Welcome to the home of San Diego publisher Living the Line. Living the Line debuted in November 2021 with the long-awaited The Strange Death of Alex Raymond, we're excited to be working on a whole lineup of new dynamic, visually-striking graphic novel titles for 2022 and 2023. Check below for announcements of new releases, visit our YouTube page, or join our mailing list for additional title announcements and other news!

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Currently announced for 2022/2023 —

Plaza by Yuichi Yokoyama, translated by Ryan Holmberg (September 2022)
The Exile by Erik Kriek (February 2023)
Centralia by Miel Vandepitte (April 2022)
House on Fire by Matt Battaglia (Summer 2023)
Six Macro Cons by Carson Grubaugh w/ Dave Sim (Summer 2023)
Discards by Sean Michael Robinson (Winter 2023)

Previously released —

The Strange Death of Alex Raymond, Dave Sim and Carson Grubaugh (November 2021)
You Don't Know Jack! Dave Sim and Carson Grubaugh (September 2020)

NEWS — last updated 5-5-2022

CONTACT: Sean Robinson, Publicist, Living the Line
LivingtheLineBooks.com livingthelinepublishing@gmail.com

April 2022

Visionary Cartoonist Yokoyama Yuichi is Back with PLAZA, a Maniacal Manga Extravaganza!

Art and literature historians of the future will be flabbergasted that Yokoyama Yuichi existed in our time. He is a visionary on the level of William Blake. PLAZA is a parade of invention, set to the beat of turning pages.
— Dash Shaw (Cryptozoo, Discipline)

"PLAZA is the purest expression yet of Yokoyama's unmatched style. A circus for the eyes, this book is a magic trick disguised as a graphic novel, one that reminds us of the medium's limitless power."
Matt Seneca, cartoonist/comics critic

A dazzling sensory barrage of speeding lines and swoops! Witness the torrent of joyous spectacle, the inner workings of a cosmic parade machine!
— Lale Westvind, (Grand Electric Thought Power Mother, Grip)

Living the Line Books is proud to present the latest from avant-garde manga artist Yokoyama Yuichi, the stunning PLAZA, coming to book stores and comic shops internationally in September of 2022.

Bigger, bolder, and louder than ever before, neo-manga artist Yokoyama Yuichi is back with PLAZA! Inspired by Carnaval in Brazil, PLAZA offers a maniacal extravaganza of marching, dancing, leaping, firing, cheering, smashing, and exploding over the course of 225 eye-and-eardrum-confounding pages. Originally published in Japan in 2019, this oversize English edition of PLAZA brings to full, hyper-animated life the spectacular graphic art of this genre-defying work of avant-garde comics.

Yokoyama Yuichi is Japan's leading creator of avant-garde comics. Born in 1967, he studied painting in art school, then turned to manga in the late 1990s. Characterized by modernist abstraction, sparse dialogue, oversize sound effects, obsessive movement and speed, and a wry sense of humor, Yokoyama's "neo-manga" cross the boundary between art and comics. Among his many books are New Engineering (2004), Travel (2006), Garden (2007), Outdoors (2009), Baby Boom (2009), World Map Room (2013), Iceland (2016), and Plaza (2019). His works have been extensively translated, and have featured in museum exhibitions in Japan and around the world. He has been nominated for an Eisner award, and is a two-time LA Times Book Prize finalist.

This English-language edition of PLAZA, translated by noted manga scholar Ryan Holmberg, also includes the most extended and informative interview with the artist to date.

PLAZA will be available internationally through Diamond Comics, Diamond UK, and Diamond Book Distribution.

Art samples and preview PDFs for PLAZA are available upon request.

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