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Big Kids Hardcover – February 23, 2016
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"Big Kids is a bildungsroman of sorts; the story of a troubled teenage boy navigating the transformative years of high school, redefining his friends, interests, and life path. Anybody with a passing familiarity with DeForge’s unsettling, vividly beautiful comics will know that this is a deceptively simple summation."―Zainab Akhtar, The Guardian
"In the world of comics, there’s no shortage of narratives about adolescence. But you’ve probably never read one as memorably surreal as Michael DeForge’s Big Kids."―Abraham Riesman, Vulture
"Michael DeForge's Big Kids comic is a transcendental heartbreaker."― The Fader
"... an outstanding work by one of the most original voices in comics today.―Pete Redrup, The Quietus
"Big Kids is a revelation and DeForge’s art is an unsettling, uncompromising and highly refreshing addition to the comics landscape."―Mark Sinclair, The Creative Review
"... a book that is bursting with complex ideas and fragile emotions"―Craig Hubert, Artinfo
About the Author
Michael DeForge was born in 1987 and grew up in Ottawa, Ontario. His one-person anthology series Lose has received great critical and commercial success, and has been nominated for or won every major comics award, including the Ignatz and Eisner awards. His illustrations have been published in The New York Times and Bloomberg View; and his comics have appeared in The Believer, Maisonneuve, and the Adventure Time comic book series.
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The art and storytelling is brutal, delicate, gripping, poignant, fantastic, odd, honest, sensual, humorous, sad, surreal, and surprisingly empathic.
Sometimes our emotions and experiences are so transformative that the best way to articulate ourselves is through hyper-reality. We pass into another dimension and what was normal is never again. DeForge captures this transcendent feeling of loss, evolution, and the non sequitur series of events that bring about these changes.
If you're a synesthete, as I believe I am, this book may carry even more relevance for you. When music has felt so substantial that it pushes through into other dimensions of our senses, or the poetry of an experience is so profound that you can almost feel the textures of your perception change, then DeForge's work will resonate with you.
This was one of those surprise reads that ended up baptizing my imagination and evoking profound feelings.
It's totally relatable even though the characters look like psychadelic mushrooms or microbes.
Pretty smart! IF you have trouble being able to read into the context because the subject
matter is so visually alien, you should stick with Archie...nothing wrong with the gang!!