@mattsheean and I did the cover for Island #7, which will include part 3 of Ancestor. The lineup is real good in this issue:
ISLAND #7 STORY / ART: BRANDON GRAHAM, LIN VISEL, MATT SHEEAN, MALACHI WARD, & MICHAEL DEFORGE FEBRUARY 17 / 112 PAGES / FC / T+ / $7.99 The ongoing oversized comics magazine continues with the third chapter of MATT SHEEAN and MALACHI WARD’s “Ancestor,” and introduces new stories by MICHAEL DEFORGE(Lose, Ant Colony) and LIN VISEL (Slipshine).
‘Spearheaded by the remarkable Emma Rios and Brandon Graham, Island is a new comics magazine releasing this June: a 72-page, oversized format monthly book that will see an array of international artists and writers from Michael DeForge, Kate Craig, Ludroe, Simon Roy, E.K. Weaver, Farel Dalrymple, Jose Domingo, Johnnie Christmas, Fil Barlow, Gael Bertrand, Lando, Amy Clare, Lin Visel, Onta, Malachi Ward, Matt Sheean, Will Kirkby, Helen Mair and more (!) contribute concepts for imagined mech designs, fictional fashion ranges, articles that blend prose and comics, and of course, actual comics. Each issue of the magazine will open with a 4-6 page spread of illustrations- the first of which will be by Marian Churchland, the second courtesy of Will Kirkby.’
Michael DeForge is perhaps the most vibrant and interesting cartoonist working today in the scene. His list of works, books, zines, & projects is too long to list, and somehow Michael’s comics keep getting weirder and simpler and better with each new release.
I’m extremely excited that Michael DeForge will be creating the final issue of 2015, Frontier #10: Michael DeForge.
For his issue, Michael is creating an original 32 page horror comic that is a spiritual sequel to the ongoing story begun in “College Girl by Night” and continued in “By Night”, revolving around desire, identity, and body-swapping.
If you want to ensure you don’t miss Michael’s issue, or the other comics from Jillian Tamaki, Anna Deflorian, and Becca Tobin, you can subscribe now for our entire Frontier 2015 lineup. One price gives you a discount on the books, plus goodies (stickers! membership card!) throughout the year. SUBSCRIBE HERE.
Michael DeForge’s collection of comics culled from anthologies, limited run mini-comics and award-winning one-offs, Very Casual (9780987963079 | May 2013 | $15.00 | Trade Paper) has been reviewed by Douglas Wolk in the The New York Times Sunday Book Review.
“[Very Casual] collects perverse, funny, haunting stories by the Canadian cartoonist Michael DeForge, whose pet subject is the overwhelming creepiness of bodies. Everything and everyone in his 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.” — Douglas Wolk, TheNew York Times