brought to Small Press Expo, and the rest of the shipment is en route to San Francisco on a huge boat.

You can check out a 20 page preview on our site here, and pre-order a copy right here for just $20!  Color ink on yellow pages, 276 pages!

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madnessstream said: Are there currently any plans for individual reprints/a collection for Thickness?

Yes, definitely!  We have finalized TCAF 2015 next May as the official release date for a Thickness anthology, collecting the 3 issues as well as about 50 pages of sequels and extras by the artists!

More details on this blog in the coming months!

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Anonymous said: Will you ever be reselling or doing a variant of the classic end tee again? I just left mine in a hotel room and am supper bummed about it

Yes!  We’re definitely planning to do another version of the “Classic” tee again, though with a different colorway / edition.

RIP to that original YD “CLASSIC” tee of yours — some cool hotel employee is rocking it as we speak.

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My first time having the strange and interesting experience of having someone write a 4-page article about you???

Rob Clough wrote a detailed and thoughtful look at my “comics work” since 2008 in Study Group Magazine #3D. Rob didn’t interview me directly for the interview, so I had no idea what was written until I saw it in print at SPX!

You can snag a copy via the Study Group Shop here.

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gingerlandcomics:

Here’s my SPX schedule! For most of the weekend I’ll be camped out at Table N7 with Daryl Seitchik (across from Uncivilized Books at M10), selling/signing copies of Frontier #5, It Never Happened Again, Haunter, Wicked Chicken Queen, and some other minis. I’ll also be at these things:

Saturday - 1pm Signing at Retrofit (E5) with Madeleine Flores                  Saturday - 3pm Signing at Youth In Decline (J5)

Sunday - 3pm  Panel on Internet Comics with Rebecca MockBlaise Larmee, and Emily Carroll, moderated by Bill Kartopoulos

My Retrofit comic Wicked Chicken Queen is also up for an Ignatz for Outstanding Comic, which is very flattering and exciting. So I’ll be at the Ignatz Awards on Saturday night too.

Sam Alden will be signing Frontier #5: Sam Alden at our table on Saturday from 3pm - 4pm :)))

You gotta snag his mini, “Hollow” - a complimentary tale set around the same family as his story for the new Frontier!

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SMALL PRESS EXPO!
September 13 & 14, 2014

I am extremely excited for this weekend at SPX, the biggest show to date for Youth in Decline! Jane and I are both coming out to work the show, and we’re lucky enough to share our table with my buddy Jillian Tamaki. We’re located at TABLE J5, next to Michael DeForge and the Study Group table.

At the 2014 show we are planning to debut the following books:

  • RAV 1ST COLLECTION by Mickey Zacchilli: RAV 1st collection will collect the first five issues of RAV, Mickey Zacchilli’s mysterious, hilarious, and romantic (!?) adventure comic + bonus materials.
  • Snackies by Nick Sumida: A collection of Nick Sumida’s daring and hilarious comic series, “Snackies” - including the first two minicomics and more than 20 pages of new strips! Two-color offset.
  • Frontier #5: Sam Alden: Our fifth issue of Frontier will feature a brand new comic from this rising cartoonist wunderkind. 36 pages, Risograph-printed.

TO NOTE: We only will have 50 advance copies of RAV 1ST COLLECTION and 100 advance copies of Snackies on hand, so please don’t dawdle if you’re excited about these books!  The rest arrive from overseas in the coming 1-2 weeks!

In addition, we’ll have copies of our previous titles, including Frontier #4: Ping Zhu, Frontier #3: Sascha Hommer, Frontier #2: Hellen Jo, and our science fiction short story collection, Love Songs for Monsters by Anthony Ha.

ALSO!~ We will be hosting signings on Saturday for all three of the debuts, so please come get your books signed by the artists:

Saturday, September 13:

  • 1pm - 2pm: Mickey Zacchilli
  • 3pm - 4pm: Sam Alden!
  • 5pm - 6pm: Nick Sumida!
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Ping Zhu created another complex and beautiful piece for the New Yorker!
Her collection of personal sketches and paintings is still available from Youth in Decline!
pingszoo:

Final of the STREB extreme action company for this week’s New Yorker

Ping Zhu created another complex and beautiful piece for the New Yorker!

Her collection of personal sketches and paintings is still available from Youth in Decline!

pingszoo:

Final of the STREB extreme action company for this week’s New Yorker

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minorerrors said: Hello, you mentioned that you are going to be at SPX this weekend, would you mind telling me what your table number is

Sure!  I’m doing a full post tomorrow with signing schedules, etc, but in the meantime — Youth in Decline is at table J5, it’ll be us and our bff Jillian Tamaki!

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Frontier #5: Sam Alden is coming very, very soon! Our latest issue will be officially debuting at Small Press Expo this Saturday, 9/13!

Frontier #5: Sam Alden features a new 36-page comic, which deals with family legacies, summer vacation, and sinkholes. It also includes an interview with Sam Alden, who is one of the most interesting new voices in comics of recent memory, creating kinetic stories that often mix nostalgia and challenging topics with formal/visual experimentation.

After a marathon Risograph printing session, this gorgeous 36-page issue is complete — printed over 17 hours in Bright Red and Purple inks!

The book comes backs from the bindery tomorrow, and will be going out to subscribers and to pre-orders just before SPX! Subscribers also receive a little gift: an Uno Moralez-designed YD sticker :)

Full details on our SPX table and signing schedules go up tomorrow!

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SF Zinefest 2014 happened last week! Many thanks to Ric, Liz, Channing, and the other organizers for hosting all us sweaty zinemakers and cartoonists!

Here are some photos from our table, and the Special Guest Q&A hosted by Channing Kennedy with me on Sunday, where I talked about Kathleen Hanna feminist zines and Alex Empire’s Digital Hardcore newsprint zines (and other random things?).

Three more fests remain in 2014 for Youth in Decline: SPX, CAB, and CALA!  Full details are on our Upcoming Events page.

(Thanks to my wife Jane for photos!)

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Frontier #5: Sam Alden printing progress… we are now 1/4 done!

Frontier #5: Sam Alden printing progress… we are now 1/4 done!

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The first reviewer has weighed in on our Fall 2014 books — RAV 1ST COLLECTION by Mickey Zacchilli was “eye-opening” and Snackies by Nick Sumida called “gripping” —!??

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