Apsara Engine by Bishakh Som
The eight delightfully eerie stories in Apsara Engine are a subtle intervention into everyday reality. A woman drowns herself in a past affair, a tourist chases another guest into an unforeseen past, and a nonbinary academic researches postcolonial cartography.
Imagining diverse futures and rewriting old mythologies, these comics delve into strange architectures, fetishism, and heartbreak. Painted in rich, sepia-toned watercolours, Apsara Engine is trans illustrator Bishakh Som's highly anticipated debut work of fiction.
Showcasing a series of fraught, darkly humorous, and seemingly alien worlds - which ring all too familiar - Som captures the weight of twenty-first century life as we hurl ourselves forward into the unknown.
Paperback / 250 pages