Joanna Karpowicz

Painter, illustrator and comic artist

“Betonowy Pałac” – book cover

Gaja Grzegorzewska, a Polish novelist, the author of crime novels about a female private detective, Julia Dobrowolska: Żniwiarz, Noc z czwartku na niedzielę, Topielica (awarded with Great Caliber in 2011) and Grób (2012). Her newest book, “Betonowy Pałac” is going to have a premiere on 28th of August, 2014 by Wydawnictwo Literackie from Cracow. I’m happy to announce that my illustration is going to be on the cover of this, so anticipated by the fans of Gaja’s writing, book.


Photo: Wydawnictwo Literackie. Gaja, holding her newest novel, “Betonowy Pałac”.

We have some things in common: we both live in Cracow, we share the sentiments to the same districts. We both seem to have a tendency to speak openly about what is bothering us, sometimes we curse a lot. We like cats. We never met in person, although we live in the same city. We both really like “Jubilat” – an oldschool shopping centre in Cracow, near Vistula river. Both of us probably had spend a lot of sweet hours, just idly hanging out with friends on the steep bank of Vistula – staring at the city lights and eternal neon sign of Jubilat.

From a long time Jubilat had been an inspiration to me. Here – in the second plan.


The cover, with my illustration, designed by Wydawnictwo Literackie.


Original artwork: for sale at


Good, old Jubilat.



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