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Drawn & Quarterly Winter 2020

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Familiar Face
By (author): Michael DeForge
9781770463875 Hardcover English COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary Mar 03, 2020 Print Run: 12000
$24.95 CAD
Active 5.94 x 6.72 x 0.86 in | 410 gr 176 pages Full color illustrations throughout Drawn & Quarterly
The bodies of citizens and the infrastructure surrounding them is constantly updating. People can?t recognize themselves in old pictures, and they wake up in apartments of completely different sizes and shapes. Commuter routes radically differ day to day. The citizens struggle with adaptability as updates happen too quickly, and the changes are far too radical to be intuitive. There is no way to resist?the updates are enacted by a nameless, faceless force. Familiar Face?s narrator works in the government?s department of complaints, reading through citizens? reports of the issues they?ve had with the system updates. The job isn?t to fix anything, but rather to be the sole human sounding board, a comfort in a system so decidedly impersonal. These complaints aren?t mere bug reports?they can be anything: existential, petty, just plain heartbreaking. Michael DeForge?s ability to find the humanity and emotional truth within the outlandish bureaucracy of everyday life is unparalleled. The signatures of DeForge?s work - a vibrant color palette, surreal designs, and self-aware sense of humor - enliven an often-bleak technocratic future. Familiar Face is a masterful and deeply funny exploration of how we define our sense of self, and how we cope when so much of life is out of our control.

Michael DeForge was born in 1987 and has written eight books, including Ant Colony, Big Kids, Sticks Angelica, and Leaving Richard?s Valley. He has been a celebrity judge for the Midland Butter Tart Festival. He is currently on a treadmill.

- starred review from Library Journal
- Canadian author, Michael DeForge lives in Toronto
- Publishers Weekly review
- included in CBC Books's most anticipated Canadian comics of 2020, the Globe and Mail's winter 2020 preview, and more

?DeForge examines both how we build our own sense of self and how others take on the roles we create for them.??Guardian ?DeForge is one of the most inventive and prolific cartoonists working today.??Vulture ?[DeForge combines] a surreal point of view with a sharp eye for graphic design and the expressive qualities of animation.??NPR

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