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Book Title: Monologues for the Coming Plague|
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The author of the book: Anders Nilsen
Date of issue: August 17th 2006
ISBN 13: 9781560977186
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 4.55 MB
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Nilsen's work here is a throw back to the absurd -- to Harold Pinter or Samuel Beckett or Eugène Ionesco. Driven my angst and the fear of nihilism the cartooning washes over you like a philosopher's dream or a chapbook by William Blake rewritten by Franz Kafka.
I found myself going back over pages past and reading the unfolding imagery again -- the better to catch the meaning and savour the simple line work and graphic mix.
I loved Monologues for the Coming Plague more than Monologues for Calculating the Density of Black Holes which is less inventive and more engaged in the strict business of story telling. A confusing Absurd rules more in the latter work so that substance, and a sense of motivation, I think, is lost.
The irony of Nilsen's comics is that they are primary empty space and the activity -- such as it is -- occupies only a small part of each page. It's not even about doing stuff so much as the relationship between things whose intrinsic nature may change in line with the....drift in the monologue.
Just as with Ionesco's characters may turn into rhinoceroses or, as with Beckett, into garbage cans -- Nilsen uses the same 'out of body' experience to tweak our thinking.
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Read information about the authorAnders Nilsen (born 1973) is a popular artist and graphic novelist who grew up in Minneapolis and lives in Chicago, IL.
He works on an ongoing comic series, Big Questions (Drawn and Quarterly), which has been nominated several times for the Ignatz Award. In addition, his comics have appeared in the anthologies Kramers Ergot and Mome. 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. Other, more recent works include a graphic memoir, Don't Go Where I Can't Follow and a comic The End.
He is a member of The Holy Consumption, a Chicago-based group of comic artists, who collectively blog and post images of their current projects. The Holy Consumption also includes Jeffrey Brown, John Hankiewicz, and Paul Hornschemeier. Nilsen also hosts his own blog called the monologuist.
Nilsen played guitar on two tracks on the debut album of the New York City noise-jazz trio Talibam!
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