Tag Archives: Youth in Decline

Youth in Decline Offers 2015 Subscription

I subscribed to their 2014 list and I really enjoyed it. You can get the next four issues of Frontier for $35, shipping included. It’s hard to go wrong with Youth in Decline.

Check out these preview images, including a sexy one by Michael Deforge!

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Youth in Decline to Publish Nick Sumida’s Snackies

I usually wait till there’s a pre-order link to profile a book debut, but I just got too excited when I saw this cover.

Nick Sumida is one of comics’ rising new talents. I bet rising new talents hate to be called that, but I’m sorry, Nick, it’s true.

The Snackies minicomics were some of the funniest I’ve read in a while. Youth in Decline is collecting those first two minis, plus 24 pages of additional material, in this collection. Keep an eye on it.


Frontier #4 by Ping Zhu

Youth in Decline’s fourth issue of Frontier is now available for order. This one is by Ping Zhu. I’m not familiar with this Brooklyn-based (by way of LA) artist. Lucky for me, each issue of Frontier comes with an artist interview.


Frontier #3 by Sascha Hommer

Look what arrived in the mail!


Minicomic subscription systems are interesting. I’ve never offered a
subscription myself, and I rarely sign up for them. As a customer, the upfront
cost scares me off and I’m not such a completist that I need to own a
publisher’s complete annual catalog. But, it’s a novel alternative to retail and convention sales. I’d like to learn more about how effective it is.

When Youth in Decline offered a 2014 subscription, it was a no brainer. I consider Youth in Decline a “high fidelity” micro-press (along with Study Group and a handful of others). Their books are well-designed and the content is well-packaged, yet the price point isn’t too high. Whenever I see a new issue of their flagship series, Frontier, I snatch it up. their latest edition is Frontier #3 by Sascha Hommer.

frontier3_preview2I’d never heard of Sascha Hommer, but I’m impressed. He combines precise linework with texture (dry brush?) and half tones to create a stylized cartooning that’s really appealing. He reminds me of a cleaner José-Luis Olivares (whom I adore). I also like the use of flat colors. In one case it appears he created a background by layering flat color on top of a high contrast photograph, to nice effect.

Frontier #3 offers three short stories (“Drifter,” “Transit,” and “The Black Lord”). They each suggest larger (but unrelated) stories and end without typical climaxes. But I didn’t find the stories incomplete or unsatisfying. I was comfortable with that sense of mystery.

Any way, it’s good stuff. Buy it.