Michael DeForge was born in 1987 and operates out of Toronto, where he works as a cartoonist and commercial illustrator. Past clients include The Believer, Vice, New York Times Magazine and The Walrus. In 2008 he was nominated for a National Magazine Award in the category of "Best Illustration" for work printed in Ottawa Magazine. He has collaborated with the printmaking group Bongout on the silkscreened book "Hand Astronaut" and recently participated in the group show "Neighbourhood Sacrifice" at the Deleon White Gallery with Jesjit Gill and Steph Davidson. Among his influences are Jack Kirby, Mark Newgarden, Saul Steinberg and Eduardo Munoz Bachs. Lose #1 was his first full length comic, published by Koyama Press in 2009. He was nominated for a 2010 Doug Wright Award in the category of "Best Emerging Talent."