Big Kids by Michael DeforgeBig Kids by Michael Deforge

Big Kids

byMichael Deforge

Hardcover | February 23, 2016

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Teenage misfits and adolescent rabble-rousing take center stage in this dark coming-of-age taleBig Kids is simultaneously Michael DeForge's most straightforward narrative and his most complex work to date. It follows a troubled teenage boy through the transformative years of high school as he redefines his friends, his interests, and his life path. When the boy's uncle, a police officer, gets kicked out of the family's basement apartment and transferred to the countryside, April moves in. She's a college student, mysterious and cool, and she quickly takes a shine to the boy.

The boy's own interests quickly fade away: he stops engaging in casual sex, taking drugs, and testing the limits of socially acceptable (and legal) behavior. Instead, he hangs out with April and her friends, a bunch of highly evolved big kids who spend their days at the campus swimming pool. And slowly, the boy begins to change, too.

Eerie and perfectly paced, DeForge's Big Kids muses on the complicated, and often contradictory, feelings people struggle with during adolescence, the choices we make to fit in, and the ways we survive times of change. Like Ant Colony and First Year Healthy, Big Kids is a testimony to the harshness and beauty of being alive.
Michael DeForge was born in 1987 and grew up in Ottawa, Ontario. His one-person anthology series Lose has received great critical and commercial success, and has been nominated for or won every major comics award, including the Ignatz and Eisner awards. His illustrations have been published in The New York Times and Bloomberg View ...
Title:Big KidsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:96 pages, 5.7 × 7.38 × 0.63 inPublished:February 23, 2016Publisher:Drawn & QuarterlyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1770462244

ISBN - 13:9781770462243

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Does not appeal to me The colours are too bright and the content is repulsive.
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Michael Deforge's Opus Coalescing all of the themes of change, surreal coming-of-age, family, bullying and identity, Big Kids is the quintessial book from Canadian cartoonist Michael Deforge. A delightful read!
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic and Strange The first graphic novel by Michael DeForge that I've read. It's a short surreal coming-of-age story that deals with themes like sexual identity, bullying, and family. It's beautiful and unsettling and brutal and utterly imaginative. I'm excited to see what else DeForge has to offer. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-15

Editorial Reviews

Michael DeForge makes some of the most excellent and unnerving comics currently in print. - Wired

"DeForge's allegory of psychic recovery wavers on the unhealthy precipice between hope and despair . . . His image-making has rarely been more potent." - The Globe & Mail