The 306th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  April 27, 2021 at 7pm ET. ONLINE PRESENTATION VIA ZOOM. Please email comicssymposium@gmail.com to register for this event. Free and open to the public.

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Anders Nilsen: The Genealogy of a Story

Anders will discuss his current graphic-novel-in-progress Tongues, and how it has evolved out of several previous projects spanning his career, as well as its ancient roots in the lost plays of Aeschylus from the 5th century BCE. Until recently, most of Nilsen’s work has grown organically out of experiments and observations in his sketchbooks. Tongues, in contrast, is a culmination of elements and themes of several previous works from twenty years drawing pictures and telling stories. In his talk Anders will discuss his work process, the genesis of ideas, stealing characters from oneself, and the peculiar fact that every story has its own particular life history.

Anders Nilsen is the artist and author of ten books including Big Questions, The End, and Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow. His work has been featured in the New York Times, The Believer, Mome, Kramer’s Ergot and elsewhere. His books have been translated into several languages overseas and his painting and drawing have been exhibited internationally. Nilsen’s work has received three Ignatz awards as well as the Lynd Ward Prize for the Graphic Novel, and Big Questions was listed as a New York Times Notable Book. Nilsen has also been both a participant and organizer of Pierre Feuille Ciseaux, an experimental collaborative comics residency based in France. He currently lives in Los Angeles.