Video: Cartoonist Anders Nilsen talks 'Big Questions'

October 5, 2011

Cartoonist Anders Nilsen showed up at The Hideout 30 minutes before The Interview Show began, sat by himself and immediately began drawing. That continued during the show, when, while waiting to be interviewed, he sketched a fellow guest — comedian Cameron Esposito. Anders writes in his blog:

"I was drawing the person sitting in the audience in front of me at Mark Bazer's Interview Show the other night, and then she turned out to be another guest on the show. Her name is Cameron Esposito. She's a comedienne. She was completely hilarious. This is her ear.” (See his sketch here). 

I love that.

Anders was on to talk about Big Questions, which collects over a decade of smaller installments of his epic tale of, in his words, "a bunch of birds in the middle of nowhere who find an unexploded bomb and think it's an egg and then a plane crashes and they think it's a giant bird and then they spend about 600 pages trying to figure out what's going on."

The book, published by Drawn and Quarterly, is beautiful and captivating. Anders talks about it, his career and his life below.