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domenica 25 agosto 2013

Lose #5

Michael DeForge, Koyama Press, Toronto (Canada), June 2013, 48 pag., $8 Cdn.

Michael DeForge is unleashed. Canadian Koyama Press issued in May his new book, Very Casual. Drawn & Quarterly will publish a collection of his strip Ant Colony early next year. Despite his editorial achievements, he is still creating on-line comics and will start in these days a new one, Leather Space World, inspired by the short story published in the seventh issue of londinian anthology Nobrow. If you think he also was the curator of Youth in Decline erotic comics anthology, Thickness, you can consider him an artist in creative trance.
The fifth issue of the one-man anthology Lose is largely filled by Living Outdoors, a triangle of juvenile love against the backdrop of a psychedelic nature, which enhances the sensations and the sexual urges of the characters. The apparently light plot hides an obsessive Bildungsroman with a dramatic finale. 
Recent Hires and Muskoka are equally good. In the first we are acquainted to a paranoid and self-defeating protagonist, while in the second a trip to the desert in search of luck ends with a terrible series of murders. 
DeForge describes an irrational and insane world but he gives perfect sense to it, thanks to a highly personal style, able to transcend genres. And he does this with a wry smile towards the characters and the events.
If you still haven't read the issues from 2 to 5 of Lose, you may be happy to know they will be collected in the book A Body Beneath, to be released next spring.

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