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Christopher Forgues
Christopher Forgues
Born1979 (age 39–40)
ResidenceProvidence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Other namesC.F., Chris Forgues
Alma materMassachusetts College of Art and Design
Known forCartoons, Graphic Novels, Music

Christopher "Chris" Forgues, (also known professionally as C.F. and Kites),[1] is an artist and musician, best known for his graphic novel serial Powr Mastrs.[2] He is based in Providence, Rhode Island.


He holds a B.F.A. from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.[citation needed][when?] C.F. was influenced in the 2000s by the Fort Thunder art collective in Providence, Rhode Island and did some worked with them.[3] C.F. collaborated with Ben Jones on a zine project called "Paper Radio".[4][5][3] Art in America magazine named Forgues one of the, "most important cartoonists of their generation" for his work with Paper Radio.[3]

His graphic novel series, Powr Mastrs, is published by Picturebox. His story "Mosfet Warlock and the Mechlin Men" was included in The Best American Comics 2009, edited by Charles Burns. His work has also been published in Kramers Ergot, and has been shown at galleries in New York and Los Angeles.[6][7] Forgues has a monthly comic strip, Monorail High, in Mothers News, a monthly newspaper published in Providence, Rhode Island.[8]

His comics and graphic novels make heavy use of surrealism and absurdity, while often paying homage to older comic genres such as pulp.[9][10] He has been praised by The Comics Reporter for his skills at "overlooked nuances of comics storytelling, in particular pacing".[11]

As a musician, Forgues has toured the United States several times, also appearing in Europe and Canada. Forgues employs homemade electronics, effects pedals, and altered acoustic instruments.

Selected work[edit]


  • Kites: Royal Paint With The Metallic Gardener From The United States Of America Helped Into An Open Field By Women And Children (2004)[12]
  • Kites: Peace Trials (Load Records, 2006)
  • Kites: Hallucination Guillotine/Final Worship (Load Records, 2008)
  • Daily Life: Necessary and Pathetic (Load Records, 2010)


  • Brinkman, Matt; Forgues, Christopher; Simmons, Josh; Smyth, Fiona (2005). Free Radicals. PictureBox. ISBN 097136706X.
  • F., C. (2007). Powr Mastrs: Volume 1. PictureBox. ISBN 0978972287.
  • F., C. (2008). Gale, David; Ellery, Jonathan (eds.). Powr Mastrs: Volume 2. PictureBox. ISBN 978-0-9815622-1-6.[13]
  • Powr Mastrs Vol. 3 (PictureBox, 2010)
  • Sediment (PictureBox, 2011)
  • Mere (PictureBox, 2013)
  • Forgues, Christopher (2019). Pierrot Alterations. Anthology Editions. ISBN 1944860231.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Chris Forgues (Kites, Fort Thunder) releases Powr Mastrs #3 comic, would like to buy a vowel". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  2. ^ "NO PHOTOS EXTRA - CHRISTOPHER FORGUES". Vice Magazine. 2009. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Nadel, Dan (2016-04-28). "Punk and Hippie". Art in America. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  4. ^ Beaty, Bart; Woo, Benjamin (2016). The Greatest Comic Book of All Time: Symbolic Capital and the Field of American Comic Books. Springer. p. 71. ISBN 1137531622.
  5. ^ Chiaverina, John (16 September 2015). "Paul's Pile Of Papers: Paul Bright On His Paper Rad Collection And Forthcoming Book". ARTnews. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  6. ^ Collins, Sean T. (17 January 2012). "Kramers Ergot 8". The Comics Journal. Fantagraphics Books. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  7. ^ ""Comics" by C.F." (PDF) (Press release). Brooklyn, NY: Beginnings—. 31 January 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  8. ^ James-Wilson, Matthew (30 January 2018). "Jacob Berendes" (18). FORGE. Art Magazine. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  9. ^ Winslow-Yost, Gabriel (22 July 2013). "The Joys of 'Mere'". The New York Review of Books. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  10. ^ Miranda, Carolina A. (10 October 2014). "5 artists to watch from 'The Best American Comics of 2014'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  11. ^ "A Profile of Christopher "C.F." Forgues". The Comics Reporter. October 30, 2003. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
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  13. ^ "Powr Mastrs: Volume 2 (Review)". Publishers Weekly. Jan 5, 2009. Retrieved 22 April 2013.