"The Fairfolk Were Dead All Along" is a fantasy graphic novel that explores the themes of agency within children and young adults. The tale is succinct but heavy with metaphors that encourage the reader to think about the social structures that inhibit children and young adults. In this fairy tale, a boy takes it upon himself to leave his home town to embark on a journey of self-discovery. Along his voyage, he falls victim to a common trapping of manipulation and subservience and is at risk of losing his individuality. Filled with vibrant illustrations and creative storytelling, this is a must-read masterpiece with underlying themes of self-actualization, growth, and identity.
With forces smart enough to trick you into abandoning your true self, free agency is hard to come by, let alone achieve. Will the boy recognize these dangers, or will he lose himself on his journey?