Communism

My Dad and I Are Kickstarting a Graphic Novel We Made About Loving America and Dodging the Draft in 1950s Communist Poland

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Panel from Skyliner
Skyliner

A little bit of self-promotion. I'm running a Kickstarter to fund a print run of my 81-year-old dad's first graphic novel.

A few years ago, my dad, Andre Krayewski, a graphic artist and painter, wrote his first novel, Skyliner, a semi-biographical account of trying to dodge the draft in communist Poland in 1954, no easy task, and his love of jazz, Hollywood films, and the American dream, which kept him going in the drab world Communists were constructing in Poland and across Eastern Europe and also made him a sort of enemy of the state. 

Mock cover for novel
Skyliner

He wrote the book in Polish, and it was published there in 2009. Eventually, I translated it into English, and when my dad, at the age of 78, said he wanted to try his hand at a comic book, we decided to adapt his novel into a comic book series. 

We completed the whole adaptation in 11 issues (you can download the first one here) just shy of his 80th birthday. I started printing them via an on-demand printing service for comics but they went out of the business a few days before I was ready to submit the fifth issue. Now we're trying to kick start a 250-book run of the complete series as a trade paperback graphic novel.

Anyway, the link to the Kickstarter is here (it's a staff pick at Kickstarter!), you can check out more about Skyliner here, and you can wach the Kickstarter video below.

Thanks!

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  1. Nice. Good luck!

  2. Sounds really cool, but:

    communism was like one extended nut punch

    It has to be a much bigger nut punch to see the once great USSA being turned into exactly the same or worse commie shithole little by little.

  3. Weren’t we going to discourage people from flogging their scribblings on H&R?

    1. You got a frog in yer pocket?

      Or are you just another sheeple waiting for guidance from your betters?

  4. Did you hear the one about the Polish Communist?

    He said, “workers of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but your brains!”

  5. To jest bardzo piekna sztuka!

    Sorry, my Polish is horrible these days and I’m too lazy to look up the proper ASCII character codes at the moment. This is super fucking rad, and I will be gleefully contributing to your Kickstarter later this week. Your dad is amazing. Thank you for making his work available to us.

    1. Thanks! I’m so used to skipping the accents/tails I read that totally normal and wasn’t sure why you were apologizing. The only time I ever use the right characters is in alt-text, and I think that only happened once. Thanks for your support, I hope you enjoy the graphic novel if we can get it printed!

  6. OK wow so who comes up with all that crazy stuff.

    http://www.AnonCrypt.tk

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