Katja Tukiainen (born in 1969) is a comics artist and painter, working with various media to create warm and mischievous worlds. She is part of the wave of prominent female comics artist to surface during the 1990′s. At present women constitute a large part, if not a majority of younger comics artists in Finland. Tukiainen has also gained recognition as a painter, using large quantities of the colour pink long before others dared to.
In Tukiainen’s comics the artist has sense for small details and pleasures of life. Some stories are autobiographical, like Postia Intiasta (2002), an Indian travel story and Rusina (2008), chronicling the events around and during childbirth. Others are fictional, often dealing with the games, inner thoughts and fantasies of young girls. Girl empowerment is a reoccurring theme.
Tukiainen has also created children’s comics (Kisun ABC, 2007) and book illustrations. Despite a booming comics culture, new Finnish children’s comics are still a relative rarity.
Kisun ABC (2007)
Postia Intiasta (2002)
Halusin olla prinsessa (1999)
Tyttö ja mummo (1999)
Tyttöjen leikit (1997)