Joanna Karpowicz

Painter, illustrator and comic artist

TIE Fighter over the Pacific Coast Highway

Two of my favorite things combined in one: Pacific Coast Highway and TIE Fighter. Star Wars universum is always on my mind since it was a big part of my … Continue reading

March 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Anastasia – the comic

Good to have another big comic project on the table.  I’ve wasted a lot of time of trying to approach it using a shortcuts, but it seems like doing it … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

I want to believe – the exhibition

I’m proud to announce that my new individual exhibition is on. Wrocław > Centrum Kultury Zamek, you can see it till  15th of October. More photos on my new website … Continue reading

September 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

Good morning, hero!

I am lucky to work with the good scriptwriters lately. Karol Konwerski is one of them. Among of many other works he wrote for Mateusz Skutnik (a superb comic artist). … Continue reading

September 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Łódź strikes back

Again, Łódź at my drawing desk. This time I made a three page comic short with Robert Popielecki, a man whose writing I admired from a long time. I’ve met … Continue reading

September 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

4 x Karpowicz

My Mother met my Father at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow in 1973. They were both beginning studies at the Painting Department. The times were harsh. Communism had … Continue reading

June 27, 2014 · 5 Comments

Strange Stories in Kaunas

“Strange Stories” is a group exhibition of “narrative painting” curated by Galeria Stalowa from Warsaw. First it was shown in Warsaw, currently you can see it in MENO FORMA Gallery … Continue reading

May 23, 2014 · Leave a comment


“Higher”, 37,5 x 45,5 cm, acrylic on canvas, 2014 [JK]

April 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

What is love?

What is love? Hard to define. Easier to paint. It takes us out of context. Even if it’s only for a moment. It creates a feeling of safety. Even if … Continue reading

March 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

First picture in 2014

I don’t want to remind you about death. I want to remind you about something bigger, beyond our comprehension. After life. Immortality. The passage. What awaits us. Happy those, who … Continue reading

January 7, 2014 · 6 Comments

So, where does Anubis live?

So, where does Anubis live? Does he favor any particular place, to come back to? Does he have any place where he rests, sleeps or party? Nobody knows the truth, … Continue reading

December 31, 2013 · 3 Comments

Welcome back to the city

I was always fond of those little details that make the big city more pleasant, more cosy. Those little places, that lure you with the light, especially in winter times, … Continue reading

December 16, 2013 · 3 Comments

OG comic artwork for sale

Comic frames (painted on canvas) from “Night night, City of Łódź” / City Stories 2013 – now for sale at – best Polish on-line shop with original comic artwork. … Continue reading

October 24, 2013 · 1 Comment

Łódź. You hate it. You love it. You can not fucking live without it.

Some cities have stories to tell. Some cities like to invite artists to translate those stories into pictures. Białystok was the first one for me, Łodź – the second. “City … Continue reading

October 17, 2013 · 1 Comment

UFO over the Ionian Sea

“Pois eisai? She wanted to know. Pou pas? The old Homeric questions of the Greek peasant. Who art thou? Where goest thou?” The Magus, novel by John Fowles (1965) tells … Continue reading

September 26, 2013 · 1 Comment


“The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?” Edgar Allan Poe. Here is … Continue reading

September 24, 2013 · Leave a comment


Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime. Ernest Hemingway  

September 11, 2013 · 2 Comments

Future, here I come!

I’m proud to announce that my plans for 2014 in the field of comic art had just shaped deliciously. Basically, my hands are full. I’ll be working on two comic … Continue reading

July 29, 2013 · 2 Comments

Will there be a robotkind?

A robot is clearly defined as “a mechanical or virtual agent, usually an electro-mechanical machine that is guided by a computer program or electronic circuitry. By mimicking a lifelike appearance … Continue reading

July 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Anubis, my friend – exhibition in Galeria Łącznik

Finally. The time to show Anubis series live. This Friday, 26th in Galeria Łącznik, Cracow / PL. Small, but super cool place fits perfectly to my pictures with jackal-headed divinity. … Continue reading

April 24, 2013 · 6 Comments

The Desperate Case of Bateson George

“The Desperate Case of Bateson George” is a short story written by polish scriptwriter Mateusz Wiśniewski . This 6 page comic was made for The Silence 2013 – international silent … Continue reading

April 20, 2013 · 8 Comments

Painting UFO

 “The U.S. Government hasn’t maintained secrecy regarding UFOs. It’s been leaking out all over the place. But the way it’s been handled is by denial, by denying the truth of … Continue reading

April 10, 2013 · 4 Comments

Three new adventures of Anubis

Here is a three more pictures with Anubis. First one, inspired by The Széchenyi Medicinal Bath in Budapest, awesome and weird place. Second, a winter theme, probably the last one … Continue reading

March 10, 2013 · 3 Comments

Anubis near The Avon River

Anubis travels in time. Here he is, on a picnic with some young friends, near the Avon River.Some might recognise the paysage: The Clifton Suspension Bridge, spanning the Avon Gorge … Continue reading

January 27, 2013 · 6 Comments

Anubis and happy meal

FMCG  culture raises Anubis sadness. He feels like it deprives us of dignity. It takes away a joy of variety. And replaces many other joys of life with one minute … Continue reading

January 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

More adventures of Anubis

Here is more of my new paintings from Anubis series.  He is traveling a lot, constantly busy – yet, he doesn’t rush. There is no need to hurry. The picture … Continue reading

January 19, 2013 · 2 Comments

Last train to the Moon

Here are two ilustrations I made latelly for Gili-Gili, magazine presenting works of Polish artists & illustrators. Third edition of this awesome publication will be released soon. Theme: Cosmos. Can’t … Continue reading

January 16, 2013 · 5 Comments

Camping in the woods

Tent, enlightened in the dark of night, gives the perfect illusion of safety. We create a micro universe, just for a night, that preserves us from danger and chaos. Here … Continue reading

January 15, 2013 · 14 Comments


“Wisdom and deep intelligence require an honest appreciation of mystery” – said Thomas Moore and I agree with him, although I’m pretty sure he wasn’t thinking about  Big Foot. Here … Continue reading

December 11, 2012 · 1 Comment

Anubis, my friend

Anubis is my friend. He helps me to tame my fears. Three times in my life I’ve witness death from very close, feeling the warmth going out of body, looking … Continue reading

November 25, 2012 · 6 Comments

“Five random lessons”

“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 … Continue reading

November 21, 2012 · 1 Comment

Yey! Big book of Polish female comics artists.

Well, here it is: the anthology of Polish female comics artists, with a monograph written by Kinga Kuczyńska. This girl made a huge effort to gather and analyze the history … Continue reading

October 8, 2012 · 5 Comments

Ladies first!

23rd International Festival of Comic and Games in Lodz (PL) is starting on 5th of October, 2012. As usually, ICGF is accompanied with a range of various exhibitions. Big opening … Continue reading

September 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

“Postcards from Bialystok” – my third comic book

Bialystok. Does the name ring a bell? Some of you, interested in geography and history (or just simply being Polish) might know that Bialystok is the city in northeastern Poland, … Continue reading

September 16, 2012 · 7 Comments

“Postcards” released!

“Postcards from Bialystok”, a comic book with my script and illustrations was released on 14th of September, 2012.  Exhibition, presenting the original works and large printouts of pages from the … Continue reading

September 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

“Double Portrait” – coming soon!

Over 130 pages, 20 polish female artists – self portrayed in comic, portrayed in photography. “Polish Female Comics. Double Portrait” is an anthology, set to be released on October, during … Continue reading

September 14, 2012 · 1 Comment

“Safe Place” – preview

This story was in my head for some time. When Kinga Kuczyńska, polish theorist of culture and Comix Grrrlz editor invited me to participate in her publishing project, I knew … Continue reading

August 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

4 kids: Polish fairytales

Polish fairy tales are filled up with ghosts and demons, strongly related with nature –  a heritage of slavic mythology. Here is a series of unpublished illustrations I made for … Continue reading

May 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

Comic. Urban Myths

MOCAK, Museum of Contemporary Art in Cracow stands out on the background of more traditional, local art institutions. Maybe that’s why they dare to put comic works on their walls. … Continue reading

April 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

Picnic at Hanging Rock

“What we see and what we seem are but a dream… a dream within a dream”. 14th of February, Valentine’s Day. Year 1900. Girls from Appleyard College go for a … Continue reading

February 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

“Forest Demons”

“Forest Demons” is a series of paintings I started in 2011. Here is few of them. Young women, children, wandering in woods, looking innocent, looking for a victim, maybe. You … Continue reading

October 9, 2011 · Leave a comment

Container ships

Row, row, row your boat, Gently down the stream. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, Life is but a dream. Container ships are beautiful and scary at the same time. Here is … Continue reading

April 30, 2010 · Leave a comment


“Kompot” is a comic book published by Kultura Gniewu (ISBN 978-83-60915-24-0). This bilingual (polish – hebrew) anthology is a project connected with the Polish Year in Israel (2008), organized by … Continue reading

December 19, 2008 · Leave a comment

“Jutro będzie futro” – my second comic book

It’s hard to translate the title of my third comic book: „Jutro będzie futro” – the closest would be something like „Tomorrow might never come”. Although this book was published … Continue reading

May 26, 2005 · Leave a comment

Room 666

Hotels were always my great fascination. Not because I’m so much into a hospitality business, but because each of them is a little universe, governed by its own rules. And … Continue reading

March 25, 2003 · Leave a comment

“Lipstick” – my first comic book

“Lipstick” (polish title: Szminka) is my first comic book. It was published by Mandragora in 2003 (ISBN 83-89036-64-9). The story was written by Jerzy Szylak, polish theorist of literature and … Continue reading

January 18, 2003 · 1 Comment