Equinoxes: Give onto Caesar…

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On some inconsequential day, all filled with myself, I dared declare on the mike of a radio show that an author ‘faces creation alone.’
These aren’t the exact words but I’m still ashamed to this day to have pronounced publicly such an inept comment.
Even if the work of a comics author is a fairly solitary practice, the fact is one never creates alone.
Outside influences, close or far removed, encounters, intellectual, friendly or of love, all feed in, of course, to the work of an author.
These are often even decisive.

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After reading through the first draft of my script for « Equinoxes ,» my editor Jose-Louis Bocquet remarked, amongst a thousand pertinent critiques, “something was missing:” A stronger link between the characters, so as to flow between them more naturally. Also a means needed to be found of assuring good transition between the comics passages and the written monologues.
He was right and I was tormented for weeks, not able to find solutions to these problems.

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Rather happily, I’m lucky enough to live with Roxanne Moreil, a woman far more curious and cultivated than I am. She spoke to me of Viviane Maier, whose work in photography had just been discovered the echos of which had reached Europe.

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(autoportrait of Vivian Maier. 18 october 1953, New York)

I was, like many, impressed by the quality of her photography and by the nobility of her own personal story. Vivian Maier had constructed with resolve a masterful oeuvre without any recognition, glory or financial reward.
From her story, now known across the world, was born in “Equinoxes” the character of Camille, a young photographer, anxious, filled with doubt, whose portraits provide access into the internal voices of the characters.
And thus did Camille become a key element of the story without whom it would have been banal.
Thanks be then to Jose-Louis Bocquet, Roxanne Moreil, and Vivian Maier.

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Meet me on my tour! I’ll be at SPX and Brooklyn Book Festival this weekend.

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Author: Cyril Pedrosa

Born November 22, 1972 in Poitiers (Vienne). A big comic reader during childhood and adolescence, Cyril Pedrosa first went into scientific studies. After some trial and error, he finally studied animation design at the Gobelins, a Parisian establishment dedicated to careers in the moving image. He went on to work on Disney animated feature films such as "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and "Hercules" where he acquired a speed of execution and a sense of movement that will later serve him well. Meeting writer David Chauvel inspired him to turn to comics. A rising star in graphic storytelling, his unique work is a product of his animation background combined with his literary influences of Borges, Marquez and Tolkien. His moving journal of going back to his family roots, "Portugal," is a bestseller. The reception for 'Equinoxes' is equally strong.

One thought on “Equinoxes: Give onto Caesar…”

  1. Unfortunately, I had family obligations that kept me from going to SPX, but I did just finish reading this at home and wanted to tell you how grateful I am that you published it. I have wanted to read more by Mr. Pedrosa ever since I read Three Shadows. I purchased his Portugal sketchbook and was about ready to break down and buy a foreign copy of this very book when I saw the announcement for your version of it. So glad I was able to read the story without struggling to translate it myself! Thank you and please keep making translations of quality work like this. I hope Equinoxes is successful enough that you consider translating Portugal as well.

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