About Youth in Decline

Youth in Decline is a publisher of lovely and strange zines, comics, and books. We are based in San Francisco, and work out of a small office/Risograph print shop called Mission Risoplex.

Youth in Decline's focus is on supporting diverse and unique stories from up and coming North American creators, introducing English-speaking audiences to our favorite international cartoonists and writers, and providing an outlet for artistic books from established creators we love. We value our authors, and the fair and prompt compensation of creators is a central tenant of every project and product we release.

Youth in Decline is run by Publisher Ryan Sands and his wife Jane Sands, but is made possible through a loose affiliation of internet and IRL friends, including Michael DeForge, Hannah K. Lee, David Murray, and Jillian Tamaki. Please check out the Our Books pages for details on announced and upcoming titles!

Submission Guidelines

Youth in Decline is not actively looking for new submissions for 2019-2020 publications, but is always very interested in learning about new work from up & coming cartoonists. You can get in touch via our Contact page - please include a short summary of your work, and links to an online gallery or sample pages of art/comics.

Same Hat

Same Hat was a long-running blog showcasing underground and horror manga.

Co-created by Ryan and Evan Hayden in 2005, the site worked to shine a spotlight on our favorite manga creators, such as Yoshida Sensha, Kazuo Umezu, Shintaro Kago, Suehiro Maruo, Koji Aihara, Carol Shimoda, Yamada Hanako, and many others.

In the early days, Same Hat focused on fan translations of unlicensed and unseen manga shorts, but later transitioned fully to news, event coverage, reviews, and in-depth posts on the history of manga translation and publishing in America.

The site is less-frequently updated than at its heyday, but is now complimented by the very active Same Hat Tumblr.