Beautiful Darkness (Hardcover)
Drawn & Quarterly, 9781770461291, 94pp.
Publication Date: February 25, 2014
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"Kerascoet render Aurora and her friends in the huge-eyed style of classic children's book illustrations, but cuteness is just another Darwinian survival strategy here. Even on her clover-high scale, as Aurora discovers, romance is decided by social pecking order and murderous deceit." Douglas Wolk, "New York Times"
Kerascoet's and Fabien Vehlmann's unsettling and gorgeous anti-fairy tale is a searing condemnation of our vast capacity for evil writ tiny. Join princess Aurora and her friends as they journey to civilization's heart of darkness in a bleak allegory about surviving the human experience. The sweet faces and bright leaves of Kerascoet's delicate watercolors serve to highlight the evil that dwells beneath Vehlmann's story as pettiness, greed, and jealousy take over. "Beautiful Darkness" is a harrowing look behind the routine politeness and meaningless kindness of civilized society.
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“A twisted tale that draws from the likes of Alice in Wonderland and The Borrowers, only Beautiful Darkness presents a much bleaker allegory about brutality. As the tiny people lose hope, their underlying pettiness, greed and jealousy become evident despite their polite words and pretty faces.”—Los Angeles Times Hero Complex
"This unforgettable graphic novel hovers on the edge of your daydreams and nightmares.”—Publishers Weekly Starred Review
"You've seen countless stories about cute little creatures living secretly in our world, but you've never read one like Beautiful Darkness. It's a world that's as adorable as it is cruel, where life is beautiful but also cheap, and where death is omnipresent.”—io9
“Set against the saccharine sweet storybook aesthetic of Kerascoët’s rapturous watercolors, Vehlmann’s narrative is a sinister saga that you won’t be able to put down.”—Nerdist
"The watercolor artwork here is painfully beautiful, and the book is...best read on three separate sittings — one day for each season — to take in rise and wane and grudges of the miniature empires.”—Buzzfeed
"It’s The Borrowers meets Lord of the Flies.”—Comic Book Resources