Dogs & Water by Anders NilsenDogs & Water by Anders Nilsen

Dogs & Water

byAnders Nilsen

Hardcover | November 12, 2013

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ôNilsen uses spare renderings to create a haunting narrative that will leave you wondering whether you've read a book or walked through a dream." û Washington PostDogs & Water chronicles a piece of a lonely journey, without origin or destination. A young man wandering a nameless path has only a stuffed bear as a companion, which inertly endures his desperation, anger and musings along the way. The landscape is cold and bleak with few landmarks, and offers only precarious encounters with animals and armed men. These interactions are rife with instinct, the drive for survival, and human ethics concerning the killed and injured. He finds acceptance with a pack of dogs, though their nature is wild and their potential threat is as unsettling as the sudden presence of a massive pipeline on the horizon. In a dreamlike state, the endless land becomes a vast body of water where his boat is destroyed and his body floats in a subconscious space. On land, the road disappears and only blind circumstance remains. All is uncertain and all can be lost, but he continues on regardless.
Anders Nilsen was born in New Hampshire and lives in Chicago. He is the cartoonist behind the award-winning comic book series, Big Questions.
Title:Dogs & WaterFormat:HardcoverDimensions:96 pages, 9.78 × 7.73 × 0.64 inPublished:November 12, 2013Publisher:Drawn & QuarterlyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1897299087

ISBN - 13:9781897299081

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from ponderous and contemplative I'm not sure I entirely understood the oft-times cryptic metaphor behind this graphic novel, but I found that it did elicit a fairly strong emotional response. So this man-boy is wandering down an empty, seemingly endless road, with only the teddy bear strapped to his back pack for conversation. He is alone, looking for purpose, confused and angry. He's attacked by strangers and caribou. Bewilderment. Suddenly he is alone in a small boat at sea. No oars, or motor. Adrift and powerless. Beyond the road he is frozen and starving. Unable to move. . . .
Date published: 2007-04-02

Editorial Reviews

ôNilsen creates an epic landscape of desolation and doubtö û Chicago New City ôNilsen's sparse, thinly rendered line work adds to the level of existential discomfort that the artist seems to excel at . . . Dogs & Water stays with you a lot longer than most recent comics, easily marking it as one of the best of the year.ö û Harrisburg Patriot News ôNilsenÆs art is filled with amazing white space showing a true sense of human loneliness. Above all else, the work echoes our need to be heard, even if only by ourselves.ö û Punk Planet