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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Anders Nilsen  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Other

Born: 1973 New Hampshire


-- Website -- http://www.andersbrekhusnilsen.com
-- Anders Nilsen on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=anders++nilsen


Illinois Connection

The author studied at the School of the Art Institute before working on comics full time. Nilsen still lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information


Published Works

  • Big Questions, Drawn and Quarterly, 2011
  • Dogs and Water, Drawn and Quarterly, 2007
  • Monologues for Calulcating the Density of Black Holes, Fantagraphics Books, 2009
  • Monologues for the Coming Plauge, Fantagraphics Books, 2006
  • Big Questions 12: A Young Crow's Guide to Hunting, Drawn and Quarterly, 2009
  • Don't go Anywhere I Can't Follow, Drawn and Quarterly, 2007
  • End, The Vol.1 (Ignatz), Fantagraphics, 2007
  • Big Questions #10: The Hand That Feeds, Drawn and Quarterly, 2007
  • Big Questions #11: Sweetness and Light, Drawn and Quarterly, 2008
  • Big Questions #8: Theory and Practice, Drawn and Quarterly, 2005


Selected Titles At Your Library

Big questions, or, Asomatognosia :
ISBN: 1770460446. OCLC Number:

Drawn & Quarterly,. Montréal :. c2011.

A graphic fable follows a group of birds who mistake a downed plane for a bird and its unexploded bomb for a giant egg.

Dogs & water /
ISBN: 1897299087. OCLC Number:

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"Dogs and Water "chronicles a piece of a lonely journey, without origin or destination. A young man wandering a nameless path has only a stuffed bear as a companion, which inertly endures his desperation, anger, and musings along the way. The landscape is cold and bleak with few landmarks, and offers only precarious encounters with animals and armed men. These interactions are rife with instinct, the drive for survival, and human ethics concerning the killed and injured. He finds acceptance with a pack of dogs, though their nature is wild and their potential threat is as unsettling as the sudden presence of a massive pipeline on the horizon. In a dreamlike state, the endless land becomes a vast body of water where his boat is destroyed and his body floats in a subconscious space. On land, the road disappears and only blind circumstance remains. All is uncertain and all can be lost, but he continues on regardless.

Monologues for calculating the density of black holes /
ISBN: 1560979801. OCLC Number:

Fantagraphics ;. Seattle, WA :. 2009.

A collection of simple drawings that reflect on topics related to life in the twenty-first century.

Monologues for the coming plague /
ISBN: 1560977183. OCLC Number:

Fantagraphics ;. Seattle, Wash. :. 2006.

The latest offering by the author of the award-winning Dogs and Water is a long series of drawings-almost scribbles-simple enough to be stuck on Post-it notes. Don't let this fool you; these almost-doodles make a deeply funny and moving book. Whether it's a scribble-headed guy spouting poetry or a woman having a conversation with the bird she's feeding, the short, goofy captions provide a spectrum of nuanced and subtle social commentary.

Don't Go Where I Can't Follow.
ISBN: 1894937937. OCLC Number:

Drawn & Quarterly Pubns,. . 2007.

The end.
ISBN: 1560978147. OCLC Number:

Fantagraphics Books,. Seattle, Wash. :. ©2007.

After losing his significant other, a man tries to piece his life back together.

Big questions
ISBN: 1897299826. OCLC Number:

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