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Michel Fiffe’s COPRA and Charles Forsman’s Revenger Find New Publishers

COPRA Round One

Bergen Street Press has announced that COPRA and Revenger will no longer be published by them and each have found new publishers.

COPRA by Michel Fiffe and Revenger by Charles Forsman are praised indie comics and the move is so each will reach the “wider audience they deserve.”

The creators haven’t announced their new plans but both series are hot properties and can easily land at numerous publishers.

Fiffe took to Twitter to praise the publisher calling himself “lucky to have such compatriots” in his corner.

Bergen Street Press followed up saying they “have lots of plans” for the future but they are still figuring out their next moves.

Revenger Volume One

The End of the Fucking World, Reprinted!

Before The End of the Fucking World was a genre-bending, international smash hit on Netflix and Channel 4, it was the 2013 critically-acclaimed graphic novel by Charles Forsman, published (without the asterisks) by Fantagraphics Books! Re-released this past fall in a new hardcover edition, the book flew off the shelves within 24 hours of the hit series’ debut on Netflix last Friday. As a result, an ambitious third printing of The End of the Fucking World has been expedited and will hit stores in early February.

The End of the Fucking World is an eight episode series that premiered on Channel 4 and All 4 in the United Kingdom in October of 2017 and on Netflix internationally on January 5th, 2018. The show stars Jessica Barden and Alex Lawther as Alyssa and James, two teenagers whose predilections for nihilism spiral into horrific and humorous mayhem.

Originally self-published by Forsman in mini-comic form, The End of the Fucking World was collected and published as a softcover graphic novel by Fantagraphics in 2013. It was re-released in hardcover in late 2017 in anticipation of its small screen debut.

Pre-order your copy of The End of the Fucking World today from your local bookstore, comic shop, or directly.

Review: TEOTFW

The Secret life of Walter Mitty is one of those movies that no matter what walk of life you come form, you can relate to. His fantasies throughout the movie speaks to anyone and everyone who felt something towards someone. His fantasies with his object of desire is any boy who falls in love with a girl. His fights with the new boss, is anyone who has had a bad relationship with their supervisor. The movie made the viewer assured that every fantasy was too fantastical to be true.

Eventually, Mitty goes on his own real-life adventures, in the movie, ones which if you had a bucket list, these would be the places you ventured. Not once did he get the girl or hit his boss in the face, as his justice was assuredly passive aggressive. Therefore, when these impossible feats happen in real life, we all wish we could be in their shoes. So, when I heard about TEOTFW (The End of the F*$king World), where one of the main characters becomes nihilistic, and act upon these fantasies.

We meet James, a young adult, who goes through life, not caring about himself and is nonchalant about hi relationships and surroundings. This change when he meets Alyssa, his girlfriend, who despite his abuses, and violent behavior, is like a puppy dog in love. Eventually, James starts killing people, leaving a ton of bodies in his wake, and with the police on his trial, but James and Alyssa’s bond becomes even stronger. By book’s end, James and Alyssa got caught, but everyone who they across including the police officer hunting them, becomes affected this murderous duo.

Overall, a hard-hitting, frightening look at inhumanity and the darkness that occupies all of us, as it this is an exercise in restraint, and those without it. The story By Charles Forsman was scary, suspenseful, and disturbing. The art by Forsman reminds of Garry Trudeau’s work on Doonesbury. Altogether, a crazy ride, which will make the reader understand, that everyone is one bad choice from ruining their lives.

Story: Charles Forsman Art: Charles Forsman
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Small Press Expo Announces Charles Forsman and Andrew Aydin as Special Guests

Small Press Expo is proud to announce additional Special Guests for SPX 2017. The festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, September 16-17, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center and will have over 650 creators, 280 exhibitor tables and 22 programming slots to entertain, enlighten and introduce attendees to the amazing world of independent and small press comics.

SPX 2017 is honored to have the following creators as Special Guests to this year’s show:

CHARLES FORSMAN grew up in Mechanicsburg, Pa. After dropping out of high school he went on to work and flail until finding a home at the Center for Cartoon Studies, from which he graduated in 2008. He is the author of the acclaimed, Ignatz Award-winning graphic novel, The End of the Fucking World, which has been adapted into a live-action miniseries that premieres on Netflix in early 2018. He runs a micro-publisher, Oily Comics, and continues to draw comic books in Massachusetts.

ANDREW AYDIN serves as Digital Director & Policy Advisor to Congressman John Lewis in Washington, D.C., with whom he co-wrote the March series. While studying at Georgetown University in Washington, Andrew wrote his master’s thesis on the history and impact of Martin Luther King & The Montgomery Story. As March has grown into a bona fide phenomenon, Andrew continues to publish and lecture about the history of comics in the civil rights movement — including giving talks at the headquarters of both Google and Apple. Saturday only.

A 5 page Preview of Charles Forsman’s New Psychosexual Thriller Slasher

Meet Christina, a data-entry specialist in her early twenties. Seemingly timid and plain to her coworkers she harbors dangerous urges. A lion of sexual violence bubbles just below the surface. The only soul she shares these feelings with is a terminal boy named Joshua in a wheelchair that lives several states away. They strike up a love through the internet but have to keep it hidden from Joshua’s strict and over-attentive mother. Will these two broken people get the freedom to love each other or will Christina’s monster escape its cage and scratch that violent itch that taunts her?

A psychosexual thriller in the tradition of the films of Brian de Palma and David Cronenberg. This 5 issue series by Charles Forsman and published by Floating World Comics will leave you breathless and heartbroken.

Slasher #1 is available to order in this month’s Diamond Previews catalog – FEB171109


Charles Forsman Talks Revenger TPB

Revenger TPB Vol. 1For a period of about four or five months I kept seeing Charles Forsman name in my social media streams, talking about his new series called Revenger. So I looked over the previews and I liked that it had a look and feel similar to a few other cartoonists whose work I enjoy, namely Benjamin Marra and Michel Fiffe. Mainly what drew me in were the pages where Revenger is in a white background, nothing more than emptiness, no definition, her just killing clowns that are trying to attack and kill her with a baseball bats. There is no description of with the depicted action, we just have Revenger telling us what happened to her son, and why she’s doing this.

From there it goes into the story of a couple of teens who are in love, and of course the girlfriend is kidnapped and the boyfriend is upset and wants to get her back. So like any responsible boyfriend listens to rumors about a vigilante travels America righting  wrongs and the number to call is… 1-800-Revenger! He calls and leaves a message and a few days later Revenger shows up in his town. Here we find out that it’s a bad Town town where girlfriends can be kidnapped and racism is dripping off the local officials.

Now I don’t want to give away the rest because it really is great, but I do want to say that Forsman has got some really interesting tricks he uses in telling the story. For example, alot of times something will happen off panel, not necessarily violence, but sometimes violence. Often times it made me laugh, in the same way I laugh when I watch Rambo or the first Predator movie. Violence is something just woven into the fabric of America, and how we understand that is reflected in so much of our entertainment and national dialogue, I think Revenger is tapping into that, much the same way that the Punisher comics do. Helping us face questions about the how and why of justifiable violence. Not to get too deep on everybody, but just stating the obvious here.

Also I have to say that the physical comics themselves are perfect, the quality of paper and colors are just exactly what I want out of a comic. They are not printed on the high gloss paper generally found in big two books, but not on flimsy newsprint either, these things are solid, they feel like heirlooms.

Now since I didn’t want to review each individual issue, cause the collection of the first five issues just came out, I thought to do something a little more and managed to get Chuck Forsman to answer some questions through the e-mail. Here for your consideration are his responses, potentially incriminating I might add…

Graphic Policy: What inspired the choice to make the latest Revenger series take place at a different point in her history, and will we see more issues like this?

Chuck Forsman: I think it comes from just that I am always fascinated to learn about characters in different points in their lives. Originally I had imagined to keep going in a linear direction but I would need to be selling a ton of comics to keep that sort of momentum up. So that also influenced the decision. I figured it would be easier to get people to pick up the comics if they were more separated as opposed to one long narrative.

GP: Do you have a grand finale in mind or is Revenger more of an open ended story?

CF: Ummmm. a little bit of both. I don’t want to ruin any surprises but at the same time, I do enjoy keeping things a bit open. For me, that is the most fun about making comic books is that often you end up in unexpected places. A lot of my past work was much more open ended. I really enjoyed an improvised approach. I liken it to playing a game. You set up the rules and boundaries and set your characters off and see where things take you.

GP: What sort of non comics art influences you? (movies, paintings, books etc)

CF: Right, now it’s movies. The last few years I have really embraced that place where genre meets art. Directors like John Carpenter, Cronenberg, Kathryn Bigelow, Brian DePalma. People who worked in or on the cusp of Hollywood but are complete visionaries. I think those movies really brought me over to doing Revenger. My past work is for lack of a better term, decidedly more “indie.” My obsession with action, horror movies wasn’t waning and also my renewed interest of comics from the 70s-90s helped fuel the fire. Trying to find the art within industrial comics is an obsession that won’t go away for me anytime soon. So I guess doing an action comic book like Revenger…I saw it as a bit of a challenge for myself. It’s very different from my other work and I was curious to see how I would handle it.

GP: If you could have a cross-over with any comic character and Revenger, who would it be? (example, like Revenger vs. Daredevil or Batman or Bloodshot or whoever)

CF: Oh jeez, I would probably pick someone a bit more obscure. One of my favorite comics was this 1986 5-issue series from Marvel called Dakota North. North was billed as a late-80’s fashion icon that was a sort of investigator for hire. It was written by Martha Thomases and drawn by Tony Salmons. I encourage anyone to find those comics. They are very common in dollar bins. Salmons is just incredible. A very adept action cartoonist. But anyway, I could see Revenger and Dakota teaming up to taking down a corporate goon and maybe not getting along very well.

GP: What books are you reading now that excite you about comics? (regular old pictureless books are acceptable too of course)

CF: At the moment I am obsessed with collecting comics garbage, as my friends and I call it. I love going into the dollar bins at a convention or shops and flea markets and looking for stuff from the 80s mainstream. I always buy Klaus Janson comics when I see his stuff. Especially when he is working on his own doing pencils, inks, and colors. I especially like his 5 issues of the first Punisher ongoing and he did a small run on a comic called St. George from Epic. I’ve been looking at the layouts in St. George a lot for inspiration. Michel Fiffe turned me onto Trevor Von Eeden and I just read the first issue of his Green Arrow mini from the late 80s. Again, I just marvel at every page. Von Eeden is a master as graphic decision making.A lot of that stuff is unreadable but there were amazing artists that work doing incredible things that I love to surround myself with.

I also love to find self-published comics from the 80’s black and white boom. I kind of see it as garage rock from the 60s. After the beatles every teenager in every small town started a band and some of them even cut records. I feel like this happened in the 80s for a time. A lot of young people made these comics that most people would laugh at but I see something magical in them. Benjamin Marra likes to call it “the passion.” And I think that is a perfect description for the stuff I look for in these bins. Just finding people who made comics in their bedrooms and they were putting their all into it. Just giving it all they had. I think I see myself in this work. I don’t consider myself a very good artist so I think I am attracted to the idea of making what I do have work. I’ll try to name some titles off the top of my head. New York City Outlaws with the art of Ken Landgraf is a great comic. I just read the first issue of Dog by Joe Vigil. That book is incredible. It’s about  a tough dude who stumbles upon a tortured gay kid who spends his last moments talking to Dog. Then Dog gets angry and helps free the kids friends and kill the bikers responsible for torturing them. It is a visceral and satisfying read to be sure.

GP: Alright folks that’s it, go check out the official Revenger website where there is links to buy the comics direct from the creator, or get them digitally or demand your local shop get them!

MYFAKEHEAD is the online version of Benjamin Anthony, a former chef, janitor, lunatic, prisoner, cultist, clerk, tow motor operator (smooth) and currently an artist and writer. He is also morally and legally responsible for Super Awesome Comics. You can find him online at myfakehead.com and all your favorite social media internets.

SPX 2013: Ignatz Award Winners

The Small Press Expo was held this past weekend September 14 and 15th in Bethesda, Maryland and with it the annual presentation of the Ignatz Awards. Congratulations to all of the winners.

Winners are highlighted in bold.

Outstanding Artist

Lilli Carre for Heads or Tails
Michael DeForge for Lose #4
Miriam Katin for Letting It Go
Ulli Lust for Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life
Patrick McEown for Hair Shirt

Outstanding Anthology or Collection

Freddie Stories by Lynda Barry
Heads or Tails by Lille Carré
Peter Bagge’s Other Stuff by Peter Bagge
Stark #1 by Tusen Hjartan
Very Casual by Michael DeForge

Outstanding Graphic Novel

The Property by Rutu Modan
Susceptible by Genevieve Castree
Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life by Ulli Lust
When David Lost His Voice by Judith Vanistendael
You’ll Never Know Vol. 3: A Soldier’s Heart by Carol Tyler

Outstanding Story

“Arid” (Secret Prison #7) by Tom Hart
Birdseye Bristoe by Dan Zettwoch
“The Carnival” (Heads or Tails) by Lilli Carre
Gold Star by John Martz
“Neighbors” (Stark #1) by Joanna Hellgren

Promising New Talent

Sam Alden for Hawaii 1997 & Haunter
Nathan Bulmer for Eat More Bikes
Philippa Rice for Looking Out
Diana Thung for August Moon
Angie Wang for “The Teacup Tree” (Secret Prison #7)

Outstanding Series

The Hive by Charles Burns
Lose by Michael DeForge
Madtown High by Whit Taylor
Pope Hats by Ethan Rilly
Prison Pit by Johnny Ryan

Outstanding Comic

Hyperspeed to Nowhere 2: Return to Entropy by Lale Westvind
The Life Problem by Austin English
Looking Out by Philippa Rice
Pope Hats #3 by Ethan Rilly
St. Owl’s Bay by Simon Hanselmann

Outstanding Minicomic

The End of the Fucking World: Part 16 by Charles Forsman
Il Cammino Delle Capre by Kris Mukai and Zachary Zezima
Hawaii 1997 by Sam Alden
Layaway by Joseph Lambert
Powdered Milk Vol. 10: The Man Who Could Not Read by Keiler Roberts

Outstanding Online Comic

Bird Boy by Annie Szabla – http://bird-boy.com/
Haunter by Sam Alden – http://studygroupcomics.com/main/haunter-part-1-by-sam-alden/
Gabby’s Playhouse – Ken Dahl/Gabby Schulz – http://www.gabbysplayhouse.com/
July Diary by Gabrielle Bell – http://gabriellebell.com/2012/07/01/july-diary-day-one/
SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki – http://mutantmagic.com/

Charles Forsman Joins Forces With Fantagraphics

Charles Forsman Joins Forces With Fantagraphics 
Fantagraphics is proud to announce it has obtained the rights to the first two books by award-winning cartoonist Charles Forsman.
The first book, THE END OF THE FUCKING WORLD, will be released during the 2013 Spring / Summer season (exact release date t.b.a). The 128 page black and white graphic novel, which will include all twelve issues of the critically-acclaimed minicomic series, follows the unfeeling, sociopathic teen James and his earnest girlfriend, Alyssa, on the brink of adulthood.
The second book, to be released during our 2013 Fall Season, is an original graphic novella titled CELEBRATED SUMMER. This funny and moving story escalates the humor and tension between two acid-fueled teens, Mike and Wolf, on a turbulent road trip. CELEBRATED SUMMER is clocked in at 48 pages of resplendent black and white comics.
Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds says publishing Forsman was a “no-brainer.”
“Like a lot of folks, I’ve been reading Chuck’s minis for a few years and loving them,” says Reynolds. “He has a keen ability to write brutally honest and hilarious stories about adolescence, and pitch-perfect dialogue. His cartooning is also wonderful; I see echoes of very fine company, from Schulz to Huizenga, but it’s entirely Chuck’s voice.”
Forsman modestly says, “When I was a kid reading HATE and EIGHTBALL in my bedroom, I knew I wanted to be the kind of person that would make comics like those. Now that Fantagraphics has agreed to publish my comics, I guess I am now that person.”
Charles Forsman graduated from The Center for Cartoon Studies in 2008. That same year he won two Ignatz awards for his series, SNAKE OIL. Now, Forsman is himself a mini-comics publisher, called Oily Comics, and he also creates a monthly comic strip for Rhode Island newspaper, Mothers News. A consummate small-press advocate himself, Forsman created the Muster List to comic and zine lovers’ delight. He lives in Massachusetts with his partner, Melissa, and has a cat named Bruce.