Anders Nilsen (cartoonist)

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Anders Nilsen
Anders Nilsen BBF 2011 Shankbone.JPG
Nilsen at the 2011 Brooklyn Book Festival
Born Anders Brekhus Nilsen
1973 (age 43–44)
Nationality American
Area(s) Cartoonist
Notable works
Big Questions
Don't Go Where I Can't Follow
'Dogs and Water

Anders Nilsen (born 1973) is an American cartoonist who lives in Portland, Oregon.


Nilsen graduated with an art degree from the University of New Mexico in 1996.[1] He moved to Chicago in 1999 to get a Master of Fine Arts in painting,[1] but dropped out after one year.

Nilsen's comics have appeared in the anthologies Kramers Ergot[2] and Mome.[3] 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. In 2007, Nilsen won an Ignatz Award for his graphic memoir, Don't Go Where I Can't Follow, and in 2012, he won an Ignatz Award for Big Questions, a collected edition of his comic book series.

Nilsen is co-founder of Autoptic,[4] a bi-annual festival of independent comics and art culture that takes place in Minneapolis. He is also one of the organizers of comics residency Pierre Feuille Ciseaux.[5]


  • 2001: Xeric Award for The Ballad of the Two-Headed Boy
  • 2005: Ignatz Award for Dogs and Water
  • 2007: Ignatz Award for Don't Go Where I Can't Follow
  • 2012: Ignatz Award for Big Questions
  • 2012: Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize for Big Questions

Selected works[edit]


  1. ^ a b Nilsen, Anders. "Afterword," Big Questions, or Asomatognosia (Drawn and Quarterly, June 2011), p. 589.
  2. ^ Kramers Ergot #6 page at publisher's website Archived February 20, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Fantagraphics: Mome page at publisher's website". Retrieved 4 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Autoptic homepage". Retrieved 4 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Pierre Feuille Ciseaux". Retrieved 4 March 2016. 

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