Asking Questions with Anders Nilsen

Anders Nilsen at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery

We just had Anders Nilsen signing with us at the San Diego Comic-Con, and the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery was thrilled to welcome him back this past weekend, away from the costumes and video game noise of the 'Con! We've got a bunch of pictures from his signing with us up on the Fantagraphics Flickr.

Big Questions slideshow at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery

Anders gave a lovely slideshow presentation on the history of his comic Big Questions, in promotion of the 600-page collection just released by our pals at Drawn & Quarterly. I was kinda surprised to learn he used to be the frontman for a band (!), and one of his first self-published zines was a lyric booklet they would hand-out at shows (as seen above!).

And on that "note" (heh), here, upon request, is the setlist to the "Big Questions Mega-Mix" that I DJ'ed at Anders's signing. In honor of his new collection, all the songs I played were questions, natch:

1. "What In It For?" – Avi Buffalo
2. "Who Is Moving?" – Lilys
3. "Don't Ask Me to Explain" – Of Montreal
4. "Where Do You Run To?" – Vivian Girls
5. "Why Is It Always This Way?" – The Ramones
6. "What'cha Gonna Do About It?" – Condo Fucks
7. "What Else Is New?" – Dinosaur Jr.
8. "What Is" – Wipers
9. "Why?" – T. Lance & the Coctails
10. "What More Can I Do?" – The Zombies
11. "Who Loves the Sun?" – Teenage Fanclub, covering The Velvet Underground
12. "Ask" – The Go-Betweens
13. "What Do You Say?" – Pulp (for Steph H.)
14. "Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind?" – Tame Impala (for Eric B.)
15. "What Was That Thing?" – Able Tasmans (for Martin I.)
16. "Where Do You Wanna Go?" – Super Furry Animals
17. "Where Did My Spring Go? – The Kinks
18. "What Am I Supposed to Do?" – Papas Fritas
19. "What Am I Going to Do?" – Pop Art Toasters
20. "Ask" – The Smiths
21. "Hideous Towns" – The Sundays
22. "What's Happening?!?!" – The Byrds
23. "Who Do You Think I Am?" – Woods
24. "What Do We Do With Love?" – Chris Knox
25. "How Loft I Am?" – Guided By Voices
26. "To Where" – Grass Widow

(Oh, believe me, there were other songs I just didn't get to…)

You can find out about all our in-store signings and events by "liking" the Fantagraphics Bookstore Facebook page!

Big Questions is currently in-stock at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, alongside many other excellent Nilsen titles! And we've still got a few of his self-published mini-comics, so hurry over before they sell out.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.)
Seattle, WA 98108
Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM