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Valentine Gallardo

Written by Maura Manninen on . Posted in Artists, Belgian artists

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

Written by Maura Manninen on . Posted in Artists, German artists

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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

Written by Maura Manninen on . Posted in Nordicomics Islands Blog, Our Blogs

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!

Written by Maura Manninen on . Posted in Nordicomics Islands Blog, Our Blogs

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”

CUNE CiR artist selections for 2013, 2nd round

Written by Maura Manninen on . Posted in Our Blogs

Applications for residencies in summer and autumn 2013 are now closed! There were over 50 excellent applications this round, among which the residence coordinators chose the following 7 artists:

Helsinki, Finland: Matt Boyce (UK), Dace Sietina (LV) and Max Baitinger (DE)
Riga, Latvia: Emmi Valve (FI)
Tallinn, Estonia: Kathrin Klingner (DE)
Malmö, Sweden: Valentine Gallardo and Mathilde Vangheluwe (BE)

We thank all applicants who took part this round, and would like to remind you that the next application round for 2014 is scheduled to take place in Autumn 2013. So look forward to that!

Peek into svenske.tumblr.com!

Written by Maura Manninen on . Posted in Nordicomics Islands Blog

(x-posted to svenske.tumblr.com)

2013-01-06 Sundhöll
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

2013-01-08
How many can I eat before I become a fish myself?

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2013-01-11
The Water smells like fart. It’s like on Fårö, you get used to it.
(Fårö – Island in the baltic sea, close to Gotland)

Workshop time!

Written by Maura Manninen on . Posted in Nordicomics Islands Blog

Students of Myndlistaskólinn hard at work

The first NC Islands workshop was all about truth and lies, and how to use them to create interesting comics! First year students of Reykjavík School of Visual Arts spent the day telling stories about brave warriors, toilet mishaps in space and absurd tragedies about letting go of a loved one. An auspicious start for this spring’s tour!

In other news, more news about the exhibition opening! Here’s the actual newsreel with RUV’s report on the exhibition.

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