1. Anonymous asked: your work is incredibly inspiring. is it important to try and find an agency to represent your work? or do you think that's unnecessary to having success as a comic artist

    hey, thank you! i’m the worst person to ask about this, since i’ve never had an agent, i’ve never really sought one out, and i’ve never been approached by one.

    i have friends who’ve had a lot of success working with literary agents. i definitely don’t think they’re necessary, but i guess that depends on what your bar for being a “successful comic artist” is. if being a successful comics artist means sleeping three hours a night, stress vomiting and living off a diet of beer and leftover delivery food, then you definitely do not need a literary agent to be a successful comics artist, and i am the most successful comics artist in the entire world

    since the money and stakes involved in comics are so low, i like that my professional relationships with publishers, editors and collaborators are (for the most part) uncomplicated. like, if i have an idea for a comic, all i have to do is stumble into the Koyama Press office and go “Hey Anne, what about an alternate universe where the beds lie on top of people? Thirty two pages and I’ll need an eighty thousand dollar advance. Patrick says hi.”

    (just kidding, that’s not how Koyama Press works. Koyama Press operates out of a secluded European castle and not an office)

     

  2. New Leather Space Man strip up on Hazlitt. Broke up the format a bit for this one - started drawing this pixel comic while going a bit stir crazy on the Ant Colony tour, drew it with my laptop’s touchpad on trains between cities.

     

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  5. some new pages from attempt #3 at lose #6. recycling the character design. drawing the rest of the issue in my “dumb” style this time

     

  6. wweeiirrdd:

    soft release of my new book this weekend at the PMF…

    TRY… just TRY to fuck with me on my home turf!!!

    just TRY

     

  7. rjdodgson:

    Nouveau Rick*, manager of Big Jody Mufferaw^ in the League of Lady Wresters.

    *Michael Deforge

    ^Aubyn O’ Grady

    (via ohaubyn)

     

  8. tour poster for Speedy Ortiz! Their new EP from a month or two ago is really good. Drawing inspired by leaving some weird musical theatre playlist running on Youtube. 

     

  9. koyamapress:

    Michael DeForge’s new book, A Body Beneath is in the house! It debuts at TCAF. In stores in May.

    this now exists as an object! weirdly proud of how the spine turned out on this one

    (via spacefacebooks)

     


  10. Anonymous asked: Do you think of your audience when you draw a comic, or imagine someone reading your comic as you draw it? Or do you draw for yourself?

    I draw my comics for homicide detectives, so that is who I imagine reading my comics as I work on them.

    You know the type. Watched his mom and sister get gunned down over his dad’s drug debts and swore he’d become a cop. Last time he saw his father was when he had to testify against him, but it looks like he’ll have to pay a visit to the state prison to see if he can shake some information about Big Joe Paglia out of him. He has the highest clearance rate in the precinct but he’s never gonna make captain with that chip on his shoulder and that devil on his back. His marriage went to shit ever since he started hitting the bottle. He wants to stop, but he can’t shake that image of his partner’s body getting torn into by the Antelope Ripper after he tied the both of him up in the governor’s mansion. His new partner seems eager, but he can’t trust her yet - she’s a little green, a “diversity hire”, if you know what I mean. She might be the only friend he’s got, though. He knows what the other detectives think of him. He’s no rat, but when they all skimmed a little off the Rordiguez heroin seizure and he passed on taking anything, they started looking at him funny. Doesn’t help that the chief has been riding him ever since he disobeyed a direct order to lay off the mayor’s son’s drug charge. Doesn’t help that he has his ex-wife calling him ten times a day for alimony. He just ended a twelve hour shift by talking a tweaker out of murdering a baby he was using as a hostage and he wants to relax. He goes to his local, orders a shot a cold one, slams a quarter into the jukebox to play his favourite - Charlie “Bird” Parker. He opens up the newest issue of Lose. It’s the only good, pure thing in his day - the only ray of light in his miserable fucking life.

     


  11. Anonymous asked: Do you think that Lose is the hardest comics work you do each year? As a spectator, it seems like it, with all the scrapping and starting over; Maybe if you struggle with the non-Lose comics, you're just less public with it? It feels like Lose is this huge thing that you have to get right, and the other things are improv and practice for Lose (not to sell them short at all)... I dunno. Just curious how you see Lose vs Non-Lose.

    yeah, lose is the thing that kills me the most. i truly hate the process of drawing each issue, but it’s important for me to work on each year for stupid sissy artist reasons that i can’t really articulate

    edit: i don’t see the other projects as “practice” for Lose, but each issue of certainly ends up being the culmination of a lot of other experiments and shifts in style/storytelling i made in the months between issues

     


  12. gworge asked: Your work and your work ethic has been a big inspiration to me, thanks for making great stuff. Can I buy your Flu comic? And have you read Mould Map 3? I loved it, although I wish Yokoyama's piece was constructed or printed in a clearer way.

    hey, thanks! Flu Comic’s sold out, it’ll probably be collected some time down the road. i thought Mould Map was really good

     


  13. nathanielowens asked: hello good sir! After following you on here for sometime, I finally picked up Lose #5 and The Boy In Question. You do not disappoint in the slightest. Thank you for your work. Also I have to say you should make some t-shirts of a few of your covers. It'd be bomb diggity.

    thanks so much, i’m glad you liked them! and yeah, i dunno, open call to have someone make new shirts for me and give me a bunch of the money. do you think H&M follows me on tumblr

     

  14. illustration that was used for the cover of an upcoming issue of The Devastator magazine. theme was post-apocalypse

     


  15. Anonymous asked: Michael, weird question, do you find it insanely hard to draw bigger things (like posters) on the tablet with such a small line width?

    yeah, but since i ink over scanned pencils, i’m able to “trust” the shapes i laid out at the start even without always having a clear sense of the image as a whole.

    it’s also a little freeing - posters break up my days stuck drawing inside of tiny panels and grids. i’m able to let lines continue for more than a couple of inches …