Artist, writer Anders Nilsen to discuss award-winning graphic novel

October 22, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- In "How to Grow a 600 Page Comic Book in 15 Years or Less," Anders Nilsen will talk about his comics and graphic novel, "Big Questions," at 2 p.m. Nov. 9, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library. Last spring, Nilsen won the second annual Lynd Ward Prize for Graphic Novel of the Year for "Big Questions," published in 2011 by Drawn & Quarterly. Sponsored by Penn State University Libraries and administered by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, the Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize is presented annually to the best graphic novel, fiction or non-fiction, published in the previous calendar year by a living U.S. citizen or resident. In the current year, this has been expanded to include Canada.

Nilsen is also the artist and author of "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 two Ignatz awards and "Big Questions" was listed as one of 100 notable books of 2011 by The New York Times. His illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, Interview, Time Out, the Utne Reader 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.

The award and Nilsen's visit are co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book; Media Commons; and Penn State University Libraries, including Dean Barbara I. Dewey, The Eberly Family Special Collections Library, Library Learning Services and the Knowledge Commons. After his talk, there will be time for questions from the audience

The Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize honors Ward’s influence in the development of the graphic novel and celebrates the gift of an extensive collection of Ward’s wood engravings, original book illustrations and other graphic art donated to the libraries by his daughters Robin Ward Savage and Nanda Weedon Ward. Between 1929 and 1937, Ward published his six groundbreaking wordless novels — “Gods’ Man,” “Madman’s Drum,” “Wild Pilgrimage,” “Prelude to a Million Years,” “Song without Words” and “Vertigo.” The six books were re-issued in October 2010, by The Library of America, in a two-volume boxed set titled “Lynd Ward: Six Novels in Woodcuts.” This is the first time this nonprofit publisher has included a graphic novelist in its award-winning series.

For more information, questions about the physical access provided or the need to make arrangements for special accommodations at the Penn State site, contact Caroline Wermuth at or 814-863-5472.



  • A self portrait by Anders Nilsen.

    IMAGE: Penn State
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