Posts Tagged ‘Nordicomics Islands’

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.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

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”

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
___________
-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?

20130109

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)

Nordicomics Islands exhibition opening in Reykjavik

Written by Maura Manninen on . Posted in Nordicomics Islands Blog

The Nordicomics Islands exhibition was unveiled for the first time yesterday at the Reykjavik City Library! A steady stream of comics-curious people flowed into the exhibition space all afternoon, and the event caught the attention of the Icelandic media, including several newspapers – and the national broadcasting service RUV even came to interview us for the 7 PM news! If you know your Icelandic, you can read a written article of the interview at their website.


Residence artist Josefin Svenske presenting her work


Hugleikur Dagsson introducing his work

You can find more photos on the Facebook page of the City Library!

Nordicomics Islands – Contemporary Comics of the North 12.1.–10.2.2013

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


Nordicomics Islands – Contemporary Comics of the North
Exhibition open 12th January–10th February, 2013
Venue: Reykjavík City Library, Tryggvagata 15, 101 Reykjavík

Nordicomics Islands showcases the diversity of Nordic comics and contemporary influential and up-and-coming artists of the region. The exhibition comics revolve around the themes of distances and differences between places and people, an outsider’s view on the world and the historical and emotional landscape of the North, always through the personal viewfinder of each artist. In Nordicomics Islands, the Northern comics mentality takes on many guises, ranging from poetic, understated emotion to reveling, grotesque absurdity.

Artists in the exhibition:
Mari Ahokoivu (FI), Lene Ask (NO), Hugleikur Dagsson (IS), Nuka K. Godtfredsen (GL), Eeva Meltio (FI), Søren Mosdal (DK), Linus Strandberg (AX), Josefin Svenske (SE)

Nordicomics Islands will travel through the island capitals Reykjavík, Nuuk, Mariehamn and Tórshavn during spring 2013. Tour schedule and more information can be found here.

Nordicomics Islands is supported by the Nordic Culture Fund and the Icelandic-Finnish Cultural Foundation. The Reykjavík exhibition is organized by the Finnish Comics Society together with the Reykjavík City Library.

Poster artwork by Josefin Svenske

Nordicomics Islands and CUNE Comics-in-Residence artists selected

Written by Maura Manninen on . Posted in News

Nordicomics Islands artists

Nordicomics Islands residence artists have been selected! The decisions were first announced at the Altcom festival in Malmö 10th Nov. From over 40 applicants, the Finnish Comics Society chose the following five artists for the four residencies:

Reykjavik, Iceland: Josefin Svenske (SWE)
Svenske will work on a personal story about her own family history and document her stay in Reykjavik through a comics diary.

See Josefin’s works at her website: http://josefinsvenske.se

Nuuk, Greenland: Mari Ahokoivu (FIN) & Søren Mosdal (DEN)
During residency Ahokoivu will research and work on a graphic novel that involves Nordic folklore about bears and nature while Mosdal focuses on his new graphic novel ‘Nastrand’ that explores the viking Thorkell Farserk’s life after his death in Greenland.

See Mari’s works at her blog: http://mariahokoivu.tumblr.com
See Søren’s works at his website: http://sm.anport.dk

Tórshavn, the Faroe Islands: Eeva Meltio (FIN)
Meltio will work on a comics short story about the tradition of pilot whale hunting in the Faroese Islands.

See Eeva’s works at her website: http://kaarnadesign.org

Mariehamn, Åland: Linus Strandberg (SWE)
Strandberg will work on his autobiographical graphic novel ‘Kumlinge’ that focuses on his childhood experiences of growing up in the Åland archipelago.

See Linus’ works at his website: http://arkizine.blogspot.se

CUNE Comics-in-Residence artists

The first three artists to participate in CUNE Comics-in-Residence programme were selected from 60 applications by the residence coordinators of Helsinki, Riga and Tallinn. The decisions were announced in Tallinn 17th Nov at the Koomiksipäev event.

Helsinki, Finland: Kristel Maamägi (EST)
Maamägi’s project will be a story about her grandmother and how it is possible to face life’s everyday challenges in one’s own creative way, and how not being an artist does not necessarily mean having to live an artless life.

See Kristel’s works at her website: http://kristelmaamagi.tumblr.com

Riga, Latvia: James Turek (GER/USA)
Turek will embark on a series of open workshops to places known or unknown in and around Riga. The sessions’s aim is to draw in places and to interact with people one normally does not, and to bring a sense of adventure and fun to making comics.

See James’ works at his website: http://absoluteturek.blogspot.com

Tallinn, Estonia: Tommy A (NED)
In his project, Tommy will explore the gap between comics and high art and its complexity in an essay drawn as a comic, using the language of the medium to fully illustrate the unique aspects of comics.

See Tommy’s works at his website: http://tommya.nl

Hugleikur Dagsson

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

Hugleikur Dagsson (b. 1977) is a playwright and Iceland’s most infamous comic artist. His satirical comic strip Should You Be Laughing At This? is dark humour at its darkest and funniest, and has been published in several countries, most notably for the English-speaking audience by Penguin Books.

Lene Ask

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

Lene Ask (b. 1974) is a Norwegian comics and children’s book writer. Though initially a photographer, since the debut of her graphic novel Hitler, Jesus og farfar in 2006 Ask has worked extensively in the field of comics and illustrations.

Nuka K. Godtfredsen

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

Nuka K. Godtfredsen (b. 1970) is a comic artist, graphic designer and illustrator. His main works are the archaeological comic albums Andala Misigisarpassuilu I and I that document life in Greenland in pre-historic times. He has also designed stamps for the island’s national post office. Since graduating from Aalborg University in 1995, Godtfredsen worked mainly as a freelancer before settling in 2007 at SILA, the Center of Research in Greenland maintained by the national museums of Copenhagen and Nuuk.

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.