Big Questions

Big Questions A haunting postmodern fable Big Questions is the magnum opus of Anders Nilsen one of the brightest and most talented young cartoonists working today This beautiful minimalist story collected here f

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  • Title: Big Questions
  • Author: Anders Nilsen
  • ISBN: 9781770460478
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Paperback
  • A haunting postmodern fable, Big Questions is the magnum opus of Anders Nilsen, one of the brightest and most talented young cartoonists working today This beautiful minimalist story, collected here for the first time, is the culmination of ten years and than six hundred pages of work that details the metaphysical quandaries of the occupants of an endless plain, exisA haunting postmodern fable, Big Questions is the magnum opus of Anders Nilsen, one of the brightest and most talented young cartoonists working today This beautiful minimalist story, collected here for the first time, is the culmination of ten years and than six hundred pages of work that details the metaphysical quandaries of the occupants of an endless plain, existing somewhere between a dream and a Russian steppe A downed plane is thought to be a bird and the unexploded bomb that came from it is mistaken for a giant egg by the group of birds whose lives the story follows The indifferent, stranded pilot is of great interest to the birds some doggedly seek his approval, while others do quite the opposite, leading to tensions in the group Nilsen seamlessly moves from humor to heartbreak His distinctive, detailed line work is paired with plentiful white space and large, often frameless panels, conveying an ineffable sense of vulnerability and openness.Big Questions has roots in classic fables the birds and snakes have to say than their human counterparts, and there are hints of the hero s journey, but here the easy moral that closes most fables is left open and ambiguous Rather than lending its world meaning, Nilsen s parable lets the questions wander where they will.

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    1. Big Questions & Offensive Answers'Dogs and Water' was Nilsen's breakthrough work. But it was essentially a poetic condensation of his magnum opus - Big Questions - which was still being serialized through D&Q at the time. It was an easier-to-digest intellectual abridgment a taste-test for the palatability of Nilsen's Neo-Symbolist allegories, exploring the deepest cave-systems of the human subconscious, tracing the ancient threads tying Archetypal Myths to their primordial origins, and t [...]

    2. Anders Nilsen wrote what I consider to be the worst comic I've ever read. Or mostly read. I didn't actually finish Monologues for the Coming Plague. Somewhere between two-thirds and three-quarters of the way through I ragequit, angered by my own dogged tenacity in pursuing a book that clearly wasn't going to be worth my time. This never happens. There are large numbers of books that I haven't finished due to apathy or dislike, but always the motivation for abandonment lies in the realm of disint [...]

    3. September 2013Keith: there's a book that, like, i really fucking insist you readme: ok what is it?Keith: drawnandquarterly/shop: whoa, that looks greati will put it on my to-read-eventually listKeith: ugh you and your listsme: well what else can i do? Keith: READ THE GOOD ONES FIRSTme: haha ok okDecember 2013me: so i'm like 75 pages into big questions and i kind of hate itis it going to be like this the whole way or does it change?Keith: why do you hate it?me: i dunno man, partly because it's ha [...]

    4. "Big Questions" is an artifact that goes beyond my idea of "book." Whatever it is, it may be the first of its kind. It is a marriage of old-school myth, odyssean epic, Aesop-ish fable, series of comic strips, graphic novel, filmic philosophical text. And it's a journey into a unique, desolate, flat, comic world. One whose borders are, in themselves, a question. "Big Questions" invites us into this dubious world, and once we are there, the borders are unclear but still intensely confining. It doe [...]

    5. I loved it, but it may have been a little bit to long for me. But it really reminded me of the natural world, and evoked emotions I haven't felt in a while while reading.

    6. I really don't know how to rate this at all. I like to give stars where stars are due, especially with a 600+ page monster that I easily read in 2 hours. I like to think I'm intelligent. But I have my doubts sometimes. Recently, I came across a gushing email I sent to one of the Prinz Honor winners, thinking I was all smart and funny and congratulatory. Nope. The hasty email had a bunch of dumb typos that upon re-reading, made me look and sound like a 14 yr. old Twi-hard. I'm sorry, Craig Silvey [...]

    7. This is a story which is certainly quite an odd one and not to everyone's taste. I definitely found the concept of a society of birds giving their views on humanity and philosophy pretty great, but at times it was a little out there. There were some very 'punny' moments and some moments where you laugh out loud or roll your eyes and yet I always wanted to get back to it when I wasn't reading it. I actually read the majority of this aloud with my boyfriend and we gave each bird and character thei [...]

    8. I love these enormous graphic novels that almost become cinematic as you turn several hundred pages. Such a beautiful physical object with thick sheets and a thick spine and overall serious rectangular heft contrasted by the open white expanse inside, a desolate territory offering a house, an old woman, an idiot, a plane that crashes into the house, the pilot, plenty of wonderfully named finches, an innocuous old snake, an owl, an underground afterworld, a bunch of catty crows (also wonderfully [...]

    9. I guess a lot of people might describe this as "minimalism" and others might call it "odd," and none of them would be wrong, but this book is less minimal and less odd than Nilsen's other works. This one is the most narrative, for instance, written over more than fifteen years. . . it's still interlocking fragments, but there is a kind of coherence, or one to be made here that is easier than in earlier works: It's about Big Questions, duh! And the effect or approach to Big Questions: Yeah, they' [...]

    10. My life is full right now. I am beginning to feel it is cluttered with tasks, activities, and events, when in reality is just rich with work, love, and friends. A clutter of blessings. This book is big and heavy, and for awhile I resented it for just having so much mass, when my life is so full. I begrudged it. But it has become my escape from to do lists and cuddling and eating, into to a vast open landscape, lonely and quiet, inhabited by creatures that are mysterious, distant, and sad, hungry [...]

    11. In this eerily post-9/11 fable, a plane crash, an unexploded bomb, and the wanderings of two men—one the downed Pilot, the other a preverbal Idiot, i.e either an imbecile or a saint—disrupt the lives of a motley community of animals, most particularly a charm of finches, who live on a vast, vague plain in some unspecified microcosmic world. One of the finches, Charlotte, reads “the giant bird” (the plane wreck) and its “egg” (the bomb) prophetically, becoming the evangelist of a new [...]

    12. If someone asked you what that book you're reading is about, you'd have to say, "It's about a bunch of little birds who discuss and are confronted by philosophical and existential issues and events," and you would sound like a total jerkoff who's about to over-pronounce 'macchiato' when you order it and then go sit by the window where everyone who walks by can see you, with your adorable gramma shawl perched around your shoulders and the logo on your tote bag facing out and I would see you and w [...]

    13. I wish I could give this book so many more stars. It is an incredible read.The main characters are mostly birds who talking to one another, goof off, and figure out their roles. It's equal parts surreal/philosophical and birds-being-weird funny stuff. They all have names, so it's not as hard as I thought it would be to tell the different finches apart.The art is truly incredible. Nilsen goes from really simple to staggeringly detailed throughout. The line quality is so sensitive which results in [...]

    14. REREAD: in a remote woodland, a plane crashes. There is one death, and two survivors. Each survivor becomes a person of interest to the flocks of finches who live in the woodlands, and who know little of the outside world. Through the course of the book, the birds guard over, fight over, die over, worship, and study the humans that have invaded their forest. The birds ask themselves, and each other, the Big Questions: why are we here? What is the best way to live our lives? Does existence have a [...]

    15. I haven't read another book this year that has jammed itself more firmly into my head.I tried to describe the plot to a Christian friend of mine and she thought it sounded like an anti-God diatribe. I didn't agree. It does concern faith, but many of the character put faith into things they do not fully understand and not it's not always to the same effect.Is there a deeper purpose to it all? Is it just circumstantial happenstance with animals and humans colliding against each other randomly?I ne [...]

    16. Eh. It was okay, and definitely a technical achievement. But I think I need to admit to myself that the "Big Depressing Ideas Examined by a White Dude Through Illustrations of Deceptively Childlike Simplicity" genre of Graphic Novel is just not my favorite.

    17. This book is a monster.It doesn't surprise me that Nilsen was working on it for years and years and years. You gotta admire a monsterwork like that. I really dug the slow burn of this book. It starts out so so simply. Two birdsBird 1: Sure am getting sick of these seeds.Bird 2: I know what you mean.And Nilsen adds elements to the story so so quietly, so gradually, that you barely notice how complicated the story becomes until you're finished. It is epic.One word of caution: I had a really hard t [...]

    18. É bem difícil avaliar um quadrinho como esse. Certamente já é um dos meus favoritos e com certeza vou reler esse quadrinho num futuro distante. Mas vamos ao que interessa, Big questions é uma fábula contemporânea onde os protagonistas são um bando de passarinhos, todos ele iguaizinhos e ao mesmo tempo muito diferentes. No começo do quadrinho os passarinhos vão sendo apresentados de pouco em pouco para que possamos nos acostumar com o jeitão de cada um, o autor também repete os nomes [...]

    19. I stumbled across this today at the library. Started it when I got home and didn't move for a couple hours straight as I delighted in 600 pages ofmething. I'm not sure what it was. A group of indistinguishable birds discussing the implications of a plane crash, mundane daily life, the variety of seeds, impending death, the joys of doughnuts, and other topics worthy of "big questions." I think Nilsen did a fantastic job of directing the reader's focus through his well timed, rhythmic panels. I co [...]

    20. Wow. An opus of narrative art, like the Ulysses of graphic novels, and it mostly concerns itself with a flock of finches in the forest. You feel like you've entered into a dream, one where planes crash from the skies, crows cast aspersions while feasting on corpses, and an idiot man-boy wanders the forest, protected by birds. The art is sometimes simple, sometimes impressively detailed, with a Gahan Wilson-esque tone. Amazing how it can be so flip and irreverent at one moment, and so weighty the [...]

    21. It's kind of a masterpiece really. I was constantly amazed where the story went and how the vast cast of characters reacted and interacted. Even though most of the birds are drawn exactly the same, I found myself really cheering and caring for some of them. Also, loads of insight into how we react to changes in our surrounding. Just fantastic.

    22. Idealan za popodne provedeno u kandžama egzistencijalne krize, ovaj strip od 590 strana istražuje smisao života viđen kroz oči grupe ptica koje prisustvuju eksploziji bombe. Nikada nisam držala nešto slično u rukama.

    23. Let’s start with some small questions:q: A very strong 4 stars? A: Yes and his heart was going like madq: For a 600+ page, mostly wordless, decade-long agglomeration of comics crafted into what very closely resembles a philosophical novel? A: and yesq: Or is it an allegory, like Plato's famous one?A: I said yesAlright, maybe Nilsen’s big book of big questions isn’t quite James Joycean, but that quote is (maybe? partially?) apropos.A long book that even (especially) the least interested or [...]

    24. Though I am young, I like watching birds. As in the feathered ones. How they bob their heads, chirp, and interact. They rarely make more sense to me than people. I find it amusing to interpret their hyperactive movements as them thinking and talking enthusiastically about life. That's essentially what this book does with a tireless sense of witty humour.Don't be daunted by the book's size, this can be read quickly and easily. It's 'charming' to read of a charm of existential finches trying to ma [...]

    25. I just finished this book during a thunder storm and about 30 minutes before visiting some friends after hearing about the death of one of our high school classmates just one year after finishing senior year. Anders Nilsen spent 15 years on this project and I've finished it in two days, and this is a book that's a bit hard to talk about or, for me, to even organize my thoughts about. It's not because it blew me away that I can't figure out what I think, but because there's just a lot in here. On [...]

    26. Simultaneously grand and small in scope, Big Questions is a great journey through the lives of a group of birds (and some humans) as they deal with some big questions. Can't say that I was on board the whole time and at times is seemed to drag a bit but, in the end Nilsen, has put forward a work, well worth the time to explore and with plenty to enjoy.

    27. Ok. I like weird comics, and this is that, and so I liked it, but I meanThere's a story arc that is very simple. A severely retarded teenager lives with his grandmother in the middle of nowhere, and she dies of old age leaving him helpless in their cabin. This cabin is then destroyed when a plane crashes into it. There are some interesting and morbid sequences involving the grandson watching without any comprehension as wild animals eat her decaying body. Eventually, he begins to starve, but bir [...]

    28. I'm not entirely sure what I just read, but I am entirely sure that I loved it. Nilsen weaves a beautiful and tragic tale of existential angst set in a unique and captivating environment. His simple style nevertheless manages to capture so much emotional complexity. White it starts as what seems like a series of unconnected, sketchbook comics, it fuses into a tale like nothing I've read in a long time. This book is a true triumph, and as a project of 15 years, it was certainly worth the effort.T [...]

    29. Here is such a tender world of birds. I'm in awe of the way these panels zoom and cycle through the book's setting, a woods with a small cabin where one man lives among birds and another man crashes his plane. The images connect birds with planes, planes and torpedoes with bird eggs, dead swans with slits in the world into the underworld, oil spills with oil-black crows, birds with stars, tree limbs with desiccated arms, and on. Several of these panels shatter me (the bird held underwater, the s [...]

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