Multitalented Timo “Timppa” Mäkelä (born in 1951) has received multiple awards during his career of 30 years, including The Finnish Comics Society’s Puupäähattu in 1989 and the State Award of Art in 2001. In 2011 Mäkelä was chosen as the honourary festival artist of the Helsinki Comics Festival.
Mäkelä has produced comics, cartoons and caricatures for various large Finnish newspapers, including Helsingin Sanomat and Kansan Uutiset. His most known strips are Häjyt and Minun elämäni. For his graphic novels, Mäkelä likes to work on classic short stories and has adapted works from Dostojevski, Tsehov, Kafka and Balzac into comics. His stories are often poetic and contain the full spectrum of human feelings. Depicting urban scenes has always been close to Mäkelä’s heart, and the streets of Helsinki come alive in his comics.
Mäkelä also works under the joint nom-de-plume Grönroos & Rantio with his wife Merja Heikkinen. Their works include the strip Pieniä julmia tarinoita and a collection of short stories called Väylä.
Manu, Mara, Tarja ja mä (with Jukka Parkkari, 2009)
Minun elämäni (2008)
Kuolematon mestariteos: Honoré de Balzacin aiheen pohjalta (2007)
Mannerheim ja ihmissyöjätiikeri (with Jukka Parkkari, 2006)
Emil ja Sofi: Yhden yön muisto Helsingistä kesältä 1909 (2005)
Minun elämäni (2002)
Vaaleanpunainen pilvi (2001)
Kalliokadun blues (1997)
Under Grönroos & Rantio
Kaikki pienet julmat tarinat (2003)