The Making Of

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AN ANGOULÊME AWARD WINNER RETURNS WITH A PARABLE ABOUT LIFE IN THE ART WORLD

The Making Of is the follow-up to international sensation Brecht Evens’s Eisner-nominated debut, The Wrong Place. With lush watercolors and his characteristic wit, Evens details the fumbling, amateurish foibles of the participants of a small art festival in the Flemish countryside.

Pieterjan is invited to the festival as an honored ...

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Overview

AN ANGOULÊME AWARD WINNER RETURNS WITH A PARABLE ABOUT LIFE IN THE ART WORLD

The Making Of is the follow-up to international sensation Brecht Evens’s Eisner-nominated debut, The Wrong Place. With lush watercolors and his characteristic wit, Evens details the fumbling, amateurish foibles of the participants of a small art festival in the Flemish countryside.

Pieterjan is invited to the festival as an honored guest. From the moment he arrives, things start going wrong, and since no one seems ready to step in, Pieterjan takes over the show. He decides to build a giant garden gnome as a symbol of Flemish identity, but the construction process brings buried tensions to the surface as the other artists become jealous of Pieterjan’s authority. In The Making Of, Evens delves deep into the petty tensions, small misunderstandings, and deadpan humor that pervade modern relationships.

With a keen eye for the subtleties of body language, Evens’s The Making Of builds on the iconic visual style showcased in The Wrong Place. Sweeping watercolors jump off the page, surrealist scenery intermingles with crowds of people, and small suburban plot homes have never looked so lovely.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review
…[a] dry, slightly cruel satire of the art world's fringes…
—Douglas Wolk
Publishers Weekly
The contrast between creating art and building a community, and passion and pretension, is at the center of this beautiful, ink-wash Flemish import. Set in the fictional village of Beerpoele, the story reveals how Peterson, a minorly successful artist from the big city, is brought into a strange, amateur artistic community. Hoping to make their village a cultural center, the artists of Beerpoele are creating an exhibit for a biennial celebration. Peterson, dismayed at the cavalier attitude of the artists, wrangles them into creating a single big project as a team. But Peterson's leadership style soon has the other artists disillusioned with the project (though never with Peterson, whom they adore) and the impermanent nature of art is revealed in all too spectacular a fashion. Evens's abstract art breathes life into the small, quirky communityâ?”as well as city night clubs and art classesâ?”and his washes of color are brilliant. The lettering style, using different colors of ink for different characters, helps establish unique voices. The story, however, is crowded with characters who are difficult to like, and Peterson's anti-hero nature may frustrate readers searching for a likable protagonist. (Sept.).
From the Publisher

“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

Library Journal
A graphic novel done entirely in watercolor celebrates the versatility and edginess of an often mild medium. The intricate visual language of overlapping figures and structures, with frequent explosions of flora, fauna, and fire, draw the reader into a deceptively straightforward story. A big-city artist participates in a small-town art show, where he meets the salt-of-the-earth show organizer, a spiral drawing psychotic, a tag along with alien eyes, and an ingénue documenting their artistic process. The artist grows impatient with the amateurs and rallies everyone to create a colossal sculpture of a garden gnome. He also has a pleasant tryst with the ingénue. At the story’s core are compelling questions about the cynicism and hope that fuel the artistic process.

Verdict A bold statement about the medium as message—simultaneously surreal and organic—Evens’s watercolors reveal how art can be as natural as breathing and as unpredictable as a summer storm. For art lovers moonlighting as graphic novel fans and for graphic novel fans willing to dive into a foreign and lovely world of visual language.—Emilia Packard, Bloomington, IN(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770460737
  • Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,039,087
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Brecht Evens is a cartoonist, visual artist, and musician based in Belgium. His first graphic novel in English, The Wrong Place, was awarded the Prix de l’Audace at the Angoulême Comics Festival.

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