Anders Nilsen
BornAnders Brekhus Nilsen
1973 (age 48–49)
Notable works
Big Questions
Don't Go Where I Can't Follow
'Dogs and Water

Anders Nilsen (born 1973) is an American cartoonist who lives in Los Angeles, California.


Nilsen graduated with an art degree from the University of New Mexico in 1996.[1] He moved to Chicago in 1999 to get a Master of Fine Arts in painting,[1] but dropped out after one year.

Nilsen's comics have appeared in the anthologies Kramers Ergot[2] and Mome.[3] 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. In 2007, Nilsen won an Ignatz Award for his graphic memoir, Don't Go Where I Can't Follow, and in 2012, he won an Ignatz Award for Big Questions, a collected edition of his comic book series.

Nilsen is co-founder of Autoptic,[4] a bi-annual festival of independent comics and art culture that takes place in Minneapolis. He is also one of the organizers of comics residency Pierre Feuille Ciseaux at the Angoulême International Comics Festival.[5][6][7] Nilsen has been regularly holding lectures and workshops at various organizations, including Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok,[8] Forecast program in Berlin,[9][10] Center for the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin,[11] Center for Cartoon Studies,[12] and Stanford University.[13][14]


Selected works


  1. ^ a b Nilsen, Anders. "Afterword," Big Questions, or Asomatognosia (Drawn & Quarterly, June 2011), p. 589.
  2. ^ Kramers Ergot #6 page at publisher's website Archived February 20, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Fantagraphics: Mome page at publisher's website". Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Autoptic homepage". Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Anders Nilsen". Retrieved 2019-08-24.
  6. ^ "Exposition Pierre Feuille Ciseaux #6 - Festival de la Bande Dessinée". (in French). Retrieved 2019-08-24.
  7. ^ "Pierre Feuille Ciseaux". Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  8. ^ Verstappen, Nicolas (2018-06-10). ""Adjacent Panels" part 1/2; parallel Comics Open Studios led by Belgian cartoonist Ephameron and American cartoonist Anders Nilsen, with students in Communication Design, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand". Retrieved 2019-08-24.
  9. ^ "Open call and leading mentors for fourth edition - Announcements - Art & Education". Retrieved 2019-08-24.
  10. ^ "Anders Nilsen – Forecast". Retrieved 2019-08-24.
  11. ^ "Anders Nilsen | UW-Madison Center for the Humanities". Retrieved 2019-08-24.
  12. ^ "You searched for anders nilsen". The Center for Cartoon Studies. Retrieved 2019-08-24.
  13. ^ Calendar, Stanford Event. "Rage of Poseidon: Finding New Meanings in Old Stories (Anders Nilsen)". Retrieved 2019-08-24.
  14. ^ "Anders Nilsen at Stanford: Graphic Narrative Project". Drawn & Quarterly. 2014-01-21. Retrieved 2019-08-24.


Notable Reviews