by Daria Bogdanska
200 pages, 7×10, b/w, trade paperback
Daria Bogdanska moves to Malmö to attend art school, sets out to find a job, and discovers that in order to work in the country legally, she needs a Swedish personal identity number. But there is a catch: she can’t get one without securing a job first. To make ends meet, Daria starts working under the table at an Indian restaurant.There, she discovers another level of inequity: lacking regulation, the underground job market is forcing immigrants to settle for a substandard quality of life. In turning to a union for help she sparks a legal battle that ultimately leads to fairer work practices for the people in her community.Reminiscent of the style of Julie Doucet, Wage Slaves is the autobiographical story of Daria Bogdanska’s determined struggle to build a life in Malmö, and how she found a way to succeed, against all odds.
Praise for Wage Slaves
“Between classes and the restaurant, Daria is exhausted. But she is more and more angry: she discovers that she is not the worst off or the worst paid, and that her immigrant colleagues in Bangladesh have more to lose than she, white and European. She understands that even in hell, there is a ladder of privilege.” — Le Monde
“With her sober black and white line, between childish roundness and punk shagginess, Daria Bogdanska manages to take her reader into her story, sometimes too talkative and self-centered, but always fair and sincere. Beyond the successful autobiographical exercise, Daria Bogdanska, who is not yet 30 years old and with her first book, thus portrays beautifully a portrait of a generation of freedom-loving citizens of the world, who do not shrink from their responsibilities.” — BoDoi
“In the 2018 selection of the Angoulême Comics Festival, a punk personality caught our attention. The first work of Daria Bogdanska draws in black and white a portrait of the youth of the European Union.” — Manifesto
About Daria Bogdanska
Daria Bogdanska is a cartoonist born 1988 in Warsaw and a resident of Malmö. She works as a comics teacher and is in the band Två krig. She is also a union organiser.