To all appearances they are a happy family. Married, religious, hardworking. What happens behind a closed door is a secret, even to the closest relatives. “Kwaśne jabłko” (“Sour Apple”) written by Jerzy Szyłak, tells a story of domestic abuse, a story of a victim and persecutor. A story of violence spiralling out of control told by Szyłak brings no hope
Jerzy Szyłak (born 1960) – Polish literary scholar, film expert and comic writer. A graduate and researcher at the University of Gdańsk (Department of Drama, Theater and Film at the Institute of Polish Philology). Author of many comic albums published by various publishing houses in Poland.
Joanna Karpowicz (born 1976) – painter and comic artist from Cracow, Poland. Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow, Painting Department, atelier of Prof. Leszek Misiak. Finished my studies with a master’s degree (MA) in 2001. See more at: https://joannakarpowicz.pl/comics/
This is not a subject that is your usual fair for comics. This is not a subject that I ever thought I’d be writing a review about, but here we are. This is still an important issue, and something that needs to still be talked about.
Dark and touching, this comic brings you into the home of a couple. Things seem idyllic and happy, but there is a darker corner to turn. Told from the woman’s point of view, we still get the conflict, both physically, and in her own mind. This is something that is all too common, and the addressing of it here initially seems absurd, but the more you think about it, the more real it becomes.
I, like many, have strong views about this, as a husband and father to a daughter, it seems absolutely abhorrent that this is still happening in the world, but it is. This story brings that stark reality home, and is not only well told, but beautifully shown, with the painted style of Joanna Karpowicz really adding to the tale of light and dark.
This is a story that needs to be told, it is still happening in households around the world, and even the comments about the next door neighbours rings true, as it always seems to be someone else – someone else’s fault.
This story needs to be heard, as do the victims of domestic abuse. Share this story and let their voices be heard.
Sour Apple is available via Europe Comics