The Agnes Collage

Someone on the Forums was asking about the Agnes collage, and I came here to find the post with it–I KNOW there’s a post with a picture–and could not find it. So here’s the Agnes collage for the person who asked for it. The rest of you can look, too.

Agnes Collage

31 thoughts on “The Agnes Collage

  1. Thank you so much! I’m still a beginner collager, so this is great to see.

    I recognize some faces. Can you tell us who your placeholders are (if they are actors and not no-name models)?

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  2. Jenny,

    this is what I have trouble understanding – are your collages 3D? If so, how do you build around them? This is so cool. Reminds me a bit of that technique they discussed in “The Secret”, substitute yummy (or as you’d say crunchy) for creepy though.

    Btw on the subject, ever watch the movie “Still Breathing” with Brendan Fraser? It adds a whole spiritual/fate aspect to collages.

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  3. You know, I loved the book and the collage really ‘feels’ like the book. Brava Diva!!

    BTW — Agnes & the Hitman was great. You and Bob have really found your style/pace and it would be a damn shame if this was the last one. I hope we see the one you are war-gaming in print one day.

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  4. Heh, my boyfriend just said “How DID you get on the cover of the book? I was in the Borders the other day and there you were, lookin’ at me.”

    I was just thinking the other day I should go look at the site and see if the collage was up…I wanted to see who Shane was.

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  5. Ok, am I nuts (don’t answer that) or is that Muppet Professor Bunsen Honeydew on the bottom there? Who’s he the placeholder for? Or maybe my screen is just too small to properly convey all this fabulousness…

    It’s a fabulous collage, a work of art in itself. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Since the placeholders are all for feel of the character more than casting a character, there are usually different people on there representing one character. Bob gave me George Clooney in The Peacemaker for Shane, so I left it at that, but Agnes was Lauren Graham and Selma Blair and somebody else. Lisa Livia was Miss Scarlet from a Clue game card and Marisa Tomei. And yes, that’s the Muppet Professor; he was the county inspector that Taylor bribed. Maria was a model I found in a wedding magazine. Xavier was Tommy Lee Jones, as per Bob’s request. Bob doesn’t actually care what goes into a collage, but that’s where i get my idea of what his characters are like, so he chooses pretty carefully. But after awhile, the placeholders all fade away and the characters are just who they are. Mara perfectly captured Agnes for me which is why the logo is on there, too.

    And yes, my collages are 3-D. I build them out of foam core (like the step temple in the start of the Dogs and Goddesses collage) or use boxes, trays, or shelves. But collages don’t have to be this elaborate at all. They’re just visual story prompts to jog your mind back into the book.

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  7. Ah ha! I knew it was there. Thank you, El, I knew it was there somewhere.

    Of course, it wasn’t finished then. I tried to upload a bigger picture of this finished version so it would link to a thumbnail but I couldn’t get WordPress to take it.

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  8. See now I didn’t get George as being Shane but then I have issues with the name – first boyfriend was Shane. He turned out gay. Dont go there. Next Shane is an a’hole psychotic, on again/off again bloke a good friend of mind is involved with who makes me want to commit murder every time I see the ratfink bastard.

    Okay…so as you can tell, Shane was a hard name for me to get past while reading Agnes. But man that book was so damn good all my angst just fell away.
    Oh and George Clooney – hubba hubba. When I reread it, I’m so going to George.

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  9. Oh my goodness, this is lovely. I just took a look at my poor example of a collage and sighed, I’m gonna have to get more creative. And now that I’ve read Agnes, and loved it, I can see the story in the collage. That bottom left photo of George, I think it’s that stance, is definitely how I imagined Shane. Maybe not so much of the pretty boy that he is, but that “I’m in command” attitude he can do so well. And I love the photo of Agnes sitting on the grass in the red blouse.

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  10. Who’s Joey? And Taylor? Who’s the placeholder for him? And did Bob have anything to do with writing him or the other Agnes guys, or were they all yours? I know they never had any POV scenes, so I’m guessing not Bob’s.

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  11. Nope, Chandra isn’t in there. It’s either Lauren Graham or Marisa Tomei, depending on which brunette you’re looking at.

    Also, it took me months to get this. If you look back at that link that El posted, the early stages are much less hectic. I kept adding to it as I wrote, so there are layers on there.

    Joey is an actor from the old Rockford Files whose name I have now forgotten, but somebody on here will know it. Taylor is Bobby Flay. Of course. Bob didn’t have anything to do with Taylor, but he did create Casey and Abigail; they were his entirely. The only POVs in this were Agnes and Shane, so POV doesn’t really tell you who wrote what beyond them. Basically, I wrote Agnes’s world and he wrote Shane’s. That’s Anthony Hopkins up there as Wilson. That’s not actually how I saw him physically–my Wilson was taller and thin, dessicated–but that picture seemed to nail the personality. Especially when I put it in iPhoto and made it blue. Oh and the other actresses for Brenda were Glenn Close and Nicole Kidman. Again, it’s the vibe, not the likeness. Shane doesn’t look like George to me, either.

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  12. If someone asked and got the collage photo, is there any chance I can get the pancake recipe from the book? ‘Cause that sounds wonderful!

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  13. I saw Xavier as a Ned Beatty-ish character. He could pull off that dumb Southern look and attitude to fool people yet underneath a razor sharp mind. And pull off the Col. Sanders white suit too.

    A crazy Glenn Close is just scary.

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  14. I thought you wanted a pony.

    Bob hit the road without answering my e-mail–now you know what I put up with–so I’m cogitating without him. Give me some time here, I have to figure out what has the most scope for the story.

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  15. Are you hinting that I’m a runner-up?

    Ponies are too high maintainence anyway. Junk food is instant gratification.

    Poor Bob. I don’t envy the long drive from East coast to West coast. And all that packing and unpacking. I hope he had a huge yard sale before he left SC.

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  16. Advice for those in Bob’s new neighborhood:
    Movement draws fire.

    I’m not hinting at anything. I’m down to looking at the finalists in different fonts, trying to figure out what I want. And then of course Bob will turn up in two weeks and say, “Not that one.”

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  17. Who was the placeholder for Carpenter? I have a mental image of Djimon Hounsu(I know that’s not the right spelling) or maybe Terrence Howard. But I can’t tell from the collage.

    I will say, I loved that guy! He just got the job done, baby.

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