Anti-gone by Connor WillumsenAnti-gone by Connor Willumsen


byConnor Willumsen

Paperback | September 15, 2017

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Reality's grip is loosened as Spyda and Lynxa explore a potentially constructed environment that shifts between dystopic future and constructed virtual present. Like a form of multistable perceptual phenomena, Anti-Gone exists in ambiguity. Anti-Gone recalls videogames that attempt to replicate, or perhaps replace, reality. Often called virtual or synthetic worlds, massively multiplayer online worlds offer an escape into another identity, another life, where there isn't a goal or final boss like most videogames. Similarly, Anti-Gone is like Joyce with a joystick, the experience and the language of this otherworld is the meaning.Connor Willumsen is a Montreal-based artist originally from Calgary, AB, where he received a design degree at the Alberta College of Art and Design. He began making comics while attending the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Since then, he has drawn stories for Marvel, DC, and Dynamite and illustrated the covers for Criterion editions of David Cronenberg's Scanners and Stanley Kubrick's The Killing . He has self-published a number of zines and comics and in 2014, Breakdown Press published volumes one and two of his book Treasure Island .
Connor Willumsen is a Montreal-based artist originally from Calgary, AB, where he received a design degree at The Alberta College of Art. He began making comics while attending the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Since then, he has drawn stories for Marvel, DC and Dynamite and illustrated the covers for Criterion editions of David Cronen...
Title:Anti-goneFormat:PaperbackDimensions:120 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.33 inPublished:September 15, 2017Publisher:Koyama PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1927668514

ISBN - 13:9781927668511

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very strange but very good It doesn't seem to have a concrete storyline but its interesting use of panels - or lack of - makes for a gripping story about two people in what seems to be a post-apocalyptic world. I won't lie and say I fully understood its ending or even its full plot but there's something about the style used and the dialogue that made it an engaging read.
Date published: 2018-04-16

Editorial Reviews

Readers who enjoy the boundary-pushing work of cartoonists such as Dash Shaw and Olivier Schrauwen will freely surrender to Willumsen's equally dreamlike world." - Publishers Weekly "Connor Willumsen is a blackbelt of formalism in comics. There is an unending sense of "thinking" in this book. Every angle and every option is considered." - Caleb Orecchio, Comics Workbook "All the big questions are here, essentially, if you give enough of your attention to see them there: The book demands, and rewards, giving it all you have." - Brian Nicholson, Longbox Coffin "From beginning to end, Willumsen pushes you in the deep end and forces you to tread over adroit uncertainty, using water as a stand-in for not only the fragile nature of nostalgia and relationships, but your very own mind. Anti-Gone is about all these things. At least I think so." - RJ Casey, The Comics Journal "Connor Willumsen's first graphic novel, Anti-Gone, beautifully follows a couple who drift on a small boat and go see a movie on drugs. It felt to me a bit like a Tao Lin novel in that it focuses on young people who spend their time shopping for clothes and entertainment/drugs." - Dash Shaw, The Comics Journal "Willumsen's [ Anti-Gone ] might be the indie house's crowning glory." - Abraham Riesman, Vulture "Illustrated with a virtuoso command of pose and movement, with imaginative and surreal flourishes throughout, Anti-Gone is one of the year's most impressive releases." - Gosh! Comics "With beautiful line art, Willumsen tells one of the oddest stories of the year, but also one of the most visually compelling and formally striking." - Shea Hennum, The A.V. Club "You get an odd combination of super contemporary, minimalist, and economical cartooning - the sort of artistic sensibility you expect from a young author, but with a maturity of voice suggesting a master playwright or screenwriter." - Peter Birkemoe, Quill & Quire "Willumsen's fantasy involves two tourists, Spyda and Lynxa, who explore an island that turns into a futuristic city or an apocalyptic nightmare depending on what drugs they're taking." - Heidi MacDonald, The Comics Beat "Willumsen's book demands that you spend time looking at it from multiple angles, then trusts you to make up your own mind." - Ryan Carey, Daily Grindhouse " Anti-Gone is likely one of the strongest long-form formalist comics published this year. Willumsen's pages made me gasp, and flinch, and read and re-read, and re-read." - Alex Hoffman, Sequential State "Book of the year for me, and probably an absolute game-changer for a generation of cartoonists about to emerge" - Brian Nicholson, The Comics Journal "