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Michael Deforge's Familiar Face

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Michael DeForge’s new graphic novel Familiar Face is typical smart humorous science fiction of the sort we’ve come to expect from Michael several books into his career, although there are a couple interesting twists. Michael’s art has become flatter, more detailed, and more abstract. While his focus has always been the human in his flights of fancy, his central character in FF is his most pointedly confused and grieving yet. 

The set-up is a future world where our bodies are routinely updated like the software we currently use. Eventually we’re no longer able to recognize ourselves or our surroundings as these updates speed up and begin to overlap. Our protagonist works in the complaints department logging complaints that center not only on these frequent and disorienting updates but also on minor personal infractions and perhaps even deep relationship fissures.

“To, I don’t know, anyone, your complaints have not fallen on deaf ears. I can hear you loud and clear,” says our desperate narrator.

In protest, a possible terrorist cell arises to disrupt the disruptions caused by the constant confounding updates. How can a person grieve in a world that never stops changing?

Familiar Face is stores today and you need an emotional gut punch like this. Can we feel anything anymore? Find out why Vivek Shraya calls Michael her “favourite Canadian writer” and why Ling Ma says Familiar Face is “a pleasure to read.”

Don’t forget, Michael will be on tour — catch him in Toronto, New York, Minneapolis, LA, and San Francisco in the next month!