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Edinburgh Comic Art Festival

Saturday 26th November 2016
3PM
Book your free ticket now.

On Saturday 26th November Monika Szydłowska will presents Do You Miss Your Country?

Don’t miss book your free entry ticket HERE

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October 29th 2016

Culture Without Borders Festival

Clapham Library London
We will be there with our books.
Free entry

A celebration of Polish culture and people. Children’s activities, Author talks, Short films, Music, and Dance. Also an opportunity to purchase Eastern European arts, crafts, foods, and some unique Polish graphic novels.

Clapham Library,

91 Clapham High Street, SW4 7DB Londyn

Poster by Ola Szmida

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Distro: Black Lodge Press

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We glad present over ten titles from Black Lodge Press.

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Launch of Monika Szydłowska’s book on immigrant experience

Thursday 19 May, 6:45pm
Free Word Centre
Free Word Lecture Theatre
60 Farringdon Road
London

Thursday 19 May, 6:45pm

Free Word Centre

Free Word Lecture Theatre

60 Farringdon Road

London EC1R 3GA

Tickets: £5/£3

Book online or call 020 7324 2570

Na emigracji. (On Emigration) – an online comic by Polish visual artist Monika Szydłowska - started out on Facebook, where it now has almost 13,000 fans. It shows the life of a Polish immigrant in the UK through the medium of minimalist watercolours accompanied by a few well-chosen words. Despite their simplicity, they evoke a whole spectrum of the immigrant experience: difficulties in translating humour, trying to explain your cuisine to uncomprehending locals, confusion over pronunciation, casual prejudice and family conversations via Skype. It offers understated, funny commentary on straddling two cultures.

Read Migrant Conversation Pieces, or a Phrasebook for Beginners. Kaja Pawełek’s review of the book.

Centrala, a publishing house specialising in comics, is launching Do You Miss Your Country?, a collection of Monika’s art in book form. Come and listen to Monika talk to Sarah Lightman, an artist, writer and curator, co-founder and co-director of the Laydeez do Comics collective. Then stay on to raise a glass to the book, see Monika’s art on Free Word’s walls and maybe – if you’re lucky – witness some live painting.

 

Monika Szydłowska graduated from the University of Fine Arts in Poznań in 2011 with an MA in graphic design. In 2013, she moved to Scotland, where she completed a course in art therapy and where she leads art workshops with disabled people. In October 2013, Monika started the blog Na emigracji., a series of illustrations depicting the adventures she’s had since leaving Poland. In winter 2015, the publishing house Centrala published Do You Miss Your Country?, a collection of the illustrations.

Sarah Lightman studied at the Slade School of Art for her BA and MFA, and is currently a PhD researcher at the University of Glasgow on “Dressing Eve and other Reparative Acts in Women’s Comics”. Sarah is co-founder and co-director, with Nicola Streeten, of Laydeez do Comics. She co-curated the internationally touring exhibition Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women, and edited Graphic Details: Jewish Women’s Confessional Comics in Essays and Interviews (McFarland), the first book on Jewish women and comics. Sarah exhibits her drawings and animation films in museums and galleries around the world, and her visual autobiography, The Book of Sarah (Myriad Editions), will be published in 2018.

Organised by Free Word Centre and Centrala as part of Free Word’s Translators in Residence programme, this year curated by Marta Dziurosz. Supported by the Polish Cultural Institute in London.

Elephant on the Moon

Author:

Mikołaj Pasiński

Illustrator:

Gosia Herba

250 x 250 mm
48 pages
hard cover
ISBN: 978-0-9933951-2-3

Recommended Age: 6+

Elephant on the Moon

Elephant on the Moon is a richly illustrated tale of courage, passion and determination. Although it is directed mainly at younger readers, it refers to serious events.

In a small town there lives a lady astronomer. Every evening she looks at the moon through her telescope. She knows it like the back of her own hand. Even in her sleep she can name all the mountains, the craters and the oceans of the silvery globe. One night she makes an amazing discovery. Can it be that there’s an elephant living on the moon? The members of the Moon Society refuse to believe her.

Elephant on the Moon is a richly illustrated tale of courage, passion and determination. Although it is directed mainly at younger readers, it refers to serious events. Sir Paul Neal in the seventeenth century – one of the astronomers of the Royal Society – is supposed to have been the first to observe an elephant on the moon. At the time, his discovery provoked much confusion and fired the imaginations of many writers. Thanks to Samuel Butler’s satirical account, the story reached France. Fontaine himself wrote a tale about it – “Un animal dans la lune.” Almost 350 years later Gosia Herba and Mikołaj Pasiński have come back to this story of the moon, and out of it they have spun a new tale full of adventure.

Gosia Herba studied history of art. For more than eight years, she has worked as an illustrator. She has worked with La Nación, The Washington Post, Virginia Quarterly Review, Monocle and Penguin Random House. She does illustrations for the press, and designs posters and covers for books and CDs. Recently she has started to do illustrations for children.

Mikołaj Pasiński is interested in the study of culture. He works in graphic design and multimedia.

Gosia Herba and Mikołaj Pasiński are authors of a comic for adults entitled Fertitlity.

Release Autumn 2016

Behind our books. Spring 2016

Behind Our Books April 6 Fast wie zu Hause : Comiclesung und Gespräch mit Autorin Karolina Chyzewska, Berlin, Germany 8 & 9 Sztriptíz Indie Comics Fair | SZT Budapest, Hungary 16 & 17 Fumetto Comix-Festival Luzern, Switzerland 16 & 17 COMICINVASIONBERLIN, Germany 23 & 24 Fumetto Comix-Festival Luzern, Switzerland May 14 & 15 TCAF – The […]

Behind Our Books

April

6 Fast wie zu Hause : Comiclesung und Gespräch mit Autorin Karolina Chyzewska, Berlin, Germany

8 & 9 Sztriptíz Indie Comics Fair | SZT Budapest, Hungary

16 & 17 Fumetto Comix-Festival Luzern, Switzerland

16 & 17 COMICINVASIONBERLIN, Germany

23 & 24 Fumetto Comix-Festival Luzern, Switzerland

May

14 & 15 TCAF – The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, Canada

19 – 22 Warszawskie Targi Książki / Warsaw Book Fair, Poland

26 – 29 Internationaler Comic-Salon Erlangen, Germany

28 & 29 BICF, Brighton, UK

29 DIY Cultures 2016: Zines, Comics, Alternative Day Festival, London, UK

June

9 – 11 Oslo Comics Expo, Norway

10 – 12, ELCAF, London, UK

15 – 18, I Never Read, Art Book Fair Basel, Switzerland

Fast wie zu Hause

Author:

Karolina Chyżewska

Abmessung: 165x235 mm
Seitenzahl: 96
Softcover
ISBN: 978-83-63892-42-5

Fast wie zu Hause

Mit viel Witz und Charme erzählt Karolina Chyzewska in ihrem Debüt von ihrer Herkunft und zeigt, dass Identität, unabhängig von jeglicher Nationalität, die Familie selbst ist.”

Karolina ist zwar in Deutschland geboren und aufgewachsen, ihre Wurzeln liegen aber in Polen. Welche Bedeutung hat es für sie, eine Polin oder eine Deutsche zu sein? Und muss sie sich überhaupt entscheiden, obwohl sie doch aus beiden Ländern stammt?
Mit einem Auslandssemester begibt sich die Kunststudentin auf die Suche nach der eigenen Identität. Ihre Reise führt sie nach Krakau – die Stadt, in der auch schon ihre Mutter die ersten Jugendjahre verbrachte. Karolina begibt sich auf ihre Spuren, und Vergangenheit und Gegenwart beginnen, sich miteinander zu verweben…
Mit viel Witz und Charme erzählt Karolina Chyzewska in ihrem Debüt von ihrer Herkunft und zeigt, dass Identität, unabhängig von jeglicher Nationalität, die Familie selbst ist.”

Die in Deutschland aufgewachsene Karolina verbringt ein Auslandssemester im polnischen Krakau. Endlich kann die Kunststudentin das Land ihrer Eltern aus erster Hand kennen lernen. Neben ihren Erlebnissen in der Weichselstadt schildert sie in Rückblenden die Geschichte ihrer Mutter und deren Streben nach einem eigenen Leben, das sie letztlich nach Deutschland führte. Und während ihre Mutter ihre Heimat immer im Herzen trägt, wird Karolina von der Frage nach der eigenen Identität begleitet, ob sie sich als Polin oder Deutsche versteht.

Pünktlich zum Neujahr 1986 entschied sich Karolina Chyzewska, dieser Welt entgegenzutreten. Geboren und aufgewachsen im schönen Göttingen, fühlte sie sich in ihrer polnischen Familie geborgen. Nach der Schule ging sie zum Studium an die Kunsthochschule Kassel, wo sie sich auf die Bereiche Comic und Trickflm spezialisierte. 2012 studierte sie für ein halbes Jahr an der Akademie der Schönen Künste in Krakau, Polen, um ihre Fähigkeiten zu verbessern. Nach ihrer Rückkehr hatte sie diverse Ausstellungen und kleine Publikationen mit ihrem Kollektiv „Die Goldene Discofaust“ und machte ihren künstlerischen Abschluss. Nach ihrem Studium entschloss sie sich für den nächsten wichtigen Schritt ihres künstlerischen Daseins, und ging nach Berlin. Dort arbeitet und lebt sie als freiberufiche Comiczeichnerin und Trickflmerin.
Karolina veröffentlichte ihre Arbeiten bereits in den Magazinen Strapazin und Triebwerk (Max und Moritz-Preis für die beste studentische Comicpublikation) und wurde für den Comic “Come with me” mit einer “Honorable Mention” bei der Comics Workbook Composition Competition 2014 ausgezeichnet.

Comics Cookbook

Author:

Various artists

148 x 210 mm
116 pages
Colour
Hard Cover
English
ISBN: 978‑0‑9929082‑9‑4

Comics Cookbook

Over 120 works where received for Comic Cookbook competition during 6th international comics culture festival Ligatura, Poznań, Poland.
The anthology includes 93 works by artists from Australia, Austria, Argentina Sweden, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Japan, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland, UK, USA.

Contents
APPETISERS
Patrycja Bołzan, Fluffy French Toast
Judith Bungert, Stinging Nettle Pesto
Arinda Craciun, Pickles
Alan Gajewski, Sandwich for the Lazy
Błażej Kurowski, Guacamole
Basia Łukasik, Hummus
Łukasz Pawlak, Tofu Scramble
Agata Plank-Wcisłowska, The Best Sandwich
Daria Solak, Pesto Genovese
Katarzyna Szaulińska, Patriot Sandwitch

SALADS
Doreen Borsutzki, Waremer Nudelsalat
Kevin Eder, Tomato Banana Salad
Jonathan Kröll, Watermelon, Green Olive, and Pistachio Salad
Karolina Pielarz, Need-Make
Paulina Skowron, Vegetable Salad

SOUPS
Mathias Barth, Sopa de Caracol
Blue Bell-Bhuiyan, Carrot and Garlic Soup
Richy K. Chandler, Breakfast Soup
Izabela Dudzik, Salmon Soup
Barbara Dziadosz, Chicken Broth
Melanie Gandyra, Indian Pumpkinsoup
Vasilena Harizanova, Tarator
Jakub Jankowski, Antoni Serkowski, Special Recipe for Żur
Ina Korneliussen, Tomato Soup
Anna Krztoń, Mexican Spicy Soup (Vegan)
Michal Löwy, Strong Chicken Soup
Katarzyna Miniewicz, Old Polish Cookbook’s Heroes
Verena Muckel, Finnish Soup with Salmon
Katarzyna Urbaniak, Chicken Broth

MAIN COURSE
Natalya Balnova, Shrimp and Basil Pasta
Julia Beutling, Hearty Pancakes Made Vegan
Mirjam Brodersen, Saffron-Spaghetti with Zucchini
Barbara Dziadosz, Paella
Fraet Comicpopart, Grilled Rattlesnake
Harukichi, Dj Cat Gosshie in KKK
Hannah Lee Miller, Buffalo Wings
Nicholas Miller, Hai Xian Zhou
Nicholas Miller, Frittata (Italian Style Omelette)
Nicholas Miller, Spaghetti All’ Amatriciana
Zuzana Mulickova, Cottage Cheese Fruit Dumplings
Eva Plaputta, Sweet Potato Cannelloni
Paul Shinn, Okonomiyak
Paulina Skowron, Cod
Daria Solak, Al Ragu
Karina Tungari, Crazy Rice
Andrzej Wieteszka, Arrabbiata / No Chefs! No Justice!
Nikolay Yalnazov, Stuffed Peppers
Yang Yunhee, Flexible Bulgogi
Johanna Zabojnik-Ihla, Red Beet Wrap With Salad

SIDE DISHES
Conori Bell-Bhuiyan, Aubergine and Chickpea Curry
Maren Endler, Caramelized Carrots with Almonds
Marie-Pascale Gafinen, All Year Vegetables
Marika Haustein, Mashed Potatoes
Nika Jaworowska, Tomatoes & Aubergine Jenga
Hannah Lee Miller, Pitta Bread
Mia Löb, Fennel and Beluga
Verena Muckel, Filled Vine Leaves
Milena Simeonova, Soda Bread

DESERTS
Ewa Baran, Emergency Cake
Georgina Chadderton, Maryanne’s Beet & Carrot Cake
Natalia Gościniak, Muffinmonster
Adi Hollander, Oma’s Chocolate Cake
Nika Jaworowska, Pears with Linseed & Coconut Milk Cream
Nika Jaworowska, Pecan Cake
Aleksandra Jędrzejewska, How to Make a Brownie
Nicolas Krizan, Ice Cream Comics
Agata Królak, Kogiel Mogiel
Mansilla Leandro Armando, Sebastián Mercau, Some Old Flavour
Ivana Minářová, Vegan Coconut Chocolate Balls
Julia Müller, Grannys Chocolat Muffins
Katarzyna Rucińska, Pancake
Jennifer Van De Sandt, Chocolate Mousse
Agnieszka Świętek, Apple Pie
Katarzyna Urbaniak, Pancakes with Chocolate and Raspberry Mousse
Van Laer Jo, Belgian Waffles
Curcija Vina, Strukli
Maria Zdulska, Apple Pie
Karolina Zieleniewska, Carrot Cake

DRINKS
Anna Dowsland, Nettle Beer
Ewa Godlewska, Parsley Juice
Pol Guillen, Vermouth Soda and Sun
Aleksandra Jędrzejewska, Lemonade
Martina Laser, The Cooking Buddha
Ewa Maczyńska, Sailor’s Bold Remedy for Cold
Katarzyna Rucińska, Black Dahlia
Paulina Skowron, Raspberry Drink

ABSTRACTS
Joanna Elantkowska-Białek, Breakfast for Twiggy
Romek Gajewski, „Pho” Soup
Grzegorz Janusz, Tomasz Niewiadomski, Feast for Two
Maja Starakiewicz, Distimmed Doshes
Joanna Witek, Futurist Cooking
Marta Zdulska, Persian Love Cake

Locomotive / IDEOLO at East London Comics and Art Festival

Sunday 21st June 2015, London
Workshops with Małgorzata Gurowska & Joanna Ruszczyk

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With Polish Cultural Institute we warm invite to workshop with both authors unique book Locomotive/IDEOLO based on works by Julian Tuwim

Join artists Malgorzata Gurowska and Joanna Ruszczyk in a workshop that will continue the themes of their book Locomotive/IDEOLO. Help to design additional pages for their book and get inspired by watching a screening of a stop motion animation and listening to a poetry reading in the process.

Visit ELCAF page.

21st June, Sunday
3.30 PM – 5.30
The Laundry E8
2-18 Warburton Road, E8 3FN London, United Kingdom
Entry free

Friends

Author:

Jan Soeken

180 x 255 mm
40 pages
soft cover
Translation from German by Nikki Martin
Proofread by Ewa Lipińska

ISBN: 978-0-9929082-8-7

Friends

Two friends are on their way to Ku Klux Klan meeting taking place deep in the forest. It’s just a shame that the instructions in the e-mail were so unclear…

The events in this book are based on a true story.
In the early noughties, it emerged that two German police officers had been members of a Ku Klux Klan spin-off group operating in the German state of Baden-Württemberg. During questioning as part of a later police investigation, the two officers refuted accusations of racism, claiming that they had joined the Klan solely to meet new people, particularly those of the opposite sex. Whilst under interrogation, they also complained about the Klan’s initiation ceremony, which took place in a forest and was allegedly poorly organised. Both officers were subjected to disciplinary action but, due to their supposed naïveté, they were allowed to keep their jobs in the German police force.

Pictures from First Brighton Illustration Fair

Brighton Illustration Fair 2015

I was great time in Brighton. See you in the next year!

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Pictures by Kris Chalik

Author:

Małgorzata Gurowska, Joanna Ruszczyk, Julian Tuwim

Language: bilingual English & Polish
245 x 226 mm
188 pages
Hardcover

ISBN: 978-0-9929082-7-0

Recommended Age: 9+

Locomotive / IDEOLO

The Locomotive, by Julian Tuwim, is one the most famous Polish poems for children. Designer Małgorzata Gurowska and journalist Joanna Ruszczyk present its graphic and literary reinterpretation for adults.

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The Locomotive, by Julian Tuwim, is one the most famous Polish poems for children. Designer Małgorzata Gurowska and journalist Joanna Ruszczyk present its graphic and literary reinterpretation for adults. Tuwim’s poem stimulates the imagination with a description of contents in wagons of a train sitting at a station. Although the poet is remembered today primarily as the author of poetry for children, he is also renowned as a satirist who critically described the political-social reality of his time. Gurowska and Ruszczyk, in The Locomotive/IDEOLO, make reference to Tuwim’s social awareness and frequently uncompromising stance, using the text of his poem as a framework for presenting their own position concerning the situation in present-day. In their version, the railway wagons are full of Jews, aggressive football fans, soldiers, gays and lesbians, animals, as well as inanimate objects. It is all accompanied by political commentary, summarizing inequality and social injustice. In this way, the authors challenge not only Polish reality with difficult questions about national identity, racism, anti-Semitism, and attitudes towards ecology and animals.

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Tuff Ladies at Comic Invasion Berlin Festival

The Winner book at Ligatura Pitching 2014 be launched at Comic Invasion Berlin

Tuff Ladies. 24 Remarkable Women of History by Till Lukat
Saturday 18th April 2015
Book presentation and signing
1.30 PM main stage
Revaler Str. 99 (corner Warschauer Str. x Revaler Str.)
Berlin-Friedrichshain, Berlin, Germany
Find our stand and grab your fresh copy of Tuff Ladies on Saturday & Sunday.
Read more about Till Lukat book here.
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Dear Rikard

Author:

Lene Ask

Translation: Agnes S.D. Langeland
220 x x275 mm
84 pages
b&w
soft cover
Originally published in Norway as Kjære Rikard by No Comprendo Press
ISBN: 978-0-9929082-5-6

Dear Rikard

The comic book creator Lene Ask tells Rikard’s story based on the exchange of letters between Rikard and his father, which she discovered in the Mission Archives in Stavanger.

Rikard Jakobsen was born in1885 on Madagascar, where his parents were missionaries. When he was six years old, the family moved back home to Stavanger. After Rikard’s mother died, his father remarried and returned to missionary service with his new wife. Rikard and his older sister and brother, Elisabeth and Jakob, were left in Stavanger, at Solbakken, a children’s home for missionary children. Rikard was eight when his father left, and ten years were to pass before they saw each other again.

The comic book creator Lene Ask tells Rikard’s story based on the exchange of letters between Rikard and his father, which she discovered in the Mission Archives in Stavanger.

This translation and production has been published with the financial support of NORLA

Tuff Ladies. 24 Remarkable Women of History

Author:

Till Lukat

148 x 200 mm
64 pages
color
hardcover
ISBN: 978-0-9929082-6-3

Tuff Ladies. 24 Remarkable Women of History

1st Award at Ligatura Pitching 2014

A glimpse into the ordinary to the insane everyday lives of TUFF LADIES throughout the ages. This book is a collection of stories from extraordinary women who had something worth fighting for. From the Samurai and gunslingers of the wild west to a girl who makes her stand against the Taliban. These ladies will break your heart or your nose and they definitely break all the rules.

Contents: Tomoe Gozen, Bridget Bishop, Ann Boney, Harriet Tubman, Belle Starr, Nora Hildebrandt, Ma Barker, Ellen West, Marie Laveau, Frida Kahlo, Miep Gies, Rosa Parks, Carmen Amaya, Beate Uhse, Ulrike Meinhof, Valentina Tereshkova, Grace Slick, Linda Lovelace, Wendy O. Williams, Susan Butcher, Princess Diana, The Spider Girls, Katie Piper, Malala Yousafzai + extras Artefacts

Till Lukat was born in February 14, 1991. He currently lives in Berlin but created most of this book in Bristol, England, where he spends a good amount of his time. He likes punk rock music and walks in the nature.

1st Award at Ligatura Pitching 2014