Sticks Angelica Folk Hero

Author: Michael DeForge
Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly
ISBN: 1770462708
Release Date: 2017-03-21
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels

A Johnson has his Boswell and every Sticks Angelica has her Michael DeForge Sticks Angelica is, in her own words, “49 years old. Former: Olympian, poet, scholar, sculptor, minister, activist, Governor General, entrepreneur, line cook, headmistress, Mountie, columnist, libertarian, cellist.” After a high-profile family scandal, Sticks escapes to the woods to live in what would be relative isolation were it not for the many animals that surround and inevitably annoy her. Sticks is an arrogant self-obsessed force who wills herself on the flora and fauna. There is a rabbit named Oatmeal who harbors an unrequited love for her, a pair of kissing geese, a cross-dressing moose absurdly named Lisa Hanawalt. When a reporter named, ahem, Michael DeForge shows up to interview Sticks for his biography on her, she quickly slugs him and buries him up to his neck, immobilizing him. Instead, Sticks narrates her way through the forest, recalling formative incidents from her storied past in what becomes a strange sort of autobiography. Deforge’s witty dialogue and deadpan narration create a bizarre, yet eerily familiar world. Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero plays with autobiography, biography, and hagiography to look at how we build our own sense of self and how others carry on the roles we create for them in our own personal dramas.

Ant Colony

Author: Michael DeForge
Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly
ISBN: UCSD:31822040877516
Release Date: 2014-01-28
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels

Follows the strange exploits of a handful of black ants in a colony at war with a nearby colony of red ants.

Leaving Richard s Valley

Author: Michael DeForge
Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly
ISBN: 1770463437
Release Date: 2019-03-19
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels

When a group of outcasts have to leave the valley, how will they survive the toxicity of the big city? Richard is a benevolent but tough leader. He oversees everything that happens in the valley, and everyone loves him for it. When Lyle the Raccoon becomes sick, his friends—Omar the Spider, Neville the Dog, and Ellie Squirrel—take matters into their own hands, breaking Richard’s strict rules. Caroline Frog rats them out to Richard and they are immediately exiled from the only world they’ve ever known. Michael DeForge’s Leaving Richard’s Valley expands from a bizarre hero’s quest into something more. As this ragtag group makes their way out of the valley, and then out of the park and into the big city, we see them coming to terms with different kinds of community: noise-rockers, gentrification protesters, squatters, and more. DeForge is idiosyncratically funny but also deeply insightful about community, cults of personality, and the condo-ization of cities. These eye-catching and sometimes absurd comics coalesce into a book that questions who our cities are for and how we make community in a capitalist society.

Big Kids

Author: Michael DeForge
Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly
ISBN: 1770462244
Release Date: 2016-02-23
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels

Teenage misfits and adolescent rabble-rousing take center stage in this dark coming-of-age tale Big Kids is simultaneously Michael DeForge's most straightforward narrative and his most complex work to date. It follows a troubled teenage boy through the transformative years of high school as he redefines his friends, his interests, and his life path. When the boy's uncle, a police officer, gets kicked out of the family's basement apartment and transferred to the countryside, April moves in. She's a college student, mysterious and cool, and she quickly takes a shine to the boy. The boy's own interests quickly fade away: he stops engaging in casual sex, taking drugs, and testing the limits of socially acceptable (and legal) behavior. Instead, he hangs out with April and her friends, a bunch of highly evolved big kids who spend their days at the campus swimming pool. And slowly, the boy begins to change, too. Eerie and perfectly paced, DeForge's Big Kids muses on the complicated, and often contradictory, feelings people struggle with during adolescence, the choices we make to fit in, and the ways we survive times of change. Like Ant Colony and First Year Healthy, Big Kids is a testimony to the harshness and beauty of being alive.

One More Year

Author: Simon Hanselmann
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
ISBN: 9781606999974
Release Date: 2017-04-26
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels

Simon Hanselmann’s previous two Megg & Mogg books have both been New York Times best-sellers, and One More Year continues to cement Hanselmann as one his generation’s defining graphic novelists. Megg the witch, Mogg the cat, and their friends Owl and Werewolf Jones are imbued with far more pathos and depth than seems plausible. One More Year continues to give more substance to the characters and personalities of its protagonists in ways that never fail to surprise, delight, and horrify.

A Western World

Author: Michael DeForge
Publisher:
ISBN: 1927668484
Release Date: 2018-05
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels

A collection of short comics by the prolific and vital author behind Dressing and the Lose series.

Even the Giants

Author: Jesse Jacobs
Publisher: Ad House
ISBN: 1935233106
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels

Follows the adventures of an Arctic giant couple and their interactions with other inhabitants of the north.

Panther

Author: Brecht Evens
Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly
ISBN: 1770462260
Release Date: 2016-04-26
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels

"Evens is the finest ambassador for Belgian illustration since Hergé." --The Guardian Brecht Evens, the award-winning author of The Wrong Place and The Making Of, returns with an unsettling graphic novel about a little girl and her imaginary feline companion. Iconoclastic in his cartooning and page layouts, subtle in his plotting, and deft in his capturing of the human experience, Evens has crafted a tangled, dark masterwork. Christine lives in a big house with her father and her cat, Lucy. When Lucy gets sick and dies, Christine is devastated. But alone in her room, something special happens: a panther pops out of her dresser drawer and begins to tell her stories of distant Pantherland, where he is the crown prince. A shape-shifter who tells Christine anything she wants to hear, Panther begins taking over Christine's life, alienating her from her other toys and friends. As Christine's world spirals out of control, so does the world Panther has created for her. Panther is a chilling voyage into the shadowy corners of the human psyche. The Drawn & Quarterly edition of Panther is an extended "director's cut," featuring additional material not included in the original book.

The Longest Day of the Future

Author: Lucas Varela
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
ISBN: 9781606999516
Release Date: 2016-08-31
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels

In a futuristic city, two mega-companies share power, while indulging in a thankless war to eliminate the other, by any means necessary. The crash of an extraterrestrial flying saucer will, perhaps, change that. This masterfully crafted, witty and irreverent graphic novel is Argentine cartoonist and graphic designer Lucas Varela's debut.

Cosplayers

Author: Dash Shaw
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
ISBN: 9781606999486
Release Date: 2016-08-03
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels

This graphic novel is an ode to the defining element of fandom. It celebrates both the culture’s theatricality and D.I.Y. beauty―as well as its often-awkward conflation of fantasy with reality―in seven interconnected short stories about two young women. Cosplayers is an affectionate, funny book about how fandom can be much more inclusive and humanistic than the stories and characters it's built upon.

What Parsifal Saw

Author: Ron Rege Jr.
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
ISBN: 9781606999929
Release Date: 2017-03-29
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels

A psychedelic collection of comics that includes an adaptation of 19th century occultist Helena Petrovna Blavatsky’s work. What Parsifal Saw collects work produced by artist Ron Regé, Jr., whose interest in esoteric ideas and spirituality has permeated into all aspects of his comics, as highlighted by “Cosmogenesis,” which concerns magical, alchemical, ancient, and mysterious ideas; cosmic consciousness, psychedelia, outsider rawness, and pure cartoonish joy.

Blobby Boys 2

Author: Alex Schubert
Publisher:
ISBN: 1927668204
Release Date: 2015-05-12
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels

Imagine The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as pot-smoking punks.

Lose 5

Author: Michael DeForge
Publisher:
ISBN: 0987963066
Release Date: 2013-06-11
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels

Lose houses three stories: "Living Outdoors" tracks two high school students as they explore a zoo and experiment with hallucinogens. "Muskoka" features a cowboy on the road home to see his family. "Recent Hires" follows a young author's descent into the criminal underworld in order to win over a girl.

Simply Samuel

Author: Tommi Musturi
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
ISBN: 9781606999981
Release Date: 2017-03-01
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels

This graphic novel unfolds in front of the reader as a puzzle of short stories and moment-capturing images. Samuel is a pale, ghost-like character, drawn in clear line, against the controlled psychedelia of color and form. He exists almost invisible to his surroundings, a hero of the ordinary. Musturi's precise storytelling is about individuality and loneliness among others, and of freedom, pondering our daily actions and the choices and values behind them, all evidenced by Samuel’s peculiar actions.

Brat

Author: Michael DeForge
Publisher:
ISBN: 1927668603
Release Date: 2018-09-18
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels

Ms. D. is the JD, but she's losing her edge. Will her next act of delinquency restore her legacy?