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 are going to 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 necessary distributor for different small press comics publishers, and it’ll proceed in that capability, a minimum of considerably, below 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 exceptional comics within the pipeline, so hopefully these will nonetheless be revealed (Fieldmouse Press shall be publishing November Garcia’s Full and Utter Malarkey!)

I’m trying to find a extra dependable/secure supply of earnings, 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 hope to proceed working inside publishing (doesn’t need to 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 blissful to pay you to load up your trunk. 

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

The top of Birdcage Backside Books follows the same introduced wind downs for Peow Studios and ShortBox final yr, and Koyama Press earlier than that. Operating an indie small press is actually a labor of affection, and like being in an indie band, and ultimately actual life issues meet up with individuals. 

However happening on a excessive observe, the e-mail additionally included information of BBB’s last season, which, like different latest books, shall 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 finally discovering his place within the stream of life. 
 
Noland employs kinds 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 kinds 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 Occasions 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 regarded so… squiggly. 
 
The Cola Pop Creemees: Opening Act is the debut graphic novel by Desmond Reed, and options seven tales starring the 5 members of the eponymous psychedelic rock band, The Cola Pop Creemees. 
 
Snort 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, recollections, habit, medicine, 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 Greatest American Comics. Ward’s life has been rife with pitfalls: abandonment, habit, psychological sickness, sexual assault, arrest, tried suicide, and even a demise expertise (not “near-death”, he was clinically deceased!). But, by means of all of it he has one way or the other maintained a positivity about and loyalty to his artwork, even after crushing his drawing hand!
 
In difficulty #7: After fulfilling his psychiatric dedication, securing his first house, and coping with reminiscence loss because 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

In difficulty #8: Working at a vinyl file retailer and co-host of a Heavy Metallic radio present, Lance struggles with the darker facet of the enterprise. Additionally contains the story of Lance’s coronary heart assault, demise, and resurrection!
 
5.5” x 8.5”, 32 pages. $6
Full-color covers and inside. Saddle-stitched