[Shaun Tan] believes his books are a “visual and verbal screenplay” and “the real creative director” is the reader.“It’s not my job to animate the story or to invest it with meaning. That all happens in the mind of the reader and I like to allow space for that. People make the books their own.”Tan’s reference to screenplay is no surprise. In 2011 he won an Oscar for the animated adaptation of his 2000 book The Lost Thing, a dystopian story about a Melbourne boy named Shaun and a strange creature, part crab, part octopus, part robot.There are similarities between The Lost Thing and Cicada. There are links, too, with Tan’s award-winning, wordless 2013 book The Arrival.Cicada opens with an illustration of the titular character. His/her gender is not specified but I’m going with he, as he’s wearing a grey suit, white shirt and black tie. His office ID, pinned to his chest, has a barcode and his name: Cicada.
Shan Tan’s Cicada will be published in the UK this November (2018).
via Shaun Tan’s Cicada: only scary if you think it is.