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Celebrated Summer

Details for this: Book
Author: Charles Forsman
Format: Softcover
Pages: 68
Dimensions: 7.75" x 10.25"
Colors: black and white
Year: 2013
Publisher: Fantagraphics
ISBN-10: n/a
ISBN-13: 978-1-60699-685-0
Additional Details: Flexibound covers
Digital edition available from comiXology

Price: $16.99

 


Ranked #1 on The A.V. Club's Best Graphic Novels and Art Comics of 2013

Ranked #15 on The Best Comics of 2013 by Timothy Callahan of Comic Book Resources

Ranked #11 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

One of Kelly Froh's Best Comics of 2013 at the Atomic Books Blog

Ranked #3 on the Lucky's Comics 2013 Customer Poll

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 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?

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"Isolated and longing to connect, Chuck Forsman's Wolf reminds me of other great characters like Charlie Brown and Holden Caulfield. Celebrated Summer is a primal scream drawn in a casual, hypnotic monotone. Few comics are this soulful. Few cartoonists can make work this assured." – James Sturm

"I love the spare elegance of Chuck’s storytelling style. I also love, in this book in particular, his relaxed approach to examining the lives of his characters." – Chester Brown

"Unexpectedly, almost secretly lovely, Celebrated Summer has a sadness and listlessness at its core that resonates much louder...Forsman gets in and out quickly, not making more of this tale of suburban apathy than needs making, which only makes his story that much more poignant." –Katie Haegele, Santa Barbara News Press

"Forsman is a master of silences - few cartoonists are as articulate with words left unsaid - and this utterly recognizable and deceptively simple story speaks volumes without saying much at all." -Josh, Locust Moon Comics

Praise for Charles Forsman's The End of the Fucking World:

Ranked #9 on Tucker Stone's "19 Best Comics of 2012" at The Comics Journal

Ranked #11 on Comic Book Resources' "Best Comics of 2012"

Ranked #2 on Same Hat's "17 Favorite Comics of the Year"

"The most beautiful piece of Americana made in years. Every page Forsman draws is a minimalist masterpiece. Huge and heartbreaking. A modern triumph disguised as an episode of Peanuts. – Matt Seneca

"The awkwardness, the urgency, the sense of discovery, the sense of revulsion — it’s all true, even if you’ve never stuck your own hand in a garbage disposal." – Sean T. Collins

"Great stuff." – Frank Santoro

"[TEOTFW] exemplifies what exactly it is I love about comics. It’s lo-fi yet stylistic, subtle yet visceral – a version of Bonnie and Clyde bled through the lens of Gus Van Sant's Paranoid Park." – Spandexless

"This is a crime comic disguised as a slacker-road-trip comic, and Forsman delivers its methodical hum eight pages at a time with an astounding precision." – Comic Book Resources

"[TEOTFW] pulls you in like no other comic this year. Stunning in its simplicity and brave in its subject matter." – MTV.com



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