Yehuda Moon is BACK!

Any Yehuda Moon fans in the house? If so, you’ll be pleased to hear the following from Rick Smith and Brian Griggs…masterminds behind one of the greatest bike comics of all time:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Rick Smith at http://www.yehudamoon.com/email.php or comics@yehudamoon.com

‘YEHUDA MOON AND THE KICKSTAND CYCLERY’ BICYCLE COMICS HAVE RETURNED
New Comics Weekdays in 2012

January 11, 2012

‘Yehuda Moon and the Kickstand Cyclery’ bicycle comics have returned in January 2012: http://www.kickstandcomics.com.

After a break from the comic last Fall, Rick Smith and Brian Griggs have returned with all new comics running weekdays for Kickstand Club member. Membership is $12 a year or $1 a month and includes other benefits like easy-read comics, freebies, discounts, and more. Monday comics are free for everybody, as are 1,300+ comics from 2008 – 2011 in the ‘archives.’ One lucky Kickstand Club member will win Rick’s ‘Van Sweringen’ city bicycle on March 1st: this is the bicycle on which he created the strip while commuting to work in 2008.

Along with new comics there’s much afoot at the Kickstand Cyclery:

The 2012 Kickstand Cyclery Virtual Alleycat Race Powered by Cyclelicious: http://www.yehudamoon.com/virtual_alleycat_2012.php
Cyclelicious (http://cyclelicio.us) and the Kickstand Cyclery have teamed up for a winter race: The Kickstand Cyclery Virtual Alleycat. When the race begins on January 30th, participants will ‘race’ from Internet checkpoint to checkpoint as they visit various bicycle websites. Prizes will be awarded for speed, agility, and creative comments left at each checkpoint. Registration is open (and free for all) through January 29, 2012.

Kickstand Comics Volumes 1, 2, 3, and 4 begin shipping in February: http://www.yehudamoon.com/shop.php
After a successful Kickstarter campaign (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/yehudamoon/kickstand-comics-volumes-2-3-and-4), all Kickstand comics appearing from 2008 – 2011 were collected in four full-color books (about 96 pages a piece). The books are available for preorder now for readers who missed the Kickstarter opportunity.

Yehuda Moon will also appear in Bicycle Times Magazine beginning with issue 15. Look for it wherever fine magazines are sold and online at http://www.bicycletimes.com.

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The comic strip ‘Yehuda Moon and the Kickstand Cyclery’ is about two guys who run a bike shop and the challenges they face in the store and on the road. Yehuda’s the utilitarian advocate; Joe’s the go-fast pragmatist. Thistle Gin, a wrench and biking mom, rounds them out. Visit the Kickstand Cyclery at http://www.kickstandcomics.com. Get in touch: http://www.yehudamoon.com/email.php or comics@yehudamoon.com.


5 Comments

  1. Raiyn January 13, 2012 2:32 am 

    I really WANT to be enthusiastic about this, but Rick’s been down right flaky about the web comic not to mention the deal with Bicycle Times which he tanked after one comic due to “the pressures” of turning out a comic and working. I’m all for Rick making a buck, but I question his commitment given recent history. If he had continued to post strips (online or in the magazine) and THEN announced plans explaining the need to the strip to a paid only status I’d have been right there with Paypal up and running. I only hesitate now because he’s pulled the “hiatus” or “ending the strip” jazz twice now.

  2. Rick Smith January 13, 2012 5:05 am 

    I’m sorry you feel that way. I regret not stating that I just needed a break during the last few years and taking it; but it never felt like that at the time. After 1,300 comics and four years I should have known I would need a few breaks.

    In any case, I’ve tried to make up for it by drawing the comics that would have appeared during the breaks I took; these 75 or so strips appear in the printed books and online for Kickstand Club members.

    Also, we produced five full-page comics for Bicycle Times before stopping in December. Our next comic appears next issue (February, #15).

    Brian and I have made a year-long commitment in 2012 – the comics that we’ve published so far in January (and those coming) are some of the best ones yet.

    Hope to see you at the Kickstand Cyclery!

    Rick Smith
    comics@yehudamoon.com
    http://www.yehudamoon.com

  3. Graham January 13, 2012 6:13 am 

    Come on, Raiyn, give the guy a break. Having tried (and failed) to start my own business while juggling work, hobbies, spouse, etc. I can sympathize with his difficulties.

    He probably really likes drawing the strip, but couldn’t see how to justify the time it takes to do it. Now it’s a part-time job (at least) and perhaps that’ll make his situation easier.

    After all, he was trying to draw seven days a week for free and it looks like he’s being more pragmatic this time around.

  4. JohnnyK January 13, 2012 12:54 pm 

    I agree with Graham… give Rick a break Raiyn! Also Raiyn he has always returned the left over money on the subscriptions in the pass and has been more than fair about it. I told Rick not to return my money but he did anyway.

    Rick I love the script even if Raiyn does not so please keep up the good work… You know I was trying to put my finger on what I was missing in my day and now that Yehuda Moon is back I found what has been missing. Now I am even more encouraged to go out and attack the blistering weather, yelling motorist, the rest of the world to commute everyday to work. It just gives me that something extra to look forward too everyday.

  5. Raiyn January 13, 2012 11:25 pm 

    I stand by my original post.

    Thank you Rick for your comments, I really do hope you can make things work out this time. I’ll probably join later, but I need to sleep on it a bit longer given the circumstances. I also commend you for your renewed commitment to Bicycle Times. Car Craft has George Trosley, BT has you.

    As for you other two:
    I make no apologies to you or anyone else for expressing how I feel above. I’ve mourned for this strip twice now, why the hell should I have to justify my being hesitant about it’s re-resurection?

    Look, if Rick had been upfront about things in the past I’d have been first in line to join up, but he’s stopped and started twice now and gave no real indication this last time that it was anything but permanent. He just stopped posting again and then came back later saying that the strip was over, and that he might fill in the blanks from the last hiatus but “BUY MY BOOKS ON KICKSTARTER!”

    Rick said as much above and I respect the hell out of him for owning up to it.

    As for Rick needing a break? Sure, by all means! Lots of comics have “filler weeks” or guest artists, see Sluggy Freelance right now for an example. ( http://www.sluggy.com ) Hell some run fan art or cool pictures. What they don’t do is just up and say that they’re ending the strip and have their brand new magazine partners post a blurb about how they will no longer be appearing due to whatever reason after one blinking strip. The Bicycle Times note made the whole thing sound permanent as did Rick’s own statements at the time.

    It’s not that I’m not sympathetic to Rick’s time issues, or that I oppose him making a buck for his efforts I just feel burned. If you two can’t respect that then too bad.

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