Anders Nilsen (cartoonist)

Anders Nilsen (born 1973) is an American cartoonist who lives in Los Angeles, California.


Nilsen graduated with an art degree from the University of New Mexico in 1996. He moved to Chicago in 1999 to get a Master of Fine Arts in painting, but dropped out after one year.

Nilsen's comics have appeared in the anthologies Kramers Ergot and Mome. His graphic novel Dogs and Water won an Ignatz Award in 2005. An excerpt from Dogs and Water was featured in the inaugural 2006 edition of the Best American Comics anthology, and the book was expanded and reissued in hardcover in 2007. In 2007, Nilsen won an Ignatz Award for his graphic memoir, Don't Go Where I Can't Follow, and in 2012, he won an Ignatz Award for Big Questions, a collected edition of his comic book series.

Nilsen is co-founder of Autoptic, a bi-annual festival of independent comics and art culture that takes place in Minneapolis. He is also one of the organizers of comics residency Pierre Feuille Ciseaux at the Angoulême International Comics Festival. Nilsen has been regularly holding lectures and workshops at various organizations, including Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Forecast program in Berlin, Center for the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin, Center for Cartoon Studies, and Stanford University.


  • 2001: Xeric Award for The Ballad of the Two-Headed Boy
  • 2005: Ignatz Award for Dogs and Water
  • 2007: Ignatz Award for Don't Go Where I Can't Follow
  • 2012: Ignatz Award for Big Questions
  • 2012: Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize for Big Questions

    Selected works

  • Dogs and Water, Drawn and Quarterly, October 2004,
  • Monologues for the Coming Plague, Fantagraphics, 2006,
  • Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow, Drawn and Quarterly, 2006 (reissued 2012),
  • The End, Fantagraphics, Coconino Press, January 2007,
  • Monologues for Calculating the Destiny of Black Holes, Fantagraphics, January 2009,
  • Big Questions, Drawn and Quarterly, June 2011,
  • Rage of Poseidon, Drawn and Quarterly, October 2013,
  • God and the Devil at War in the Garden, May 2015, Self Published
  • Poetry is Useless, Drawn and Quarterly, September 2015,
  • A Walk in Eden, Drawn and Quarterly, October 2016,
  • Tongues Chapter 1, No Miracles Press, August 2017