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Grand Electric Thought Power Mother
By (author): Lale Westvind Edited by: Kim Jooha
9781937541507 Paperback, Trade English General Trade COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Contemporary Women Sep 11, 2020
$37.50 CAD
Forthcoming 6 x 8.2 x 0 in 272 pages illustrations throughout 2dcloud
Grand Electric Thought Power Mother is a collection of Lale Westvind's critically acclaimed risograph comics, available for major distribution for the first time, with new work. This highly influential body of work is comprised of epic stories with spiritual themes and a feminist bent. Poetic and intellectual, the content explores the line between thoughts and reality and perception, the nature of energy and consciousness, collective consciousness and experience, and how will and intent can create collective action. It all plays out in narratives of women warriors literally battling and wrestling through these states and concepts against science fiction, mythological and psychic backdrops. Muscular women warriors fill the pages with their energy, power, speed, force, gravity, and weight. This powerful collection fills a space for physically and psychologically strong female characters that is rarely occupied in our culture or comics as a whole. The artwork includes paintings, drawings and illustrated renderings of stills taken from Westvind's video work, primarily in black and white, with cover art and some interior panels in three colors. Comics included in this collection: Now and Here, Other Way, Trial One, Tornar and Riparna; Double Head Tour, Yazar and Arkadas, and Mary. This is the birthing of an entire cast of truly original characters, the likes of which Marvel and DC have not imagined. These are stories which are queer in their essence. They seekto describe that which does not exist yet. Within these tales are countless new technologies, philosophies, creatures and beings; A treasure trove of new ideas. The author sought to explore the idea that thought has an effect on one's surroundings. To explore the beginning of the cosmos. Thought as a force unto itself. Intention as a force of energy to be controlled. Grand Electric Thought Power Mother reads like the found spiritual scripture of an alien world.

Author Lale Westvind is an artist living in Philadelphia. She is an Ignatz Award winner and one of the most critically acclaimed contemporary comics artists, known for her risograph comics, paintings and drawings. Her work has been compared to that of Jack Kirby and Fletcher Hanks. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has been published in Best American Comics, Kramer's Ergot, Smoke Signal, Arthur, Strapazin, and others. Westvind won theIgnatz Award for Promising New Talent in 2012 for Hot Dog Beach #2 and was nominated for the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Comic in 2012 and 2013. Editor Kim Jooha is a comics critic and editor, living in Canada. She writes for the Comics Journal and her own blog, Good Comics by Kim. She co-edited 2018's Vanishing Perspective by Alexis Beauclair with Bill Kartalopolous.

"Lale’s work is so strong that it can be used to sell the idea of comics in general. It summarizes the vanguard at this exact moment in time, even as it’s basically ahead of the curve, and waiting for the rest of the world to catch up, with its advancement of the Kirby-to-Panter lineage to herald the female future the more optimistic have been prophesying. " -Brian Nicholson, Long Box Coffin "Bow down before Lale Westvind, Queen of Comics" -Gabe Fowler of Desert Island via Twitter. "Westvind’s work has an intense physicality and her comics are breathtaking in their scope, power, and drama." -Alex Hoffman, Sequential State "Westvind's comics are a genre of their own... with their recurring suggestions and an experimental attitude crossing storytelling and drawings to the point of transforming facts into metaphysical elements." -Gabriele di fazio, Just Indie Comics "It's an easily achievable pleasure to get lost in the world of Lale Westvind's comics. The expansive quality of her sprawling intergalactic terrain ranges from the outer limits of the cosmos to the inner-workings of the mind....Her characters and readers alike may sense they are bushwhacking through infinity, and that's kind of the point." -Karen Peltier, The Comics Journal "Her ability to bring a erratic charm combined with raw rock and roll energy to the comics page is unmatched." -Lumpen

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