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With financial support from the Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programme of the European Union

Fondi Otto per Mille della Chiesa Evangelica Valdese

With financial support by Society Integration Foundation (SIF)


“Cookies and Milk”, Leksi (Ivanka Aleksandrova)

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Cookies and Milk is a short comic looking at the roots of racial discrimination, created by a UK-based/Bulgarian illustrator/comic-book artist/writer called Ivanka Leksi. It aims to provoke thought about our own individual responsibility to stand up for what is right even in the most difficult circumstances. I chose children’s storytelling and a visually appealing style for this very serious subject. The reason for this choice is to create juxtaposition and to underline the carelessness we often see in racial prejudice.


I was born in Bulgaria. Twelve years ago I moved to the United Kingdom, to the beautiful multicultural capital of London, where I gained my BA in Design at Central St Martins College. Since graduation I have been working as a freelance designer and illustrator. 

Page 1

1. Some time ago in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria… / Candies and lollies make you grow wings, cake in the morning is good for a king, how I love fluffy doughnut rings, but a cookie with milk is my favorite thing. / Stop singing with your mouth full, or you will marry a gypsy.

2. Mom, why shouldn’t Zorie marry a gypsy?

3. Don’t be ridiculous. Denise, everyone knows that gypsies travel around and steal children in a bag. Then they make them into soap.

4. The lady in the old house with the rose garden cooks a really nice soup. She gave some to me once and it was amazing – almost as good as cookies! / Zorie, you promised to take me there.

5. Mom, can we go there now? / Ok, but be back in time for dinner.

Page 2

1. Hi, Mrs. Galia you look pretty today in your dress. I want to introduce you to my sister Denise. / Hi Zorie, Denise, come on in!

2. This is my little boy Asen I have been telling you about.

3. Would you like to try some soup? / Mom, I think they would like cookies with milk. / Such a gentleman, aahh!

4. There are only 2 left. Please you 2 have them.

5. A few hours later… It’s getting late. We need to go now! / Would you like to come and visit us at our house tomorrow? / Sure! I’ll be there.

Page 3

1. Next day… / Hi / Hi Asen, let me show you our room and toys. My mom is out buying cookies, she will bring them back soon.

2. Mom, you are back, we have a friend visiting. Did you bring the cookies? / Yes, take some! I’ll meet your friend later. Today I saw something suspicious in the rose garden house. There was a gypsy woman who was cooking soup. Isn’t that where Mrs. Galia you have been telling me about lives? Poor woman, I hope she didn’t end up in the pot.

3. Mom, what do gypsies look like? / Well… They have chocolate milk skin.

4. Ooh no! Asen is a gypsy! I need to tell Denise…

5. Kids’ room / Denise, Asen is a gypsy! / How do you know?/ Mom said gypsies have chocolate milk skin.

6. Asen, quick under the bed!

7. Family meeting. / I need to check for my purse. / Embarrassment!!!..playing with a gypsy?!? / you, young man, are a bad influence on my kids and are no longer welcome in this house. As for you, twins, you are going to aunt Bertha’s house to learn some discipline!

Page 4

1. Hi aunt Bertha, can we stay here? / No we are leaving now. / Yes sir!

2. In the middle of the night… / It must be a fire. The kids?!…safe! For God’s sake I can’t find my clothes.. just save your life woman!!!

3. I hope our flat doesn’t catch fire…

4.  Say cheese! / That’s called a real gentleman! / I really need to put something on!

5. Ms. Galia’s house / Ohh, look at what we have here.

6. You can go in now. / We came as soon as we heard. / Mom why are you wearing Mrs. Galia’s dress?

7. But… but these are desperate times Denise. / The end.