The Sci-Fi Strangeness (And Canadian Sensuality) Of Cartoonist Michael DeForge

DeForge's new book Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero grew out of a collection of Tumblr strips. It follows a woman who flees into the Canadian forest to escape a family scandal and make a new life.

Michael DeForge isn't satisfied with his work unless he's in over his head — and the 29-year-old Canadian cartoonist has become one of the comic-book industry's most exciting, unpredictable talents because of this eagerness to push himself outside of his comfort zone. "I need to feel challenged by what I'm working on," DeForge told me in an e-mail conversation. "Or that I'm grasping for something just a little out of my reach. That feeling is very important for me, and if that energy isn't there, I usually take it as a sign that the comic isn't worth drawing."

I first discovered DeForge's work with Ant Colony

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