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Nordicomics Youth! Comics Camps 2015

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Nordicomics Youth! Comics Camp went to Tallinn in November 2015! This time the camps had participants from Finland, Estonia and Sweden. The main focus of the camp was on fast pace and making zines. Lots of fast exercises, accompanied by feedback.

The amount of comics made in Tallinn was staggering. The participants dipped to the world of game play by using RPG elements to make a improvised comic zines. The camp also had tiny history lessons concerning the history Finnish and Estonian comics scene.

What’s in store for the future? In January 2016 there will be an exhibition in Stockholm, Sweden where the works done in Helsinki and Tallinn camps will be present.

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About the project

NORDICOMICS YOUTH! COMICS CAMPS 2015

The Finnish Comics Society organised two Nordicomics Youth! comics camps in the later half of 2015 to help young comic artists, between ages 18 to 29, from Finland, Estonia and Sweden. During both camps a lot of comics were produced, new revelations made and a lot learned. The participants got to plan and work on their own project in the Helsinki camp.

The workshops in Helsinki & Tallinn supported each other by offering different content. The comics camp in Tallinn focused more on exercises and making a lot of content in short amount of time eg. short one page comics, technique experiments and small zines.

The camp was a great way for people to meet old acquaintances and make new friends as well as share information about a mutual passion; making comics. The workshops were taught by Finnish and Estonian comics professionals.

Nordicomics Youth! exhibition will be held in January 2016 in Serieteket, Stockholm, Sweden.

The Nordicomics Youth! Comics Camps were organised by the Finnish Comics Society and received support from Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture and Svenska Kulturfonden.

Sign language and monsters

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A bunch of comics-enthusiasts gathered on August 8th at the Comics Center to celebrate the opening of a new exhibition at the Comics Center Gallery. The atmosphere was literally quite warm as people circled inside exploring all kinds of monsters and robots doing their daily routines.

Matt Boyce, photo by Jack BarnesThe man behind the exhibition is Matt Boyce (1981), a British artist who comes from a bilingual family. Both his parents are deaf, and he is fluent in English and British sign language. Sign language is part of both his own art and teaching work at a college in London. The Everyday Monsters exhibition is part of Matt’s residency project in the CUNE Comics-in-Residence programme.

The day before the opening I sat down with Matt and we talked about the residency and his stay here in Helsinki. What are his plans for the forthcoming month, what are his first impressions so far and what are the things that inspire him?

Matt told me that during his first week in Finland he has mainly done some touristy things like looking at sights and walking around Helsinki. During his residency Matt will be staying at Suomenlinna, an island off the coast of Helsinki that holds an old maritime fort built in the 18th century. He has been overall impressed by his lodgings at HIAP residence center.

“It’s great to have a big house all for myself. It’s the biggest place I’ve ever stayed in. It’s kind of funny to have a big space for painting and there I am, working on my comics.” During his residency Matt will be working on a new comic book, but that’s still very much a work in progress.

The way Matt uses sign language in his comics interests me. There is no sound involved in comics anyway, and all sounds from speech to effects are presented visually. Does he still feel like it’s important to incorporate sign language into comics? I revealed my ignorance to Matt and he gave me an answer:

“British sign language is different from English, and not everyone who speaks sign language knows English. For me, sign language was the first language I learned, and I still find English weird sometimes even though I can speak it fluently. In my teaching I use simple English and try to keep the style very visual. I teach courses for deaf children, and it’s important that everyone understands the comics I use for teaching.”

The most important thing for Matt is that everyone can draw comics and express themselves. This will also be the basis of the workshop he will be teaching during August at the Comics Center in Helsinki and HIAP’s Gallery Augusta. During the workshop the participants will be making autobiographical comics using sign language, similar to the courses Matt is teaching in London. He showed me some comics made in the workshops by deaf children who are leaving school. In the comics they talk about themselves but also their fears regarding the future. Matt explained to me that in England, deaf children get support and help with studies while they’re at school but after graduation they might have anxieties about the future. In their comics the children talk about their dreams for the future but also the obstacles they might run into.

Matt describes the island he is living on as both strangely silent and filled with tourists at the same time. The tourist crowds have actually given him an inspiration for a zombie-comic – both tourists and zombies are known to wander around in large packs with no sense of direction.

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EVERYDAY MONSTERS exhibition is open at the Comics Center Gallery until August 31st.

Interview and exhibition photos by Laura Antola. Matt’s photo by Jack Barnes.

Dace Sietina

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 daceportrait_smallerDace Sietina (b. 1978), originally from Latvia, studied illustration in Willem de Kooning academy in Rotterdam. After graduating she very soon published her first comics in Kus! Magazine.

Later on her works also appeared in “van Spijk”, “Stripburger”, “Naturegraffix”, Popper and other various books and magazines. In 2012 she won “Stripgrafiek” prijs  in the Netherlands (Graphic comic prize).

Mathilde Vangheluwe

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mathildeMathilde Vangheluwe (b. 1989) lives and works in Gent, Belgium. She co-founded illustration and comics collective Tieten met haar.

In 2011, her work won her a first prize at the Fumetto international comix festival competition in Lucerne, Switzerland. Her comics appears in publications such as La Trama (IT) and Slang (NL).

Valentine Gallardo

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valentineValentine Gallardo (b. 1987) lives and works in Gent, Belgium. She publishes her own books and the works of others with her collective Tieten met haar.

She has contributed to various zines in Belgium, Italy and the UK. She is regularly involved with SKETCH, a monthly drawing event, and travels across Europe to comics festivals to promote young Belgian artists.

Kathrin Klingner

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Kathrin Klingner (b.1979, Germany) left her home country to study Fine Arts in Amsterdam, returned after 8 happy years and now lives with two cats and her roommate in Hamburg, where she draws semi-autobiographic stories, works as a waitress and is involved in the organization of the Hamburg Comicfestival.


Good news from Mariehamn

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Linus Strandberg spent last month in residency in Mariehamn, in the Åland-archipelago, where he was born. Therefore the purpose of his recidency was to work on an autobiographical graphic artwork filled with his childhood’s memories.
He arranged a workshop and made a fanzine during the first weekend of May.
A reporter from the local newspaper, Ålandstidningen, wrote about the workshop and how it successfully brought a comic artist and a visual artist together for a week-end. Linus sent us a copy of the article (in Swedish) and pictures from the fanzine they created.
“Since then I´m just sketching and drawing…”, he replied to us when asked about his whereabouts. Well, we surely hope to see his new comics soon.

Workshop reportage ÅT 06.05.2013

Brief translation:
Comics and visual arts hand in hand in workshop.
Picture 1: There are many different methods and technics in use to draw comics. Linus Strandberd often uses ink and pencil in his work, while the workshop’s participant Fanny Listherby holds on a regular pen.
Picture 2: With a pencil and a bit of ink, the drawing comes to life. According to Linus Strandberg, you don’t need to have drawing skills to create comics.
Picture 3: Both colors and black work to engild your comics. Linus Strandberg shows how he prepares his comic series in his sketching notebook.
Pisture 4: The comics born during this workshop will be then gathered to a small magazine, so called “fanzine”.

“It is only about getting some paper and pen and start drawing”

Fanny Listherby has always dealt with pure visual arts. However the workshop in Kakelhallen has been the opportunity to unleash the comic artist inside her. “This is fun. I will maybe go on with it.”, she says.

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Greetings from Nuuk!

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Mari Ahokoivu and Søren Mosdal have now spent one month in residency in Nuuk, Greenland. They have just sent us a letter and a few pictures to share their experience with us.

“We’ve had a whole month to enjoy and experience Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, and now we only have one week left, the time does go by so quickly!

We’ve experienced both good and bad weather here, seen icebergs floating by our window and whales splashing in our backyard.

There was a lot of snow here during the first weeks of our stay…

The view on our evening walk : there was a lot of snow here during the first weeks of our stay…

…But it has  melted quickly, and we've been able to see glimpses of the green Greenland.

…But it has  melted quickly, and we’ve been able to see glimpses of the green Greenland.

 Thanks to the city of Nuuk’s library, we’ve had a nice room where we have been able to draw and work on our own comics. In the library we have also hosted two workshops, one for adults and one for kids. Although the workshops where not such a big success, we where able to meet Greenlandic comic artists and draw and talk with our colleagues.

Søren and the kids workshop.                                                                  The library, their comics collection and Søren.

Mari has been drawing some diary comics here, that can be found in her comics blog at http://ahokoivu.sarjakuvablogit.com
She’s also planning to gather all the comics and drawings in a pdf-book later this year.

Søren has been able to work on the follow-up of his comic “The King of Greenland”, called “Draugen”, which also takes place in Greenland. Thanks to the inspiration from the surroundings and the many books on greenlandic and nordic mythology in the library, where he and Mari have worked, he has managed to complete almost half of the comic.

Check out these Greenlandic comic artists:
Christian Rex http://www.deluxusstudio.com
Nuka Godtfredsen http://www.andala.dk/
Robert Holmene https://www.facebook.com/groups/26403812437/?ref=ts&fref=ts

Kujanaq, tak, a big thanks for Nordicomics for the residence and to NAPA for funding our travel tickets.

Mari & Søren”

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Reykjavik’s oldest bathhouse, 39 degrees Celsius outside.

2013-01-07 A GOOD DAY AT THE DESK
-How are you today?
-Oh, good, I went up at 6:30 and got a good start on the workingday.
Then I went for a walk when the sun got up. We need to take good care of the rare minutes of sunlight.
-Oh
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-Oh no, for me its the other way arownd. We were up all night and saw the northern lights, totally amazing tonight!
And then we went to the country and saw the colors of the night, and the sunrise from a empty pool. Totally red sky!
-Oh

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How many can I eat before I become a fish myself?

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The Water smells like fart. It’s like on Fårö, you get used to it.
(Fårö – Island in the baltic sea, close to Gotland)

Nordicomics and its projects are funded by Nordic Culture Point, Nordic Children's and Youth Committee – NORDBUK, and the Finnish Comics Society. All images are the copyright of their respective owners.