Finnish Comics @ Fumetto
Fumetto is an annual comics festival in Luzern, Switzerland. It focuses especially on quality exhibitions and Finnish artists have often been showcased here. This year Fumetto co-operated closely with the Finnish Comics Society and Comics Center, presenting a wide scale of Finnish comics at the Pop-up Comics Center in central Luzern. We had three floors of exhibitions, workshops and of course, comic books for the festival audience to see and read.
The artists Mari Ahokoivu, Aapo Kukko, Kaisa Leka, Eeva Meltio, Hanneriina Moisseinen, Ville Ranta, Aino Sutinen and Emmi Valve were present at the nine-day festival.
We must say the surroundings were fab.
Ask us anything about Finnish comics!
Mari Ahokoivu exhibited bears and stars.
Hanneriina Moisseinen’s textile works from her graphic novel The Father.
Kaisa Leka’s exhibition with a collage of comics and bike parts.
Ville Ranta’s live drawing with music at Comics in Concert. We also heard Sound of Music being played at the improvised show – presumably inspired by the Alpine surroundings.
The Headrest exhibition presented the works of Heta Bilaletdin, Aapo Kukko, Eeva Meltio, Emmi Nieminen, Aino Sutinen, Jari Vaara and Emmi Valve. Each had chosen an object as an inspiration for their short story.
Aapo Kukko’s object was the fluffy sheep-shaped headrest.
Petri Koikkalainen instructed kids on the art of drawing comics at the Fumettino children’s space.
Eeva Meltio, Emmi Valve and Aapo Kukko each created a short story based on random objects at Gabriella Giandelli’s Pop-up Comics Center workshop.
The artist and teacher Mari Ahokoivu had her students create a load of tiny zines at her workshop.
The wonderfully multi-talented Hanneriina Moisseinen played for us at the exhibition opening.
The festival director Jana Jakoubek curated all the main exhibitions at Fumetto. This year the festival focused on having a look at the creation process behind the comics, and on the borderlines between comics and related arts.
Emmi Valve drawing and selling comics.
The festival food was mostly vegetarian, despite this disturbing scenery.
They even had a comics dispenser, just like we do in Helsinki!
The customised zine dispenser was a new one for us.
The panel on Nordic comics included Espen Holtestaul and Flu Hartberg from the funny Norwegian Dongery collective, as well as Ville Hänninen and Kalle Hakkola from the Finnish Comics Society. Despite the good quality of Fumetto’s talk programme, we were slightly disappointed at seeing nearly all the panel discussions consisting of all male participants. This was despite there being plenty of female artists around.
Thank you, Fumetto, and hope to see you again soon!
Text: Aino Sutinen
Photos: Aapo Kukko & Aino Sutinen