In Sticks, a mega-celebrity comes to an enchanted forest and brings joy and beauty to the creature who live there, although their relationship with Sticks is not always healthy.
In Leaving Richard’s Valley, a similar cast is constantly singing the praises of Richard, the mysterious owner of the valley…but signs point to this being a valley where you can check in but you never check out. Richard is a figure of hagiographic authoritarianism, and though there is no obvious link to our times, it’s a timeless parable.
Like all of DeForge’s work, it’s disturbing and beautiful at once. He was always good but his most recent works – like the phenomenal Big Kids – are getting better and better.
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Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.