ISTOTA: A POLISH GRAPHIC NOVEL
This novel is created entirely by women, and it is first of its kind in Poland and one of still too few in the world!
We are two independent artists who decided to work together on one of our favorite subjects and important topics in modern society – female sexuality. We invited a bunch of talented visual artists to illustrate the 7 chapters of our book.
Tired of the continuous objectification of females in popular culture we decided to do it our way. We aim to embrace the femininity in all shapes, sizes, and ages and deal with various myths, stereotypes and taboos surrounding female sexuality. Isn’t it weird that many decades after the sexual revolution our conservative society still needs an open discussion about women’s right to explore and express their sexuality without being shamed or harassed?
We believe that the answer to the current political events and constant threats to women’s rights is a true female revolution. We want to be in charge of our lives, bodies, and sexuality.
Last but not least – “The Being” is a manifesto of positive sexual energy. Because frankly, we are tired of all the negativity. Sex-based on the exchange between free, equal units is a pure energy, and a drive that gives us the power to live. So, let’s have some fun (and fundamental human rights!)
Although created by women, this comics book is for everyone. We wrote it with a bunch of talented Polish female artists in mind, including: Agata Bogacka, Ada Buchholc, Eva Juszczuk, Joanna Krótka and Dagmara Matuszak.
For the seventh novel, we decided to make an open call for portfolios in order to find a young female talent. We received around 90 great portfolios. It was a tough choice, but after hours of discussions, we decided to choose a young artist, whose works haven’t been published before: Katarzyna Borkowska.
We managed to raise the money for the production of the book on the Kickstarter campaign. All the artist finished their work. Our book is now going into the final phase of production.
You can preorder our book on:
and https://wspieram.to/istotakomiks?pokaz_projekt=1 (PL version)
All the money we raise before releasing the book will go towards artist fees because we strongly believe not only in equal pay for women but also in fair pay for artists.