27 September 2011

Special Finnish (ku)š!

Finnish comics are tremendously vibrant, diverse and fascinating and the Finnish comics scene this year celebrates the 100th anniversary of their very first Finnish graphic novel Professori Itikaisen tutkimusretki. But instead of baking a big cake to celebrate this, we decided to make a special (ku)š! anthology featuring a bunch of currently the most exciting comics artists from all around Finland.

Illustration by Mikko Luostarinen

Aino Sutinen, Amanda Vähämäki, Anna Sailamaa, Evan Androutsopoulos, Henrik Duncker, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Jari Vaara, Jarno Latva-Nikkola, Jyrki Heikkinen, Karri Laitinen, Katja Tukiainen, Katri Sipiläinen, Kuningas Lü. Q., Mari Ahokoivu, Marko Turunen, Mikko Luostarinen, Mikko Väyrynen, Roope Eronen and Tommi Musturi provided stories for this issue which is titled “Midnight Sun”. Ville Hänninen, one of the top comics specialists from Finland, wrote a text introducing the Finnish scene and Henrik Duncker provided photographs from the land of the midnight sun.

The cover was made by Amanda Vähämäki and Roope Eronen...

... and here are some impression of how this issue looks inside:

 Jarno Latva-Nikkola
 Katri Sipiläinen
 Jari Vaara

The format is A6 and it contains an amazing 148 pages in full-color, it has a glued binding and is all in English. You can get a copy of this colorful comics explosion from our webshop or get it in Riga in Galerija Istaba, Lukabuka or Randoms. Soon also available in other stores in Riga and abroad.

This anthology has been published with the financial assistance and the generous support of FILI– Finnish Literature Exchange, Embassy Of Finland, Riga, Finnish Institute in Estonia, Helsinki Comics Centre, HungryLab.

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