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Shortly after his new show successfully opens, city artist Peterson is whisked off to little Beerpoele to build the centerpiece of the town’s first biennial. The organizer admits as he drives him there that the other artists involved are all townsfolk. One really is a kind of artist. The others . . . mean to be helpful. Peterson decides upon a monumental installation, a garden gnome three-stories high. It gets built, though not without some grueling all-nighters. Meanwhile, sadly funny little dramas swirl around it. Evens uses a dazzling ink-and-brush technique and eschews ruled borders to tell a small story impressively and prettily. Each character’s form and dialogue appear in a particular shade, and art history is tellingly referenced by, for instance, a sad-sack character resembling Munch’s screamer, another accoutered like a Picasso Blue Period Pierrot, and a splash-page variation on the unicorn tapestries in the Cloisters in New York City. Evens writes as cannily as he draws, producing a deceptively nonchalant, deeply humane, and fancifully realistic comedy-drama reminiscent of the films of Jacques Rivette and Eric Rohmer. --Ray Olson

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“This is one of the best comics I've seen in years . . . The compositions, colors, poses, lettering–it's all perfect.” ―Vice

“Celebrative of the sprawling relationships that make up our world. ” ―Comic Book Resources

“Like nothing I've seen before . . . Amazingly painterly . . . watercolor in vivid colors. ” ―Book By Its Cover

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 177046073X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770460737
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #684,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a graphic artist with a shameful tendency of reading great illustrated books very quickly, then relegating them to my shelf, FOREVER: this book is one of verrry few exceptions to that rule.

a previous comment mentioned that B.E makes everyday observations with poetic sensitivity-- but even more impressive is that those pages happen frequently in a funny,well paced, slightly absurd plot-line that could possibly be true. the artwork is fresh, colored, stylistically varied, and could easily hang on a wall in bigger format.
The sequencing is artful and stretches the mind in clever ways.

ALso, the book smells really really good, haha! i don't know if the amazon copies are manual off-set, i suspect they are, and the inks used are beautiful, smelling of high quality pine scented resin.
the Font-texts are color coded to the characters... whaaat? just a great book, artfully thought out and executed with a printer's attention to detail. RARE.
I'm a snob and rarely leave comments, let alone 5*'s.

hats off to an artist who makes me remember what the fine arts are in pursuit of. Thank You Brecht. i'm getting verklempt writing this! spiritual hi-five to you.
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Gorgeous semitransparent watercolor illustrations; whimsical tale with a slightly perverse sense of humor, but the author never looks down on or makes fun of his characters. Their flawed humanity makes them recognizable and even lovable, for isn't there a little of us in here? Highly recommended in my short list of enjoyable top-notch graphic novels (Mazzucchelli's Asterios Polyp, Modan's The Property, Tan's The Arrival, Woodring's Fran, and O'Malley's Seconds being a few others).
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This book is beautiful full-stop. Every page is like looking at a lovely painting which has benefitted from the influence of Matisse, Futurist artists, outsider and folk art, medieval art and New painting movements. The story is so visual that it is more like looking rather than reading. I never thought of watercolour painterly art as a comics or graphic novel approach but this proves that this is very doable. If you like books like The Property, Jane the Fox and Me and Haunter you will like this.
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An amazing observation of human nature depicted via the most original storyline . For the ones who have read a lot , this book will amaze by its subility and grandeur. Bravo.
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By Alex on February 20, 2013
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Beautiful illustrations! This comic was recommended to me by a friend and I absolutely loved it. Very interesting story structure and color choices.
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