When the emperor wore plaid and people still hung phones on walls, Brad Yung’s weekly comic strip Stay as you are. was a beacon to the slacker generation that bathed in irony and rejected everything else.
A true underground underdog, the strip appeared in photocopied zines, alternative weeklies, small-town newspapers, and a few national magazines. Too savage, too biting, its targets too spread out and numerous to mention, the strip knew it was never going to achieve mainstream success and didn’t care.
The Complete Stay as you are. honours these remnants of a simpler, yet more complicated time. A reviewer once called Yung the world’s first meta-ironist — if that’s true, he should probably apologize. But he won’t.