We spent a weekend at Oslo Comics Expo, a cool little festival organised by the Serieteket comics libary.
A few impressions of the circumstance of comics at TCAF festival and in Toronto
Finland often looks west, to Sweden, with a bit of envy. Everything seems to be a little bit better there, the standard of living is higher, the Swedes seem to have higher self-esteem etc. Relations between US and Canadian comics resemble those circumstances – at least compared between New York and Toronto.
New York has the Mocca Fest which is not bad at all. However, it pales in comparison with TCAF, Toronto Comic Arts Festival. The fair has pretty much all the quality publishers form south of the border, but also some really good small Canadians that don’t usually exhibit at Mocca.
Stockholm, the self-proclaimed ”Capital of Scandinavia”, hosted the annual Stockholms Internationella Seriefestivalen (SIS) on the weekend of 16th to 18th of May. SIS, located in the very central Kulturhuset in the Sergel’s Square, is the biggest comics festival of Sweden. Hot and humid it was and Stockholm was buzzing, so what a better way to spend a sunny weekend in a vibrant city than staying inside and exposing oneself to comic art or all sorts.
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.