Ed Templeton is fucking awesome… Maybe I should leave the review at that… No, let me add, his grandfather is awesome too.
Deformer is introduced by a page torn from Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s A Nasty Story, with most lines blanked out by pen, leaving two passages of poignancy and inspiration, quite sweetly setting the reader up for what lies beyond – a book about a man digesting and confronting his sense of self, and the reality and value of his emotions. This is Ed’s own Nasty Story.
Soon follows autobiographical recollections about family and a suburban hometown. And laced throughout the first part of the book are words of encouragement, and enthusiasm for being the man you want to be, from Gramps, along with sometimes funny, sometimes sinister snippets from Ed’s past – for example ‘An Embarrassing Report Card’ featuring all Fs (bar one C), and a diary entry about a sudden breakdown out of nowhere. All of this lays foundation to a hectic digression, which is essentially a printed version of Ed’s life, through pictures, drawings, paintings and notations.