Monologues for Calculating the Density of Black Holes

Monologues for Calculating the Density of Black Holes

by Anders Nilsen
     
 

A creatively experimental laboratory, comprising a collection of free flowing stream-of-consciousness gags, strips, and drawings that slowly coalesce into an unexpectedly compelling and complex narrative.Monologues for Calculating the Density of Black Holes takes up where the artist's first volume, Monologues for the Coming Plague, left off. Like the Coming Plague,…  See more details below

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A creatively experimental laboratory, comprising a collection of free flowing stream-of-consciousness gags, strips, and drawings that slowly coalesce into an unexpectedly compelling and complex narrative.Monologues for Calculating the Density of Black Holes takes up where the artist's first volume, Monologues for the Coming Plague, left off. Like the Coming Plague, Black Holes is a creatively experimental laboratory, comprising a collection of free flowing stream-of-consciousness gags, strips, and drawings that slowly coalesce into an unexpectedly compelling and complex narrative. The hints of story that came together in Coming Plague are extrapolated and expanded upon and grow to incorporate some of Nilsen's other outre strips from the anthology MOME, two of which are reprinted here in expanded form. The book is an audacious investigation into the rhythms of storytelling, the blurring of media, and an exercise in reconciling contrasts. It is playful, provocative and serious all at once—another tour de force by Anders Nilsen, impeccably and uniquely designed, in black and white and color.

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Editorial Reviews

PLAYBACK:stl - Byron Kerman
“Anders Nilsen's comics have the rare power to generate queasy laughter... Random cruelty, futility, ennui, and an implied assault on human complacency are the order of the day. When Nilsen wants you to feel his boredom, or taunt you for your own, he's merciless... Nilsen is a relentlessly interesting comics creator. ...I'm looking forward to his next performance in the wasteland.”
Rob Clough
“Spare and scratchy where Nilsen's other work was detailed; loose and spontaneous where his other work was considered; and funny where his other work was melancholy. It's interesting to see the many influences that inform Monologues; there's a bit of absurdists like Ionesco, elements of Tom Stoppard's wit and philosophical musings, stream of consciousness dada in the style of Tristan Tzara, and oblique New Yorker type gags with the scratchy looseness of James Thurber and Saul Steinberg.”
Booklist
“The only famous artworks that fascinate like Nilsen’s stream-of-consciousness, existential farces are Samuel Beckett’s absurdist comedies.”
Anthem - Bryan Hood
“Anders Nilsen has placed himself alongside other young comic luminaries like Kevin Huizenga and Sammy Harkham...His beautiful meditations on grief and life after loss, have made his name one that readers can rely on for work that in not only good but also meaningful....definitely one of the more rewarding reading experiences of this very young year.”
Word on the Street - Jason Schueppert
“Anders Nilsen is a weird dude…[Monologues] help[s] cement his odd sensibilities and fantastic art…It’s a wild, gorgeous sketched ride from one of the more prominent members of the graphic novel elite.”
Dig Comics
“Anders Nilsen’s deceptively ordinary drawings are used here at first to depict the common theme of isolation, loneliness, dejection and alienation—all in a seemingly unremarkable narrative set of light pencil drawings and straightforward narrative device…the book stops talking with words, and shows pure graphic simplicity the degradation of the human soul….a progression of grotesque images which convey the impossible maze of our own minds.”
Byron Kerman - PLAYBACK:stl
“Anders Nilsen's comics have the rare power to generate queasy laughter... Random cruelty, futility, ennui, and an implied assault on human complacency are the order of the day. When Nilsen wants you to feel his boredom, or taunt you for your own, he's merciless... Nilsen is a relentlessly interesting comics creator. ...I'm looking forward to his next performance in the wasteland.”
Bryan Hood - Anthem
“Anders Nilsen has placed himself alongside other young comic luminaries like Kevin Huizenga and Sammy Harkham...His beautiful meditations on grief and life after loss, have made his name one that readers can rely on for work that in not only good but also meaningful....definitely one of the more rewarding reading experiences of this very young year.”
Jason Schueppert - Word on the Street
“Anders Nilsen is a weird dude…[Monologues] help[s] cement his odd sensibilities and fantastic art…It’s a wild, gorgeous sketched ride from one of the more prominent members of the graphic novel elite.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560979807
Publisher:
Fantagraphics Books
Publication date:
02/09/2009
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Anders Nilsen lives in Chicago, IL and online at margomitchell.com.

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