Birdcage Backside Books is shutting down publishing

The ranks of indie comics publishers have shrunk but once more, as Birdcage Backside Books has introduced they’ll stop publishing, as writer J.T. Yost has undergone “intense private upheaval.” 

In a newsletter sent to contacts, Yost introduced that he could be stepping away after the Spring publishing season, and Daniel Whitfield would proceed operating transport and achievement. 

Along with being a publisher of note  – maybe greatest recognized for anthologies like Digestate, Bottoms Up and Too Robust to Die – BBB was an essential distributor for different small press comics publishers, and it’ll proceed in that capability, a minimum of considerably, underneath Whitfield. 

Within the e mail, Yost defined extra of how the corporate would evolve:

I haven’t been capable of finding somebody keen to take over the a number of roles I inhabit, however I’m nonetheless holding out hope somebody will in order that BBB can proceed in some type (please attain out if ). We had a ton of outstanding comics within the pipeline, so hopefully these will nonetheless be printed (Fieldmouse Press will probably be publishing November Garcia’s Full and Utter Malarkey!)

I’m trying to find a extra dependable/steady supply of revenue, so if you understand of any job openings that would make the most of my talent set, please don’t hesitate to let me know. I’m hoping to proceed working inside publishing (doesn’t must be comics), however I’m open to different alternatives as effectively (particularly if it’s a vegan or non-profit firm!). 

I’d like to get the remainder of the BBB publications at present in our basement delivered to Daniel in California, so if any of you occur to be driving from NYC to California (close to L.A.), I’d be glad to pay you to load up your trunk. 

Thanks a lot for being what I truthfully contemplate my prolonged household. I’ve had so many fantastic interactions with a lot of you at reveals, on social media, or by way of e mail, and I can’t thanks sufficient!

The tip of Birdcage Backside Books follows the same introduced wind downs for Peow Studios and ShortBox final 12 months, and Koyama Press earlier than that. Working an indie small press is actually a labor of affection, and like being in an indie band, and finally actual life considerations meet up with folks. 

However happening on a excessive be aware, the e-mail additionally included information of BBB’s closing season, which, like different current books, will probably be run on Crowdfundr. 

STEADY ROLLIN’: Preacher’s Child, Black Punk, and Pedaling Papa
by Fred Noland

Beginning as a hardscrabble misfit and minister’s son within the Bible Belt, adopted by a stint as a suburban So-Cal Black punk, and onward to bicycle-obsessed, graphic novelist and pop in Oakland, Regular Rollin’ is a portrait of the creator in time-lapse. His memoir consists of vignettes, uncovering his origins as an artist, exploring relationships previous and current, ruminating on trauma and loss, and in the end discovering his place within the circulation of life. 
 
Noland employs types that seize the essence of the second and dialogue that displays the multi-layered complexities and challenges of communication. Regular Rollin’ is an autobiographical anthology stitched collectively by years of labor throughout types that vary from the sharp and detailed renderings for his New Yorker items to dreamier representations from his childhood.  His reflections are at turns absurd, bitingly humorous, and poignant. With its investigation the into the cycle of life from the Earlier than Instances to The New Regular, Regular Rollin’ paperwork a world and a life in transition
 
6” x 8”, 220 pages. $20
Full-color covers B+w on cream paper with 32-page full-color insert at starting on white paper. Excellent-bound GN

THE COLA POP CREEMEES: Opening Act
by Desmond Reed

Dramedy has by no means seemed so… squiggly. 
 
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Chortle and cry as you witness Ralph Jonathan, Mona Gertrude, Gil Christopher, Henrietta Susan, and Wallace T.J. deal with despair, anxiousness, trauma, household, heartbreak, jobs, dad and mom, reminiscences, habit, medication, alcohol, stress, comics, obsession, loss, creativity, music, faculty, unrequited love, psychological well being, existential disappointment, and extra! 
 
6” x 8”, 240 pages. $15
Full-color covers with b+w inside. Excellent-bound GN

Flop Sweat #7
by Lance Ward

Flop Sweat is an ongoing serialization of Lance Ward’s autobiographical comics organized chronologically. Earlier self-published collections of those comics have been featured in The Finest American Comics. Ward’s life has been rife with pitfalls: abandonment, habit, psychological sickness, sexual assault, arrest, tried suicide, and even a loss of life expertise (not “near-death”, he was clinically deceased!). But, by way of all of it he has in some way maintained a positivity about and loyalty to his artwork, even after crushing his drawing hand!
 
In subject #7: After fulfilling his psychiatric dedication, securing his first condominium, and coping with reminiscence loss as a consequence of psychological sickness, Lance finds himself within the make use of of an ex-rock star and lands a gig as a radio present co-host!
 
5.5” x 8.5”, 24 pages. $6
Full-color covers and inside. Saddle-stitched

Flop Sweat #8

by Lance Ward

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5.5” x 8.5”, 32 pages. $6
Full-color covers and inside. Saddle-stitched