Tongues Tour: Vancouver, CA (Lucky's)
Nov
5
4:00 PM16:00

Tongues Tour: Vancouver, CA (Lucky's)

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Join Anders Nilsen at Lucky's Comics, Books, and Gallery in Vancouver Canada for a reading and discussion from the first chapter of his new long-form comic Tongues

Set in Modern Central Asia Tongues follows the intertwined stories of an imprisoned god, an East African orphan on an errand of murder and a young American man with a teddy bear, lost on the tattered fringes of the human world. It is a story of adventure and revenge and a meditation on human nature in the fraught present moment.

Tongues is loosely based on a trilogy by the ancient Greek playwright Aeschylus, of which two plays are lost and only dimly reconstructed by historians. Key to the story of Tongues is Prometheus’ role as creator and protector of humanity. In flashbacks and in Prometheus’ conversations with the eagle and others, the book will touch on humanity’s deep evolutionary past and its complicated prospects for a future. Tongues is both adventure story and meditation on human nature in our present fraught historical moment.

The full-color, large-format Tongues is Nilsen’s most ambitious work to date and marks a return to something a bit closer to the more traditional comics form he last explored in his multiple award winning Big Questions (Drawn and Quarterly, 2011).

The artist is serializing the book in large-format, full-color comics to be self-published and distributed in conjunction with No Miracles Press over the next few years until the story is complete.

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Short Run Comics Festival
Nov
4
11:00 AM11:00

Short Run Comics Festival

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Join Short Run's 7th annual Comics festival, as they feature over 270 exhibitor artists from around the world including artists from France, Peru, Taiwan, Argentina, Canada, the UK, and programming such as life-size coloring pages from Anders Nilsen’s “A Walk In Eden”, an art show "Cu Chi +0" featuring artists from the residency in Vietnam, animation curated by Clyde Petersen for Seattle Experimental Animation Team, “New Dream World:The Midnight Variety Hour” a performance by Sean Christensen, Daria Tessler, and other Portland artists, storytelling and drawing workshops with Tom Hart and Gemma Correll, panel talks with Leela Corman, Emil Ferris, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Jesús Cossio, Joe Sacco, Sarah Glidden, and much more! 

The book expo will take place at Fisher Pavilion, and this year creative programming will run concurrently at The Vera Project. Full schedule available on our website: http://shortrun.org/full-festival-schedule-nov-2nd-5th/

Special Guests: Anders Nilsen, Leela Corman, Tom Hart, Flora Kam (France), Julia Wertz, Gemma Correll (UK), Jordan Crane, Dash Grant winner Rebecca Artemisa; and shared guests through our partnership with International Comic Arts Forum (ICAF): Jesús Cossio (Peru), Moto Hagio (Japan), Emil Ferris, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Nick Sousanis, Gary Groth, Jim Woodring, Ramzi Fawaz.

Thanks to the generous support of The National Endowment for the Arts, The Norcliffe Foundation, 4Culture, Washington State Arts Commission, and Tulalip Cares. Media support by The Seattle Weekly and KUOW.

Accessibility info at Seattle Center: http://www.seattlecenter.com/about/accessibility.aspx

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Short Run Marathon Art Show and Pre-Party
Nov
3
6:00 PM18:00

Short Run Marathon Art Show and Pre-Party

  • Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery (map)
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Art by Leela Corman.

Art by Leela Corman.

Join Short Run and many artist exhibitors arriving into town! Featuring original artwork by Emil Ferris, Tom Hart, Leela Corman, Julia Wertz, Jordan Crane, Gemma Correll, nishat akhtar, Rebecca Artemisa, Anders Nilsen. Readings by Anders Nilsen and 2dcloud artists. Light beverages provided. 

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Tongues Book Tour: Minneapolis (Moon Palace)
Oct
28
4:00 PM16:00

Tongues Book Tour: Minneapolis (Moon Palace)

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Join Anders Nilsen at Moon Palace in Minneapolis, MN for a reading and discussion from the first chapter of his new long-form comic Tongues

Set in Modern Central Asia Tongues follows the intertwined stories of an imprisoned god, an East African orphan on an errand of murder and a young American man with a teddy bear, lost on the tattered fringes of the human world. It is a story of adventure and revenge and a meditation on human nature in the fraught present moment.

Tongues is loosely based on a trilogy by the ancient Greek playwright Aeschylus, of which two plays are lost and only dimly reconstructed by historians. Key to the story of Tongues is Prometheus’ role as creator and protector of humanity. In flashbacks and in Prometheus’ conversations with the eagle and others, the book will touch on humanity’s deep evolutionary past and its complicated prospects for a future. Tongues is both adventure story and meditation on human nature in our present fraught historical moment.

The full-color, large-format Tongues is Nilsen’s most ambitious work to date and marks a return to something a bit closer to the more traditional comics form he last explored in his multiple award winning Big Questions (Drawn and Quarterly, 2011).

The artist is serializing the book in large-format, full-color comics to be self-published and distributed in conjunction with No Miracles Press over the next few years until the story is complete.

 

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Comics Workshop: What Is Storytelling For?
Oct
27
4:00 PM16:00

Comics Workshop: What Is Storytelling For?

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For most vocations – plumbing, say, the law, farming, whatever – the social need one is fulfilling, the point, is fairly plain. But what is art making for? What is storytelling? Might it simply be a thinly veiled exercise in self-indulgence? Would that matter? Drawing from his own practice, experience and observation as well as from explorations in the literature of human nature, evolution and history, Anders Nilsen will discuss the sometimes surprising ways his own answers to these questions have evolved and unfolded since his time as a student, in parallel with his own work, over the course of a life and career spent drawing pictures and telling stories. Participants will be guided through a short series of collaborative comics exercises to further draw out the questions for their own practice.

Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Workshop participation is limited. 

 

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Folding and Unfolding: Graphics, Human Nature and Surprise
Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

Folding and Unfolding: Graphics, Human Nature and Surprise

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On Thursday, October 26th at 7pm cartoonist Anders Nilsen will be joined in conversation by Nadine Nakanishi and Nick Butcher of Sonnenzimmer for the release of two books: Nilsen's Tongues Chapter One and Sonnenzimmer's Café Avatar. The artists will each present their own new works and interview one another about the intersections of graphic design, book-making, human life and expression, and the particular strangeness of getting ideas across with pictures. Nilsen and Sonnenzimmer are each unusual exemplars of their mutual disciplines: both are at once highly respected practitioners in their chosen fields, as well as being noted iconoclasts and experimentalists. The conversation will be structured as a kind of game of reveals, injecting some of the unpredictability and surprise the artists have all fostered in their own work. Doors open at 6:30 pm. This event is free.

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Walk in Eden Coloring Book Release Party - Portland, Ore
Nov
12
3:00 PM15:00

Walk in Eden Coloring Book Release Party - Portland, Ore

Pull on your jam jams and pop in a binky, 2016 is a dystopian hellscape and one of the last ways to attenuate emotional survival is the regressive anesthetization of the adult coloring book party. Portland-based illustrator Anders Nilsen’s new book, A Walk in Eden draws inspiration from the illustrations of 19th-century scientist and botanist Ernst Haeckel with intricate natural scenes. Floating World Comics will be on hand selling books as well, and prizes will be awarded to outstanding coloring. (Yes, really.)
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Wordstock
Nov
5
11:30 AM11:30

Wordstock

  • Oregon Historical Society Museum (map)
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Fiction of the Absurd: Tales of the Weird, Wild, and Strange

Things get weird in these three new books. The last three citizens of a town populated by people with hereditary oddities face the last days of their community in Robert Hill’s The Remnants. The twelve stories in Alexandra Kleeman’s Intimations feature a room with no exit, an apocalypse of disappearance, and a house party wherein the key to survival is knowing the difference between fake and real blood. Anders Nilsen presents a fantastical view of primeval creation and a world void of humans in the illustrations of A Walk in Eden. Moderated by Amanda Nelson of Book Riot.

Advance tickets are $15 (day-of tickets $18) and include a wristband for all-day admission to the Portland Art Museum for the day. Attendees 17 and younger and anyone with a valid high school student ID attend the festival for FREE.

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