You Are Obsolete

created and written by Mathew Klickstein

interior art: Evgeniy Bornyakov 

colorist: Lauren Affe 

letterer: Simon Bowland 

cover art: Andy Clarke

editor: Christina Harrington

ISSUES 1-5 RELEASED MONTHLY, SEPT 2019 - JAN 2020
GRAPHIC NOVEL COLLECTION OF ALL FIVE ISSUES RELEASED JUNE 17, 2020 

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About the Series

A disgraced journalist is called to cover a mysterious story on an isolated European island. As she investigates, she discovers the children have taken control and are somehow killing off all adults by their 40th birthdays. Now, she must discover the truth behind the killings while staying on the good side of the children’s harsh leader…or she’s next.  

 

You Are Obsolete is a spine-tingling thriller that evokes the eerie naturalism of 1970s horror films with a modern deadly digital twist. Written/created by Mathew Klickstein and drawn by Evgeniy Bornyakov. Out in five-part series from AfterShock Comics. 

"[C]reepy and highly entertaining ... The dialogue is spot on ... and the art is terrific."  -- George Gustines, Comic book beat writer for the New York Times

"I think 'You Are Obsolete' has neatly summed up our predicament." -- John Wenzel, The Denver Post

"You Are Obsolete #1 is a terrifyingly good read. It will keep you guessing with every turn of the page. The dialogue is solid, the pacing is on point, and the mystery behind the children is just terrific. If you love a good spine-chilling story shrouded in mystery, you need to download this book or get to your local comic shop today. Klickstein and Bornyakov definitely have a hit on their hands — Netflix, you need to make a live-action adaption pronto." -- AiPT! 

"Mathew Klickstein, a screenwriter and journeyman writer who is making his comic book debut with this series, presents a story that shambles forward with a sinister threat that is unstoppable and horrific." -- Comic Crusaders  

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The New York Times features You Are Obsolete, conceived and written by Mathew Klickstein

The New York Times

The comic has parallels with the 'It’s a Good Life' episode of 'The Twilight Zone' ... so the motivation of the children’s recruiting Lyla to tell their story arouses suspicion ...

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The Hollywood Reporter

Mathew Klickstein and artist Evgeniy Bornyakov team to tell the story of a town where getting older can lead to a literal death sentence at the hands of tech-obsessed children. The series’ name says it all: You Are Obsolete ...

AIPT features You Are Obsolete, conceived and written by Mathew Klickstein

AiPT!

We touched base with Klickstein recently to discuss the book, and he delights with the deepest of dives, addressing the book’s ideas and messages, his many inspirations and influences, working with artist Evgeniy Bornyakov and colorist Lauren Affe, and much, much more. It’s a read almost as compelling as the book itself...

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The Beat

It’s an interesting mystery, illustrated with eerie kineticism by the artist team of Evgeniy Bornyakov, colorist Lauren Affe, and letterer Simon Bowland…all with a chilling first cover by the great Andy Clarke. The Beat recently had an opportunity to send some questions to Mathew Klickstein, asking about his switch to comics, influences, and, of course, You Are Obsolete ..

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Reading with a Flight Ring

The story and plot development that we see here is extraordinarily good. There is this way about how the reader is given information so that we learn what we are given alongside Lyla. I love this technique because the surprises hit us harder and the way that encounter situations causes an authentic reaction from the reader. The character development that we are seeing is stupendous and how we manage to see the characters and some temporary baseline personalities that are set to grow, change and evolve is mesmerising ...

Comic Crusaders features You Are Obsolete, conceived and written by Mathew Klickstein

Comic Crusaders

Join The Machine for the first ever video OTP with “You Are Obsolete” writer and creator Mathew Klickstein as they talk influences, a lack of a good guy and technology.

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io9

The heroes—if that’s what you want to call them—of this week’s best new comics have all given into these kinds of compulsions in one form or another, and they all sincerely believe that acting on these instincts is ultimately going to work out in their favor, despite all the evidence to the contrary...

SyFy Wire features You Are Obsolete, conceived and written by Mathew Klickstein

SyFy Wire

Let's be honest, glassy-eyed kids with evil intent will never drop out of style, and AfterShock Comics' chilling new horror series, You Are Obsolete, is brimming with these malevolent little tykes — and SYFY WIRE has an exclusive invitation to their remote island with an advance look inside the over-sized premiere issue, which drops Sept. 18 ...

Heavy Metal features You Are Obsolete, conceived and written by Mathew Klickstein

Heavy Metal Magazine

Pop culture writer and NERTZ podcast host Mathew Klickstein has an all-new, all-creepy graphic novel being released this week, Wednesday, June 17th, titled 'You Are Obsolete' ...

The Kansas City Star features You Are Obsolete, conceived and written by Mathew Klickstein

The Kansas City Star

The series takes a deep dive into the problem of our culture’s dependence on displays and devices — especially among youth — and how we’re being pushed into this through the guise of efficiency ...

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Panel Patter

Mathew and Evgeny have started telling one of the more frightening stories in comics right now that you'll need to read for yourself in order to appreciate what is being told. You Are Obsolete is Matthew's comic debut and Evgeny's followup to his own debut, Descendant...

Monkey's Fighting Robots features You Are Obsolete, conceived and written by Mathew Klickstein

Monkeys Fighting Robots

The trade paperback for You are Obsolete hits your local comic book shop on June 16, the book is an insane, intense, thriller, and Monkeys Fighting Robots got to talk with the writer of the series, Mathew Klickstein ...

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Graphic Policy

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Multiversity Comics features You Are Obsolete, conceived and written by Mathew Klickstein

Multiversity Comics

When we turn 40 it is often the time for many people start examining their life. What they have done and what they want to still do. Should I go back to school or start a new career? You could decide to have a mid life crisis. You could wonder am I just going to do comic interviews all my life? Do people read these interviews? What is the point! Or if you lived in the world of the comic series “You Are Obsolete” you could just be killed off by a group of children who run the town on your 40th birthday...

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CBR.com

Lyla must choose to make the ultimate sacrifice, changing everything she thought to be true. She is tasked to use the "killer app" the children of the island have created in order to take out all the adults on the island...

AiPT! features You Are Obsolete, conceived and written by Mathew Klickstein

AiPT!

The first issue is a fantastic start to what looks to be a menacingly creepy series. It feels like Children of the Corn meets Get Out with a digital twist. Klickstein’s writing really grabs you right from the start where we see a guy name Kaspar keel over in his own birthday cake on his 40th birthday. The plot is a nice slow burn that builds to an even creepier ending ...

Heavy Metal features You Are Obsolete, conceived and written by Mathew Klickstein

Heavy Metal Magazine

Mathew Klickstein is an accomplished multimedia writer who lives, breathes and writes about Nerd culture. Some of his varied credits include scribing for publications like Wiredmagazine as well as penning the horror feature Against The Dark, starring Steven Segal in his first role in the genre. Klickstein has also written children’s books, and nonfiction exploring interesting cornerstones of pop culture, including SLIMED! An Oral History of Nickelodeon’s Golden Age and Nerding Out: How Pop Culture Ruined the Misfit ...

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Newsarama

With the collection of AfterShock Comics' You Are Obsolutecoming April 4, they have shared the full first issue of Mathew Klickstein and Evgeniy Bornyakov's horror series here...

Dayton.com features You Are Obsolete, conceived and written by Mathew Klickstein

Dayton.com / Dayton Daily News

Klickstein has published several pop culture books, but this is his first adventure in the comic book world. Initially produced by AfterShock Comics as a miniseries, the entire “You Are Obsolete” story is now available as one complete graphic novel, featuring illustrations by Evgeniy Bornyakov. ..

Comic Carnival features You Are Obsolete, conceived and written by Mathew Klickstein

Comic Carnival

Mathew Klickstein stops by Comic Carnival in Indianapolis, IN for a book signing and interview!

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Graphic Policy

Watch the review of You Are Obsolete #5

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Comicon.com

You Are Obsolete #1 handles the housekeeping well enough, and does a fantastic job plopping the reader into this world. There’s obviously a few tropes being visited, but it’s fresh enough, with enough tension that I’m looking forward to the next installment ...

Newsarama features You Are Obsolete, conceived and written by Mathew Klickstein

Newsarama

It's a literal trip of an issue when Lyla and Kadunud imbibe psilocybin during the diabolical children's talent show...that turns deadly for the audience. The psychedelic state Lyla finds herself in leads to flashbacks about how she became who she is today and why she is such a seeker of truth in a world of growing chaos ..

Comic Crusaders features You Are Obsolete, conceived and written by Mathew Klickstein

Comic Crusaders

This is the stuff of some of the most horrific tales ever penned. The jump scare or overwhelming terror cause the heart to beat faster and evoke powerful emotions. However, the slow-motion advance of a terror that can not be defeated and will not be denied is gloriously tortuous in delivering a lasting sense of horror. This is one of those stories, combining those horror elements with a commentary on the society we live in today...

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CBR.com

Lyla must choose to make the ultimate sacrifice, changing everything she thought to be true. She is tasked to use the "killer app" the children of the island have created in order to take out all the adults on the island....

The Fandom Post features You Are Obsolete, conceived and written by Mathew Klickstein

The Fandom Post

Mathew Klickstein set things well with this remote island where the children can do what they want but the exact what of what they’re doing is still something of a mystery. But the buildup through the narration, especially in this installment, really does build things to a height well...

Reading with a Flight Ring features You Are Obsolete, conceived and written by Mathew Klickstein

Reading with a Flight Ring

The way that this is being told is beautifully done. The story and plot development in how we see the sequence of events unfold and how the reader is given information is expertly done. This is also non-traditional in the way we see things and I love that because we really do have to read the book and the story to follow along. There is no coasting or flipping through this you have to pay attention. The character development is fantastic and to see Lyla unable to maintain her cool or how we see Kad living his life his way on the island and the kids well at least Martina, have this really amazing attention given. The way we see the pacing bringing us these twists, turns and possibly a few revelations affects the ebb & flow in some unique ways ...

Graphic Policy features You Are Obsolete, conceived and written by Mathew Klickstein

Graphic Policy

It was a real shot in the arm to my creative anima. To be able to come up with an idea, mold it and work on it in such a frictionless and efficient way, before so quickly seeing it realized was truly thrilling. It doesn’t typically work like that in the other mediums in which I’ve engaged over the years ...

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Graphic Policy

Watch the review of You Are Obsolete #3

Lo Spazio Bianco features You Are Obsolete, conceived and written by Mathew Klickstein

Lo Spazio Bianco

Interni scarni, esterni spopolati, colori freddi, sguardi spaventati, in alcuni dei quali vediamo ombre di follia: questi gli elementi che creano l’atmosfera del racconto, più ancora delle parole, in particolare del continuo flusso testuale costituito dalle memorie di Lyla....

The Dayton Jewish Observer features You Are Obsolete, conceived and written by Mathew Klickstein

Dayton Jewish Observer

Klickstein, whose work has been published in Wired, The New Yorker, and New York Daily News, teamed up with AfterShock Comics for his maiden voyage into the comic book genre. “I really thought it would be a film,” he said. “Comic books is its own community and it’s really grown over the last few years.” The series is illustrated by Evgeniy Bornyakov...

Monkeys Fighting Robots features You Are Obsolete, conceived and written by Mathew Klickstein

Monkeys Fighting Robots

You Are Obsolete #1 is a very disturbing and ominous first chapter as we are slowly introduced to the island of Muhu and its unusual inhabitants. In the spirit of a genuine supernatural horror; suspense simmers throughout the entire issue ...

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Graphic Policy (Video)

Watch the review of You Are Obsolete #2

Nerdy Legion features You Are Obsolete, conceived and written by Mathew Klickstein

Nerdy Legion (Podcast)

Andrew and Fred, take over co-hosting duties this week to discuss the latest number one from Aftershock, You Are Obsolete #1 from Matthew Klickstein and Evgeniy Bornyakov.

The Fandom Post features You Are Obsolete, conceived and written by Mathew Klickstein

The Fandom Post

I like the way the book unfolds and how Lyla is handling herself – basically getting worse and worse as it goes along – and it definitely feels like the stakes are incredibly high...

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Warning: Contains Language

AfterShock has been a leader in the current horror comic market, taking a chance on concepts that are outside of the box. You Are Obsolete continues this trend, and if my instincts are correct, it will be another hit for them ...

Reading with a Flight Ring features You Are Obsolete, conceived and written by Mathew Klickstein

Reading with a Flight Ring

This might be one the most influential introductions to a new series we've ever seen. In some regards I feel this is an homage to a few horror films featuring children and yet it also has a very current vibe to it that helps it feel more original and truly terrifying. I can hear Vincent Price in my head giving us the opening and closing monologue's to the issue, I'll leave you with that thought ...

TMStash features You Are Obsolete, conceived and written by Mathew Klickstein

TMStash

This has just the right unsettling aura to make you wake up in the middle of the night, thankful you are safe…at least for now. This series takes a familiar “watch out for the children” premise and makes it work in a fresh new way. I’m on board…and a little frightened, but I think that’s what the creators of You Are Obsolete intended. 10/10 ...

Nerdy Legion features You Are Obsolete, conceived and written by Mathew Klickstein

Nerdy Legion (Podcast)

Martin returns to the show for a special episode to discuss You Are Obsolete #3 with Travis. Is Martin ready for field testing or is he still caught in the beta stages of obsolescence?

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The Fandom Post

You Are Obsolete had me hooked from the first issue and this builds well on it as we know just how trapped Lyla is in what the children are up to. We get a better look at the dynamic of life in Muhu and how both children and adults act which is definitely creepy in obvious ways. Lyla’s story is definitely a draw as we watch her deal with all that’s thrown at her while looking for something to latch onto as so much is coming out ...

Multiversity Comics features You Are Obsolete, conceived and written by Mathew Klickstein

Multiversity Comics

This protagonist is basically just me if I was female. I like her ...

Twin Cities Geek features You Are Obsolete, conceived and written by Mathew Klickstein

Twin Cities Geek

The British use the term “redundant” to describe a person who has been fired from their job. I always felt that if American capitalists had wanted to be truthful when doing mass layoffs, they would use the title of this book. (Even if delivered by George Clooney, I’m sure it wouldn’t be a good experience.) Job or no job, being obsolete is a middle-aged guy’s nightmare ...

Hunting Down Comics features You Are Obsolete, conceived and written by Mathew Klickstein

Hunting Down Comics (Podcast)

Wir schrauben an Comic, das Zeug mit den bunten Bildern, an Romanen, diese textlastigen Geschichten und einem gelungen Cross-Over. Daneben gibt es jede Menge anderes Zeug, aber leider keine veganen Rezepte.

Black White & Read All Over features You Are Obsolete, conceived and written by Mathew Klickstein

Black White & Read All Over (Video)

Mathew Klickstein stops by at 14:24

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Ace Comicals (Podcast)

Listen to the podcast featuring You Are Obsolete #1

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The Beat features You Are Obsolete, conceived and written by Mathew Klickstein

The Beat

the new book follows a disgraced journalist covering a mysterious story on an isolated island in Europe. As the plot progresses, it becomes clear that the island is controlled by children who are killing off adults before they turn 40 ...

CBR.com features You Are Obsolete, conceived and written by Mathew Klickstein

CBR.com

Investigative reporter Lyla Wilton discovers the awful truth as to why the children on the island she’s been assigned to write about have brought her there. Will she help them with their devious plot...and does she even have a choice? ...

Word Balloon features You Are Obsolete, conceived and written by Mathew Klickstein

Word Balloon (Podcast)

Mathew's You Are Obsolete puts a 21st Century spin on The "Village Of The Damned/ Children Of The Corn" Trope . It's a great new Aftershock Comic . Plus we talk about his many cool books like co-writing the Simpsons Chronicle Springfield Confidential, The Oral History Of Nickelodeon TV and more,

Bleeding Cool features You Are Obsolete, conceived and written by Mathew Klickstein

Bleeding Cool

Round-up of forthcoming comics including You Are Obsolete #3

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The Fandom Post

It’s no surprise that Lyla’s attempt to get off the island after that doesn’t go anywhere as they have their grand plans for her (and backup plans with other disgraced people they can try and take advantage of) and it’s amusing to see her attempt to come up with a plan. Her desperation comes through well and the way she shifts gears to try and calm herself to execute the plan she comes up with is just right...

The Geekiary features You Are Obsolete, conceived and written by Mathew Klickstein

The Geekiary

Aftershock continues to publish some interesting titles. I greatly enjoy reading Animosity, and I can see myself being very invested in You Are Obsolete. The second issue’s written by Mathew Klickstein. Evgeniy Bornyakov is the artist with Lauren Affee being the colorist. The story’s set on a creepy island where kids have taken over ...

Newsarama

<p class="font_8">... Adults are persona non grata ...</p>

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CBR.com

Death seems to be everywhere when, after arriving on a quaint but eerie Eastern European island, a disgraced journalist following up on a peculiar story meets the leader of a group of odd, tech-obsessed children who evidently have a strange power over the frightened adults of the village ...

3 Million Years features You Are Obsolete, conceived and written by Mathew Klickstein

3 Milion Years

nvestigative reporter Lyla Wilton discovers the awful truth as to why the children on the island she’s been assigned to write about have brought her there. Will she help them with their devious plot…and does she even have a choice? ...

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Graphic Policy

YOU ARE OBSOLETE is an spine-tingling thriller that evokes the eerie naturalism of 1970s horror films with a modern deadly digital twist ...

Comic Crusaders features You Are Obsolete, conceived and written by Mathew Klickstein

Comic Crusaders

Mathew Klickstein’s You are Obsolete #1 presents a series of stark images in its opening pages. Evgeniy Bornyakov’s panels delivers an alarming moment as a man on his 4oth birthday dies from a sudden heart attack face down into his own birthday cake ...

Graphic Policy features You Are Obsolete, conceived and written by Mathew Klickstein

Graphic Policy

Investigative reporter Lyla Wilton discovers the awful truth as to why the children on the island she’s been assigned to write about have brought her there. Will she help them with their devious plot…and does she even have a choice? ...

CBR.com features You Are Obsolete, conceived and written by Mathew Klickstein

CBR.com

The newest title to join the roster of AfterShock Comics is You Are Obsolete, by writer Mathew Klickstein (Sony Pictures’ Against the Dark, Slimed!, Springfield Confidential and Selling Nostalgia) and artist Evgeniy Bornyakov (Descendent) ...

La Casa de el features You Are Obsolete, conceived and written by Mathew Klickstein

La Casa de el

La llegada de AfterShock al mundo editorial supuso un soplo de aire fresco en el mundo del cómic. Con herencias claras de la antigua Vertigo se propuso volver a poner en boca de todos el cómic independiente americano y la verdad es que está lanzando proyectos muy interesantes con autores de renombre ...

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Multiversity Comics

Mathew Klickstein described the series in a press release as “Children of The Corn… but with cell phones instead of religion. A contemporary, technological twist on the classic ‘scary children taking power over the adults'...

Newsarama

<p class="font_8">...&nbsp;Death seems to be everywhere when, after arriving on a quaint but eerie Eastern European island, a disgraced journalist following up on a peculiar story meets the leader of a group of odd, tech-obsessed children who evidently have a strange power over the frightened adults of the village ...</p>

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AIPT!

A preview of You Are Obsolete #1

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Previews World

Death seems to be everywhere when, after arriving on a quaint but eerie Eastern European island, a disgraced journalist following up on a peculiar story meets the leader of a group of odd, tech-obsessed children who evidently have a strange power over the frightened adults of the village ...

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Forbidden Planet

Another preview of You Are Obsolete #2.

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The Fandom Post

The tense nature of the town and their interactions with Lyla has you wanting to see more of just how far they go but also to see if they’re subject to the same intentions when they get older. Lyla hints at the whole plan a bit in how she’s writing all of this as a retrospective so there’s definitely some closure-point coming up in the book that should make for this series to be an intriguing arc ...

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Big Comic Page

The series, set to hit shelves on the 18th of September 2019, sees disgraced journalist Lyla Wilton called in to cover a mysterious story on an isolated European island. During the course of her investigation, she discovers that the children have taken control and are somehow killing off all adults by their 40th birthdays ...

Cabana do Leitor features You Are Obsolete, conceived and written by Mathew Klickstein

Cabana do Leitor

A história mostra a jornalista Lyla Wilton assumindo um novo trabalho um tanto quanto estranho para voltar ao centro das atenções. Entretanto, quando ela chega em uma ilha isolada do leste europeu, ela encontra uma aldeia governada por crianças, onde os adultos vivem com medo dos mesmos ...

Newsarama

<p class="font_8">...&nbsp;Investigative reporter Lyla Wilton discovers the awful truth as to why the children on the island she's been assigned to write about have brought her there. Will she help them with their devious plot...and does she even have a choice? ...</p>

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