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TEotFW follows James and Alyssa, two teenagers living a seemingly typical teen experience as they face the fear of coming adulthood. 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. His inviting, Charles Schulz-influenced style lends a deadpan quality that underscores the narrative's tension.
Forsman is arguably the most acclaimed talent to come out of the Center for Cartoon Studies 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, but certainly not his last.
"Forsman has crafted a comic that captures youth, frustration, and that deep, dark feeling that maybe things won't get better when you get older." — Publishers Weekly
"Ostensibly it’s the story of James and Alyssa, two very disturbed teenagers on the run, and their self-destructive and ultimately doomed journey. But on a more nuanced level it’s a far more subtle examination of human nature and what makes us what we are." — Broken Frontier