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Don't Go Where I Can't Follow

Anders Nilsen

A STORY OF LOVE AND LOSS INSCRIBED IN PHOTOGRAPHS, POSTCARDS, LETTERS, AND BEDSIDE SKETCHES

In this collection of letters, drawings, and photos, Anders Nilsen chronicles a six-year relationship and the illness that brought it to an end.
Donít Go Where I Canít Follow is an eloquent appreciation of the time the author shared with his fiancťe, Cheryl Weaver. The story is told using artifacts of the coupleís life together, including early love notes, simple and poetic postcards, tales of their travels in written and comics form, journal entries and drawings done in the hospital during her final days. It concludes with a beautifully rendered account of Weaverís memorial that Glen David Gold, writing in the L.A. Times, called ď16 panels of beauty and grace.Ē Donít Go Where I Canít Follow is a deeply personal romance, and a universal reminder of our mortality and the significance of the relationships we build.
Originally published as a limited edition in 2006, this collection includes a new afterword written by Nilsen, the author of the New York Times Notable Book and Lynd Ward Prize winning graphic novel Big Questions.

Hardcover, 9.75" X 7.5", Full-Color

ISBN: 9781770460911

$19.95 US / $19.95 CDN

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Rage of Poseidon

Anders Nilsen

A WISE AND FUNNY COLLECTION OF MODERN-DAY PARABLES ABOUT THE TIES BETWEEN HUMANS AND THEIR GODS

Imagine you are Poseidon at the dawn of the twenty-first century. The oceans are dying and sailors have long since stopped paying tribute. They just don't don't need you anymore. What do you do? Perhaps, seeking answers, you go exploring. Maybe you end up in Wisconsin and discover the pleasures of the iced latte. And then, perhaps, everything goes wrong.

Anders Nilsen, author of Big Questions and Donít Go Where I Canít Follow, explores questions like these in his newest work, a darkly funny meditation on religion and faith with a modern twist. Rage of Poseidon brings all of the philosophical depth of Nilsenís earlier work to bear on contemporary society, asking how a twenty-first century child might respond to being sacrificed on a mountaintop, and probing the role gods like Venus and Bacchus might have in the world of today. Nilsen works in a unique style for these short stories, distilling individual moments in black silhouette on a spare white background. Above all, though, he immerses us seamlessly in a world where gods and humans are more alike than not, forcing us to recognize the humor in our (and their) desperation.

Rage of Poseidon is devastating, insightful, and beautiful hewn; itís a wry triumph in an all-new style from a masterful artist.

October / $29.95 / 8 x 10.5 / 80 pages / b&w / accordion hardcover



ISBN: 9781770461284

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Dogs & Water (hardcover edition)

Anders Nilsen

"Nilsen creates an epic landscape of desolation and doubt" --New City Chicago

"Nilsen's sparse, thinly rendered line work adds to the level of existential discomfort that the artist seems to excel at... 'Dogs and Water' stays with you a lot longer than most recent comics, easily marking it as one of the best of the year." --Harrisburg Patriot News

"Nilsen's art is filled with amazing white space showing a true sense of human loneliness. Above all else, the work echoes our need to be heard, even if only by ourselves." --Punk Planet


Dogs & 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.


Dogs & Water received an Ignatz award for "Outstanding Story" and has been translated into several languages.

This hardcover edition features a few new pages and panels not included in the original saddle-stitched comic.

ISBN: 9781897299081

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Big Questions #14

Anders Nilsen



ISBN: 9781770460270

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Big Questions #13

Anders Nilsen



ISBN: 9781770460157

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Big Questions (paperback)

Anders Nilsen

August 2011

A haunting postmodern fable, BIG QUESTIONS is the magnum opus of Anders Nilsen, one of the brightest and most talented young cartoonists working today. This beautiful and minimalist story, collected here for the first time, is the culmination of ten years and over 600 pages of work that details the metaphysical quandaries of the occupants of an endless plain, existing somewhere between a dream and a Russian steppe. A downed plane is thought to be a bird and the unexploded bomb that came from it is mistaken for a giant egg by the group of birds whose lives the story follows. The indifferent and stranded pilot is of great interest to the birds- some doggedly seek his approval, while others do quite the opposite, leading to tensions in the group. Nilsen seamlessly moves from humor to heartbreak. His distinctive, detailed line work is paired with plentiful white space and large, often frameless panels, conveying an ineffable sense of vulnerability and openness.

BIG QUESTIONS has roots in classic fable- the story's birds and snakes have more to say than their human counterparts and there are hints of the classic hero's journey, but the easy moral that closes most fables is left here as open and ambiguous. Rather than lending its world meaning, Nilsen's parable lets the questions wander out to go where they will.

Paperback, 7.25 x 9.25, colour, 658 pages

ISBN: 9781770460478

$44.95 US / $44.95 CDN

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Big Questions #11: Sweetness and Light

Anders Nilsen

Acclaimed cartoonist Anders Nilsen continues his surrealist trek through the queries and conundrums of life that plague the minds of reptile, fowl, and mammal alike. In the eleventh issue of Big Questions, Nilsen's detailed yet minimalist visual style continues to grow in answer to the complexity of the concepts he addresses in his writing. It begins at the dead of night. The Idiot sleeps, the Pilot dreams. He seems to wake momentarily, sleepwalking out into the night on a curious errand. One injured bird also wakes after days of unconsciousness and leads his protector, the reluctant Louis, on a slow crawl toward the site of the explosion that wounded him. Philo shares a late night conversation and midnight snack with a crow. The dogs squabble.

ISBN: 9781897299821

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Big Questions #10: The Hand That Feeds

Anders Nilsen

October 2007

Anders Nilsen is recognized as being one of the most talented new cartoonists in recent years. Aside from having authored the books Don't Go Where I Can't Follow and The End (Fantagraphics), Nilsen is also known for his somber and haunting comic series, Big Questions. Issue #10 sees night fall at the crash site. Tensions flare among the birds in skirmishes over food and loyalty, blood is drawn. The crows watch, amused and make way for wild dogs.

ISBN: 9781897299432

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Don't Go Where I Can't Follow

Anders Nilsen

"Don't Go Where I Can't Follow is both a tribute by a good artist to the life and death of a woman he loved and to the redemptive power of art." --Los Angeles Times

"...a glimpse into a real relationship that ended far too soon. The definition of heartbreaking." --Nashville City Paper

"This story is, obviously, very personal, but ultimately I think it isn't exclusive. It feels incredibly particular to me, still, but it's just love and loss. And everyone, for better or worse, can relate to that." --Anders Nilsen


Don't Go Where I Can't Follow is a tender collection of letters, photographs, and drawings Anders Nilsen has compiled in memory of his fiancee, Cheryl Weaver, who died of cancer in November 2005. It is an appreciation of the time they shared together, and a heart-breaking account of the progression of her illness. From early love notes, simple and poetic postcards, and tales of their travels together in written and comics form, to Nilsen's journal entries and drawings done in the hospital during her final days, and the beautifully rendered tear-jerking account of Weaver's memorial, Don't Go Where I Can't Follow is a deeply personal romance, and a universal reminder of our mortality and the significance of the relationships we build.



ISBN: 1-897299-14-1

$17.95 US / $17.95 CDN

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Big Questions #15

Anders Nilsen

Nilsen creates an epic landscape of desolation and doubt"
-NEW CITY CHICAGO

The conclusion of the landmark existentialist fable. The pilot follows two swans underground, crows laugh and insult one another, and the dead walk. Anders Nilsen has spent much of the past decade working on this 600 page Ignatz-nominated series.

ISBN: 9781770460461

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Big Questions #12: A Young Crow's Guide to Hunting

Anders Nilsen

The wounded bird Clay completes his slow crawl over the rim and into to the bomb crater. There he finds the lonely and depressed Betty. The two compare notes on the cataclysm's effects, and are shortly thereafter descended upon by three upstart crows on a lark and mission of revenge.


ISBN: 9781897299999

$5.95 US / $5.95 CDN

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Big Questions #5: Nothingness

Anders Nilsen

Betty's premonitions prove to be true. The Idiot starts to figure things out. And the consequences of decisions past weigh heavy on the birds.

ISBN: BQ#5

$5.00 US / $5.00 CDN

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Big Questions #4: Asomatognosia

Anders Nilsen

Charlotte delivers her evangelical theories on the mysterious egg. Betty struggles with her sense of duty as opposed to her own will and belief, and to the advice of Curtis. The squirrels have it in for Algernon, and he winds up below ground. The Idiot's life is about to change drastically, and we get a glimpse of Isaac, the pilot's, point of view.

Available for a limited time only in this photo-copied edition.

ISBN: BQ#4

$5.00 US / $5.00 CDN

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Big Questions #3: Astrophysics

Anders Nilsen

Alger searches for his missing home and his companion, Thelma; Donnie has little patience for Leroy's philosophical musings; the Idiot and his caregiver, whose health is failing, go about their daily routine; the bomb drops; and Leroy has a run-in with an owl.

A photocopied reprint of the issue that prompted Nilsen's grad-school drop-out, in favour of drawing comics. Anyone who was captivated by this evocative series with the later issues now has a chance to catch-up on its history.

ISBN: BQ#3

$5.00 US / $5.00 CDN

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Big Questions #8: Theory and Practice

Anders Nilsen

From 2005 Ignatz Award winner Anders Nilsen, Big Questions #8 features a rainstorm, an apparent drowning, the pilot losing himself in the forest, Algernon descending deeper underground than he could ever have imagined, and a return from the dead. The issue also features a synopsis of the story so far, an overview of the main characters, and a lesson in the anatomy of a giant. 40 pages, with a painted cover. Nilsen has also authored the successful one-shot Dogs And Water and appears regularly in Kramers Ergot.

ISBN: BQ#8

$5.95 US / $5.95 CDN

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Big Questions #7: Dinner and a Nap

Anders Nilsen

D+Q takes over publishing Big Questions, one of the best independent comics in recent years, written and drawn by rising star Anders Nilsen. Big Questions has evolved steadily from a modest Xerox project to its current ambitious state over the span of a few short years. Nilsen's work has garnered numerous grants, including the Xeric, and has earned him Ignatz award nominations for Promising New Talent and Outstanding Comic. Nilsen has also authored the successful one-shot Dogs And Water and appears regularly in Kramers Ergot. This issue of Big Questions features some of Nilsen's best artwork yet, which is accentuated by his somber, graceful storytelling.

ISBN: BQ#7

$4.95 US / $4.95 CDN

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Big Questions #6: Anoesia and the Matrideicidic Theophany

Anders Nilsen

Nilsen's own photocopied reprint edition, includes fold-out page. Limited quantity available.

While the idiot begins fending for himself, the plane hits his home. Algernon awakens underground, the pilot endures his post-crash frustration and the birds curiosity, and Louis & Morris arrive with disturbing news.

Note: the edition currently available has a black & white cover.

ISBN: BQ#6

$6.00 US / $6.00 CDN

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Big Questions #9: The Lost and Found

Anders Nilsen

Anders Nilsen's Big Questions series continues.

Betty defends the explosion site against hungry crows, who scavenge their meal elsewhere. The pilot and the idiot have an encounter, and their relationships with the finches evolve. Meanwhile, Alger's journey through the underground holds a bitterweet surprise. The predators philosophize.

October 2006.

ISBN: 9781894937986

$6.95 US / $6.95 CDN

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