Leaving Richard's Valley

Leaving Richard's Valley

by Michael DeForge
  • comics
  • critically-acclaimed
  • graphic-novel

When a group of outcasts have to leave the valley, how will they survive the toxicity of the big city?

Richard is a benevolent but tough leader. He oversees everything that happens in the valley, and everyone loves him for it. When Lyle the Raccoon becomes sick, his friends — Omar the Spider, Neville the Dog, and Ellie Squirrel — take matters into their own hands, breaking Richard’s strict rules. Caroline Frog rats them out to Richard and they are immediately exiled from the only world they’ve ever known.

Michael DeForge’s Leaving Richard’s Valley expands from a bizarre hero’s quest into something more. As this ragtag group makes their way out of the valley, and then out of the park and into the big city, we see them coming to terms with different kinds of community: noise-rockers, gentrification protesters, squatters, and more. DeForge is idiosyncratically funny but also deeply insightful about community, cults of personality, and the condo-ization of cities. These eye-catching and sometimes absurd comics coalesce into a book that questions who our cities are for and how we make community in a capitalist society.


Michael DeForge, author

Michael DeForge was born in 1987 and is currently on a treadmill. Other works include: Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero Big Kids, First Year Healthy, Ant Colony. Awards recognition includes: Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award, Reuben Award (2017); National Cartoonist of the Year, Reuben Award (2016, nominee); Will Eisner Hall of Fame, Eisner Award (2016); Outstanding Anthology or Collection, Ignatz Award (2013, nominee); Best Reality-Based Work, Eisner Award for Picture This (2011, nominee); Best Painter, Eisner Award for Picture This (2011, nominee); Best Reality-Based Work, Eisner Award for What It Is (2009); Best Painter, Eisner Award for What It Is (2009, nominee); Best Publication Design, Eisner Award for What It Is (2009, nominee); Best Graphic Album: New, Eisner Award (2003); Special Contribution to the World of Comics, Inkpot Award (1988).

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Drawn & Quarterly

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website: https://www.drawnandquarterly.com/

rights available: World, excl. English

Additional Information

number of pages: 480

publication date: 03/01/2019

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: sample