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the Open Webcomic by David Revoy

05 may 2012

"L'héritage en couleur" is a long graphic novel.
I drew it two years before publishing the first episode of Pepper&Carrot.
  It was awarded and share the same open license than Pepper&Carrot,
 but the story is not related. I hope you'll like it.


Thanks for reading

More infos :
This graphic novel is a personal project made aside from my daily work as an illustrator.
I tried to depict in it a difficult theme but a one which is close to my heart : the way children are affected by a negative ambient at home, and social difficulties they can endure in consequences.  I'm always shocked when I meet parents who send unconsciously their violence, pessimism or sadness to their children. This novel is not really a mental answer to it, just a heart reaction. 

I learned a lot of things while writing and drawing this one. About myself and about my technics.  It was done using only free and open sources software on Linux and I will publish soon the ' making-of ' material. By the way, I'm already working on the next one.

- 2012-05 : making of published on David Revoy blog here 
- 2013-04 : I received a Daily Deviation on deviantArt for this comic, thanks

links around the theme :
( fr )  ( google translate link  )

What is the first letter of the word hlwq? : 


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André VAZ 05 may 2012, 08:01

SUPER !!! :)

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Mikhail Schalk 05 may 2012, 08:04

This is fantastic!

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Ram 05 may 2012, 08:33

Génial ! Poétique, attendrissant, ma journée commence vraiment très bien malgré l'absence de soleil ! =D

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Alexandre 05 may 2012, 10:20

That's kids' version of Pleasantville, isn't it? :)

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Morten E 05 may 2012, 10:45

It´s a sad and beautiful world

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Elo 05 may 2012, 11:12

Tout simplement magnifique ! J'aime beaucoup le message véhiculé ! Et je suis toujours aussi admirative du coup de crayon !

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n-pigeon 05 may 2012, 11:53

Beautiful novel.
I know a lot about how big impact negative emotions can have on children, but not only on them.

Good thing is that this experience can make them stronger... just like in Your novel.
We usually see children as victims, but they are more wise than we expect. It's because they are not corrupted by arrogance and ignorance, they still want to learn, something that adults THINK they are too old for.

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yuli 05 may 2012, 13:10

that nice nice nice!
very good job david
I like :)

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Steven Powers (SMP) 05 may 2012, 14:35

Very nice David. Good work.

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Brett W. McCoy 05 may 2012, 16:31

I loved this, especially that you told the story entirely visually and without words or dialog. Beautiful and heartwarming story. I want to go hug my wife and son right now to make sure our world is full of happy and warm color!

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deburger 05 may 2012, 17:20

veeery nice!!

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Smolli 05 may 2012, 17:33

@Brett So true, except that it's my wife and two daughters I'm gonna hug ;)

@David, what can I say....? formidable, émouvant, makes me remember to never forget how children feel - adults, too of course, but they have learned to cope with negativities, at least better than children.

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Mozart Couto 05 may 2012, 19:34

Excellent work !!! Most comics should be like this: sensitive and without violence. Congratulations for your excellent blog and the great job with free software!

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RayBlender 06 may 2012, 00:15

Very nice work. Not only the images but also the story it tells. I must admit that after seeing the story I had to look again to understand the full meaning of each image.

One little detail: in the image where we see the girl spinning round in her room it looks as if she is wearing shoes. She should be wearing socks as she left her shoes in the hall.

I look forward to see more of your artwork. I wish you lots of success.

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Grant M 06 may 2012, 09:00

Wonderfully done & discusses an important theme. Loved it

David REVOY Author 06 may 2012, 13:33

@ Everyone : Many thanks for the comments, they made my day ! :)
Note : no one spotted the BBB poster ? :D

@Alexandre : Didn't knew Pleasantville and I'm probably not the last and obviously not the first to have the idea to use B&W and color as a medium to do storytelling. Everything already exist... I even expect a lot already did ; but with the color brush mode of Mypaint and HSY color blending mode of Krita it was too fun to playful to not give it a try.

@RayBlender : Nice spotted for the shoes in this frame. I will correct it.

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sage 06 may 2012, 17:40

Beautiful as always.

Was it done with mypaint/gimp, or was it done with a recent Krita version ?

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Ramon Miranda 06 may 2012, 23:03

Wow David, this is really emotive. i am even more emotional afected than artistical afected. The script is very good. only i have seen a pair of poses that dont really do the job. when is with the old woman. but dont afect to the story. +5

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Tairony 07 may 2012, 00:41

Wow! This is an amazing story! It's really cool and exciting.
I think that as an artist I would like to know how to demonstrate my emotions so well.
Thanks for sharing.

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Todd McCullough 07 may 2012, 03:28

Great work David!
Nice imagery.

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JAlberto 07 may 2012, 16:36

Fantastic work David! The mood is just perfect.

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Alona 08 may 2012, 18:11

Wow, an amazing story and breathtaking work!

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Somnilokr 09 may 2012, 12:37

Really great work! Dont need words to tell a beautiful and deep story, I mean... amazing...

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fromlugdunum 10 may 2012, 16:13

So touching, thanks for this art.

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Chicao 10 may 2012, 17:06

Very touching and inspirational! Keep it up the great work!

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swims 10 may 2012, 17:20

J'aime! J'aime le dessin, le scénar (papa depuis deux ans) et j'aime le making of (et on ne parle pas de l'usage des FLOSS qui m'a amené à suivre ce blog depuis deux ans aussi je crois)

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Somebody 17 may 2012, 16:42

Great ! Met it one the russian website,
You can see here russian comments about it. This novel is in the top :D

David REVOY Author 17 may 2012, 18:17


@Somebody : Thanks to show me the repost , cool comments :) good the reposter wrote a link on the comment.

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Anna 18 may 2012, 06:14

It's delicious ... So many of these emotions!

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Gabri 27 may 2012, 16:03

Nice, I think you could think in a bigger way and try to develop something like the super worm world saga of Daniel Lieske :)

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Itzcuauhtli 27 may 2012, 23:06

I love this story. And I cry because is a cruel and daily true of very childrens around the world. And I thinks that it is a great motivation to be better as persons every day, if we want a better world

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Itzcuauhtli 27 may 2012, 23:17

I would like to share your novel on the spanish website "". If you allow me this honor, of course. Your credits will be respected, too.

David REVOY Author 27 may 2012, 23:41

all : thx for the nice comment. It make me think I still must fix the shoes when she enter the room. Or maybe let it ; as a sort of weird easter egg :)

@Gabri : I might think about it :) thx

@Itzcuauhtli : Thx, feel free to repost ; as I wrote in the license ; it's ok even without my permission if it's for non commercial, and got a link back and my name. Thx !

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Olivia DB 29 may 2012, 16:52

beautiful..and touching.

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Discover Your Treasure 04 june 2012, 02:05

Sooooooooooooo expressive
I really learned how to face troubles of life but I'm really not going to hide under bed.

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Milad Thaha 07 june 2012, 14:20

This is bloody brilliant! The colors are stupendous, and you sent into a dark cave for a moment. Bloody well done; I'm right now oozing of the details in those drawings, your images have so much appeal!

David REVOY Author 11 june 2012, 18:43

[update] : I updated the 'shoes' issue in the scene of the bedroom. Time also to invest a bit of time to export and repost on other community to expose to other new eyes.

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Benjamin Turner 14 june 2012, 19:00

I think what I love most about this story is that you have made color a supporting character in the plot of the story. It's almost like color -- all color -- embraces its own motives of hope, imagination, and innocence.

As someone who loves to work on white paper with charcoal, I think that maybe I need to go outside, visit a bakery, lounge in a park by a stream, and play with some crayons! ;)

-- Benjamin

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MARTS 04 august 2012, 19:51

Very very nice work David.

Fait chaud au cœur =D

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cherylynn 13 september 2012, 09:49

A very well constructed narrative with a heartfelt theme and a cleverly wonderful use of color to great effect. was very moved by this

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Leonardo 05 february 2013, 11:13

Beautiful work of art ! =D

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Justin 14 june 2013, 02:20

Very good art, and a very true message. Thanks for the thoughtful material.

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kalaysa 11 august 2013, 13:10

keep it up :) don't you have an fb page?

David REVOY Author 12 august 2013, 09:46

@kalaysa : Thanks ! No, I closed it. I'm against Fb privacy policies and try to don't feed the services with a lot of personnal data. I have an account for keeping in personnal touch with few family member and friends only. Btw, I do have a G+ and Twitter account , you can find the link on my contact page or on the website header.

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Mary 13 november 2013, 10:23

This is absolutely beautiful and it made me tear up. Any thoughts as to turning it into a picture book? I would totally buy one just to keep around me remind me to be happy. It's very uplifting and sad and that's beautiful. Thank you for sharing your art.

David REVOY Author 13 november 2013, 14:14

@Mary : Thanks Mary ! For the moment, I still need to find a publisher to publish this. I'm working right now on a story with dragons and magical power ; but I would also love to make a longer story with cat. Thanks for the feedback , I'll consider it.

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Bird 16 november 2013, 07:16

This is beautifully drawn and very powerful. Very effective!

It conveys so much and so very well... also, the art style is quite charming! Reminscent of Japanese manga and anime of the eighties, as well as American animation of the black and white era.

David REVOY Author 16 november 2013, 13:14

@Bird : hey, thank you for the feedback

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Razorbane 20 november 2013, 03:43

That is great mate. I cant wait to see more of your work.

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Michele 02 december 2013, 00:31

This is utterly beautiful! LOVE it!!!

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Arnaud Couturier 14 december 2013, 12:23

Très très touchant!

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Kat!e 04 october 2014, 08:46

This is beautiful. Made me cry.

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Massimo 06 october 2014, 00:16

very beautiful piece of art,
keep up this excellent work and themes!

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Waccha 09 october 2014, 10:11

I cry a lot of, i'm so sad I HATE THAT type of parents

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Sam 22 november 2014, 02:07

Beautiful, thanks :´)

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Hena 29 november 2014, 01:11

Hi! I accidently saw this comic stript on the Korean website
and decided to leave a comment!
I'm very happy to appreciate your artworks, especially this comic stript which gave me strong impression. Thank you!

David REVOY Author 29 november 2014, 01:20

@Hena : Oh, my webcomic did travel to Korea ? So cool ! thanks for the comment :-)

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Massimo 24 december 2014, 00:00

I came here to give a look to your graphic novel another time and i really have to express how appreciable and moving it really is.
One of the most beautiful, fine and enjoyable piece of artwork my eyes happened to witness in years..
Your works are always charged with emotions that reach us clearly and in their utmost brightness and intensity!

David REVOY Author 24 december 2014, 01:16

@Massimo : Many thanks Massimo !

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Jim 14 february 2015, 23:15

this is remarkable work and very touching! thanks for the emotions!

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Johan 06 march 2015, 21:14

I don't like it - I love it!
So beautifull how the girl finds strength in her positive experiences - Sad too, but it instills hope :-)
I actually fell a tear when reading it the first time - and that is something.

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Andres 28 march 2015, 23:59

Wow, this is so touching! Excellent work, David!

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Ghislain 30 march 2015, 11:32


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Paul ahinra 31 march 2015, 14:57

I loved this, especially that you told the story entirely visually and without words or dialog. Beautiful and heartwarming story. I want to go hug my wife and son right now to make sure our world is full of happy and warm color!

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Helene 18 april 2015, 13:38

Excellent job!
Could you extend it to the roll of teachrs and school officials and their influence in our children.
My teen age has encounter a lot of explosive negativity recently at school.

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Rina 23 april 2015, 01:11

Una triste realidad que pasan muchos de nuestros niños, donde los padres solo piensan en ellos y no comprenden cuánto daño le hacen al desarrollo emocional de sus hijos.