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“The Being” is an erotic graphic novel written and illustrated by female artists.
“The Being” is an erotic graphic novel written and illustrated by female artists.
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“The Being” / “Istota” is an erotic graphic novel, created by a team of female visual artists, first of its kind in Poland and one of still too few in the world!

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 and bodies. We want to reclaim our sexuality while we’re at it! 

Last but not least - "The Being" is a manifesto for 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 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.

This is the mock-up version of the book, cover design: Anna Piwowar: 

 

Our confirmed publishers are: www.kultura.com.pl (Polish version) and www.centrala.org.uk (English version)

We are raising the money for: the production of the book - most of the kickstarter-raised funds will go towards artist fees because we strongly believe not only in equal pay for women but also in fair pay for artists. Part of the funds will pay for the production of rewards. If we raise more money than £10,000 we'll use it for upgrading the print quality. Your support is greatly appreciated and we are very grateful for it.

Edit: time for a stretch goal! Raising more than we expected, we'd like to add more pages of artwork to the book! Thank you for your tremendous support!!!

 Don't miss out on our special, limited rewards!

 

PACKAGE EXTRA YUMMY with limited handmade DOTS chocolates box, your name printed in the book, exclusive desktop wallpaper, PDF and the paper copy of The Book and a set of 7 beautiful postcards. Ships only to Poland.

 

PACKAGE SUPER APOLLONIA with beautiful bodysuit by LE PETIT TROU, your name printed in the book, exclusive desktop wallpaper, PDF and the paper copy of The Book and a set of 7 beautiful postcards. Earlier shipment possible, only 1 left, in size L.


Meet the creators of the book:

Agata Bogacka (artworks) is primarily a painter, but she also makes drawings, photographs, objects and installations. Her works can be found in many private and national collections, including: The Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw; Zacheta: National Gallery of Art, Warsaw and the Bank Austria Creditanstalt collection.

Ada Buchholc (artworks) is an illustrator, comics artist and art director. She worked for Little White Lies, New Republic, Refinery29, Complex, BUST, Magda Butrym and many more! She likes wearing black.

Aleksandra Hirszfeld (script) is a philosopher working in the field of artistic and curatorial praxis and in theory of New Media Art. Her installation "Information Absorber" was presented in Jean Tinguely Museum in Basel together with Marina Abramovic and Thomas Hirschhorn works. She is also the author of the book “Behind the image. Repetition in audio-visual art.” (Universtias, 2015). 

Eva Juszczuk (artworks) is an illustrator, painter and a designer, she also works as an art director for Grey and GPD. Her comics have been published in zines, art books and anthologies, including Jeju zine and Karton. Proud mother of Rose (who just turned one!) and a cat lover.

Joanna Krótka (artworks) is an illustrator, author of comics and storyboards. She worked for DDB Warsaw, The New Republic, Drago Entertainment, Bloober Team and bunch of others. Currently creates art for the SYNCANDI project. Likes lizards and mob movies.

Dagmara Matuszak (artworks) is a painter, illustrator and comics artist. Her works include a collaboration with Neil Gaiman and illustrations for authors such as Andrzej Sapkowski and Robin Hobb. She lives by the seaside and owns three horses and a bunch of cats.

Agata Nowicka (script and artworks) is an illustrator and comics artist. She has worked for ELLE, GQ, The New Yorker, TIME and New York Times. Her works have been featured in Taschen's Illustration Now!, American Illustration Book and Communication Arts Annual. Currently lives in Brooklyn, NY where she continues to be an avid fan of Polish illustration and marzipan.

 

The last, seventh novel will be illustrated by an artist that we want to find by an open call for portfolios. If you would like to be a part of our book please send your portfolio in PDF until 6 April 2017 to the following address: istotakomiks@gmail.com

Risks and challenges

The risks with this type of project are mostly production, printing and shipping delays. We are confident that the many years of experience of our publishers will help to minimize these risks.
The biggest challenge, as with team art projects like that is to ensure everyone delivers their part within the schedule. Right now, the artists involved in the project are at different stages - some of them already started working because they are so excited about the book, some, being busy with their everyday work wait for the green light from us, once we secure the funding for it. We want to give them reasonable time to complete the artwork - 3 months for 10 pages each.
We are deeply involved in the project and already invested both our money and time in it and we'll do anything we can to make it happen.

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    WALLPAPER

    Wallpaper with the artwork from the "The Being". For your computer, phone and tablet. Flaunt the female erotic art wherever you go!

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    Try to put theses chocolates in your mouth and not levitate. Handmade, without sugar and preservatives, in three flavors created especially for our readers!

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    Even bigger treat with a larger print signed by one of our artists. Rarity!

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    You may have to sit down for this one. We include you in our book as one of the characters. Yes, you! Also, you get 3 signed A3 prints. Insanity!

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    Because nothing says you're a hardcore comics fan like owning and original artwork from a comic book.

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