Finnish comics going to Frankfurt Book FairThe theme year for German language Finnish comics exports has been a successful one. Finnish comics will be present at Frankurt Book Fair, the largest literary fair in the world (8th to 12th Oct), in collaboration with FILI. Finland is the official theme country for Frankurt Book Fair 2014. www.buchmesse.de
Comic Atlas Finnland EventSaturday, October 11th, Gallus Zentrum, Krifteler Straße 55, Frankfurt. Time: 19.00 galluszentrum.de Step into the world of Finnish comics! The evening will include live painting performances from Finnish artists Petteri Tikkanen and Terhi Ekebom, and music from various DJs. There will also be a launch party for Tikkanen’s first German graphic novel Blitzkrieg der Liebe (avant-verlag) and Finnish KUTIKUTI collective’s KUTI issue #33 that features short comics from Finnish and German artists. 19:00 DJ’s 19:30 Terhi Ekebom live painting 20:30 Kuti panel & release 21:00 Petteri Tikkanen live painting 22-24 DJ’s Gallus Zentrum will also host a small comics fair, bar and an exhibition of contemporary Finnish artists based on the Comic Atlas Finnland anthology (Reprodukt, 2014).
Finnish comics events at Frankfurt Book Fair:Paschen Literary Lounge Friday 10.10. at 11.00. 60 mins. FINNLAND. COMICS. CRASH COURSE! Comic Atlas Finnland is a BIG showcase on the contemporary Finnish scene. And what it cannot tell is shown in the German-Finnish issue of the magazine Kutikuti. Three activists: Kalle Hakkola, Tommi Musturi and Terhi Ekebom present the collections and discuss styles, topics and ways of establishing respect for comics, at home and internationally. Forum Dialog Friday 10.10. at 16.15, 60 mins Graphic novel and politics Ville Tietäväinen and Tommi Musturi Ville Tietäväinen’s Unsichtbare Hände and Tommi Musturi’s Unterwegs mit Samuel throw their characters into a world suffering under strong and destructive powers. Illegal and inhuman immigration on the Mediterranean sea and a world losing its’ beauty and humane dimension are the scenes of these powerful stories. Stiftung Buchkunst Saturday 11.10. at 10.00, 60 mins Dreaming and travelling, horrors and change Ville Tietäväinen and Petteri Tikkanen Ville Tietäväinen and Petteri Tikkanen are comic artists of graphic novels, rather rare on the small Finnish book market. Both are receivers of the Finlandia Comic Prize. Tietäväinen’s Unsichtbare Hände tells about Rashid who breaks up from Morocco, seeking a better life in Europe. Tikkanen tells about a Finnish boy, Eero, and his struggle growing up. Where do dreams lead their dreamers? FINNLAND. COOL. –Pavilion Saturday 11.10. at 10.30, 60 mins Tommi Musturi, Kalle Hakkola and Terhi Ekebom A small market for comics, but with great respect internationally. Meet Finnish comics experts Kalle Hakkola from the Finnish comics center, artists Tommi Musturi and Terhi Ekebom for the complete story on what is going on up in the North! And then: read Comic Atlas Finnland and Finnish-German magazine Kutikuti. Experimental, moving and daring – see for yourself! Hot spot Education Saturday 11.10. at 12.00, 30 mins. FINNLAND. COMICS. Teaching comics the Finnish way Creating comics can be empowering, for both children and elderly, it can be used as an educational tool in school, it can be part of a street festival or be studied on academic level. The Finnish Comics Society has experimented with and created structures for how to teach comics. Hear the story, told by Kalle Hakkola (Finnisch comics centre) and the artists/teachers Tommi Musturi and Terhi Ekebom. Children’s Books Centre Saturday 11.10. at 16.00, 60 mins. Companions for life: Meet the Moomins! Michael Groenewald and Matthias Wieland Tove Jansson (1914-2001) created a world of friendly but complex characters, inhabitants of the Moomin valley. In the late 1950’s her comic strips were read by 20 million readers in 40 countries in 120 daily newspapers. Meet experts Michael Groenewald and Matthias Wieland, who have introduced the Moomin, little My, the Hemulen and all the others for a new generation of readers in Germany. FinGer Comic battles Saturday 11.10. part one: Finnland Pavilion at 14.30 Team: Tommi Musturi, Petteri Tikkanen and Terhi Ekebom part two: LeseInsel at 17.00 Team: Tommi Musturi, Petteri Tikkanen and Terhi Ekebom Finland meets Germany in the FINNLAND. COOL. pavilion. Germany meets Finland on German soil. FINNLAND. COOL. –Pavilion Sunday 12.10. 12.30, 30 mins Christian Maiwald and Michael Groenewald Tove Jansson was a pioneer in the development of comics of the 20th century. In the late 1950’s her comic strips were read by 20 million readers in 40 countries in 120 daily newspapers. Meet experts Michael Groenewald and Matthias Wieland, who have introduced the Moomin, little My, the Hemulen and all the others for a new generation of readers in Germany.
Aino Sutinen is a comics artist and Press Officer at the Finnish Comics Society.