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Ant-Man: Cartoonist Michael DeForge On His Graphic Novel ‘Ant Colony’ [Interview]

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A prophetic child, full of microscopic earthworms and coated in pollen by bees. The child's nihilistic, sociopath of a father. A cowardly police officer. A pair of homosexuals beginning to drift apart. An infertile female. These are the ants of Michael DeForge's graphic novel Ant Colony, the collected, book form version of his once-serialized strip Ant Comic.

Readers follow them through the weird, black comedy of the waning days of their home colony—some of which is caused by the ants themselves, most of which is due to a war with a colony of red ants—as these survivors wander away and consider forming their own, new colony.

DeForge's ants are his own, centaur-shaped, many-legged creatures with human-ish faces of bright, primary colors and visible organs shining through their black exoskeletons. Their world is full of strangely-designed insects, ranging from bees shaped like the sort a young child might draw, and a giant, human-shaped, scary H.R. Giger goddess of a queen ant.

Despite their shapes, his ants live, think and act like humans...or is human life maybe not so different from that of ants? That's one of the many existential questions one can meditate on while reading Ant Colony, when one's not digging the semi-psychedelic character designs or the razor sharp sit-com gags (Typical punchline? "Should we kill this baby?").

DeForge is currently touring in support of the book, and we took the opportunity to ask him where these his strange insects came from, how his gag strip about ants evolved into a sweeping epic and how he learned to draw like Michael DeForge.

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Koyama Press Announces New Lineup Of Books From French, Kyle, DeForge, Scott, Martz, and Wilson

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Koyama Press has unveiled six new books it has coming out this fall, and they run the gamut from avant-garde horror to cultural satire to funny-animal hijinks for all-ages.

Check out the full list of titles from cartoonists Renee French, Patrick Kyle, Michael DeForge, Walter Scott, John Martz, and Britt Wilson, with solicitations, below.

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Best Art Ever (This Week): RoboCop, Daft Punk, Empowered, American Flagg, Bettie Page & More

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We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, as well as the special qualities of comic book storytelling, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great pinups, fan art and other illustrations on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, and some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it’s awesome.

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Time Is Of The Essence In ‘Regular Show: Skips’ #3 [Preview]

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Don't you just hate it when your vacation turns into a time-loop addled adventure of mystery complete with corrupt cops? Modrecai and Rigby's immortal buddy and oftentimes mentor Skips does, and it's going to be plain to see next Wednesday, January 8 in Regular Show: Skips #3 by Mad Rupert and colorist Whitney Cogar. Featuring covers by Rupert, Corey Lewis (Sharknife), Paulina Ganucheau (Zodiac Starforce) and Michael DeForge (Ant Colony), the issue sees the plot thicken to molasses levels as the miniseries reach its halfway point.

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Michael DeForge Leads Your 2013 Ignatz Award Winners

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Taking place in Bethesda, Maryland this weekend is the Small Press Expo, or SPX, arguably the biggest indie comics event of the year. And each year one of the highlights of the show is the presentation of the Ignatz Awards. Named in honor of legendary cartoonist George Herriman's Krazy Kat cartoons, the awards recognize outstanding achievements in comics and cartooning by small press creators in the previous year. This year's winners were announced yesterday, and leading the way was cartoonist Michael DeForge, who won three awards for his serialized work Lose and his anthology Very Casual, both published by Koyama Press.

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Best Art Ever (This Week) – 08.30.13

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We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great images on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, and some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it’s awesome.

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Comics From Kim, DeForge, Jacobs And Lim Coming From Koyama Press In 2014

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Koyama Press announced its lineup of new comics for spring 2014 this week, and the three collections and one original graphic novel in the group look pretty doggone fantastic.

Cat Person collects Seo Kim's daily comics, issues 2-5 of Michael Deforge's anthology Lose are collected in A Body Beneath, 1000 Crushes is a compilation of excepts from various books by Elisha Lim and new work, and Jesse Jacobs' Safari Honeymoon follows a pair of newlyweds into an otherworldly forest. Check out all four comic covers after the cut.

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Link Ink: Superhero Ice Pops, The Dark Knight Golfs And ‘Ant Colony’

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Art: Vincent Vermeij imagines ice pops bearing superhero motifs.

Upcoming: Drawn and Quarterly has announced that it will publish Michael DeForge's Ant Colony.

Vehicles: The Dark Knight appears to be prepared for the golf course.

TV: AMC

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Breakfast Gets a Makeover in Michael DeForge’s ‘Adventure Time’ #3 Backup Story [Preview]

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In our world breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day, but the Adventure Time kingdom ruled by Breakfast Princess and her sister Toast Princess, conventional morning grub like bacon is elevated to the most important thing of all for foods living in an entirely edible ecosystem. This tr

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‘Little Heart’ Comics Anthology for Marriage Equality Reaches Kickstarter Goal

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Little Heart is a proposed anthology comic in support of marriage equality, presenting stories and vignettes about love by an impressive roster of cartoonists and illustrators from around the world, including Maurice Vellekoop, Emily Carroll, Michael DeForge, Noah Van Sciver and Sally Madden. Produced in partnership by Minneapolis sm

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