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Back then, life was simple and sweet. The taste of cherries, the cool shade, the smell of the river... That was how we lived, in a vale among the hills--sheltered from storms, ignorant of the world, as though on an island, peaceful and untroubled.

And then...
And then everything changed.

Can you ever escape your fate?

Three shadows stand outside the house--and Louis and Lise
Paperback, 268 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by First Second (first published 2007)
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I should let a little time pass before writing down my thoughts on this gem of a comic. Instead, I will rave about how much I loved it, how hard it hit me, how it's such a huge shame that this is the only book translated into English by this French author/illustrator, how incredible its drawings are, very similar to Craig Thompson if you like him, how Pedrosa is one of the few black and white artists I've encountered who can really utilize the contrast of deep blacks and stark whites to perfecti
Seth Hahne

Kids, from time to time, will die from terrible conditions that for-better-or-worse will give parents a good space of time in which to quietly go mad. Leukemia, cancer, some horrible incurable disease that causes the body to slowly shut down. It happens. And it's always distasteful. And Cyril Pedrosa made a comic about it.

It's times like this that the term comic is grossly inadequate as a descriptor of what it hopes to describe.

I am the father of a young daughter and the possibility of losing he
When I showed my husband my latest First Second graphic novel, Three Shadows, he took a gander at where the book had originally been published. “France? Doesn’t First Second know that there are hardworking American graphic novelists being put out of their jobs because of guys like this?” He was joking of course, but after a while a person might begin to agree. Where DOES First Second come up with these people? If they’re not romancing us with handsome mummies as in The Professor’s Daughter then ...more
I picked this up on a whim, while wandering the library last week. There's nothing I love more than to peek at what they've added to the graphic novel section under "library favorites". Someone out there wanted me to read this, and I happily obliged! Especially once I opened it to take a cursory glance at the first page. Three Shadows both looked, and sounded, like something I needed to take home with me. So, I did.

This is the story of Joachim, an adorable bundle of excitement and youth. The rea
Beautiful, allegorical fairytale. An idyllic family of three living in the woods, become aware that there are three shadows watching them, seemingly getting closer. The father attempts to protect his family from the mysterious trio, without knowing what they want or having any idea of what they will do next.

The book is beatifully drawn, with lots of controlled scribbly lines (a little reminiscent of a slightly lighter Mattotti), but Pedrosa varies his style to good effect. Some of the pages are
Selesai baca buku ini dalam 1 jam.
Ternyata kondisi gak bisa online benar-benar meningkatkan kecepatan saya dalam membaca buku, huehehehe.

Buku ini bercerita tentang sekeluarga kecil yang terdiri dari si Bapak macho (Louis), si Ibu keibuan --> ya iya lah ya... :D (Lise), si Anak (Joachim), dan anjing mereka (Diego).
Alkisah, mereka hidup damai-tenteram-bahagia di suatu lembah nan asri dan indah. Kehidupan mereka terasa sangat nyaman, sederhana, khas impian banyak orang (yang belum teracuni tekno
I took this randomly, just to kill time at public library because I had had what I wanted to borrow. I didn't even know at first that it was graphic novel, the title intrigued me.

For someone who is very used to manga artwork, this graphic novel is a whole new thing for me, but I had read Buddha, watched Persepolis, and that kind of artwork doesn't turn me off. It is cute, actually. Unique. And like drawing using coal on a wall, wonderful.

The story itself is quite breath-taking because I didn't
The thing about graphic novels is this: they are all so different. I realize that's true of all books - but it becomes apparent so quickly with graphic novels.

The Arrival was unlike any other graphic novel I'd read. ... Osamu Tezuka was unlike any other graphic novel author. Guy DeLisle has his own flavor...

Pedrosa makes good (and creepy) use of light and dark throughout this graphic novel. The pages fit together perfectly. He'll have two pages of black on white drawing, four pages of white on
Found this title on a list of recommended graphic novels, and would definitely recommend it myself. Pedrosa comes out of an animation background, and it shows in the lively fluency of his well-rendered cartooning. The characters are full of vitality, and perhaps more impressively, his backgrounds have an impressive quality of solidity, due to his deft handling of shadow and light. And while I read it very quickly-- more quickly than material of this quality deserves-- I found myself quite moved ...more
I really liked this, though I don't know quite what to make of it-- the story is interesting, especially in its parts, but at the same time, I'm not sure it all hangs together. There are sequences, like the getting on the boat stuff, that take a lot longer than I think they are worth, and elements that are never really resolved satisfyingly-- like the slave holder stuff. And I struggled to see if this was a story for kids, which isn't entirely my thing, or if it was meant for adults, and if that ...more
alegorijska priča koja isprve tematizira gubitak djeteta, očajničke pokušajima roditelja da spriječe neminovno i naposljetku pomirenjem. druga razina priče je crtica o pretjeranoj zaštitničkoj nastrojenosti koja može učiniti te zadnje trenutke da se doimaju zagušujuće poput zatvora.
dodatan plus stripu daje i krasan crtež.
Colleen Venable
This would be a great example of why I adore :01. Wish I could say I had a hand in any of the design or progress of this book. Pedrosa's lines are so fluid and dynamic. This is a perfect example of a book that was meant to be b&w. Rather than the eye focusing on color instead it focuses on the movement and the flow of the panels. The story itself is incredible, both heart-breaking and I found myself laughing at parts as well (hic-uping angel of death, anyone, anyone?) Even the most minor of ...more
Ines Frazier
This graphic novel is noteworthy for people who are going through a tough, sad, or confused time. Not only does the graphic novel give a story, but “two stories” and the second one has a deeper meaning that affects the way we think about others. “Three Shadows” by Cyril Pedrosa, starts out with the little boy, Joachim and his parents who live simply in the country. Everything is perfect, but everything changes when they are stalked by three shadows. Joachim and his dad go on a journey away from ...more
It is always traumatic for me to read about the death of a young child. I could do without knowing the shadows' identities at the end, but their spooky presence is wonderful throughout. I definitely related to the uncontrollable desire the parents have, to "do" something, anything, to save their son... even if what they do makes no sense. Their despair and their son's incomprehension of it is well drawn in the text and images.
A beautifully illustrated story of a dad trying to protect his young son from the shadows. An allegory for death and making the most of the time you have, the wonderful artwork contributed much to the overall story. While I don't usually read graphic novels, I was very impressed by this one! Life was simple, things changed when the shadows came, the dad tries to protect his son by running and sacrificing everything for his son but in the end realizes that there are some things you can't protect ...more
Apr 14, 2012 Elisa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Elisa by: Heidi
Parasta luettavaa vähän väsyneenä päivänä. Haikea ja kaunis, vauhdikkaasti etenevä tarina. Lopetusta myöten yhtä aikaa lohdullista ja surullista luettavaa. Muilla sanoin on tätä vaikea arvioida ja pääni on tänään harvasanainen muutenkin. Mut lukekaahan, jos vielä ette ole…

Depressing...but it's part of the author's intention. I guess the lingering feeling I get from the ending of this graphic novel is more along the lines of "bittersweet," but man the path to get there was long and arduous. Again, I say this all in favour of the comic. It certainly has pathos. And the art is wonderful. It took a bit for to see how it was operating, but once I clued in to some of the illustrative techniques that Pedrosa was subtly weaving into the tale, I was very impressed and mov ...more
I love First Second books. Beautiful cover, lovely pages. This definitely feels like a translation - tone is a little free, themes are crazy sophisticated. Beautiful, sad story, that gets pretty symbolic at the end. Sad, but lovely.
Fredrik Strömberg
Another beautiful, big graphic novel from the French comics culture; an allegorical fairy tale of a story, with art clearly in the la nouvelle vague of French comics, reminiscent of Manu Larcenet, Christophe Blain and strangely enough even of Lorenzo Mattotti. The art is stunning, and you can tell that Pedrosa is an animator and that he has worked for Disney. It’s a bit like reading a French version of Bone by Jeff Smith, another animator turned comics artist.

The story follows a young family li
The story is haunting, touching and truly beautiful. The illustrations are simply stunning in a "is this a woodcut" kind of way. Read it, or you're just not cool. That is all.
The Holy Terror
Incredible line quality and sense of movement. Felt like a grown-up Disney or Pixar story (but only because of blood and boobies!)
Matt Graupman
When you say "comics," most people think of either newspaper strips or spandex-clad superheroes; neither style really properly showcase the possibilities of the medium. On the other hand, "Three Shadows" is a perfect example of the complexity that can be achieved in a comic.

This book is so incredible, I don't even want to say too much about it and spoil the experience. Pedrosa's lush pencils are gorgeous, his creativity is abundant, and the story is so beautifully sad that it's nearly indescriba
kesan pertama saat melihat cover : saya pikir cerita horor :D
kesan kedua saat melihat halaman ketiga dan membaca sepenggal puisi Deborah Garrison : aduh! tampaknya ini cerita sedih.

Inti dari buku ini adalah bagaimana orang tua akan mati-matian mempertahankan hidup anaknya, sekalipun dengan memberikan nyawanya sendiri. Saat kematian menjelang, akankah orang tua belajar ikhlas dan menghabiskan waktu dengan penuh arti bersama anak atau berperang sekuat tenaga melawan datangnya maut.
Cerita dalam buk
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This was a weird one.
I didn't like the art style at first, but the more I read of the story, the more I appreciated it and thought it was fitting. But then there's the problem of the story itself . . .

I think I missed something. I didn't fully understand what was going on and my brain just kind of noped out during some parts of the book, so I don't blame the author for not making it engaging. I blame myself for not being engaged and not paying attention, which usually results in me giving a book
Willem van den Oever
Trois Ombres’ tells the tale of a father who does everything in his power to change the faith of his young son when he notices three shadowy riders following his family.
The story unfolds beautifully, from a carefree start in sunlit meadows and ponds, then slowly the shadows start creeping in from the borders.
Both the pacing of the story and the artwork of Cyril Pedrosa are excellently timed and executed. His simplistic, flowing drawing style immediately draws one in, with its charm matching tha
Mia Queen
*mengatur nafas, siap siap*
Huaaaah!!! Ini buku bikin jantung saya deg2an!!! Ugh ini rasa yang sama seperti saat saya menonton Coraline. Serem tapi ga pengen brenti sampai selesai. Saya nonton Drag me to hell dan Coraline dalam waktu yang berdekatan, lebih mengerikan Coraline. Karena ketegangan Coraline berjalan lambat dan mungkin karena dari sudut pandang anak-anak ya? Sama seperti buku Tiga Bayangan ini, kalo drag me to hell kan cuma gara2 nenek aneh itu yang bikin spot jantung. Okeeeh, balik k
Nicholas Luckett
A truly stunning graphic novel about the love between parents, most especially fathers, and their sons.

Pedrosa, as the jacket says, is a former animator, and it shows. All of his characters are expressive, striking poses so fitting and fluid to the story that everything comes to life. More interestingly, Pedrosa's expressive style uses the medium and the tools, pencil, pen, charcoal, to tell the story. For example, when scenes get dark and intense, large swatches of charcoal are used. When thing
Until now I've been uncertain whether any graphic novel could achieve the same level of emotional resonance as well-crafted prose. They do say a picture speaks a thousand words, but when it came to graphic novels, I remained unconvinced. Only novels can break our hearts, make us laugh out loud, scare us out of our wits, change the way we think. I don't feel that way any longer and two exceptional graphic novels are the reason why: Three Shadows and Blankets.

Three Shadows unfolds like the darkest
This hefty little book only takes about an hour to read, and it's so worth it! Cyril Pedrosa's artwork is incredible. Each panel feels full of movement; it's easy for the images to come to life. The characters are cartoonish, yet they convey muscle and hair and sometimes just overall sliminess (for the "less morale" ones you meet along the way).

It's hard not to just talk about the art, but really, this is an awesome story. Young Joachim lives on a farm with his mother and father, leading a swee
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Cyril Pedrosa began his career in animation, working on the Disney films "Hunchback of Notre Dame" and "Hercules." He has since become a rising star in a new kind of graphic storytelling, combining the influences of animation and the literary traditions of Borges, Garcia Marquez, and Tolkien to create a unique visual handwriting.
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“Back then life was simple and sweet. Everything was simple and sweet. The taste of cherries, the cool shade, the fresh smell of the river. That was how we lived, in a vale among the hills, sheltered from the storms. Ignorant of the world, as though on an island. Peaceful and untroubled. And then. Then everything changed.” 7 likes
“In our springtime
there is no better,
there is no worse.

Blossoming branches
burgeon as the must.

Some are long,
some are short.'

Stay upright.
Stay with life.”
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