History

Finnish Comics Society has produced Helsinki Comics Festival from 1979. The festival has a number of free happenings for both children and adults. The Helsinki Comics Festival offers public interviews with invited guests, panel discussions, performances, workshops and sales events for both larger publishing houses and small press creators.

Over the years, the festival has been visited by, among others, Will Eisner, Willem, Moebius, Marjane Satrapi, Morris, Joakim Pirinen, Neil Gaiman, Lise Myhre, Kate Charlesworth, Lilli Carré, Bryan and Mary Talbot and Paul Gravett, along with Finnish comics artists. In almost 40 years, the number of visitors has grown from about a thousand to 11,000–20,000 people annually.

Visual identity of the festival is created by the Festival Artist of the year. Volunteers are a significant resource for the festival.

Photos from past festivals