A. Degen, an artist Michael DeForge (Lose, Ant Colony, Leaving Richard’s Valley) says is “one of the smartest and funniest cartoonists in the game,” is the son of celebrated children’s book illustrator, Bruce Degen (The Magic School Bus). A. Degen was born in Brooklyn, New York. After several years in Tokyo, he now lives and works as cartoonist, illustrator and literary translator in Connecticut. He is the author of the books Mighty Star: and The Castle of the Cancatervater and Soft X-Ray/Mindhunters (Koyama Press). His short comic, “Crime Chime Noir,” was a Best American Comics selection.


For all the cacophonous action and psychedelic experiences depicted in the book, there remains a solid continuity between images, making the book incredibly fun to read. But because the contents of those images are so dense and deceptive, he also produces a book that requires—and invites—closer engagement.

– A.V. Club

Degen has come to such an incredible, fully realized idiom, at this point he might be to ‘90s anime what Jim Woodring is to Looney Tunes type stuff.

– The Comics Journal

Bursting at the seams with information, if not words (barring its gloriously, deliriously verbose chapter titles), there’s so much here to partake in, to parse, and to ponder over, that one scarcely knows where to begin — but for all that, by the time all is said and done, this hermetically-sealed, inventively self-referential work not only makes perfect sense, it goes the extra mile and actually imparts a genuine feeling of (oh God, here I go again) magic upon its readers.

– The Daily Grindhouse

Each page is full of images and references, but Degen commands his characters, their emotions, the story’s pacing, and the movement throughout in a masterful way, making words unnecessary, and potentially superfluous.

– Sequential State



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