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  • 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