FAMILIAR FACE — by Michael DeForgeDrawn & Quarterly
Text & illustrations: Michael DeForge
Editor: Drawn & Quarterly
Published on March 2020
Size: 14,5 x 17,5 cm
Pages: 176 pages
DeForge grew up in Ottawa. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada.
Familiar Face’s narrator works in the government’s department of complaints, reading through citizens’ reports of the issues they’ve had with the system updates. The job isn’t to fix anything, but rather to be the sole human sounding board, a comfort in a system so decidedly impersonal.
Michael DeForge’s ability to find the humanity and emotional truth within the outlandish bureaucracy of everyday life is unparalleled. Familiar Face is a masterful and deeply funny exploration of how we define our sense of self, and how we cope when so much of life is out of our control.