Familiar Face is a graphic novel set in a city of icons and emojis, inhabited by elastic, modular beings that bear little resemblance to humans. DeForge’s visual vocabulary is deceptively simple, hovering somewhere between doodle and web design; appropriate for a place where, each night, automatic downloads update not only your phone, but also your way to work, your street, your house, your spouse, even your flesh. In this future — so orientated towards convenience that it has become impossible to comprehend — the consumer complaint has become everyone’s favourite mode of self-expression. Mourning the loss of her lover, DeForge’s protagonist reads signs, explanations and epiphanies into everything. Consequently, she’s the best pair of eyes through which to observe this world.