Big Questions Tour

Friday September 9th at 7 pm
Atomic Books
3620 Falls Rd, Baltimore, MD
(410) 662-4444

September 10th (11-7) and 11th (12-6)
Small Press Expo (SPX) @ Bethesda North Marriott Convention Center
5701 Marinelli Rd, Bethesda, MD

Tuesday September 13th
The Copacetic Comics Company
3138 Dobson St, 3rd floor. Pittsburgh, PA
(412) 251-5451

Wednesday September 14th 
Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth St, Philadelphia, PA
(215) 592-1207

Thursday September 15th 
192 Books
192 Tenth Ave, New York, NY
(212) 255-4022

Friday September 16th at 7 pm 
Desert Island
540 Metropolitan Ave. Brooklyn, NY
(718) 388-5087

Sunday September 18th
Brooklyn Book Festival at the Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY

Monday September 19th
Ada Books
717 Westminster Street, Providence, RI
(401) 432-6222

Wednesday September 21st 
The Center for Cartoon Studies
94 S. Main Street, White River Junction, VT
(802) 295-3319

Thursday September 22nd at 7 pm 
Librairie Drawn and Quarterly
211 Bernard O., Montreal, QC
(514) 279-2224

Saturday September 24th
The Beguiling
601 Markham Street, Toronto, ON
(416) 533-9168

Sunday September 25th 
Word on the Street Book Festival
Toronto, ON

OR – Big Questions Signing

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Anders Nilsen signs at Floating World Comics on Friday, July 29th, 2011!

Press Release

A haunting postmodern fable, BIG QUESTIONS is the magnum opus of Anders Nilsen, one of the brightest and most talented 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.

Floating World Comics
20 NW 5th Ave #101, Portland, OR 97209