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Charles Forsman
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Lives in Hancock, MA
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"Through narrative tricks of dueling perspectives and his clean, minimalist lines, Forsman muffles his hard screaming and, in so doing, makes you lean in to hear what he is saying. In a world of gray areas, what is brought forth when you communicate in the clarity of black and white? There's a morality at work in this book, but you have to confront your own conceptions first before you can take on this message."  

I pick +Charles Forsman's THE END OF THE FUCKING WORLD (published by +Fantagraphics Books Inc.) as my favorite Graphic Novel of 2013 
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This is my new book coming this month from Fantagraphics Books.
Celebrated Summer
by Charles Forsman

68-page 7.75" x 10.25" black & white flexibound softcover • $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-685-0

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?

"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
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  • Oily Comics
    Cartoonist, 2007 - present
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Hancock, MA
Los Angeles, CA - Providence, RI - White River Junction, VT - Mechanicsburg, PA
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I am a cartoonist of comic books and comic strips and also a graphic designer and illustrator at times. I learned to do such things while enrolled at The Center for Cartoon Studies in which I graduated in 2008.

I grew up in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania and currently reside in Hancock, MA. I publish mini-comics as Oily Comics and continue to draw my own.

• Awesome Anthology (2007, Evil Twin)
• Awesomer 2: Awesomer (2009, Top Shelf)
• Sundays (2007)
• Sundays 2 (2008)
• Sundays 3 (2009)
• Sundays Forever Changes (Editor, 2011)
Sundays 5 (2012)
• Monster (2010)
• Kids (2011)
• Mome #22 (2011, Fantagraphics)

Comic Books:
• Drunks (2007)
• Snake Oil #1 (2008)
• Snake Oil #2 (2008)
• Snake Oil #3 (2009)
• Snake Oil #4 (2009)
• Snake Oil #5: WOLF (2009)
• Snake Oil #6: The Ground is Soft (2010)
• Snake Oil #7 (2012, Retrofit Comics)
Snake Oil #8 (2012, SpaceFace Books)
The End of the Fucking World #1-16 (2011-13, Oily Comics)
Teen Creeps #1-ongoing (2013, Oily Comics)

Graphic Novels (long comic books):
The End of the Fucking World (2013, Fantagraphics)
• Celebrated Summer (2013, Fantagraphics)

• Gerry & Olga (2009)
• The Very Heart of Now (2010)
• Clubfoot (2009, Daily Cross Hatch, 7 Days)


• Let's Take the Kids book cover (2011, Countryman Press)
• Discover the Oceans (2009, Nomad Press)
• Chapter Icons for numerous titles in Backroads & Byways series of travel books (Countryman Press)
Logo Design for Retrofit Comics (2011)

• Indie Spinner Rack Scholarship (2008)
• Ignatz Awards (2008)
~best series
~best single issue (Snake Oil #1)
• Best American Comics 2009, notable works
• Best American Comics 2010, notable works
~Snake Oil #1
~Snake Oil #2

Bragging rights
My tee-ball the team, the Pop's Pizza Yankees went 14-0.
  • Center for Cartoon Studies
    Cartoons, 2006 - 2008
  • mechanicsburg area senior high
    1997 - 2001
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