Drawn and Quarterly dude Anders Nilsen has perhaps the saddest story in comics. Comics buddy Curt lent me some of Anders’ “Dogs and Water” series last year, and I was down with the ethereal, existential feel it had. I’d read his latest, “Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow,” but I’ll have to be sure I wasn’t planning on feeling happy that week. (An excerpt from the book, which centers around the death of his fiancee, as described by the Chicago Reader: One section, with the deceptively blithe title “Since You’ve Been Gone I Can Do Whatever I Want, All the Time,” shows him crying by himself at every point of the day.) So I guess I’ve written more now about a book that I haven’t read than the book I did read. Oh well.
Published: 2006, 260 pp.
Obtained via: Library
Date started: 9.28.07
Date finished: 10.10.07
What I liked: If you need a dose of existentialism, Anders is your guy.
What I didn’t like: Because of the repetition, I wasn’t able to concentrate on the book after a while.
What I learned: I can get a little lost with no narrative.