LORE – That Which is Taught to Us: Comics workshop of modern Nordic folktales

Written by Maura Manninen on . Posted in Our Blogs, Workshops

Illustration © Jon Kuitunen 2018

Finnish Comics Society organises a workshop for twelve 18–30-year-old Nordic comics artists in Helsinki, August 2018 to make publications with a risograph. The theme of the week-long workshop is to delve into modern Nordic folklore, myths and urban legends and tell these stories in short comics story format. The finished RISO publications will be distributed during Helsinki Comics Festival in September 2018.

Theme of the workshop

There are always stories that stay with you, especially the ones you have heard as a child. Some you have learned from your grandparents or from friends during a sleepover. You’ll be walking down a dark forest road and you’ll remember the one with the ghostly footsteps of a dead suitor following a maid in the middle of night. Or on a cold winter night you might recall the one about the snowmobile driver whose brains froze when he drove without a helmet.

Folklore is the expressive body of culture shared by a particular group of people; it encompasses the traditions common to that culture, subculture or group. These include oral traditions like tales, proverbs and jokes. Other forms of verbal lore include e.g.:

  • Conspiracy theories
  • Folktales
  • Ghost stories
  • Jokes
  • Legends
  • Place names
  • Proverbs
  • Riddles
  • Superstition
  • Urban legends

At the workshop, the participants will create short story comics focusing on contemporary and traditional Nordic sources. The stories can be based on persisting traditional stories, unsolved mysteries from the past, topical urban legends of the day or even the roots of sayings and proverbs we use everyday. The North is full of sources from which to draw inspiration – where will you start from?

A note about cultural appropriation

We advice participants to avoid using source material from indigenous or minority e.g. Sami or Roma folklore, if you are not yourself of that heritage. We enthusiastically encourage artists of indigenous and minority backgrounds to apply for the workshop, so we can provide new platforms for your voices to be heard in the comics world.

The workshop in a nutshell

Finnish Comics Society invites 12 young Nordic comics artists to Helsinki to make publications with a risograph. The RISO printing machine gives the possibility to make almost offset-quality as easy as with a regular copy machine.

The participants will plan their initial story ideas beforehand with the workshop leaders via online feedback, giving then more time to execute the final artworks during the workshop week. The participants will print the publications for the Helsinki Comics Festival 2018 weekend.

The working language of the project is English, but the created comics can be in any language.

Structure of the workshop

Part 1: Preparation period

The project will include an online preparation period 1.6.–25.8.2018, during which the participants select and plan their stories ideas together with the workshop leaders and each other.

Part 2: Workshop in Helsinki

The workshop will take place 26.–31.8.2018 in Helsinki. During the week, the participants finalize their story pages and create the printed works (zines and posters) with Comics Center’s RISO machine.

Rights to works and distribution

Participants keep rights to their original works and the print runs created at the workshop. Finnish Comics Society reserves only the right to use artwork created during the project to promote the project in a non-commercial capacity. Finnish Comics Society will similarly keep a small portion of each print run for its archive and to showcase project results.

The created print runs will be distributed at Helsinki Comics Festival 1.–2.9.2018. The festival will provide a joint-exhibitor table at its Zine Fest sales area. The created RISO print runs can either be distributed free of charge or at prices decided among the participants.

Applicant eligibility

The workshop is aimed at young Nordic artists and artists living currently in the Nordic countries. The eligibility criterias for the workshop are as follows:

  • Applicant is of Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian or Swedish nationality or is living currently in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden.
  • Applicant must be 18–30 years old.

Participant benefits

The workshop participants will receive the following benefits from the organiser:

  • Return travel expenses to Helsinki
  • Hostel accommodation in Helsinki
  • Complimentary meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks)

Application process

Fill in the following form by the application deadline 4th June 2018. In addition to your contact details, add links/attachment files to your comics portfolio/web comics and write about three (3) possible story ideas you would like to work on during the project. Present each idea in short 1–3 sentence paragraphs.

There are 12 workshop places available in total, and 2–3 places for each eligible country (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden). The participants will be selected based on their existing body of work and the story ideas presented.

Finnish Comics Society strives to further inclusiveness, accessibility, equality, diversity, community and and anti-racism in all its functions, including the Lore project. In addition to project proposals and body of work, the Society will take into account equal and diverse representation of genders, backgrounds and other factors in the participant selections.

Application Form (Google)


For questions and more information about the project, please contact:

Finnish Comics Society
Maura Manninen, Project Coordinator

Project support

Lore – That Which Is Taught to Us is supported by NORDBUK (Nordic Committee for Children and Young People) in 2018.

CALL FOR PAPERS – NNCORE 2013 International Conference in Comics Studies

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NNCORE 2013 International Conference in Comics Studies

University of Helsinki, Finland, May 23-25, 2013
Organized by the Nordic Network for Comics Research in cooperation with the University of Helsinki and The Finnish Comics Society

The NNCORE conference provides a major international forum for presenting and sharing recent research in comics studies. The NNCORE advisory board members Jan Baetens (University of Leuven, Belgium), Bernd Dolle-Weinkauff (Goethe-University, Frankfurt, Germany), Thierry Groensteen (independent scholar, France), Ann Miller (University of Leicester, UK) and Roger Sabin (University of the Arts, London, UK) will speak and/or comment on papers at the event.

We invite proposals for presentations in comics studies in any discipline in the human and social sciences. Preference will be given, but not limited, to papers that relate to the NNCORE research themes:

  • Telling stories, challenging convention
  • Comics in between: intertextuality and inspiration
  • Contesting and creating identities and communities
  • The power of comics: propaganda and censorship
  • Manga and the globalization of comics
  • Learning from and through comics: comics as a didactic tool

Please submit an abstract (max 500 words) in English for a twenty-minute presentation. The abstracts should be e-mailed to Kai Mikkonen at kai.mikkonen@helsinki.fi by Nov 10, 2012. Please include your title and institutional affiliation(s). Selected participants will be informed by Dec 15, 2012. For any practical questions please contact Warda Ahmed at warda.ahmed@sarjakuvaseura.fi.

NNCORE is a Nordic comics research network funded by the Danish Research Council (De Frie Forskningsråd) for a two year period ending summer 2013. For more information about NNCORE activities please see the website (www.sdu.dk/nncore), which includes further contact information or contact the NNCORE manager, Anne Magnussen, magnussen@hist.sdu.dk.


Written by Maura Manninen on . Posted in Events, Exhibitions, News, Workshops

Comics Center Helsinki / Sarjakuvakeskus
Hämeentie 150, Helsinki

Nordicomics Baltic Tour ended in Lithuania last week. In this last workshop the participants created comics naturally about Vilnius. The theme inspired stories about such diverse subjects as the local unusual celebrities and dreams of becoming a Lithuanian lottery winner.

Comics Center Helsinki presents comics originals from the workshop. The exhibition will be open all June. Artists featured include Egle Vitkute and Egle Shaltmira from Lithuania, Ingrida Picukane and Martins Zutis from Latvia and Maura Manninen from Finland.

The Vilnius workshop was a collaboration with Kitokia Grafika and was funded by Nordic Culture Point.


Contact for more information:
Maura Manninen, Nordicomics coordinator

NC Baltic workshop in Riga

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Nordicomics Baltic exhibition and workshop are going on in Riga, Latvia. The Workshop will be held from 7th to 10th February 2012. Participants came from Finland, Latvia, Norway, Denmark, Lithuania and Poland.

The exhibition at Naba Klabs  from 12th January to 12th February 2012 (Z.A.Meierovica bu)  www.nabaklab.lv

Workshop and the exhibition is organized together with the kind people of Kus! www.komikss.lv

Comics around the Baltic Sea Seminar

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COMICS AROUND THE BALTIC SEA SEMINAR: On the 9th and 10th December the Finnish Comics Society organizes an international comics seminar in the Koomiksikeskus. The seminar focuses on comics culture in the countries around the Baltic sea. The main idea of the seminar is to talk about possibilities of building a comics programme that would cover all these Baltic sea countries. This would need EU financing, and one of the biggest aims of this seminar is to see if support could be applied. In addition to the planning of the EU programme the object is to discuss eg. how Baltic cooperation between the comics festivals could be increased.

NC Baltic workshop in Tallinn

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The Finnish Comics Society is hosting a Nordicomics workshop in Tallinn. The workshop will be held in Rotermanni keskus in central tallinn, Estonia, at the Pop-up Koomiksikeskus from 5th to 9th of December 2011. At the same time there will be the Nordicomics Baltic exhibition, which showcases new comics from the Nordic and Baltic countries.

Finnish Comics Day in Oslo

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Finnish comics day in Oslo

History and present day of Finnish comics will be presented in Oslo Serieteket on 10th of November 2011. The Finnish comics day includes artist interweaves, presentations and the opening of the Finnish Comics Annual 2011 exhibition. The program is free of charge and open for everyone. The presentations and interweaves will be held in English.

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.