Michael DeForge was born in 1987 and grew up in Ottawa, Ontario. After a few years of experimenting with short strips and zines, he created Lose #1, his first full-length comic, which won Best Emerging Talent at the Doug Wright Awards. His short stories have been collected by Koyama Press in the anthologies A Body Beneath and Very Casual. He has since published a handful of comic books, which have received industry praise and two Eisner Award nominations, including two titles for Drawn & Quarterly: Ant Colony, and, most recently, First Year Healthy.
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. He works as an illustrator and as a designer on the show Adventure Time.