Three Shadows Graphic Novel

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William Ward
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Three Shadows Graphic Novel

Post by William Ward » Fri Jul 18, 2008 7:00 pm

Three Shadows by Cyril Pedrosa I found when Harry Myland (IV) mentioned it on the artistic inspirations thread. I still need to read it again, but I was completely floored by this book which may very well become one of my favorites of all time.

Buy it!

Still trying to put together my own feelings on it, but here is some information to look at: ... ift01.html

From Publishers Weekly
"Rarely has the succulent appeal of quiet country life been portrayed with such sensual skill as it is in Pedrosa's limpid graphic novel about a boy, his parents and the trio of hooded riders who watch them. Pedrosa adeptly establishes the mood of timeless bucolic idyll immediately, with his swirling, sometimes harshly etched, black-and-white renderings of the land cultivated by hulking farmer Louis; his wife, Lise; and their scampering boy, Joachim. The family's playful antics are overshadowed first by ruminative narration, then by three riders, who watch the family with unnerving patience from the foggy distance. A local witch tells Lise that the shadows have come for Joachim, after which Louis impetuously makes a run for it with his son, warned that he must treasure every moment with the boy. The resulting story is more Appointment in Samarra–style dream than chase, with Louis and Joachim floundering from one mysterious episode to the next, the implacable shadows following, as in a nightmare. French artist Pedrosa's background as a Disney animator is clearest in his exaggerated movements and facial expressions, but the story (inspired by the death of a close friend's young child) is a glorious and revelatory fable, beautiful in its grief."

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Post by dark77778 » Sat Jul 19, 2008 12:10 pm

I am...intrigued :twisted:
I'm my own breed of eccentric.

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Post by Harry Myland (IV) » Mon Jul 21, 2008 10:31 pm

Yes! Buy this book! I picked it up at B&N one day on a whim.. well, not a whim, more the art. I picked it up for the art, and hoped that the story would be just as fantastic.

And it is... oh, how it is. Highly, highly recommended.

(By the way, glad to have helped, Mr. Ward!)

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