“I could draw Shoe forever.”

Michael DeForge was born in 1987 and grew up in Ottawa, Ontario. He began drawing gig posters in high school order to get into clubs for free. He attended the University of Toronto and dropped out after two years in order to focus more of his mental energy on drawing dogs wearing sunglasses, or whatever. He spent a lot of time dishwashing. After a few years of experimenting with short strips and zines, he finished Lose #1, his first full-length comic, in 2009. It was published by Koyama Press and won in the Best Emerging Talent category at the 2010 Doug Wright Awards. Issue 2 of Lose was released in 2010, and issue 3 is scheduled to debut at the 2011 Toronto Comics Art Festival. His influences include Jack Kirby, Eduardo Munoz Bachs, Mark Newgarden and Hideshi Hino.


Lose no.3, 2011

SM, 2010

Spotting Deer, 2010

Smoke Signal, 2010

Maxim's Hot 100, 2010

Monster, 2010

Wet Cough, 2010

Peter's Muscle, 2010

Lose no.2, 2010

Lose no.1, 2009

Neighbourhood Sacrifice, 2009

Hand Astronaut, 2005

Selected Interviews
Michael DeForge really likes Shoe
by Nick Gazin
DTU Interview: Michael DeForge
by Matt Seneca