Nordicomics Helsinki Workshop August 2009Nordicomics Helsinki Workshop August 2009 ISBN 978-951-95797-7-1 (The Finnish Comics Society, 2009) The stories in the album were created during a 2009 two-week workshop in Helsinki. The unifying theme between them is the Finnish capital itself. For two weeks the artists got to know the city, and each other, by working together at the Helsinki Comics Centre. The participating artists were professionals from Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark, together with a few local amateurs. This workshop was the start of the Nordicomics.info project. Our main goal is to facilitate networking between the respective comic scenes of the Nordic countries. After the initial Helsinki workshop, similar events will be held in other Nordic cities in the spring of 2010. More info from http://nordicomics.info Helsinki zine ARTISTS Emelie Östergren (swe) (b. 1982) Emelie Östergren did her B.A. at Konstfack in Stockholm 2007. Her comics have been published in magazines such as Arena, Bang and Kuti. Her debut book “Evil Dress” was published by Sanatorium in 2009. www.emelieostergren.se Martin Ernstsen (no) (b. 1982) Martin Ernstsen’s debut book “Nissefugl” was published by Jippi Comics in 2007. He has self published a number of small format comics, and his work has also been featured in various anthologies and magazines such as Canicola, Forresten, Angst and Kuti. www.martinernstsen.com Anna Sailamaa (fin) (b. 1979) Anna Sailamaa is from Tornio, but is currently living in Helsinki and is part of the Kutikuti artist collective. She did her B.A. at the University of Art and Design, Helsinki. Her debut book “Ollaan nätisti” was published by Huuda Huuda in 2008. www.kutikuti.com www.huudahuuda.com Jyrki Nissinen (fin) (b. 1982) Jyrki Nissinen is currently living in Helsinki. His main works include comic books such as “Kiimaiset maantiesuolan imeskelijät” published by Happy Horse Comics in 2005 and “yli 10 000 koiran koiranäyttely” published by Zum Teufel in 2008. www.jyrkinissinen.com Christian Skovgaard (dk) (b. 1982) Christian Skovgaard harbors a weakness for weirdness and his work is informed by the analytical approach of architectural design and the documentary style of the reportage artists. He is currently living in Copenhagen where he spends his days as a volunteer worker at the old wooden museum pavilion ‘Den Frie’. http://abenmaler.dk/selvtaegt.html Mari Ahokoivu (fin) (b. 1984) Mari Ahokoivu is from northern Finland and is currently living in Helsinki. She works with the Finnish Comics Society. Her debut book “Löydä minut tästä kaupungista” was published in 2009 by Asema Kustannus. http://ahokoivu.sarjakuvablogit.com Marion Roger (fr/fin) (b. 1987) Marion Roger is in her third year of studies in the Ecole Européenne Supérieure de l’Image, in Angoulême (France), where she’s studying Art & Comics. Currently she is doing exchange studies at the Kuvataideakatemia, in Helsinki. She continues to produce comics both for herself and her studies, and remains an active member of the Finnish Comics Society. http://banapiti.blogspot.com/ Muura Parkkinen (fin) (b. 1989) Muura Parkkinen is currently living in Helsinki, working in the Helsinki Comics Centre. She has studied comics at Liminka artschool and is one of the most active comics bloggers in Finland. http://mmuura.vuodatus.net/ Rui Tenreiro (no) (b. 1979) Rui Tenreiro is originally from Mozambique. He was educated as an illustrator in South Africa and the UK, and is now working on his masters degree at Konstfack in Stockholm. Tenreiro has been an active part of the comics scene in Norway as a publisher and as an artist. His debut book “Blackbird” was published by Jippi Comics in 2005. www.theculturefront.com
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Director of the Finnish Comics Society and Helsinki Comics Center.