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LIVE ON CROWDCAST: MICHAEL DEFORGE discusses his new short comics collection HEAVEN NO HELL with SADIE DUPUIS

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Heaven No Hell  (Drawn & Quarterly)

“ONE OF THE MOST INVENTIVE AND PROLIFIC CARTOONISTS WORKING TODAY.”—VULTURE

In the past ten years, Michael DeForge has released eleven books. While his style and approach have evolved, he has never wavered from taut character studies and incisive social commentary with a focus on humor. He has deeply probed subjects like identity, gentrification, fame, and sexual desire.

In “No Hell,” an angel’s tour of the five tiers of heaven reveals her obsession with a haunting infidelity. In “Raising,” a couple uses an app to see what their unborn child would look like. Of course, what begins as a simple face-melding experiment becomes a nightmare of too-much-information where the young couple is forced to confront their terrible choices.

“Recommended for You” is an anxious retelling of our narrator’s favorite TV show—a Purge-like societal collapse drama—as a reflection of our desire for meaning in pop culture. Each of these stories shows the inner turmoil of an ordinary person coming to grips with a world vastly different than their initial perception of it. The humor is searing and the emotional weight lingers long after the story ends.

Heaven No Hell collects DeForge’s best work yet. His ability to dig into a subject and break it down with beautiful drawings and sharp writing makes him one of the finest short story writers of the past decade, in comics or beyond. Heaven No Hell is always funny, sometimes sad, and continuously innovative in its deconstruction of society.

Michael DeForge is a cartoonist, illustrator, and community organizer in Toronto, Ontario. He has written eleven books, including Ant Colony, Big Kids, Sticks Angelica, Leaving Richard’s Valley, and Familiar Face

Sadie Dupuis is the guitarist, songwriter & singer of rock band Speedy Ortiz, as well as the producer & multi-instrumentalist behind pop project Sad13. Sadie heads the record label Wax Nine, edits its poetry journal, and has written for outlets including Spin, Nylon, and Playboy. She holds an MFA in poetry from UMass Amherst, where she also taught writing. Mouthguard, her first book, was published in 2018 (Gramma, Black Ocean). Her most recent album is Sad13’s Haunted Painting, released in 2020.   

Event date: 
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - 5:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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Heaven No Hell Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781770464353
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - March 23rd, 2021

Familiar Face Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781770463875
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - March 3rd, 2020

Leaving Richard's Valley Cover Image
$32.95
ISBN: 9781770463431
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - April 2nd, 2019

Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero Cover Image
$21.95
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ISBN: 9781770462700
Published: Drawn and Quarterly - March 14th, 2017

Big Kids Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781770462243
Published: Drawn and Quarterly - February 23rd, 2016

First Year Healthy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781770461734
Published: Drawn and Quarterly - January 20th, 2015

Ant Colony Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781770461376
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - January 28th, 2014