Trois Ombres
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Trois Ombres

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Can you ever escape your fate?

Three shadows stand outside the house and Louis and Lise know why the spectral figures are there. The shadows have come for Louis and Lise's son, and nothing anyone can do will stop them. Louis cannot let his son die without trying to prevent it, so the family embarks on a journey to the ends of the earth, fleeing death.

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Paperback, 268 pages
Published 2008 by Delcourt (first published 2007)
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Christopher


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...more
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...more
Betsy
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
Stephen
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...more
Fredrik
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...more
Philip
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...more
Kenneth
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
Matt
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
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
Heather
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.
Elisa
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…

Shannon
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!)
Dewi
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Trudi
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...more
Bonnie
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...more
Alice
I picked up a copy of this book, based on the publisher alone. First Second always seems to publish works with especially gorgeous and distinctive art-work.

This book is no exception -- I would recommend owning it for the art alone. The delicate line-work, mixed with heavy and sweeping brushstrokes, creates a distinctive world for the story to take place in. In such a world, the lack of colour feels perfectly natural, aided by how the author uses the two tones to convey shadows and obscured sight...more
Ivon
*akhirnya beli juga pas ada promo beli 2 gratis 1 di gramed, hehe*

Ilustrasi buku ini, walaupun hitam-putih, sudah cukup untuk menggambarkan nuansa kebahagiaan, ketegangan, dan kesedihan.

Sang ilustrator pernah ikut serta dalam proyek animasi Disney Hercules dan Hunchback of Notredame, sehingga kualitas seni graphic novel ini tidak usah diragukan lagi.
Gaya ilustrasinya agak 'ke-kartun2an'. Tapi jangan tertipu. Isi novel ini cukup berat, mengandung: manusia, pemerasan, pembunuhan, perdagangan manu...more
Mayday
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...more
Josh Mcdonald
It's difficult to say a lot about this story -- a kind of allegorical fantasy about a family trying to avoid a dark, threatening destiny (represented by the titular three shadows).

It shouldn't be much of a spoiler to say that the book is the author's response to the death of a friend's young son (the cover-flap says as much.) I saw where at least one reviewer questioned what exactly the story is saying about destiny and the necessity/futility of trying to change it. But I think it's a mistake t...more
Wirotomo Nofamilyname
Sep 26, 2009 Wirotomo Nofamilyname rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: all of the graphic novel's lovers
cerita yang indah didampingi gambar yang indah, dan diakhiri dengan sajak yang layak direnungkan.

apa yang akan dilakukan orang tua demi menyelamatkan sang anak dari kejaran takdir? pasrah dan menikmati saat-saat bersamanya atau melakukan segala cara untuk menghindarinya?
Cyril Pedrosa berhasil menggambarkan, baik dengan tulisan dan gambarnya, emosi yang tampil, mengharubiru, dan akhir yang layak untuk direnungkan.

Gambar Pedrosa bukan untuk pencinta gambaran realis atau menyerupai foto tapi berhas...more
Anne Mariane
Ngga banyak pilihan novel grafis yang bisa dibaca di Indonesia. Di antara keterbatasan itu, aku merasa beruntung bisa menemukan yang seindah buku ini. Aku memang pecinta novel grafis, selain menikmati gaya ilustrasi, aku menikmati betul cerita yang ingin disampaikan ilustratornya. Karya Cyril Pedrosa adalah salah satu yang berhasil menggerakkan hatiku.

Buku yang kupunya terbitan Gramedia, terjemahannya sudah baik, dan aku suka tata letak teksnya yang tidak mengganggu keindahan gambar Pedrosa.

Memi...more
Planet of the Books www.planetofthebooks.com
Three Shadows by Cyril Pedrosa is a newly released graphic novel from First Second Books. The storyThreeshadows420 revolves around Lise, Louis and their young son Joachim. The family lives a quiet, happy existence under the protection of the woods that surrounds their home. This lifestyle comes to an end when they begin noticing three shadows following them throughout their daily activities. These shadows appear suddenly and have no visible faces, making them an ominous threat to this happy fami...more
Andrew Shuping
Cross posted from Amazon

Cyril Pedaroa is a former artist for Disney, but has since transferred his creative and artistic talents to the world of graphic novels. Three Shadows is a story of life, a family's love, grief, and death rolled into an all too short novel. A small farming family, father, mother, and their young son named Joaquim. They live an ideal life with all that they could ever need in their lives. Until the day Joaquim approaches his parents and tells them of the three shadows outs...more
Sarah Sammis
Published in 2007 as Trois Ombres and translated into English in 2008, Cyril Pedrosa's graphic novel was inspired by the feelings of grief and hopelessness he after the death of a close friends' child. The translation was nominated for a Cybil in the young adult graphic novel category and it won a Reuben in the "comic book" division.

Life is simple on the farm for Joachim and his parents. It's a blissful existence dictated by the seasons and the chores on the farm. But everything changes when the...more
Jamie
Jun 12, 2008 Jamie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: fans of Scott Morse
Shelves: graphicnovels
This book reminds me of the early work of Scott Morse, particularly Soulwind, both in terms of some of the fantasy elements but also in the storytelling influences Cyril Pedrosa brings into his narrative. You will see shades of Disney, European comics, and traditional Japanese painting.

The story involves a family living on a remote farm in an imaginary country who one day see three horses and riders in the distance. Believing they have come for his son, the father tries to take the boy far away,...more
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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. And then. Then everything changed.” 4 likes
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Some are long,
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