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Poetry is useless

Author: Anders Nilsen
Publisher: [Montréal, Québec] : Drawn & Quarterly, 2015. ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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"In Poetry is Useless, Anders Nilsen redefines the sketchbook format, intermingling elegant, densely detailed renderings of mythical animals, short comics drawn in ink, meditations on religion, and abstract shapes and patterns. Page after page gives way under Nilsen's deft hatching and perfectly placed pen strokes, revealing his intellectual curiosity and wry outlook on life's many surprises. Stick people debate the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Comic books, strips, etc
Nonfiction comics
Bandes dessiněs autres que de fiction
Bandes dessinées
Named Person: Anders Nilsen; Anders Nilsen; Anders Nilsen
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anders Nilsen
ISBN: 9781770462076 1770462074
OCLC Number: 890435815
Notes: Cover title.
"First hardcover edition: July 2015"--Copyright page.
Includes index.
"Most of the preceding material originally appeared online at themonologuist.blogspot.com. Some of it has also previously appeared in print in supplemental minis; the anthologies Mome, Smoke Signal, Bateau, and Forresten; the magazine Bomb; and the book Drawn In (edited by Julia Rothman). The collage pieces on pages 59-65 were originally done for a couple of annual Post-It shows put together by Esther Pearl Watson and Mark Todd at Giant Robot."--Copyright page.
Description: 222 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Anders Nilsen.

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"In Poetry is Useless, Anders Nilsen redefines the sketchbook format, intermingling elegant, densely detailed renderings of mythical animals, short comics drawn in ink, meditations on religion, and abstract shapes and patterns. Page after page gives way under Nilsen's deft hatching and perfectly placed pen strokes, revealing his intellectual curiosity and wry outlook on life's many surprises. Stick people debate the dubious merits of economics. Immaculately stippled circles become looser and looser, as craters appear on their surface. A series of portraits capture the backs of friends' heads. For ten or twenty pages at a time, Poetry is Useless becomes a travel diary, in which Nilsen shares anecdotes about his voyages in Europe and North America. A trip to Colombia for a comics festival is recounted in carefully drawn city streets and sketches made in cafes. Poetry is Useless reveals seven years of Nilsen's life and musings: beginning in 2007, it covers a substantial period of his comics career to date, and includes visual reference to his books, such as Dogs & Water, Rage of Poseidon, and the New York Times Notable Book Big Questions"--Amazon.com.

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Rapturous, meticulous pen-and-ink pointillism ...Sprawling, uncanny work. -The New York Times

 
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