Nilsen at the 2011 Brooklyn Book Festival
|Born||Anders Brekhus Nilsen
1973 (age 39–40)
|Notable works||Big Questions
Dogs and Water
|Awards||Xeric Award, 2000
2005 Dogs and Water
Nilsen's comic book series, Big Questions (Drawn and Quarterly), originated in 1996; it was his first foray into comics. Over Nilsen's 15 years of work on the project, it was nominated several times for the Ignatz Award; a collected edition was published in 2011.
In addition, Nilsen's comics have appeared in the anthologies Kramers Ergot and Mome. His graphic novel Dogs and Water won an Ignatz Award in 2005. An excerpt from Dogs and Water was featured in the inaugural 2006 edition of the Best American Comics anthology, and the book was expanded and reissued in hardcover in 2007. Other works include a graphic memoir, Don't Go Where I Can't Follow, and a comic, The End.
Nilsen is a member of The Holy Consumption, a Chicago-based group of cartoonists who collectively blog and post images of their current projects. The Holy Consumption also includes Jeffrey Brown, John Hankiewicz, and Paul Hornschemeier.
Nilsen played guitar on two tracks on the debut album of the New York City noise-jazz trio Talibam!
Nilsen is married.
- Dogs and Water, Drawn and Quarterly, October 2004 ISBN 1-894937-77-8
- Monologues for the Coming Plague, Fantagraphics, 2006 ISBN 978-1-56097-718-6
- Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow, Drawn and Quarterly, 2006 (reissued 2012) ISBN 1-897299-14-1
- The End, Fantagraphics Books, Coconino Press, January 2007 ISBN 978-1-56097-814-5
- Big Questions, Drawn and Quarterly, June 2011, ISBN 978-1-77046-047-8
- Official website
- Anders' blog, The Monologuist
- Anders Nilsen Bio in The Holy Consumption
- The Holy Consumption
- Original Art by Anders Nilsen
- Sex Advice From Anders Nilsen on Nerve.com
- Interview in The Nashville Review
- 4-part interview on Metabunker
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