Cover image for I am not okay with this / Charles Forsman.
I am not okay with this / Charles Forsman.
Title Variants:
I am not OK with this

I'm not okay with this

I'm not OK with this
Publication Information:
Seattle : Fantagraphics Books, [2018]
Physical Description:
175 pages : black and white illustrations ; 21 cm.
Sydney appears to be a normal, rudderless, suburban 15-year-old freshman. But she harbors a secret which threatens to overwhelm her.


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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.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Forsman (The End of the Fucking World) draws heavily on the aesthetics of classic Popeye comics in this dark tale of adolescence. Sydney is an apathetic and depressed 15-year-old girl, tasked by her school guidance counselor with keeping a journal to help sort out her feelings. This allows for pitch-perfect unreliable narration to run over visual depictions of events. Sydney's troubles are easily relatable: fights with her mother, grief and guilt over her father's death, a crush on her best friend, questions about her sexuality, and experiments with drugs. But Sydney is also burdened with a terrible power. Her rage manifests as a shooting pain which she can direct at others, causing nosebleeds, migraine headaches, and worse. She has to live through the pain right along with her victims, but sometimes that seems worth it. The pages are drawn with a scratchy quill pen line, with occasional subtle grays interrupting the harsh black and white. 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. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.