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.

First Year Healthy

Author: Michael DeForge
Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly
ISBN: 1770461736
Release Date: 2015-01-20
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels

A mysterious, unsettling parable from one of North America's most popular cartoonists First Year Healthy purports to be the story of a young woman, recently released from the hospital after an outburst, and her burgeoning relationship with an odd, perhaps criminal Turkish immigrant. In a scant forty-five pages, working with a vibrant, otherworldly palette of magentas, yellows, and grays, Michael DeForge brings to life a world whose shifting realities are as treacherous as the thin ice its narrator walks on. First Year Healthy is all it appears to be and more: a parable about mental illness, a folktale about magical cats, and a bizarre, compelling story about relationships. DeForge's singular voice and vision have, in a few short years, rocketed his work to the apex of the contemporary comics canon. Ant Colony was his first book with Drawn & Quarterly: It appeared on The New York Times Graphic Bestseller List and was lauded by the Chicago Tribune, The Globe and Mail, and Harper's Magazine. His effortless storytelling and eye for striking page design make each page of First Year Healthy a fascinating puzzle to be unraveled. First Year Healthy, knotty and mysterious, demands to be read and reread.

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.

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.

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.

Tetris

Author: Box Brown
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9781626723153
Release Date: 2016-10-11
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels

Alexey Pajitnov had big ideas about games. In 1984, he created Tetris in his spare time while developing software for the Soviet government. Once Tetris emerged from behind the Iron Curtain, it was an instant hit. Nintendo, Atari, Sega game developers big and small all wanted Tetris. A bidding war was sparked, followed by clandestine trips to Moscow, backroom deals, innumerable miscommunications, and outright theft. "New York Times" bestselling author Box Brown untangles this complex history and delves deep into the role games play in art, culture, and commerce. For the first time and in unparalleled detail, "Tetris: The Games People Play" tells the true story of the world s most popular video game."

Real Deal Comix

Author: Lawrence Hubbard
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
ISBN: 9781606999264
Release Date: 2016-08-31
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels

Inspired by magazines like Mad and traditional superhero comics, Real Deal magazine was a self-published,independent comic book created in the 1990s by Lawrence Hubbard (a.k.a “RawDog”) and H.P. McElwee (a.k.a. “R.D. Bone”). Peopled with a cast out of a blaxploitation movie ― convicts, hustlers, drug addicts, crack whores, car thieves, and murderers ― these cult-classic comics straddle the line between satirizing and showing the harsh realities of urban life.

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.

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.

Crawl Space

Author: Jesse Jacobs
Publisher:
ISBN: 1927668417
Release Date: 2017-05-16
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels

In the basement, through the appliances and past the veil that separates realities, lies a rainbow-hued world where a group of kids have found retreat from their suburban mundanity with a coterie of iridescent creatures. But in the fraught realm of adolescence, can friendship survive the appeal of the surreal? Jesse Jacobs was born in Moncton, NB, and now draws comics and things from his home in Hamilton, ON. In 2009, his books Small Victories and Blue Winter were short listed at the Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning. He received the Gene Day Award for Canadian Comic Book Self-Publisher of 2008. Even the Giants (AdHouse, 2011) marked his major publishing debut after several award-winning, self-published titles, and his work has appeared in the acclaimed Latvian comics anthology š!, as well as the 2012 edition The Best American Comics edited by Fran�oise Mouly and published Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He made his debut with Koyama Press in 2012 with the psychedelic creation myth By This Shall You Know Him, which was followed by the trippy take on nature versus nurture, Safari Honeymoon in 2014.

Sky in Stereo

Author: Sacha Mardou
Publisher: Alternative Comics
ISBN: 9781934460832
Release Date: 2015-10
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels

Iris is a young woman losing grip on her world in the early 1990s Manchester Rock 'n' Roll scene.

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.

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."