I did this interview when it was still warm outside. I remember talking on the phone with Sam while pacing on the porch. It was a nice chat. Maybe you’ll enjoy it, as well.
I’m going to Europe tomorrow to attend the giant international comics festival in Angouleme, France. I’ll be hanging with my 2 good friends, Alec Longstreth and Joe Lambert. We’ll be signing at the festival and signing at some shops in Paris and Brussels. I’ll have some zines and original art with me for sale. Come say hello.
Thanks to the french-language publisher of TEOTFW, l’employe du moi, for bringing me over.
I stole those images from Alec. Thanks, buddy. Owe you a beer. Go look at his blog post for a more detailed rundown of our trip.
I’ll be the one wearing the American flag cape.
It was a close race this year with the top two results being decided by a mere three point spread!
1. VERY CASUAL by Michael DeForge
2. LIFE ZONE by Simon Hanselmann
3. CELEBRATED SUMMER by Chuck Forsman
4. INCIDENTS IN THE NIGHT by David B
5. FRONTIER 2 by Hellen Jo
All of these titles are…
Charles Forsman rounds off a banner year with Celebrated Summer, an affecting trip through teenage ennui.
Read The End of the Fucking World Part one for free on What Things Do. The collected version is available from Fantagraphics. Perfect size for your father’s stocking. Please consider buying one. I want to buy a house by the time I am 60.
Thanks to Mr. Crane for having me aboard WTD. Honored to be in such esteemed company.
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This original graphic novella is a funny and moving story of escalating humor and tension between two disaffected teens, Mike and Wolf, who take a spontaneous summer road trip after dropping acid. As the stark black and white of Forsman’s cartooning indicates, however, this is not a psychedelic, Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby kind of trip. Instead of the escapism they crave from their fragile home lives, the LSD only heightens their sense of ennui, exacerbates their fears about the world they’re about to enter as adults, and creates doubts about everything they think they know.
Though it’s not entirely what they bargained for, will Mike and Wolf look back on their adventure as part of the “celebrated summer” of their never-to-be-recaptured youth, or a carelessly wasted part of the best years of their lives? Or both?