HELSINKI COMICS FESTIVAL
Suvilahti, September 1st–2nd 2018
In 2018, Helsinki Comics Festival celebrates Italian comics, strips and metal music. The festival will once again take place in Kattilahalli at Suvilahti district. The festival will also see the second installment of the popular Helsinki Zine Fest, which features fresh and interesting self-publishers from Finland and abroad. Helsinki Zine Fest will take place in Tiivistämö at Suvilahti.
The Festival Artist of 2018 is JP Ahonen.
Festival Artist 2018: JP Ahonen
Tampere-based JP Ahonen (b. 1981) originally became a favourite among Finnish audiences with his comedic slice-of-student life Sunday strip series Villimpi Pohjola and the satiric Puskaradio strips published by the Finnish Union of Journalists. Ahonen ultimately rose also to international fame in 2017 with his online black metal strip series Belzebubs, when the comic was featured on Boredpanda.com.
In addition to strip comics, Ahonen is known for the graphic novel Perkeros (WSOY, 2013), which he co-wrote with KP Alare. Known among English-reading audiences as Sing no Evil (Abrams, 2014), the graphic novel is about a struggling avantgarde metal band whose members are forced to tackle dark forces of the occult. Since its release, the graphic novel has achieved great critical acclaim and has been published i.a. in French, Swedish and Italian. Ahonen and Alare are currently working on a sequel.
Our Partners in 2018
HELSINKI FESTIVAL 2018
Helsinki Festival (Helsingin juhlaviikot) is the largest arts festival in Finland, whose aim is to make art accessible for all and provide unique experiences for Finnish and international audiences. In 2018 Helsinki Festival takes places 17.8.–2.9. This year is the third time Helsinki Comics Festival is in included in Helsinki Festival as a partner event.
Helsinki Comics Festival is happy to collaborate with Tuska Festival to feature its metal music theme. Festival Artist JP Ahonen’s art will be featured both in the comics festival and Tuska Festival’s marketing and also during both events. Drum roll, please! For more information on Tuska’s lineup, see here: tuska.fi
40 YEARS OF ELMU
Our music theme is featured heavily at this year’s festival, and we are happy to give a high five to Elmu (Helsinki’s Live Music Association) celebrating its 40-year organisation. To highlight that, the festival and Elmu are organising a music-themed strip comic competition and exhibition. The competition and prizes will be announced in March 2018, so stay tuned!
CULTURAL CENTRES ANNANTALO AND STOA
In addition to Suvilahti, Helsinki Comics Festival will also take place all around Helsinki in the form of exhibitions, workshops and other events. The festival is excited to collaborate on these events with the City of Helsinki and its cultural centre Stoa in East-Helsinki and the arts centre for children and young people Annantalo in Kamppi.
General information about the festival
Helsinki Comics Festival, organised by Finnish Comics Society, is the largest annual comics festival in Northern Europe. The festival features an exciting gathering of comics artists and publishers from all around the world, and attracts ca. 11 000–20 000 visitors each year.
Helsinki comics festival 2018 is organised by a new working crew appointed by the Finnish comics society and several other volunteers. Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org