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From  “Essence”

Sign: CONTEST DISCOVER THE MEANING OF LIFE

Person 1: COLD TODAY .

Person 1: I COULD DO WITH A SWIG OF LOLITA TO WARM ME UP .

Person 1: YEAAH ..

Person 1: THAT'S THE LAST ONE .
Person 1: THERE IT IS !

Sign: WARSAW UNIVERSITY PHILOSOPHY DEPARTMENT STUDENT HOSTEL
Poster: Pamięć !

Person 1: YEAAH ... THREE BODIES .

Person 1(to a rat): SEEK , WATSON , SEEK !

Person 1: TELL ME WHAT YOU KNOW , SUCKER , OR I'LL TURN YOU INTO A COLANDER!

Person 2: DON'T SHOOTI

Person 2: I DIDN'T KILL THEM - I'LL TELL YOU EVERY THING .

Person 2: IT WAS MY PAL'S BIRTHDAY AND WE WERE HAVING A LITTLE PARTY .
Music/singing: PHILOSOPHER KNOWS THE ESSENCE OF BEING ..

Music/singing: HE FATHOMS ALL THE MYSTERIES OF LIFE ...

Music/singing:... HE CLIMBS TO THE HEIGHTS OF COGNITION ...

Music/singing:..BUT HELL NEVER UNDERSTAND A WOMAN OR A WIFE .
00000 , PHILOSOPHER'S BLUES .

I WENT TO THE BATHROOM AND DROPPED MY GLASSES SOMEWHERE IN THERE .

THEN WE STARTED DISCUSSING META PHYSICS , AND SUDDENLY ...


Person 3: EUREKA! GUYS! WERE GOING TO BE MILLIONAIRES ! WERE GOING TO WIN THAT CONTEST! I'LL WRITE IT DOWN OR I'LL FORGET .

Person 3: LOOK!

Person 2: I CAN'T SEE A THING WITHOUT MY GLASSES .

MY PALS WEREN'T MOVING . SO I ESCAPED , BLINDLY FEELING MY WAY .

Person 1: CONTEST ? WHAT CONTEST ?
IT'S ABOUT THOSE BATHTUBS YEAH ... I'M MORE OF AN EXPERT ON TOILET BOWLS .

Person 1: WHAT'S THIS ?

Person 1: WE'D BETTER MAKE A QUIET GETAWAY .

Person 1: YOU COME BACK HERE TOMORROW MORNING AND FIND THAT PIECE OF PAPER . THOSE SMART GUYS FROM THE POLICE DEPART MENT ARE SURE TO OVERLOOK IT .
Person 1: LOOK AFTER YOURSELF , WATSON !
Person 1: I COULD DO WITH A SLUG OF A GOOD CRIME THRILLER .

Person 1: YEAH ... ARCHIMEDES'S LAW .

Person 1: GOOD WORK , WATSON .
Person 1: YEAAH.

Person 1: SO THIS IS THE ESSENCE!

Person 4: I COULD WAIT FOR YOU TO READ THAT PIECE OF PAPER AND DROP DEAD , BUT I PROMISED TO KILL YOU , AND I ALWAYS KEEP MY WORD .

Person 4: SO NOW YOU KNOW IT ALL . ALMOST ALL . THOSE WHO DISCOVER THE MEANING OF LIFE DON'T NEED TO GO ON LIVING , NOT EVEN SOLOMON COULD TAKE IT TO THE FULL .

Person 4: AND THANKS TO THIS SCRAP OF PAPER , WERE GOING TO GET POWER OVER THE WORLD THIS ONE , AND MAYBE THE OTHER ONE , TOO . WE'VE BEEN TRYING TO FIND THIS FOR CENTURIES.

Person 1: CAN I SMOKE A FINAL CIGARETTE ?

Person 4: YES , YOU CAN .

Person 1: SO THIS IS THE END .
Person 4: THE GRAIL !

Person 1: WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DEATH .

Person 1: THIS LATIN AGAIN .

Person 1: OH , SHIT !!! I READ IT I'M GOING TO DIE !!!

Person 1: WHAT ? IT'S JUST ! GIBBERISH , I CAN'T UNDERSTAND A SINGLE WORD .

On Paper: Le sens de la vie

First published 2005 as Essence by Editions Glénat. Copyright 2005 by Editions Glénat/Grzegorz Janusz and Krystof Gawronkiewicz. By arrangement with Glénat. Translation from the original Polish copyright 2007 by Antonia Lloyd-Jones. All rights reserved.

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