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Moonward

Price : $17.95
ISBN # : 9788190605670
Author : Appupen
pages: 268
Edition : Paperback
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Blaft Publications
Published : 2009

Primordial Halahala is at war. In a last-ditch attempt to stop the bloodshed, the wise and ancient Tortle draws the outline of a new creature into a rock--thus ushering in a strange dystopian world of weeping trees, robotic birds, and cities grown from seeds. Author Bio: George Mathan/Appupen, 30, is a Bangalore-based comics creator and art director. He has spent the last 12 years drawing, tattooing, designing, and running back and forth between advertising and activism. Currently, Appupen dwells in his mythical world of Halahala, discovering new stories and working on his next book, a collection of ten silent graphic tales. Review 1: In Moonward, [Appupen] explores the rise of a new world created by accident, and which hideously mirrors some of the horrors that pass for technological marvels. In a once-primordial world, a wise man goes up to the mountains to pray and his visions turn him into Nana, a superman with strange powers. Appupen introduces by and by Nana's acolytes, who in turn dominate this new world. They seek to harness nature to create objects that will help them exploit and terrify everyone. So we read about the magic teardrops called Thela; the master of the temple and guardian of all knowledge Dishko; the painter Tika who falls from disgrace; and the scientist called Mooshtak who invents magic seeds that create cities where they fall. Many tales are woven into the main narrative: of a beggar who has visions, of rats creating their own giant world of cheese and the fable of Kannapen and his grandson, the latter climbing higher and higher, seeking an elusive paradise that finally appears in the form of a beautiful woman. It is a disturbing world that Appupen has created, almost in the form of a parable, a futuristic world where everything is a commodity and where the search for meaning is an elusive exercise. Moonward will appeal to fans of the graphic novel, but Appupen's minimalism might be daunting to someone who has come across the genre for the first time. Source: Indian Express

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Tuesday 29 March, 2011.
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