Drawn & Quarterly has acquired world rights to Ant Colony by Doug Wright Award-winning cartoonist Michael DeForge, it was announced today by Chris Oliveros, Acquiring Editor & Publisher. Ant Colony has been serialized biweekly since Fall 2011. With his brash, confident, undulating artwork, DeForge's audacious entry into the North American independent comics scene is like no other cartoonist of his generation.
"Michael DeForge is one of those rare talents who emerge, out of the blue, with a fully formed and singularly unique vision," said Oliveros. "When I look at his work I sometimes wonder how it was formed, and then I think I can see the influences of several disparate cartoonists over the years, from Mark Beyer through Marc Bell. But ultimately DeForge's work can't be pinned down so easily; his striking visual sensibility and peculiar sense of humor is entirely his own."
Ant Colony follows various members of an ant colony - a couple who are unexpectedly given custody of an orphaned baby red ant, a young ant who gains prophetic, apocalyptic visions after ingesting a mystical earthworm and a detective who becomes dissatisfied with his place in the colony. Various tragedies befall the group, including a series of murders, attacks from other insects, conflict with neighboring red ants, and the burning ray of a magnifying glass.
DeForge was born in 1987 and grew up in Ottawa, Ontario. After a few years of experimenting with short strips and zines, he created Lose #1, his first full-length comic, which won in the Best Emerging Talent category at the 2010 Doug Wright Awards. He has since published two more installments of Lose (all published by Koyama Press) and his comics have appeared in The Believer, Maissoneuve, Smoke Signal, Cold Heat and the Adventure Time comic book series. His website is kingtrash.com.
Ant Colony will be distributed in the U.S. by Farrar, Straus & Giroux and in Canada by Raincoast Books. International rights are represented by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Literary Agency.