Three Shadows by Cyril Pedrosa

Three Shadows
by Cyril Pedrosa
First Second, 2008

Three Fates come for a son, but his father decides to resist the inevitable in this dense fable, drawn with delirious skill and exuberance by former animator Pedrosa. The back flap baldly states this story was “born out of the agony of watching his close friends’ child die very young”, which is a complete bummer, but the story itself is full of life, propelled onwards by the expressiveness of the characters through an unnamed setting and time. Is it the 18th century? There are noblemen and peasants, sailing ships and cities – it’s like a classic Disney fairy tale that’s been re-Europeanized, with all the annoying ’50s values, plastic sentimentality and show tunes removed.

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