Each month, Librairie Drawn & Quarterly invites an author or artist to curate a shelf in the store. This July, we bring you recommendations from Michael Deforge!
Michael DeForge currently lives and works in Toronto as a cartoonist, commercial illustrator and designer. His comics have received great critical and commercial success, and he has been nominated for every major comics award including the Ignatz and Eisner Awards. His latest short story collection, A Western World, launches in Montreal at Librairie D+Q on July 7th!
All of Michael's picks will be 15% off for the month of July. Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll find:
1 The Sparrow by AF Moritz -
AF Moritz is my favourite living poet and I’m very excited that this exhaustive, long-overdue collection finally exists.
2 Notes of a Crocodile by Qiu Miaojin -
A queer coming of age story about being in love with your friends and hating their guts at the same time. Takes place during post-martial-law Taipei.
3 I have to live by Aisha Sasha John -
Startling, wonderful, urgent writing.
4 What Is A Glacier? By Sophie Yanow -
Sophie excruciatingly captures what it feels like to be alive on planet Earth in the year 2018. Anxieties about relationships, consumption and our pending apocalypse. A perfect short comic.
5 Von Spatz by Anna Haifisch -
Anna’s drawings and colours always look like little marzipan hellscapes to me, I love them so much. Plum purple deserts, laid out noodle people, debris sprinkled everywhere. It all looks extremely edible.
6 Fear of Mirrors by Tariq Ali -
I’m not typically an epic novel guy, but I guess if you make it about Communism I’m on board?
7 Pinky and Pepper Forever by Ivy Atoms -
Apparently these character designs are riffs off of Bratz dolls, which is obviously incredible? One of the most impressive debuts I’ve seen in a while. A loving, exuberant comic about suicide and art school.
8 How to Kill a City by Peter Moscowitz-
Probably the best and most thorough look at the root causes of gentrification I’ve read thus far. A devastating call to arms.
9 Neil the Horse by Katherine Collins -
There are always so many pockets of comic history that get ignored, so I’m glad to see Neil the Horse finally getting its due. This belongs to a great tradition of “musical” cartooning that I think gets underserved lately. Margot Ferrick does it, Marc Bell does it, Beatrix Urkowitz does it . . . but who else? Do modern cartoonists lack rhythm? Should cartoonists take dance lessons?