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Exquisite Corpse

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  3,949 ratings  ·  614 reviews
Zoe isn't exactly the intellectual type, which is why she doesn't recognize world-famous author Thomas Rocher when she stumbles into his apartment...and into his life. It's also why she doesn't know that Rocher is supposed to be dead. Turns out, Rocher faked his death years ago to escape his critics, and has been making a killing releasing his new work as "lost manuscripts ...more
Hardcover, 124 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by First Second (first published April 16th 2010)
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Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
Exquisite Corpse 3- bookspoils
I read it for the art... and to satisfy my curiosity from a couple of years back regarding this book.

Exquisite Corpse 3- bookspoils
Zoe isn't exactly the intellectual type, which is why she doesn't recognize world-famous author Thomas Rocher when she stumbles into his apartment...and into his life. It's also why she doesn't know that Rocher is supposed to be dead. Turns out, Rocher faked his death years ago to escape his critics, and has been making a killing releasing his new work as "lost manuscripts," in cahoots with h
Claudia Ramírez
Jul 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: cover-love, 2015
3 stars for the plot, but I had to add half a star because I LOVED the artwork <3.
Jan Philipzig
For the most part, I felt the story was a bit too "adorable" and "cute" for its own good... until it took a rather unexpected feminist turn about two thirds into the book, that is. I found myself welcoming this turn on a theoretical level, but in terms of character development I'm afraid it did not make much sense to me. As a result, Exquisite Corpse felt a little clunky and contrived, though it is not without its charms. For a conceptually similar but more organically executed story of female e ...more
Sam Quixote
Oct 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Zoe’s life is much less glamorous than she thought it’d be. At 22, she’s a car show model, standing in front of expensive cars and getting her bum pinched by creeps before going back to her studio flat where her unemployed, weed-smoking asshole boyfriend gives her crap. Then one day by chance she catches the eye of Thomas, a wealthy, famous novelist, and the two begin a whirlwind romance. But why does Thomas never leave his fancy apartment?

Romance isn’t my bag but, from what little I’ve read of
Set in Paris - yeah. This book was very surprising. This girl meets a new man who is an author with writers block. She becomes his muse and he begins writing again. She finds out that this author faked his death to sell more books and now writes from the grave. Our Zoe figures this is why he never leaves the apartment. Sounds like prison.

I love the story and the art gets the job done. I don't find it outstanding. I love the twist ending. Yes - so good.

It does make me wonder if Penelope is reall
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
i honestly just SCREAMED at this ending. i'm laughing so hard, this is best queer/feminist surprise i've ever had in my entire life. i thought this was going to be some mediocre love story with an asshole boyfriend glorified to seem like he was great, but NOPE. i don't want to give anything away, but if you want beautiful (really, i loved dreamy art in this) illustrations of paris, a book about books, and a good laugh at the end, pick this up. this made me incredibly happy, such a wonderful surp ...more
First Second Books
May 13, 2015 marked it as first-second-publications
One of the reasons that I really like this book is that with all the diversity that the comics medium now has, one thing I still think we're seriously lacking in is straight-up women's fiction. If you're a fan of Emily Giffen or THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA or Jennifer Crusie, where are you going to go from there in the world of graphic novels?

There's really not a whole lot for you in the realm of narrative long-form romantic comedy (or even straight-up romance)!

Feb 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Since I've been enjoying Penelope Bagieu's Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World so much, with its entertaining and clever asides and charming artwork, I wanted to see what kind of book she writes with her own storytelling.

And this was ... just a little too weird for me.

20-year-old Zoe works as a "product rep" at trade shows, i.e., as one of the decorative young women who are supposed to make men want the products, and lives with a boyfriend who leaves much to be desired. One day while ea
Dave Schaafsma
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
An "Exquisite Corpse" is an old game in which people write a phrase on a sheet of paper, fold it over to conceal part of it and pass it on to the next player to do the same. The game ends when someone finishes the story, which is then read aloud. There are also other books written with this title and theme, but this game has, I learned, nothing to do with the plot of this book. It just takes the title and the plot reveals a twist on the game, a plot surprise. Beginning this book, I had not thoug ...more
Accidently picked up this book looking for another book with the same title. But how could I resist the cute cover on this?

Zoe is unhappy with her life, stuck in a job she hates and in a relationship with a loser who treats her horribly. One day, as she miserably eats her lunch on a bench, she happens to look up and sees a man staring at her from an apartment building. She befriends him and before she knows it she's at his apartment everyday, for once enjoying just being listened to with no expe
Girl meets Franzen-type author who, along with his ex who also happens to be his editor, fakes his death to keep his literary reputation high. Now on the brink of outting Franzen-man for the phony cheat he is (and oh, of course she becomes his muse!), she has to make a decision: tell everyone what she knows or use her knowledge to get back at him privately.

This is delightful with a perfect twist ending. A lot of reviewers seem to take issue with the fact it wasn't developed thoroughly to get the
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
*4.5 stars ✨
May 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Breezy hijinks, fun to read. Think I finished it in two sittings at most.

The author of this one is just a little older than I am, and I feel like you could psychoanalyze the shit out of what she's saying about gender in this piece. Or, more specifically, about being a woman in today's world.

Basically, there's this chick who's working as a model-of-sorts, who is kinda sick of being objectified, and falls into a relationship with an ::ahem:: reclusive author, with an ::ahem:: complicated relation
Nicola Mansfield
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
A short though engrossing page-turner that is a little hard to define. My first thought, and I'm comfortable with it, is to compare the tale to the classic Gothic. A woman stumbles upon a strange situation and finds herself the mistress of a reclusive author. She feels that she has become his muse. But secret after secret is let out of the bag until a couple of twists at the end left me surprised and satisfied. I really enjoyed the book and it has a dstinct Frenchness to it, also with the casual ...more
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the sort of distinctly European comic that you don't really see much of from North American cartoonists - a deliberately lightweight farce for adults with no genre trappings or major literary ambitions. Bagieu's artwork alternates between charming and too-cute, and the story's punchline (so to speak) is emotionally satisfying but doesn't make a whole lot of sense. This won't become anybody's new favorite comic, but it's a pleasant way to spend your commute. ...more
Melissa Chung
Jan 21, 2016 rated it liked it
3 stars. Definitely not what I was expecting. I didn't read the synopsis before I started this graphic novel I just liked the artwork ;)

This book is about a 22 year old girl who lives in Paris. She is working as a booth girl at car trade shows and other venues. She hates her life. She wants to be swept off her feet. She is a secret romantic. Her boyfriend is gross and a big fat loser. One day Zoe meets a recluse author. Of course she has no clue who he is....but he takes a liking to her. Eventu
Derek Royal
May 07, 2015 rated it liked it
A notable story for the reaction it generates: first amusement, then fascination, then expectation, and finally resignation. By the latter I'm referring to a disappointment I felt on conclusion, as if the narrative didn't fulfill its promises -- or what I read as its promises -- or/and it ended rather neatly. The biggest surprise for me was the quick disposal of the character Thomas. There was something flawed yet sympathetic about him, but his story potential was left hanging. The big draw here ...more
Thinking that the book would be an exquisite corpse word/poetry game turned graphic novel, I picked this one up while perusing the library's graphic shelves.

The title is actually a play on words relating to the story itself - and it's pretty great! A quick and clever read that left me smiling and laughing the last 10 pages!
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
It was so cuuuuuute. The moral of the story is, boys with facial hair are soulless abominations whose only goal is to drain you of your self worth.
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Actually, the story is 2 stars.. The ART, however, bumped it up to 3 stars. I might move it back down to 2 stars though, I did not like it.
Oct 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Another random graphic novel selection by my fiancée, who apparently has a real knack for this. To be honest, this wasn’t an immediate sell, but then again, saying that a book easily read in something like 35 minutes took a while to get into just seems silly. The art didn’t really work for me, but in the end the plot twists (of which there were too, each significant in their own way, first in that whoa what fashion and second in that nice. noice. fashion)won me over. The plot is simple enough at ...more
May 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel, eh, elusive
Well that was very....ummm....French?

An unlikable, unambitious twenty something falls in love with an apparently agoraphobic world famous novelist but must contend with his super sexy ex wife/editor as they endeavor to encourage him in his quest to publish a comeback trilogy. French wackiness ensues!!!

Everyone in this kind of sucks and the ending wasn't so much super twisty and cool as it was incomprehensible...

Dov Zeller
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is Penelope Bagieu's first graphic novel translated into English. Sounds like she is pretty well-known in France and has done some interesting stuff. The wiki page I read was poorly translated and hard to follow, but my best interpretation is that she had a web-comic, a sort of comic journal, that played a big part in her initially getting recognition for her work. And sounds like she's done some animation work, too.

The art and the story in this graphic novel come together very well, both c
Amy Layton
I love Bagieu's storytelling and art style!!  Cadavre Exquis is funny, tongue-in-cheek, and presents plot twists that I didn't expect.  When Zoé meets a reclusive author, she's immediately struck by the romanticism in his life.  The delights of his humor, his tenderness, and even his salt and pepper hair offers a breath of fresh air in comparison to her boyfriend who sits and grunts in front of a television.

But the more she discovers about him, the less she realizes she knows about him.  Like wh
Sian Lile-Pastore
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ha! Cute! A graphic novel about writers, cats and bad boyfriend. He got what was coming to him y'all. ...more
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: august-2918
This made me irrationally happy and the ending had a twist I wasn't expecting 😂 ...more
Karielle at Books à la Mode
Aug 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: blog
Dying to be an author...

Graphic novels are always a pleasure to read, considering how rare a format they are in adult literature. Bagieu's debut is short and sweet, its cartoony, colorful illustrations being the biggest standout—everything is fashionable, yet minimalistic... think Lancôme ads (but more corrupt).

Zoe is a self-proclaimed non-intellectual, working various part-time jobs to make ends meet and totally reveling in, and simultaneously jaded with the bachelorette life. When she unintent
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Bumped up a star for that ending. The only thing wrong was leaving behind the cat.
May 17, 2015 rated it liked it
I saw this author/illustrator speak at the 2015 Gaithersburg Book Festival. She was charming and entertaining. She had a direct, honest approach to questions as her moderator prompted her through her presentation. If she didn't know something or have a reason to respond, she dismissed the question with an "I don't know" or "no reason." Although French, her English is excellent. She is a huge star in Europe for her graphic novel work and also played in a rock band where she was the drummer. She s ...more
Julie Rylie
Dec 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphics
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Pénélope Bagieu, (born 22 January 1982 Paris), is a French illustrator and comic designer. She became known for her comic blog My quite fascinating life.

Penelope Bagieu graduated with a bachelor's degree in Economic and Social studies, she spent a year at ESAT Paris, then at the National School of Decorative Arts in Paris and then at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. Multimedia and en

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