I Am Not Okay With This (Paperback)
A graphic novel about sexual repression and super powers in small-town America, from the creator of the TV series TEotFW.
Sydney seems like a normal 15-year-old freshman. She hangs out underneath the bleachers, listens to music in her friend’s car, and gets into arguments with her annoying little brother — but she also has a few secrets she’s only shared in her diary. Like how she’s in love with her best friend Dina, the bizarreness of her father's death, and those painful telekinetic powers that keep popping up at the most inopportune times. In this collection of the self-published minicomic series, Forsman expertly channels the teenage ethos in a style that evokes classic comic strips while telling a powerful story about the intense, and sometimes violent, tug of war between trauma and control.
About the Author
Charles Forsman's The End of the F***ing World graphic novel has been adapted into a critically acclaimed television series that is distributed by Netflix. He is also a graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies. He lives in Hancock, Mass.
Forsman's conclusion exerts a continued, nagging pressure once the book is through, hovering on the edge of your consciousness like Sydney's power-monster. It may be the only way to wind up a story that lurches so unpredictably from the ordinary to the ominous.
— NPR: Books
A vision of what the X-Men mythology might be like for a mutant who never got that reassuring visit from Professor X. This rocky journey it is as insightful as it is brutal.
Forsman’s ability to maintain the immediacy of Syd’s point of view without completely surrendering to it results in a complex piece of work and one of the most honest depictions of the emotional telescoping effect of both depression and adolescence.
— The Comics Journal
I Am Not Okay with This brings together teenage angst, PTSD, sexual confusion, classically retro visuals and telekinesis in one unmissable story.
— Broken Frontier
As with Forsman’s best work, it’s another troubling yet poetic exploration of young adults working through their mental pain via its physical projection.
— Publishers Weekly