“Polish Female Comics: Double Portrait” jams together the autobiographical work of twenty women whose approaches are all rather different.
No more secrets! This anthology opens the door to the vital and colorful, but very well hidden, female comics scene from Poland. 20 young comics authors tell gripping stories about their lives-childhood, adolescence as well as their current daily struggles and joys, about their fears, desires and dreams. While discovering this vibrant group of artists, you will also get a glimpse into the Polish life. The comics capture the multifaceted relationships to friends, men and very often to their dearly loved grandmothers, who might now also tell you some valuable life lessons.
David Schilter, kuš!
The book you are holding in your hands is the first ever anthology of Polish women’s autobiographical comics. At the same time, it is also a fairly good overview of the main trends in this genre. As a result, the works inside represent a somewhat narcissistic form of graphomania (unavoidable when artists are allowed to talk about themselves). It also features underground anarcho-feminist comics, reminiscent of the works in the Wimmin’s Comix anthologies. It includes redrawn photos, documents and formal experiments that lend credence to the stories told. And there are some real gems in it, such as the work of Agata Wawryniuk and Olga Wróbel.
Tomasz Pstrągowski, Wirtualna Polska