2013 Ignatz Award Winner: Outstanding Minicomic (Issue 16 of the original series)
A "Notable Comic
" in The Best American Comics 2013 (Issues 1-7 of the original series)
Named one of Wired's Best Comics of 2013
Named one of ComicsAlliance's Best Comic Books of 2013
Ranked #4 (tie) on the Publishers Weekly Comics World 2013 Critics' Poll
One of Comics Bulletin's Top 10 Original Graphic Novels of 2013
Ranked #4 on The North Adams Transcript's Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2013 by John Seven
Ranked #6 on The Best Comics of 2013 by Timothy Callahan of Comic Book Resources
Ranked #24 on Rob Clough's Best of 2013: Top 25 Long-Form Comics at High-Low
One of Locust Moon’s Top 40 Comics of 2013
TEOTFW follows James and Alyssa, two teenagers living a seemingly typical teen experience as they face the fear of coming adulthood. Forsman tells their story through each character's perspective, jumping between points of view with each chapter. But quickly, this somewhat familiar teenage experience takes a more nihilistic turn as James's character exhibits a rapidly forming sociopathy that threatens both of their futures. He harbors violent fantasies and begins to act on them, while Alyssa remains as willfully ignorant for as long as she can, blinded by young love.
Forsman's story highlights the disdain, fear and existential search that many teenagers fear, but through a road trip drama that owes as much to Badlands as The Catcher in the Rye. Forsman’s inviting, Charles Schulz-influenced style lends a deadpan quality that underscores the narrative's tension. The End of the Fucking World is certain to be one of the most talked-about graphic novels of 2013.
Forsman is arguably the most acclaimed talent to come out of the Center for Cartoon Studies, a school founded in 2004 by graphic novelist James Sturm and educator Michelle Ollie in White River Junction, VT. Forsman graduated in 2008 and is a two-time Ignatz Award-winner for his self-published minicomic, Snake Oil. The End of the Fucking World is his first graphic novel.
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