Canadian cartoonist and animator Michael Deforge
has been furiously productive over the past few years, producing a seemingly endless series of minicomics, four issues of his increasingly influential one-man anthology series Lose
, short pieces for magazines, concert posters, and dozens of one-off illustrations, blog posts and anthology contributions. His comics are a queasy mix of body horror (reminiscent of his countryman David Cronenberg), creeping anxiety, and surprisingly sharp humor.
In "The Burden of Promise,"
the Comics Journal's Rob Clough considers Deforge's style (and its startlingly rapid evolution) in the context of so-called "fusion comics," visually inventive and formally playful takes on genre material (such as Brandon Graham, Josh Simmons, Dash Shaw or recent Johnny Ryan).
Comic artist and journalist Matt Seneca interviews him here
about his recent mini-comic "Incinerator."
And did I mention he works on Adventure Time? Because he totally does that. While his design work has been featured on multiple episodes, the recently broadcast "Little Dude" is the first episode Deforge has storyboarded. Check out Deforge's title card here
, and watch a short clip here
In May Koyama Press
will release Very Casual
, a compilation of some of his best comics work (including "Cody," "SM," "Cop Comic," "Incinerator," "Queen" and others), followed by the fourth issue of Lose
Some (but by no means all) of Deforge's work available online:
(for Arthur magazine, reprinted in The Best American Comics 2011
Kid Mafia #1
First Year Healthy
a selection of comics at What Things Do
, including the new-ish Splitsville
and Leather Space Men
Michael Deforge previously on Metafilter: