Birds of Maine

Drawn & Quarterly. Aug. 2022. 464p. ISBN 9781770465664. $34.95. GRAPHIC NOVELS
DeForge (Leaving Richard’s Valley) continues to establish himself as one of the most thoughtful and imaginative voices working in any popular art form today with this collection of more than 400 single-page strips about a utopian society of birds living in a habitat on the moon. A young cardinal named Ginni dreams of growing up to be a fashion designer—despite the fact that birds don’t wear clothes. Her mother Chloe is a historian who delights in sharing stories of ghoulish old human customs like being expected to pay for food and health care and a dependence on a seemingly occult practice called “economics.” While Ginni is essentially the protagonist, DeForge’s restless imagination finds him following a number of fascinating tangents. He explores the intricacies of bird society with numerous subplots, such as the passionate love affair between a kiwi and a penguin, along with the misadventures of a stranded human astronaut. Collecting material previously released online.
VERDICT DeForge’s often hilarious, sometimes cutting satire is made more impactful by the sense he’s driven less by anger than compassion for those trapped in absurd, faltering systems. Not to be missed.
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