Anders Nilsen to speak at MSUM

Award winning graphic novelist, illustrator and artist Anders Nilsen will speak on the MSUM campus Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. in Fox Recital Hall in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts.

Nilsen’s talk will pose questions such as: What would it mean for the god of the sea to visit present day Wisconsin? What if Jesus met the goddess of love in a bar?

Nilsen’s new book, Rage of Poseidon (D & Q), explores these questions and the original stories that inspired them. In the presentation, he will discuss the ties between old stories and new meanings in his own work and in the culture at large. Similar themes inform much of his other work, from Big Questions to his current graphic-novel-in-progress based on the myths of Sisyphus and Prometheus.

Nilsen won the Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize for 2012, given by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book. His work has been translated into several languages and featured in Kramer’s Ergot, the Chicago Reader, the Utne Reader, Mome, Interview and elsewhere. His drawings and paintings have shown internationally. He grew up in northern New Hampshire and Minneapolis and now lives and works in Chicago and Minneapolis. Visit his website.

For more information about the MSUM event, contact Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson at 218.477.4624 or