Dreambuddies – New Children’s Comics from the North
Edited by Kalle Hakkola
Publisher: Suomen sarjakuvaseura ry
Released in May 2013
Cover by Annika Giannini
Press kit files:
English press release (.pdf) / Suomenkielinen tiedote (.pdf)
Cover (.jpg) / Preview 1 (.jpg) / Preview 2 (.jpg) / Preview 3 (.jpg)
Information in Finnish: HERE
Buy the book from our webstore: HERE
Discover great new Nordic children’s comics! Dreambuddies presents exciting new stories and enchanting comics characters from the pens of Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian and Estonian comic artists.
Features stories from: Mari Ahokoivu (FI), Anna Fiske (NO), Annika Giannini (SE), Aarni Korpela (FI), Ann-Christine Magnusson (SE), Reetta Niemensivu (FI), Joonas Sildre (EE) and Ana Udovic (SE).
Most of the children’s comics currently published in the Nordic countries come from global franchises that originate from the US or Japan. Though the need for locally created stories has been acknowledged, there are still relatively few children’s publications with cultural ties to Northern European life. The Dreambuddies anthology is proud to present the best contemporary children’s comics to an international audience. The anthology is published by the Finnish Comics Society and supported by Nordic Culture Point.
A related DREAMBUDDIES exhibition has been curated from the anthology, which has been presented at Copenhagen Comics festival 1st–2nd June, 2013, at Helsinki Comics Festival in September 2013 and at I Seriernas Värld children’s comics festival in Malmö in October 2013.
Previous editions of our Nordic anthology series
In 2011 the Finnish Comics Society created Kolor Klimax, an anthology which united twenty-two Nordic artists to present the best in contemporary Nordic comics. Focusing on work from Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark, it offered a wide range of approaches and genres displaying amply the diversity and innovation in comics today. Edited by art historian Ph. D. Matthias Wivel, Kolor Klimax inaugurated the series of Nordic anthologies created by the Finnish Comics Society’s Nordicomics initiative and it was co-published with American publisher Fantagraphics Books. The first printing sold out in spring 2012.
Interested in other forms of collaboration?
The Finnish Comics Society is now laying groundwork to a Nordic children’s comics network. The proposed network aims to connect organizations, publishers, festivals and individuals who want to create more opportunities for northern european children’s comics. At the moment the society has partners in Estonia and Denmark, and we are looking to find new ones in all Nordic and Baltic countries. Through collaboration, we hope to create forward-thinking actions that will benefit the children’s comics scene and establish long-term international partnerships. Contact us if you are interested in joining us or for more information at: email@example.com
Both the anthology and the network projects are funded by Nordic Culture Point.