Appupen Moonward

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Moonward

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Fiction. Graphic Novel. South Asia Studies. 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.

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Appupen makes comics. He draws his stories from Halahala--a strangely familiar world he has been secretly observing for many years. The graphic novel MOONWARD was the result of his prolonged visit, and documents the key events and characters that shaped the course of Halahala, right from its birth. During his undercover visits Appupen claims to have unearthed enough material for another book--10 short silent graphic stories of love--which he is currently working on. But all this interplanetary travel takes its toll. Disoriented and losing his bearings, he occasionally falls into his own stories. This bunch, called "Making Soap" (more soon), was developed initially as a part of MOONWARD.

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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. --Indian Express

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