Publisher Spotlight: Youth in Decline

Just in today: a shipment from our latest publisher crush, Youth in Decline. Based in San Francisco, Youth in Decline is run by power couple Ryan and Jane Sands, with the help of their "internet and IRL" friends. Their zines, comics, and books are printed in-house at their Risograph print shop, Mission Risoplex, resulting in an array of full-color publications, each page a satisfyingly simple combination of two or three hues. Though flipping through these comics is a visual treat in itself, a closer look reveals the compelling intricacies of each story. Each issue of Frontier is done by a different artist. Jillian Tamaki's Frontier #7 revolves around the "seductive and secret world of early internet file-sharing," while Emily Carroll offers a gorgeously illustrated horror zine as Frontier #8. 

For those who crave the feel of a paperback novel, Youth in Decline presents the sufficiently hefty, 276-page RAV 1st Collection (2014), an epic comic by Mickey Zacchilli printed on goldenrod-colored paper that follows "Juice, Sally, The Snake Prince, a mystery cat, and other bizarre friends as they navigate an esoteric whirlwind of dorks, punks, passive-aggression, kisses, weird basements, and bad breakfast spots." 

Jillian Tamaki, Sexcoven, Frontier #7, first edition, April 2015. Published by Youth in Decline in San Francisco, CA. 

Jillian Tamaki, Sexcoven, Frontier #7, first edition, April 2015. Published by Youth in Decline in San Francisco, CA. 


Mickey Zacchilli's characters explore "weird basements" in RAV First Collection (2014). Published by Youth in Decline in San Francisco, CA.

Mickey Zacchilli's characters explore "weird basements" in RAV First Collection (2014). Published by Youth in Decline in San Francisco, CA.

Seth Bogart's interview with Kathleen Hanna in Wacky Wacko Magazine #1. Published by Youth in Decline x Wacky Wacko, January 2015. 

Seth Bogart's interview with Kathleen Hanna in Wacky Wacko Magazine #1Published by Youth in Decline x Wacky Wacko, January 2015. 

All Youth in Decline titles featured here are available for purchase on our web store and in our IRL store at 835 W. Washington Blvd. Thanks, Youth in Decline! 

 

--Zsofi Valyi-Nagy

Publisher Spotlight: Steven Husby

Chicago-based painter Steven Husby has balanced painting, writing, blogging and teaching (he teaches painting and runs graduate seminars at the School of the Art Institute here) for years. Publishing, however, he's only turned to recently, producing zines alone and with co-producers, often current and former students. These seem to be a point of convergence between many of his interests, drawing together pattern, the resplendence of imagery on tumblr, and collaboration (for teaching is certainly an act of collaboration). These zines act as rough and easily disseminated counterbalances to the meticulous handicraft of his paintings. Find out more about some of them by clicking the covers below, or purchase them here.


Publisher Spotlight: Sara Ranchouse

Sara Ranchouse Publishing is an independent publisher run by artist and writer Sally Alatalo. She's on publishing hiatus for the year as she works on some personal projects, so right now is the perfect time to catch up on any of the SRP backlist that you've missed out on!

The SRP publishing programme is rich and varied, and extends across many fields and disciplines including poetry, art book, comics and more. In my opinion, the consistent factor being a high degree of quality and a commitment to the book as an art object, as a location for artistic intervention. Full disclosure: I was Sally's teaching assistant for an MFAW publishing class that she teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, so I was able to witness firsthand her steadfast consideration of every aspect of the book, from the text and art work it reproduces, to the paper stock and glue that holds it together. Artistic quality and an ethical relationship to the world are considered with equal import, which is a practice I'm happy to use as a model in my own life. And with that, here are some of the titles Sara Ranchouse Publishing puts out that you might be interested in: