When his girlfriend died, cartoonist Anders Nilsen poured his pain into his art. He talks to Emma Brockes about heartbreak and humour and his latest book The End.Click here to look inside Anders Nilsen’s sketchbooksThere was a moment, after the publication of his book Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow, when Anders Nilsen stood back and suffered a spasm of doubt. Don’t Go is a collection of sketches, letters, postcards and photographs documenting the graphic artist’s relationship with Cheryl Weaver, his girlfriend of six years, and of her death from cancer at the age of 37, which he put together as a memorial and never intended to publish.”In that moment of being in the middle of grief, you don’t give a shit about what anybody thinks. So I thought, I’m just going to put this out there and if people think I’m whining, or that it’s too sad, or that I’m telling people too much – well, fuck ’em.” This attitude lasted for about 18 months, until, “I actually reread Don’t Go and was like, Oh my God. What did I do?”It is a tough read and Nilsen is still surprised it was published, let alone outsold its first print …read more

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