Anders Nilsen - Don't Go Where I Can't Follow - Dec 8

December 8, 2012 - 7:00pm
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Anders Nilsen

Boneshaker Books is excited to have local artist and author Anders Nilsen reading from his newly rereleased Don't Go Where I Can't Follow (Drawn and Quarterly) and upcoming book Rage of Poseidon. Known for a minimalist style, Nilsen's award-winning work speaks deeply to the human experience, whether exploring birds on an existential journey or his fiancée's last days living with terminal cancer.

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.

Anders Nilsen is the artist and author of the books Big Questions, Dogs and Water, Don't Go Where I Can't Follow, The End and Monologues for the Coming Plague, among other titles. His work has been translated into numerous languages and exhibited on three continents. He is the recipient of three Ignatz awards and his book Big Questions received the 2012 Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize and was listed as one of 100 notable books of 2011 by the New York Times. His illustration has appeared in the New York Times, The Chicago Reader, Interview, TimeOut, BOMB and on numerous book covers. He grew up in Minneapolis and Northern New Hampshire and studied art in New Mexico. After many years in Chicago he is currently living in Minneapolis.