In another reminder of the literary quality of many comic books Anders Nilsen’s epic graphic novel Big Questions. Or, Asomatognosia: Whose Hand Is It Anyway? has been selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the “100 Notable Books of 2011” in the category of Fiction & Poetry.
Published this year by Montreal based Drawn & Quarterly Big Questions is a monstrosity of a book that checks in at nearly 600 pages and uses the story of a flock of small birds as a vehicle to explore deeply existential and metaphysical questions.
Told in a minimalist but evolving black and white art style Nilsen’s sprawling and unconventional narrative has been gaining increasing critical acknowledgement as one of most important and challenging works in the graphic novel form in recent years. Now, with attention from the New York Times, that’s likely only to continue.
Also new from Drawn & Quarterly is The Adventures of Herge. With excitement building for the North America release of Steven Speilberg’s movie adaptation of the beloved European comic character Tintin now you can learn about the incredible life story of the man behind comic book Tintin… as a comic book!
The Adventures of Herge is a biographical graphic novel of Georges Prosper Remi, better known by his pen name, Herge. Meticulously researched with references to many of the Tintin albums and complete with a bibliography and mini-bios for each of the main “characters” the biography is drawn in the iconic clear line style as an homage to the Tintin adventures that have commanded the attention of readers across the world for generations. Herge’s life story is at times nearly as exciting as a Tintin adventure: learn how he was imprisoned and nearly executed after WWII and would later “disappear” for weeks at a time as his interest in Tintin waned in the 1960s.
Both Big Questions and The Adventures of Herge are out now. So, if you’re looking for something new and interesting to read, why not drop by and check them (and the wide variety of independent graphic novels stocked by Conspiracy Comics at all three or our locations) out?