Drawn & Quarterly sent Meathaus the latest Michael DeForge (website/Twitter) book to get some eyeballs on, called Big Kids. The book is about a high school kid who hangs with a crew that likes to beat him up. He’s also in a secret relationship with one of the guys who enjoys abusing him. One day his understanding of reality is torn away: he has “treed.” He can now perceive that he is an abstract plant-based guy with flower-bed shoulder-clusters and that the world is divided into twig beings and tree beings. Twigs are those that haven’t “treed” and are stuck perceiving the lower-tier level of existence. Trees perceive sensations more intensely, often as visual vibrations, colors and blobs. Trees acknowledge each other with silent looks as they pass in a crowded hall full of twigs. Trees relax their agitated nerves by soaking in swimming pools where they writhe and cavort in next-level ecstasy. Treeing is treated as an analog for maturing or changing in some sense, but just like growing your first pube, achieving this tree-status doesn’t seem to equate with achieving any extra-special wisdom worth bragging about. As the comic progresses, we even learn that it is possible to de-tree (or re-twig, if you like). Definitely a lot of ambiguous coming-of-age hooks that you can catch your own experiences on as you plow through this fine read.