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.

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.

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.

Very Casual

Author: Michael DeForge
Publisher:
ISBN: 0987963074
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels

A collection of stories by Michael DeForge about litter gangs, meat-filled snowmen, righteous cops, beagle/human hybrids, and forest-bound drag queens.

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.

The Strange

Author: Jérôme Ruillier
Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly
ISBN: 9781770463172
Release Date: 2018-06-12
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels

"The Strange follows an unnamed, undocumented immigrant who tries to forge a new life in a Western country where he doesn't speak the language. Jerome Ruillier's story is deftly told through myriad viewpoints, as each narrator recounts a situation in which they crossed paths with the newly-arrived foreigner. Many of the people he meets are suspicious of his unfamiliar background, or of the unusual language they do not understand. By employing this third-person narrative structure, Ruillier masterfully portrays the complex plight of immigrants and the vulnerability of being undocumented. The Strange shows one person's struggle to adapt while dealing with the often brutal and unforgiving attitudes of the employers, neighbors, and strangers who populate this new land."--

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.

Unreal City

Author: D.J. Bryant
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
ISBN: 9781606998809
Release Date: 2017-08-01
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels

Unreal City contains five highly charged stories about relationships: “Echoes into Eternity,” “Evelyn Dalton-Hoyt,” “Emordana,” “The Yellowknife Retrospective,” and “Objet d’Art.” The stories address gender, narcissism, marriage, subjectivity, objectification, and the thin line that divides love from hate. Bryant’s characters sometimes feel like they are navigating their way through the darkness in an attempt to make sense of love, sex, art, and life. Existential and elliptical, the stories play beautifully against Bryant’s precise and fully-realized artwork, which echoes such masters as Jaime Hernandez and Daniel Clowes. In Unreal City, characters cannot walk into a room without their world turning inside out. Readers will be similarly upended by the discovery of this major new talent.

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.

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.

Puke Force

Author: Brian Chippendale
Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly
ISBN: 1770462198
Release Date: 2016-02-16
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels

"Chippendale's . . . obsessively detailed [comics] feel like [they've] been shot straight from his brain onto the page." -Village Voice Puke Force is social satire written dark and dense across Brian Chippendale's deconstructed multiverse of walking, talking M&Ms, hamsters, and cycloptic-yet-glamorous trivia hosts. In scathingly funny single-page strips that build and build, he takes on social media narcissism, governmental propaganda, racism, and a culture of violence, skewering the malice of the right and the hypocrisies of the left. A bomb explodes in a coffee shop: the incident is played out over and over again from the perspective of each table in the shop, revisiting moments from ten and twenty years before. We see the inevitable as the characters bicker or celebrate, unaware of what's coming. Throughout this dystopic graphic novel, Chippendale uses humor and a frantic drawing style to show how the insidious nature of corporate greed and the commodification of everything have warped society into a killing machine. Sardonic and self-aware, Puke Force asks all the right questions, providing a startling and on-point take on contemporary social issues. Chippendale's artwork makes each panel a masterpiece of thrumming linework and lo-fi magic, as his storytelling wends and winds its way to a fascinating conclusion.

Demon

Author: Jason Shiga
Publisher: First Second
ISBN: 9781250179883
Release Date: 2017-07-18
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels

With his demon powers, nothing is denied Jimmy Yee. Sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll—that's just for amateurs. He’s experienced every earthly pleasure known to man, and even invented a few of his own. Confident that he and his daughter Sweetpea have outlived all of the their enemies, Jimmy spends his day reveling in his immortality. But after 250 years, immortality is getting a little dull. Jimmy's bacchanal lifestyle is about to get a shake up. The OSS is back and ready for a showdown, and this no-holds-barred battle promises to be Jimmy's most violent and raunchy one yet. From the brilliant and profane mind of Jason Shiga comes Demon: a four-volume graphic novel epic about the unspeakable chaos that one indestructible man can unleash on the world—and the astronomical body count he leaves behind.

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?

Dressing

Author: Michael Deforge
Publisher:
ISBN: 1927668220
Release Date: 2015-09
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels

Like "Very Casual," a collection of very odd odds and sods from the outre oeuvre of Michael DeForge."