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Wanton youth seen through lush, dreamy, and sweeping watercolors.

Rendered in vividwatercolorwhere parquet floors and patterned dresses morph together, The Wrong Place revolves around the often absent Robbie, a charismatic lothario of mysterious celebrity who has the run of a city that is as chaotic as it is resplendent. Robbie's sexual energy captivates the attention of me
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Paperback, 184 pages
Published November 23rd 2010 by Drawn and Quarterly (first published 2009)
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George Marshall
Dec 26, 2012 George Marshall rated it it was amazing
Outstanding- Brecht has an extraordinary mix of gifts; exquisite and very original art style, a great ear for dialogue and the minutiae of social interactions and, above all, an complex understanding of how comics move through space and time (for example, the way he can use a tiny single speechless panel and a slight shift in body placement indicates the social exclusion of one girl from two others smoking cigarettes together).

The art is that of a detached observer- usually small figures in the
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Dov Zeller
Sep 14, 2016 Dov Zeller rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphics-comics
Architectural and emotional, part artifact, part living, breathing thing. Reading it feels like going on a bit of an acid-trippy internal carnivalesque adventure, and at the same time like watching a very experimental/surrealist silent film. There are tensions in here that are hard to describe. A kind of timelessness and, despite its urban contemporary kind of setting and complex architectural feel, a certain quality of a cave-painting. History living, in motion, neither beginning or ending. And ...more
Bryce Holt
Aug 31, 2012 Bryce Holt rated it it was ok
Something so beautiful should have more purpose. There's a thousand ways to describe the artwork, but only one way to describe the story, and that is 'pointless.' The pairing of Gary, a cloying and depressing character to watch bumble his way through life, and that of longtime friend Robbie, a Lothario who is bigger than the world he possesses, is not only implausible but so counter to one another that at one point I thought they might be split personalities of a single person. Unfortunately, ...more
Penelope
Jan 09, 2012 Penelope rated it it was amazing
If you approach this book as a traditional plot-driven story, you'll probably be disappointed. The "plot" isn't really...anything; it's there, and you can follow it easily enough, but it doesn't matter very much. It's all about the characters, the situations, and the interactions. As a sort of fictional "case study" of social interaction, this book is really amazing and sometimes painfully awkward (because it's just so true). Poor Gary...I could totally relate to him, and it made me sad.

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Emma
This is an exquisite book. Formally, its so sophisticated; his use of colour and the compositional space of the page is unique. Each page is more like a painting than a comic, he doesn't use boxes and speech bubbles and takes advantage of the freedom this gives his art to deliver the story in fresh ways. Illustratively it's also wonderful; his gracefully dabbed figures have a very authentic, deceptively simple body language. He gives the characters all the right gestures and density and colour. ...more
David Schaafsma
Sep 30, 2015 David Schaafsma rated it really liked it
Read this one especially fast, by Flemish artist Brecht Evens... and Evens is the star here, with his flamboyant watercolors, so explosive, and yet subtle in terms of gesture and social interaction... Robbie is the main character, with all sorts of party scene sexual energy, an attraction for boys and girls... so it is about urban night life, buzzing with energy, yet beneath that there is caring for the characters, a sensitivity for them, he likes them all, sees things from a variety of ...more
Ty Melgren
Sep 18, 2016 Ty Melgren rated it it was amazing
Really great watercolor comix. Boring parties, cool parties, faces, sex, feeeeeelings, and elaborately tiled floors are all fun to look at in this book and they seem realler in here than they often seem in other comix or books or movies. There's a dude in here who everyone wants to be and hang out with and dress like, and while I was reading this I wanted to be and hang out with and dress like him too.


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Althea J.
Sep 28, 2015 Althea J. rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, highly-rec
A quick read with fun and vibrant watercolor. I feel like I've been to that exact awkward dinner party, and that I know those party people, and that group of friends that revolved around a cult of personality, and I had that whirlwind club romance that lasts a night. Aaah, some fun nostalgia for me, and rendered with brilliantly stylish art.

Perfect as a library book.
Cynara
May 08, 2012 Cynara rated it it was amazing
In vivid, vibrant rainbow of water colour Evens charts the anxiety, spontaneity, palpable awkwardness, heartbreak, ugliness, beauty and moments of chaos that characterize human social interactions and connections. The text and dialogue is loose and spare, allowing images/colours carry much of the book's weight. The basic story revolves around the luminous character of Robbie, a charming bon vivant whose name is always on everyone's lips, and who draws everyone into his orbit whenever he enters a ...more
Aaron
Sep 27, 2014 Aaron rated it did not like it
I recently watched an interview with Dash Shaw in which he brought up Fantagraphics' process of finding authors to publish. In it he mentioned that they often times publish the author who is a great writer, regardless of how behind their art may be. The reason for this is that anyone can get better at art with practice, but bad writers are bad writers; sign the great writer, and soon enough every part of their work will be great.

This is the most boring story I've read in years. I'm so tired of g
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Jennifer
Feb 23, 2016 Jennifer rated it liked it
I have been itching to read this book for years now. I was thrilled to find a copy of it at the Vancouver Public Library and spent a pleasant hour furiously consuming it. While the art was positively wonderful--the layers of watercolor silhouettes that make up people are pretty magnificent--I wasn't as much captured by the narrative of loneliness and dichotomies between the extroverts and introverts. Maybe Evens is commenting on that dichotomy within everyone. Hm. In any case, it was a gorgeous ...more
MariNaomi
Jun 25, 2011 MariNaomi rated it really liked it
Stunning artwork, great pacing, and a thoughtful message. I am so blown away by the gorgeous watercolors that I don't want to stop looking at them. I hope to see more of his books reach the U.S. Four and a half stars.
Cdhrreiws Alan
Aug 25, 2016 Cdhrreiws Alan rated it liked it
The art is fantastic and vibrant, the world and its characters are just non-sequitur and unpredictable enough. Makes you excited for the possibilities of graphic story telling. Comparable to Dash Shaw if you are familiar with his work or looking for something in the same vein.
Shannon
Apr 15, 2011 Shannon rated it really liked it
One of the most exciting pieces of comic art I've come across in a while. The story is a little too indie/20-something/angsty for me, but the watercolor art is mind-blowing, both from just a craft aspect and from an artistic vision one as well. This is what Asterios Polyp thought it was.
Dave-O
Oct 16, 2010 Dave-O rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphicnovels
A melancholy-clever-sexy visual feast that makes me want to draw draw draw.
Simon Sweetman
Sep 21, 2016 Simon Sweetman rated it really liked it
Very cool - beautiful mix of colours and dialogue and design. A great wee story too.
Renée
Jul 20, 2013 Renée rated it liked it
Well...

I love Brecht Evens style, the effort he puts into his drawings, the colors, the patterns, the story telling, the way he knows how to show social relationships and group dynamics with pictures and I LOVE the surprise pages that suddenly zoom in or out the pictures before or give a completely different perspective. So basically it has all necessary ingredients for a great story.

It is just that I am quite disinterested in parties, nightlife and nonsense talk, as often busied during those p
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Zac
Jul 30, 2015 Zac rated it really liked it
I picked up this book solely for the art, which is done in an often very colourful watercolour. The figures are not particularly well defined if you look at them close up but but Evens still manages to capture a lot of expression in their poses. The design is pretty interesting with few panel borders and no speech bubbles but it's made up entirely of conversations: Evens employs different coloured text to help you understand who is talking at any one time, and though I don't often pay attention ...more
Miguel Jiménez
Probablemente, el cómic más vanguardista que he leído. Al leerlo parece como si estuvieras viendo y leyendo una pintura en acción, con movimientos y diálogos expuestos de una forma muy especial. Así, cada página es un nuevo descubrimiento para el lector que va quedando entre admirado y sorprendido. Pero esto no sólo se queda en el arte: también hay historia. Qué manera tan ligera y agradable—no por ello aburrida, tiene una fuerza importante— de abordar la frivolidad, el ser superficial, la ...more
Chris
Jul 05, 2013 Chris rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, graphic, life
This is an interesting book. Unusual and amazing art that sets a tone and communicates meaning at the same time. An uncomfortably accurate and poignant portrayal of real people and real lives. And a plot that isn't much of a story. It seems the book exists to capture and compare characters more than share particular events. It does that quite effectively and evocatively, but I ultimately wasn't sure what it was saying or what I should take away from it.

The book goes through three acts. The first
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Brian
Jun 16, 2014 Brian rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
This is an interesting book. Unusual and amazing art that sets a tone and communicates meaning at the same time. An uncomfortably accurate and poignant portrayal of real people and real lives. And a plot that isn't much of a story. It seems the book exists to capture and compare characters more than share particular events. It does that quite effectively and evocatively, but I ultimately wasn't sure what it was saying or what I should take away from it. --- The book goes through three acts. The ...more
Kevin
May 01, 2011 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, francais
This book is beautifully drawn in vibrant watercolour/gouache and the author uses some really clever visual storytelling techniques such as colour-coded dialogue that can flow independently of its speakers, without the need for speech balloons. The whole book feels lively and free in its use of text and image, often looking like a collection of paintings/illustrations that stand on their own, while still telling a fairly conventional cartoon strip narrative.

The story is a contrast in characters,
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Kinsey_m
Jun 01, 2015 Kinsey_m rated it liked it
I prefer the story in "The making of", but really, Brecht Evens is more about the stunning watercolors than about the stories. I am currently using one of his great pictures as desktop on my work computer in an attempt to inject some life and colour into my grey office (literally grey, apparently they couldn't find a more depressing colour to paint the walls).

Update: I've just re-read this graphic novel and liked the sotry better the second time around. Maybe it is not that Evens stories are ver
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Mia
Mar 20, 2016 Mia rated it it was amazing
The Wrong Place is a graphic novel unlike any other that I have read before. The format and presentation of dialogue is truly original, using colour to retain the sources of conversation, and banishing any sort of panel from the page which might cramp the atmosphere that is so wonderfully communicated. This clever layout design manages to portray multiple conversations at once in a non-linear fashion, catapulting illustrations along with humour and drama directly into the readers eyes. Certain ...more
Andrew
Feb 10, 2016 Andrew rated it it was amazing
The Wrong Place is a graphic novel unlike any other that I have read before. The format and presentation of dialogue is truly original, using colour to retain the sources of conversation, and banishing any sort of “panel” from the page which might cramp the atmosphere that is so wonderfully communicated. This clever layout design manages to portray multiple conversations at once in a non-linear fashion, catapulting illustrations along with humour and drama directly into the reader’s eyes. ...more
Leslynn
Mar 21, 2016 Leslynn rated it it was amazing
The Wrong Place is a graphic novel unlike any other that I have read before. The format and presentation of dialogue is truly original, using colour to retain the sources of conversation, and banishing any sort of panel from the page which might cramp the atmosphere that is so wonderfully communicated. This clever layout design manages to portray multiple conversations at once in a non-linear fashion, catapulting illustrations along with humour and drama directly into the readers eyes. Certain ...more
Oleg Kagan
Jul 25, 2012 Oleg Kagan rated it really liked it
I was walking back to my car after having dinner with my brother in Echo Park/Silver Lake and decided to step into the comic book shop, Secret Headquarters. There I browsed for a while and ended up buying The Wrong Place by Brecht Evens. I'm glad I did.

Though the protagonist of this book is a dour and pathetic - let's be honest, the entire book is a downer - in comparison to the charismatic Robbie (wherever HE is, is the Right Place), Brecht Evens's adroit handling of dialogue, movement, and pac
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Annie
Luscious to look at with its swaying, vibrant, multi-dimensional figures which nearly come right off the page at you, if only they had just a little more depth. Yet this is Evens whole take on who is "in," or popular vs those forever doomed to blend in and/or disappear into the crowd to be forgotten or left beneath or behind the masses; the wallflowers.
Wonderfully rendered in watercolor (a refreshing choice for this genre), one of the most original graphic novels I have read in some time; pus
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Maia
Dec 28, 2013 Maia rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
The Wrong Place is a gorgeous and odd book. It’s painted entirely in vibrant watercolor and without panel borders or speech bubbles. It took me a few pages to get the hang of reading the loosely structured pages, but the fact that each character’s dialogue is written in a different color helps a lot. The story opens up at a very awkward party hosted by Gary, the one person in the book painted all in gray. Gary is guy that no one wants to talk too, but a collection of his old school and work frie ...more
Victoria Haf
Jun 12, 2013 Victoria Haf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics-que-amo
Desde el momento en el que abrí este libro en el Salón del Cómic de Barcelona, supe que me iba a gustar, Brecht Evens sabe usar las acuarelas, sabe usar el color y sabe cómo se comportan las personas: groseramente amables. Como tiene un estilo muy gestual al principio me era difícil reconocer a los personajes, pero después de un rato de leer el libro ya no y de hecho me parecían más claros porque identificaba a cada personaje con un color que los impregnaba no solo exteriormente sino en su modo ...more
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Flemish cartoonist Brecht Evens was born in 1986 and studied illustration in Ghent, Belgium. His prizewinning debut comic book A Message from Space was released in 2005, followed by several other books including Vincent (2006) and The Wrong Place (2009), which recently won the Haarlem Comic Festival's Willy Vandersteen Award for best Dutch-language graphic novel. You can follow him online at http: ...more
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