A. Degen was born in Brooklyn, New York. He began making comics with Mashcomix collective while living in Tokyo, Japan. He now lives in the United States and has published work in Japan, Europe, and America. Degen's comics draw on influences from art, literature, classic comics, pulp, mystical religion and philosophy, as well as video games. He has been published in various alternative comics anthologies such as Snakebomb, Sonatina, Futureshock, Chromazoid, Happiness, Felony and others. Degen's first two graphic novels, Mighty Star: and The Castle of the Cancatervater and Soft X-ray/Mindhunters were published by Koyama Press. His latest graphic novel, the Marchenoir Library, will be published by Secret Acres this spring.
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. ClubDegen 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 JournalBursting 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 GrindhouseEach 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