Synopses & Reviews
Lose #6 is the latest installment in Michael DeForge's one-person short story anthology series. Hailed as the next Daniel Clowes or Chris Ware, DeForge is cartooning's brightest young star, and Lose is a standalone showcase for his talents.
Michael DeForge currently lives and works in Toronto as a cartoonist, commercial illustrator, and designer for the hit Cartoon Network program Adventure Time. His one-person anthology series Lose has received great critical and commercial success, having been nominated for every major comics award including the Ignatz and Eisner Awards.
Nominated for the 2015 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Story
and#147;Stories about body horror, SandM, Canada; it's easy to call Michael DeForge the David Cronenberg of comics. But more specifically, I'd call him the and#145;noise rockand#8217; of the industry, and it helps that he's in a noise rock band.and#8221; and#151; GeekRex
and#147;This is DeForgeand#8217;s best all-around effort to date, as his bleak and brutal sense of the absurd is coupled with surprisingly stirring humanism and drawn in a and#147;stupidand#8221; line style that makes perfect sense.and#147; and#151; Rob Clough, The Comics Journal
and#147;DeForgeand#8217;s comic universe reflects the dark corners of our real one, but and#151; sensitive and hopeful storyteller that he is and#151; he hasnand#8217;t forgotten about the exuberance, wonder and happiness there either.and#8221; and#151; Chris Hampton,and#160;The Toronto Star
and#147;Heartwarmingand#8221; isnand#8217;t a word typically associated with DeForgeand#8217;s often unsettling work, but the main story inand#160;Lose #6, and#147;Me As A Baby,and#8221; is a surprisingly sweet tale about how far a and#147;cool auntand#8221; will go to make her niece happy and#133; Itand#8217;s really quite touching, as long as youand#8217;re willing to forgive the string of dead bodies left by Cherelle [the cool aunt] on her path to triumph.and#8221; and#151; Oliver Sava, A.V. Club
"I donand#8217;t know what Michael DeForge is reading these days, but Iand#8217;ll be damned if this isnand#8217;t the and#145;Hereand#8217;s to Crimeand#8217; issue of his ongoing comic book anthology series, undoubtedly the closest new thing weand#8217;ve got to the likes of Eightball or Schizo right now in terms of popularity and sustained quality.and#8221; and#151; Joe McCulloch, The Comics Journal
and#147;One of the most exciting and unpredictable cartoonists working in comics, Michael DeForge has a unique perspective that juggles humor, tragedy, whimsy and horror to create unforgettable stories.and#8221; and#151; Oliver Sava, Los Angeles Times
and#147;DeForgeand#8217;s world is not for the squeamish. But it is one whose grotesqueries increasingly mirror, rather than distort, the mundane world with which we think we are familiar.and#8221;and#160;and#151; Sean Rogers,and#160;The Globe and Mail
and#147;Prolific young Canadian-born avant-garde artist DeForge has become one of his generationand#8217;s most admired cartoonists, and this is his first sizable collectionand#133;While often willfully unsettling, DeForgeand#8217;s work resonates on many levels.and#8221; and#151;and#160;Publishers Weekly (starred review)
and#147;Laid out side by side, DeForgeand#8217;s sub rosa sense of humour is what comes through the most: itand#8217;s so dry that it can slip by unnoticed in individual works, but taken as a whole, itand#8217;s as stark and pointed as his lines are dripping and chaotic.and#8221; and#151; David Berry,and#160;National Post
"Everything and everyone in his [DeForge's] drawings is dripping, bubbling and developing unsightly growths. He warps and dents the assured, geometrical forms of vintage newspaper strips and new wave-era graphics into oddly adorable horrors; his stories are prone to whiplash formal shifts.and#8221; and#151; Douglas Wolk, The New York Times
The sixth issue of this standalone, multiple award-winning anthology series by one of comics' brightest young stars.
Lose #6 is the latest installment in Michael DeForge's one-person short story anthology series. Hailed as the next Dan Clowes or Chris Ware, DeForge is cartoonings brightest young star, and Lose is a standalone showcase for his talents.
About the Author
Michael DeForge currently lives and works in Toronto as a cartoonist, commercial illustrator, and as a designer for the hit Cartoon Network program Adventure Time. Past illustration clients include The Believer, Vice, New York Times Magazine, and The Walrus. His one-person anthology series Lose has received great critical and commercial success. Lose #1 won in the Best Emerging Talent category at the 2010 Doug Wright Awards, and Lose #3 won the 2011 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Comic. Lose #4 was released in Spring 2012, and was nominated for the Eisner Award for Best Single Issue (or One-Shot). The fifth installment was released in Spring 2013. The 2013 Ignatz Awards saw DeForge take home three Ignatz bricks for Outstanding Series (Lose), Outstanding Anthology or Collection (Very Casual), and Outstanding Artist for his entire body of work.