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Press Release #1 - For Immediate Release

Contact: J.T. Yost, tel: 347-256-5461
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"J.T. Yost's stark line work and shades of grey illustrate a world that doesn't shy away
from harsh realities at the same time as it reveals a social conscience and a soft heart."
                                             - Jeffrey Brown, author of Clumsy and Little Things

ALONE IN A CROWD

      "I find the depths of loneliness one can reach while being simultaneously surrounded by thousands of people fascinating," admits cartoonist J.T. Yost. After living most of his life in small towns, moving to Manhattan provided a shocking contrast that couldn't help but creep into his artwork. The title story from Old Man Winter and Other Sordid Tales, a collection of Yost's short comics, examines the incongruity of a widower's outward demeanor and his inner turmoil.

      The protagonist is loosely based on a customer who frequents the art supply store at which Yost works part time. "It breaks my heart every time he comes into the store," says Yost, "You can tell he just craves human interaction. The absence of his wife has left a huge hole in his life that he desperately wants to fill."

      Themes of alienation and loneliness are matched equally with those of cruelty and dominance, specifically man's inhumanity toward animals, within the comic collection. "Animal welfare has always been important to me," remarks Yost, "and I thought it would be a challenge to use a medium typically reserved for humor and entertainment to relate important information." Respite comes in the form of a humorous autobiographical story of a strange childhood friendship serving as a counterpoint to the rest of the collection.

     J.T. Yost has been a self-described "dirty vegan cartoon drawing bed-wetting liberal in desperate need of a haircut" for the majority of his life. His work has been published by a variety of institutions including The New York Press, Young American Comics, Three Rivers Press and Herbivore Magazine.

      J.T. Yost's first collection of comics is alternately humorous and quietly devastating, but is consistently brutally honest. Old Man Winter and Other Sordid Tales is available for $6.95 in comic-book stores nationwide or through Birdcage Bottom Books at www.BirdcageBottomBooks.com

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Old Man Winter and Other Sordid Tales by J.T. Yost. Original edition. 6 5/8 x 10 1/4, 56 pages. ISBN-10: 0-615-27304-1. ISBN-13: 978-0-615-27304-4. $6.95. Hi-res cover and interior images available at www.BirdcageBottomBooks.com

Birdcage Bottom Books, 145 Atlantic Ave. #1, Brooklyn, NY 11201 USA
Tel. (347) 256-5461
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Press Release #2 (for vegan/animal welfare publications) - For Immediate Release

Contact: J.T. Yost, tel: 347-256-5461
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"J.T. Yost is a cartoonist to watch out for, especially when his stories hit on animal welfare issues. Those short stories are so powerful, they're a wake up call."
                                             - Chris Staros, Publisher, Top Shelf Productions

COLD CUTTING COMICS

      "I've asked a lot of animal welfare activists what originally inspired their advocacy," says artist J.T. Yost, "and I can honestly report being the only one to claim a cartoon penguin." While eating fried chicken at a southern fast-food chain on one fateful day in 1990, Yost suddenly recalled a 'Bloom County' comic strip he'd read months before. In the strip, Opus the penguin berates a fast-food cashier for serving his brethren as food. "At that moment, I made the connection that I was eating skin and muscle. That was it," recalls Yost, "I haven't eaten meat since." Old Man Winter and Other Sordid Tales, a collection of Yost's own comics, deals with sensitive issues including animal abuse, vivisection and meat production.

      "Comics have always captivated me, but it wasn't until a friend showed me the work of Chris Ware and Art Spiegelman that I realized they could be so powerful," admits Yost. Since he's no longer as directly active in the animal welfare community as he once was, Yost hopes to get the message out through comics. His artwork has been featured in several animal advocacy publications, used to raise money for various organizations and even handed out at vegan outreach tables.

      Like religion or politics, animal welfare issues tend to stir up strong emotions. "I'm not a very confrontational person, so my comics allow me to impart important information without getting punched in the face," explains Yost.

     J.T. Yost has been a self-described "dirty vegan cartoon drawing bed-wetting liberal in desperate need of a haircut" for the majority of his life. His work has been published by a variety of institutions including The New York Press, Young American Comics, Three Rivers Press and Herbivore Magazine.

      J.T. Yost's first collection of comics is alternately humorous and quietly devastating, but is consistently brutally honest. Old Man Winter and Other Sordid Tales is available for $6.95 in comic-book stores nationwide or through Birdcage Bottom Books at www.BirdcageBottomBooks.com

# # #

Old Man Winter and Other Sordid Tales by J.T. Yost. Original edition. 6 5/8 x 10 1/4, 56 pages. ISBN-10: 0-615-27304-1. ISBN-13: 978-0-615-27304-4. $6.95. Hi-res cover and interior images available at www.BirdcageBottomBooks.com

Birdcage Bottom Books, 145 Atlantic Ave. #1, Brooklyn, NY 11201 USA
Tel. (347) 256-5461
info@BirdcageBottomBooks                    http://www.BirdcageBottomBooks.com