Frontier is a quarterly art and comics monograph series, with each issue shining a spotlight on exciting and challenging new work by a single artist. The printing and look of each issue changes to match the style of work, and most issues feature an interview with the artist.
The Frontier masthead was created by the unparalleled Jillian Tamaki.
Frontier is focused on highlighting the work of up-and-coming talent in the North American indie comics scene, introducing the work of international artists we adore, and presenting uncommon dispatches from our favorite creators.
The Frontier line-up for 2018 features new work from Tatsuro Kiuchi, Ako Castuera, Lauren Weinstein, and Tiffany Ford!
Frontier #16: Ako Castuera
Debuted May 2018 at Toronto Comic Arts Festival
Ako Castuera’s ceramic sculptures combine animal, human, landscape and architectural elements, describing an interwoven profusion of life that calls into question our hierarchically ordered beliefs around human / non-human, animate / inanimate. Her hybrid forms suggest a world of upended borders in which connections to people, place, self and other are vividly expressed in a variety of traditional techniques that often give way to unorthodox applications.
32 pages, Color photography, with author interview.
Ako Castuera is a native Angelino whose roots carry rich material and intangible cultural heritage from Okinawa and Mexico into today’s American mainstream culture. Her sculptures and paintings have been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States, and her work can also be seen in the popular animated television show, “Adventure Time,” for which she was a storyboard artist and writer for several seasons.
Frontier #15: Tatsuro Kiuchi
For our first issue of Frontier 2018, Tatsuro Kiuchi has created a series of new work inspired by his frequent motorcycle trips around the countryside outside of Tokyo. These new pieces are paired with lush, colorful paintings of travel and transit.
32 pages, Color and B+W, with author interview.
Tatsuro Kiuchi is an illustrator living and working in Tokyo. He has created work for such varied clients such as Royal Mail, Starbucks, and numerous publications. Tatsuro is the author of the picture book “The Lotus Seed” and the comic “The Earthling.” He is the owner of studio PEN STILL WRITES and teaches illustration at AOYAMAJUKU.
Frontier #14: Rebecca Sugar
Debuted December 2016 at Comic Arts Los Angeles
For the final issue of 2016, Rebecca Sugar shared personal sketches, early comic work, and poetry (along with commentary on the transition of her work over time). This small book offers a glimpse into the working process of an exceptional contemporary storyteller.
32 pages, Color and B+W.
Rebecca Sugar is a talented cartoonist, writer, and ukuleleist currently living in Los Angeles. She is the author of the comic serial "Pug Davis" as well as a number of short comics. In her free time, she also is an Emmy-nominated Storyboard Artist, and creator of the television show, Steven Universe.
Frontier #13: Richie Pope
Debuted in September 2016 at Small Press Expo
Frontier #13: Richie Pope features a brand new comic titled, "Fatherson" - a touching and surreal narrative of fatherhood. The issue is 32 pages, color, and features an interview with the artist.
Richie Pope recently moved from Richmond, VA to Dallas, TX. His work has been published in publications such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Scientific American, Nautlius and Tor Books/Tor.com among others.
Frontier #12: Kelly Kwang
Debuted in May 2016 at Toronto Comic Arts Fest
"Who Were the Space Youth Cadets?" Left in cosmic loneliness, they burned brightly until the void became too immense and they coalesced into its infinity. Earth forgot, but they did exist, and this is my proof.
32 pages, Full-color.
Kelly K is an illustrator and cartoonist who spends half her time in Toronto and the other half on the net. She roots 4the universe and is rooting 4u too.
Frontier #11: Eleanor Davis
Debuted in February 2016 at The Secret Headquarters. 32 pages, B&W offset interiors.
"BDSM" is a fresh new comic by Eleanor Davis, about the interactions of two adult film actresses on and off camera. A modern SM dating story tackling the complex, intersectional relationships between friends and lovers, feminism and kink, and projection and consumption
Eleanor Davis is an Eisner, Ignatz and Society of Illustrators award winning cartoonist and illustrator. She is the author of How To Be Happy, Sex Wizards, and a number of short comics. Eleanor lives in Athens, Georgia with her husband, fellow cartoonist Drew Weing.
Frontier #10: Michael DeForge
Debuted at Comic Arts Brooklyn, December 2015. 32 pages, color offset interiors.
Told through prose and colorful geometric imagery, "Sensitive Property" is an affecting personal narrative of a real estate consultant, whose experience as a former radical has made them a valuable commodity.
Michael DeForge lives and draws comic books in Toronto. He works as an illustrator and as a designer for Adventure Time, and is lead singer of the band Creep Highway. Michael is an astounding writer, and arguably the most compelling and vital voice in contemporary comics.
Frontier #9: Becca Tobin
Debuted at Small Press Expor, September 2015. 32 pages, color offset interiors.
This issue features the beautiful watercolor comics of Becca Tobin! Follow lead singer Butter Road as she deals with the successes and turmoil of life in a band -- and the sentient musical instrument she baked in her kitchen!?
Becca Tobin is a cartoonist and artist who creates colorful and kinetic characters and moments in her drawn and painted narratives works. Her comics deal with sharing space and city life, nature, wizards, and living online. Becca recently returned to the UK from life on the road, and is the author of a number of delightful comics including, "10% Battery", "Eye Contact," and "Night Florist" from Dogooder Comics.
Frontier #8: Anna Deflorian
Debuted at Toronto Comic Arts Festival, May 2015. 32 pages, color offset interiors.
Our newest issue is the first English-language publication of work by Italian artist Anna Deflorian. Frontier #8 features the new comic "Faith in Strangers" - a visually experimental tale revolving around the mundane and sordid lives of young women at the gym and in fashion.
Anna Deflorian is a talented painter, illustrator, and cartoonist whose colorful and vibrants stories span a variety of media. Anna lives and works in Italy, and is the author of the graphic novel "Roghi" from Canicola edizioni. Her work has been featured previously in Kuti 21, Sans Soleil 3, and Kuš! 9: Female Secrets.
Frontier #7: Jillian Tamaki
Debuted at MoCCA Arts Festival, March 2015. 32 pages, color offset interiors.
The first issue of 2015 the story "SexCoven" which revolves around IRL and online relationships, the seductive and secret world of early internet file-sharing, and life inside a commune (cult?). Mature Readers Only
Jillian Tamaki is an award winning cartoonist and illustrator. She is the co-author with her cousin Mariko Tamaki of the award-winning graphic novels "This One Summer" and "Skim", and the author of the forthcoming "SuperMutant Magic Academy" from Drawn & Quarterly. Jillian has written and storyboarded two episodes of the show "Adventure Time" and created many lovely zines and minicomics.
Frontier #6: Emily Carroll
Debuted at Comic Arts Brooklyn, December 2014. 32 pages, color offset interiors.
The sixth issue features an eerie and stunning original comic by Emily Carroll titled, "Ann by the Bed." Experience the dreadful tale of Ann Herron's bloody murder, and the awful legacy that persists today in Southern Ontario.
Emily Carroll is an illustrator and cartoonist, and the author of the fantastic anthology, "Through the Woods," - the wicked "Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark" for our generation of readers. She currently lives with her wife Kate and their large orange cat in Stratford, Ontario.
Frontier #5: Sam Alden
Debuted at Small Press Expo, September 2014. 36 pages, 2-color Risograph interiors.
This issue includes a new 36-page comic, a tale loosely connected to Sam Alden's ongoing "Hollow," and deals with family legacies, summer vacation, and sinkholes.
Sam Alden is one of the most interesting new voices in comics of recent memory, creating kinetic stories that often mix nostalgia and challenging topics with formal/visual experimentation.
Frontier #4: Ping Zhu
Debuted at MoCCA Arts Fest, April 2014. 32 pages, color interiors.
The fourth issue of our monograph anthology series features the unique and carefree work of illustrator Ping Zhu! Created specifically for Youth in Decline, Frontier #4: Ping Zhu includes 32 pages of color drawings, paintings, and doodles straight from the mind of Ping!
Ping Zhu is an LA-native and currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Ping's work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, New Yorker, The Independent, Sunday Times, GOOD Magazine, Pushkin Press, Hèlium, and Nobrow Press. She is the author of the consistently hilarious Ugly Drawings Tumblr.
Frontier #3: Sascha Hommer
Debuted at Los Angeles Zinefest 2014. 32 pages, Black and white and color interiors.
Our first issue of 2014 features the comics of talented German cartoonist Sascha Hommer. This will mark his first North American publication! Sascha Hommer is a talented and funny cartoonist, author of Insekt, Dri Chinisin, Vier Augen, and a number of short comics for publications such as ORANG, CityTales Blog, and Strapazin.
Frontier #3: Sascha Hommer features 3 short stories: "Drifter," "Transit," and "The Black Lord." These comics were adapted into English by frequent Drawn & Quarterly translator Helge Dascher, and lettered by Sascha himself!
Frontier #2: Hellen JoDebuted at Small Press Expo, September 2013. 32 pages, Full color interiors.
Who are these teenage girls that have taken over our streets, and what do they want?! Frontier #2: Hellen Jo features 32 full-color pages of paintings, pencils, and notebook scribbling by Hellen Jo.
Hellen Jo is an illustrator, cartoonist, and "Steven Universe" storyboard artist.
Frontier #1: Uno Moralez
Debuted at Toronto Comic Arts Festival, May 2013. 32 pages, Risograph-printed in black, fluorescent pink, burgundy, and teal ink.
Frontier #1: Uno Moralez is the first print collection of the mysterious and tantalizing work of talented Russian illustrator, Uno Moralez. Includes a number of full page spreads, narrative comics, and GIF art in printed form.