The End

Overview

This is an expanded version of Anders Nilsen’s (Big Questions) comics meditation on his fiancée’s death.
Assembled from work done in Anders Nilsen’s sketchbooks over the course of the year following the death of his fiancée in 2005, The End is a collection of short strips about loss, paralysis, waiting, and transformation. It is a concept album in different styles, a meditation on paying attention, an abstracted autobiography and a travelogue, reflecting the progress of his ...

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Overview

This is an expanded version of Anders Nilsen’s (Big Questions) comics meditation on his fiancée’s death.
Assembled from work done in Anders Nilsen’s sketchbooks over the course of the year following the death of his fiancée in 2005, The End is a collection of short strips about loss, paralysis, waiting, and transformation. It is a concept album in different styles, a meditation on paying attention, an abstracted autobiography and a travelogue, reflecting the progress of his struggle to reconcile the great upheaval of a death, and finding a new life on the other side. The book blends Nilsen’s disparate styles, from the iconic simplicity and collaged drawings of his Monologues for the Coming Plague to the finely rendered Dogs and Water and Big Questions. Originally released in magazine form in 2007, The End has been updated and expanded to more than twice its original length, including a 16-page full-color section.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Writer and illustrator Nilsen (Big Questions) collects the short comics composed in his sketchbook following the death of his partner and offers them as one volume here. While very personal, the work gives readers much to identify with in its authentic depiction of grieving. In one of the most powerful pieces, “Since You’ve Been Gone I Can Do Whatever I Want All the Time,” which consists of a series of captioned illustrations that frequently show the author crying while trying to get through mundane tasks, Nilsen amazes in his ability to bring about laughter from tears. Much of the artwork is minimalistic. In “Talking to the Dead,” two silhouettes, one living and one dead, have an imagined conversation frame after frame. As the living character acknowledges coming up with the dead one’s answers, the very powerful reading communicates the mourning creator behind the pen.

Verdict Poignant, engaging, and philosophical, Nilson’s graphic memoir documents loss and is a testament to grieving. Fans of graphic memoirs will find the creator’s use of surprise appealing.—Brian Looker, Appleton P.L., WI
(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606996355
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
  • Publication date: 7/5/2013
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 991,427
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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