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A Netflix series has New England roots, Berkshire ties

When the hit Netflix series “The End of the F***ing World” returns to screens Tuesday for a second season, many viewers can be excused for not knowing that the show began as a comic book. Even fewer probably know that the comic was conceived and created in the Berkshires by cartoonist Charles Forsman.

“At the New York Comic Con, a lot of people would see the book on the table and they’re like, wait, this is like the show?” Forsman said. “You can see it in their eyes. They’re trying to compute it and understand it. They’re probably thinking I ripped off the show.”

Forsman, originally from Pennsylvania, came to New England to attend the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, where he met his partner, Hancock, Mass., native and fellow cartoonist Melissa Mendes and moved to the Berkshires with her. “The End of the F***ing World,” Forsman’s story about a teenaged Bonnie and Clyde escaping from their dysfunctional and damaging families, began life as a self-published mini-comic, later published in collected book form by Fantagraphics Books. Its journey to Netflix is as unlikely as it is inspiring.

Netflix series ‘The End of the F***ing World’ has roots in New England was published November 1, 2019 published in the Bennington Banner