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Familiar Face by Michael DeForge

Familiar Face

Michael DeForge

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Category: Graphic Novels
Imprint: Drawn and Quarterly
Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly
Publication date: 3 Mar 2020
ISBN: 9781770463875

In a thoroughly modernized, constantly updating society, where can true connection be found?

4 stars out of 5
Simon Ings
27 Feb 2020

"Come for the consumer satire; stay for the heartache."

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.