What a fantastic festival! I've been wanting to go to Finland forever and am a big fan of the unique and gorgeous comics being made in Finland right now, so it was an absolute pleasure to be a guest of the Helsinki Comics Festival this year. Alexander and I spent the week in Helsinki and had a blast.
The festival begins!
This intimate pop-up theater was right next to the festival tents, and we showed an Eyeworks animation program twice per day for those who dared venture into The Black Box.
We got this eye-poppin' batch of comics at the festival, looking forward to sinking my teeth into these beauties.
Dormire Nel Fango, out from Canicola... Without a doubt this is one of the most lovely dedication drawings I have ever had in a book.
Huuda Huuda table.
Shadows in Paradise is one of my very favorites, so you can imagine my glee at finding out that the Kaurismaki brothers were the bar owners! It's like my fantasy of Helsinki was right on the money.
Joe Ollmann drawing) that this painting in the bar was of either a very beloved body guard or a hitman, it was unclear.
We had some time to explore around town and peek into shop windows, too.
MOOMIN EVERYWHERE, DREAM COME TRUE
Suomenlinna Island, a sea fortress which began being built in the mid 1700's. It sits across a group of six small islands and visitors can wander the cobblestone streets and explore and crawl around on everything.
The last night of the trip, a group of us ended up at a country western themed bar with some live music, and it was a perfect note on which to end the festival!
The next day Alexander and I flew from Helsinki to Stockholm, but due to foggy weather our connecting flight home to Chicago was delayed a full day. So it turned out that we had an extra night of our trip to wander around Stockholm. We spent the evening bumbling around the medieval area of Gamla Stan.