Cover image for Sticks Angelica, folk hero / by Michael DeForge.
Title:
Sticks Angelica, folk hero / by Michael DeForge.
ISBN:
9781770462700
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Montreal, Québec : Drawn & Quarterly, 2017.

©2017
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 16 x 29 cm
Abstract:
"Sticks Angelica is, in her own words, "49 years old. Former: Olympian, poet, scholar, sculptor, minister, activist, Governor General, entrepreneur, line cook, headmistress, Mountie, columnist, libertarian, cellist." After a high-profile family scandal, Sticks escapes to the woods to live in what would be relative isolation were it not for the many animals that surround and inevitably annoy her. Sticks is an arrogant self-obsessed force who wills herself on the flora and fauna. There is a rabbit named Oatmeal who harbors an unrequited love for her, a pair of kissing geese, a cross-dressing moose absurdly named Lisa Hanawalt. When a reporter named, ahem, Michael DeForge shows up to interview Sticks for his biography on her, she quickly slugs him and buries him up to his neck, immobilizing him. Instead, Sticks narrates her way through the forest, recalling formative incidents from her storied past in what becomes a strange sort of autobiography. Deforge's witty dialogue and deadpan narration create a bizarre yet eerily familiar world. Sticks Angelica plays with autobiography, biography, and hagiography to look at how we build our own sense of self and how others carry on the roles we create for them in our own personal dramas."-- Provided by publisher.
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Summary

A Johnson has his Boswell and every Sticks Angelica has her Michael DeForgeSticks Angelica is, in her own words, "49 years old. Former: Olympian, poet, scholar, sculptor, minister, activist, Governor General, entrepreneur, line cook, headmistress, Mountie, columnist, libertarian, cellist." After a high-profile family scandal, Sticks escapes to the woods to live in what would be relative isolation were it not for the many animals that surround and inevitably annoy her. Sticks is an arrogant self-obsessed force who wills herself on the flora and fauna. There is a rabbit named Oatmeal who harbors an unrequited love for her, a pair of kissing geese, a cross-dressing moose absurdly named Lisa Hanawalt. When a reporter named, ahem, Michael DeForge shows up to interview Sticks for his biography on her, she quickly slugs him and buries him up to his neck, immobilizing him. Instead, Sticks narrates her way through the forest, recalling formative incidents from her storied past in what becomes a strange sort of autobiography.

Deforge's witty dialogue and deadpan narration create a bizarre, yet eerily familiar world. Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero plays with autobiography, biography, and hagiography to look at how we build our own sense of self and how others carry on the roles we create for them in our own personal dramas.


Author Notes

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, having 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 ; his comics have appeared in the Believer , Maisonneuve , and the Adventure Time comic book series.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

This collection of the psychedelic webcomic from Canadian cartoonist DeForge (First Year Healthy, Big Kids) follows the titular celebrity hero-"former: Olympian, poet, scholar, sculptor, minister, activist," among other things-through a series of one-page adventures. In the first we're told that after a scandal, Sticks has decided to live in the forest with a group of talking animals, and the rest of the book explores the dynamic between hero and fans in surreal episodes. In one strip, a rabbit confesses a desire to be Sticks's pet; in another, a moose (named after cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt) steals Sticks's sweaters in a ploy to get closer to her. A character named Michael DeForge even gets in on the action, as a magazine reporter looking to interview the arrogant and impetuous Sticks. As a meditation on fame and as a beautiful, disturbing daydream in pink-and-black ink, the book marks a successful shift for DeForge after the sometimes detached body horror of his earliest works. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

After her famous father is caught up in a political scandal, Sticks Angelica flees Ontario for the wilds of Monterey National Park, where she keeps company with a lovelorn rabbit named Oatmeal, a bear with literary pretensions, an otter with a mushroom growing out of his head, two geese (one of whom has a mosquito living in his head), and a moose who dreams of transitioning into a human woman. Sticks's life is thrown into turmoil when a small child is spotted wandering the forest, naked and alone. Yet writer/artist DeForge (Big Kids) is less concerned with plot than episodic explorations of unrequited love, regret, and the laws that govern animal life in the park. Fans of the animated series Adventure Time will recognize the author's illustration style and quirky sensibility, as he's a longtime designer on that show, but this offering is unmistakably aimed at a more mature audience. VERDICT DeForge crafts a work that is equal parts funny, sweet, sentimental, and scathing in its depiction of his main character's narcissism. Sure to be one of oddest and most beloved releases of the year.-TB © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.