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Ombre d'un Homme (L')

L'Ombre D'un Homme L'Ombre d'un Homme [The Shadow of a Man] is the eleventh volume of the Chronicles of the Obscure Cities. Published on March 10th, 1999, but the work in progress was available for months as webisodes on the Obscure Cities internet site. Four thousand of the albums came with a CD-ROM.

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Albert Chamisso is only a few weeks married to Sarah when he gets nightmares. Dr. Polydore Vincent helps him to get rid of the nightmares, but his shadow is in color afterwards. He is struggling with this. He loses his wife and his job. He lives for some time in the outskirts of Blossfeldtstad until he gets in contact with Minna. Together they start a light show that becomes very popular.

In the enhanced edition of 2009 some pages are added and some others are removed. The final pages are completely rewritten. (new: page 24, 84-87 & 93-96. Removed: pages 49, 79, 84, 86 and 87). The happy ending was canceled and the conclusion of the story became ironic and fantastic.

The original artwork for the frontpage:

Some interior pages of L'Ombre d'un Homme:

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The pages of L'Ombre d'un Homme were pre-published on the internet. Some additional artwork was also presented.

Naissance d'une Planche

A movie about François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters working together on the pages of the album L'Ombre d'un Homme.

Editions / translations

1999De Schaduw van een manDutchCasterman88HC903038588X
1999L'Ombre D'un HommeFrenchCasterman88HC2203343125
2000Der SchattenmannGermanFeest Comics88SC3893434623
2000La Sombra de un hombreSpanishNorma Editorial87HC8484310752
2002A Sombra de Um HomemPortugueseMeribérica/Liber88SC9724514544
2009L'Ombre d'un HommeFrenchCasterman102SC9782203020948Some pages are added and some others are removed. The final pages are completely rewritten. (new: page 24, 84-87 & 93-96. Removed: pages 49, 79, 84, 86 and 87)
2010한 남자의 그림자Korean세미콜론89HC9788983715746
2013闇の国々JapaneseShoPro Booksn/aHC4796871462Part of bundle 3
2014Sjena jednog čovjekaCroatianFibra104HC9789533211664
2016Licht und SchattenGermanSchreiber und Leser104SC9783946337072
2018La Sombra de un HombreSpanishNorma Editiorial104SC9788467931679
2021The Shadow of a ManEnglishIDW Publishing104SC9781684056934
2022Cień MężczyznyPolishScream Comics104SC9788367161459

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