Our favorite comics from this year spanned a host of narratives, from metafictional explorations of loss and belonging to ominous supernatural tales of terrifying forces at work. Some are formally inventive, while others make use of a lean storytelling approach to convey the narratives at their center. All of them opened our eyes to the tales being told, regardless of their nature.
Michael DeForge’s comics veer dramatically from book to book, from absurdist slices of life to tales of uncanny transcendence. His latest, Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero, follows the adventures of the title character as she eschews human society for a surreal life in the forest; strange hijinks do, in fact, ensue. In advance of his upcoming New York appearance–March 29th at Rough Trade–I spoke with DeForge about Sticks Angelica, his tour with Sadie Dupuis, and more.
Morning Bites: Michael DeForge, Teju Cole Interviewed, “No Cities to Love” Reviewed, Roth on Film, and More
In our morning reading: interviews with Teju Cole and Stephen Graham Jones, notes on Michael DeForge’s new comic, a new Philip Roth adaptation is reviewed, Jenn Pelly on Sleater-Kinney’s latest, and more.