Emotional Robots: A Question of Existence (Paperback)

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Description


Blending pop culture iconography with the existential threat of technological creations turning on their creators, Emotional Robots is a compulsively readable graphic novella set in an all-too presciently depicted world in which advanced robots successfully compete with humans—in sports, music, and art—in pursuit of emotional intelligence.

Displaced by the robots' technological triumph, humans abandon Earth in search of a new planet to call home. But what happens to the robots when newer, faster, smarter, better robots replace them? What happens when civil unrest grows between robot generations? An astute take on the human condition and the illusory promises of technology, Emotional Robots is captivating fable for the modern age. With keen wit and dark humor, it artfully tackles universal themes urgently relevant to our time, asking readers the question faced by each new generation of humans (and robots): Is history condemned to repeat itself?

About the Author


Alex Zohar is an artist, illustrator, and writer who lives and works in Los Angeles. Professionally, he's worked in the tech world for several start-ups and digital advertising agencies. His work has been shown in gallery exhibitions, public art projects, brand collaborations, and print publications.

Greg Fass built a name for himself as a brand marketer and strategist for direct-to-consumer e-commerce brands. Although he still works as a brand marketer by day, he conceived of this dark comedy via a daydream about a future world where robots develop human problems to cope with progress.

Over-educated and underemployed, Jake Richardson started his writing career drafting contracts as a corporate lawyer but has since escaped his legal overlords and lived to tell the tale...via an illustrated graphic novella. He continues to fight the good fight against the evil BotCorp.

Praise For…


"I was lucky enough to read an advance copy and I'm totally in love with this book. A biting satire tackling our obsession with progress, blended with some real empathy for the human condition. The artwork builds a world full of astute detail and fun surprises. There's a ton of little easter eggs that reward a close look. This is a book I'll put on display."<br> - Andrew Barrer, co-writer Ant-Man and The Wasp and author of the Young Blood Trilogy,




"Graphic novel enthusiasts should keep an eye out for Emotional Robots: A Question of Existence, by Alex Zohar, Greg Fass, and Jake Richardson. Blending pop culture iconography with the existential threat of technological creations that turn on their creators, Emotional Robots is a compulsively readable graphic novella set in an all-too presciently depicted world in which advanced robots successfully compete with humans—in sports, music, and art—in pursuit of emotional intelligence."
- Library Journal,


"This futuristic fable gives a quirky twist to the science-fiction trope of humans creating sentient beings only to suffer unintended consequences….Moralistic without moralizing, it’s a comedic if somewhat lightweight thought experiment, which could be equally appreciated by children and adults."
- Publishers Weekly

"Is there such a thing as too much progress? Sometimes we are more preoccupied with the question of 'if' we can do something, we don’t think about if we 'should.' Such is the case in Emotional Robots: A Question of Existence, when the very robots that replace us may find themselves replaced."
- The Big Idea Blog

"In a wildly hilarious story of existence, Emotional Robots does an excellent job of juxtaposing humanity with technology and its ever-changing innovation. With just the right amount of irony, writers Zohar, Fass and Richardson create a strangely parallel world in which robots rule, and yet somehow, they too experience the same existential dilemmas, joys, and sorrows that the obsolete humans once felt. With its subtle humor and witty illustrations that are nuanced with dozens of cultural references, Emotional Robots poses existential questions, ripe for the current human condition all by way of a storybook. We recently sat down with the writers to discuss the inspiration for the book and how it came about."
- Flaunt


Product Details
ISBN: 9781648960390
ISBN-10: 1648960391
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Publication Date: May 18th, 2021
Pages: 80
Language: English