'Yokai Faceoff'

Frequently Asked Questions

I missed the first pairs. If I start now, can I still get them?
We're still in the first month, so if you start now, you move along with everybody else. But from next month, after some sets have been shipped, there are a couple of ways to handle it: 1) start back at the beginning with the first pair, and go monthly from there, not worrying about being 'behind' everybody else. 2) start back at the beginning with the first pair, and take two pairs each month, so that you will eventually catch up.
Where can we see what images are coming up?
You can't! Jed is making these things up as we go along, and even we here at the workshop side in Tokyo don't know what we will be making more than a few weeks in advance. Don't worry about it - just enjoy the surprise every month when you open the envelope!
Well OK ... but what sort of thing should we expect?
Jed has a bottomless 'to do' list when it comes to designs for both his Ukiyoe Heroes work and these Yokai designs. (If you are unfamiliar with his work please peruse the images in the Ukiyoe Heroes and some of our other subscription sets.) He ranges far and wide, sketching whatever takes his fancy. For these Yokai designs, he is not going to be bound by any of the constraints - video game character themes - that were in place for our previous print sets.
Do you take requests?
Jed certainly takes suggestions. It doesn't take much to get him excited about something, and if you make your 'pitch' interesting enough, you may indeed get exactly what you want!
Is this only by subscription? Can't I buy just the ones I like?
These prints are only available as a complete set.
I missed one of the other subscription sets you produced. Can I still get those prints?
The cherry blocks used to create our prints are very hard and long-lasting, and our printers regularly pull the blocks out to take more impressions. All of our prints sets are still available, and you can start collecting one anytime, not just at the beginning of the year.
How long will this run?
A Yokai Faceoff subscription just lasts for 24prints - one year - and then automatically expires. You are of course welcome to begin another of our sets, but are under no obligation at all to do so.
$40 seems pretty cheap for two prints - are these really handmade woodblock prints?
You bet. Each print is carved on cherryblocks (a key block and accompanying set of colour blocks) and then printed by hand by Dave and his staff on the type of washi known as Echizen hosho. This is one of the finest papers available here in Japan, and these prints will last for literally (real literally!) hundreds of years.
Does the monthly postage charge cover both prints?
Yes; the prints are sent out as Air Mail letters, not packages, so the postage is fairly reasonable.
Are gift subscriptions available?
This is no problem at all. We can send the invoice information to you, and the prints themselves to somebody else. Just let us know the two names/addresses in the Comments section when you send in the subscription form. (And we can of course print out and include a letter/message from you in the first package, letting the recipient know what is going on.)
Are you going to use current Japanese commemorative stamps when you ship the prints, the way you do with your other print subscriptions?
Of course! We've learned over the years that this is a big attraction for my collectors - at the same time that they build their print collection, they are adding to their (or their nephew's) stamp collection too!