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.