Michael DeForge

Michael DeForge lives and works in Toronto, ON as a cartoonist and commercial illustrator. His one-person anthology series Lose received great critical and commercial success, having been nominated for every major comics award including the Ignatz and Eisner Awards. He has been a celebrity judge for the Midland Buttertart Festival. He is currently on a treadmill.

On Festival Sunday Michael DeForge will be part of our “Human/Nature” set at Rivermead from 3:15-4:15.

Photo credit: Matthew James-Wilson

Stunt 

A stunt double is hired by an actor to serve as his doppelgänger in order to sabotage his career.

Seeing your double is often viewed as an ill omen, a portent of bad luck, and an omen of death. Hiring a professional double, an actor spurs on his own demise as he and his double explore the depths of degradation and self-destruction.

Leaving Richard’s Valley

Richard is a benevolent but tough leader. He oversees everything that happens in the valley, and everyone loves him for it. When Lyle the Raccoon becomes sick, his friends—Omar the Spider, Neville the Dog, and Ellie Squirrel—take matters into their own hands, breaking Richard’s strict rules. Caroline Frog rats them out to Richard and they are immediately exiled from the only world they’ve ever known. 

Michael DeForge’s Leaving Richard’s Valley expands from a bizarre hero’s quest into something more. As this ragtag group makes their way out of the valley, and then out of the park and into the big city, we see them coming to terms with different kinds of community: noise-rockers, gentrification protesters, squatters, and more. DeForge is idiosyncratically funny but also deeply insightful about community, cults of personality, and the condo-ization of cities. These eye-catching and sometimes absurd comics coalesce into a book that questions who our cities are for and how we make community in a capitalist society.