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Don't Go Where I Can't Follow

Don't Go Where I Can't Follow

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By Anders Nilsen. Published by Drawn & Quarterly. 

Hardcover, 96 pages, Colour and B&W mixed media, 2006.

A story of love and loss inscribed in photographs, postcards, letters, and bedside sketches

In this collection of letters, drawings, and photos, Anders Nilsen chronicles a six-year relationship and the illness that brought it to an end.

Don't Go Where I Can't Follow is an eloquent appreciation of the time the author shared with his fiancée, Cheryl Weaver. The story is told using artifacts of the couple's life together, including early love notes, simple and poetic postcards, tales of their travels in written and comics form, journal entries, and drawings done in the hospital in her final days. It concludes with a beautifully rendered account of Weaver's memorial that Glen David Gold, writing in the Los Angeles Times, called "16 panels of beauty and grace." Don't Go Where I Can't Follow is a deeply personal romance, and a universal reminder of our mortality and the significance of the relationships we build.

Originally published as a limited edition in 2006, this collection includes a new afterword written by Nilsen.

“[A] lonely, tender pastiche.” —Chicago Tribune

“A tribute to the life and death of a woman he loved and to the redemptive power of art.” —Glen David Gold , Los Angeles Times Best of 2007

“Evokes unavoidable swells of emotion.” —Seattle Weekly

“Grave and glorious, life affirming and love affirming . . . Raw emotions are transformed by observance and love, into memory and art.” —New City Chicago

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