Picture the USA in late 1997, but with less boy bands and more post-apocalyptic desolation. That's exactly how Simon Stålenhag envisioned The Electric State, his upcoming latest installment to an impressive streak of successful artbooks, and we're completely lost in how fascinating it turned out.


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The artist and author, who hails from Stockholm, Sweden, bases The Electric State on "a runaway teenager and her yellow toy robot," an unlikely pair that travels the West Coast in the aftermath of a massive technological meltdown, which has apparently resulted in brutal warfare between monstrous 'battle drones' and sheepish humans controlled by individual Virtual Reality helmets. It's a dark, confronting saga, and one Stålenhag vividly illustrates to the point that it looks terrifyingly real. His attention to detail mirrors that of his previous efforts, Tales From the Loop and Things From the Flood, while exploring similarly morose themes.

The Electric State has partially been a community effort, with over 5 thousand fans plunging forward to support the book's development on Kickstarter, resulting in more than $300,000 in donations. If you're like us and can't wait to get your hands on a copy, there's good news and bad news; you'll have to wait until December 2017 for the physical release, but it is set to include texts written by Stålenhag himself explaining each photo. Check it out below, and let us know what you think!

More info: Official Website, Tumblr (h/t: DesignYouTrust)

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Ok Ha-Neul 2 months ago

me when i don't tie my laces

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Luck Yeah 2 months ago

All that to power one light?!

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Mick Fowler 2 months ago

Arks: The 1% prepare to leave the planet they have destroyed.

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Sophie G 2 months ago

someone's gotta go potty

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Sophie G 2 months ago

let's give them smiles they said it will make ppl like them more they said

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Derpicorn 2 months ago

These would make a heck of a tv show

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Flavia Slag 1 month ago

I would love to know what the artist is thinking as he creates these pictures. As an artist myself, each creation has a story in my mind.

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Sarah Lennie 2 months ago

Main stream media, and its clueless followers completely unaware they're being fed harmful propaganda. That's what I'm reminded of.

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Alap ND 2 months ago

Multiple references beautifully interwoven: The scene appears inspired from Will Smith's "I Am Legend" Deer Caught In Headlights. The animal will be hunted, presumably for food. A robot is helping the little girl to kill. Ironically... his elder siblings slaughtered humans.

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BREAK YOUr perceptions 2 months ago

scary part is there are already places like this in the world. aside from the tech.

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rakuninaru 2 months ago

"Drone sweet drone'

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Kim Lee 2 months ago

But that large robots and the cars are a still from 'War of the Worlds'

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Amy Ferguson 1 month ago

Walking dead meets Tron anyone?

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