Mari Ahokoivu (born in 1984) is one of the prominent and productive young Finnish comics artists, set to deliver interesting future works. Ahokoivu’s linework has developed into a delicate and recognizable line with a sparing use of colours. Her themes vary from pure or semi-autobiographical fiction to short poetic pieces and real world commentary.
Ahokoivu also works as an illustrator and a teacher, and has been the co-editor of Finnish Comics Society’s Sarjainfo magazine from 2010 to 2012. She is one of the pioneers of the popular format of blog comics. Many young artists now publish online and develop networks via comics blogs, often with diary-like stories.
Ahokoivu made an unusual debut by creating a comprehensive guidebook to making comics, Sarjakuvantekijän opas (2007). As for her personal artwork, Ahokoivu’s debut album was Löydä minut tästä kaupungista (2009), a graphic story of alienation and inner demons in a strange city.
Batuman 2: Batuman Returns (2012)
Löydä minut tästä kaupungista (2009)
Sarjakuvantekijän opas (2007)