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The End of the Fucking World (TEOTFW) [with Exclusive Signed Print]

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Author: Charles Forsman
Format: Softcover
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 5" x 6.5"
Colors: black & white
Year: 2013
Publisher: Fantagraphics
ISBN-10: n/a
ISBN-13: 978-1-60699-667-6
Additional Details: Digital edition available from comiXology and Sequential for iPad (download app here)

Price: $19.99
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Note: This print is limited to 50 copies and available only WHILE SUPPLIES LAST, first come first served. If you are seeing this message, the print is still available as of the previous business day; however, in the event that we run out, the print will not be backordered.

Ignatz2013 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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Praise for the mini-comic series:

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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