We are ECSTATIC to announce that D&Q newest release, Michael Deforge's incredible Ant Colony, is on sale today! Deforge's books - like Very Casual, which won the 2013 Ignatz Award for "Outstanding Anthology or Collection" as well as the award for Outstanding Artist - have long been favourites at the store, so we're thrilled that D&Q is publishing what we think is his magnum opus. Ant Colony has been serially published online, but now you can get it in lavish hardcover. It's a dark story, but the perfect venue for all of Deforge's talents. If you've noticed his work as a designer for Adventure Time, then you already know he's got a gift for deliriously weird characters and borderline-abstract treatments of clothing and bodies. Many of his stories turn around the queasily real consequences of cartoonish flesh transformation -- the phrase "body horror" gets thrown around a lot, but Deforge brings cuteness and humour into the mix in a way that's so much more complicated than just gore and weirdness for its own sake.
Critics have already lined up to lavish praise on Ant Colony. Here's a quote from The Comics Journal: "The queen of the colony is a behemoth, a tangle of canals and orifices before which the males of the colony queue up and into which they enter three by three to deposit their ejaculate — an EPCOT Center attraction designed by Salvador Dalí at his most trollish."
"DeForge visualizes spiders as wolfish cartoon dog heads perched atop eight black sabres, a single hidden eye staring from their mouths—Carl Barks adapting Bataille."
"After the aforementioned sunlight bears down on warring ants like some towering abstracted sword, their charred corpses lie over smooth lawny green, a bucolic necropolis."
Don't forget that Michael Deforge will be at the store in person on January 30th to launch Ant Colony! Join us for what's sure to be a great night! More details here.