The Finns are In: Finnish Comics, and the Moomins, celebrated at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival

Commissioned by the Lakes International Comic Art Festival to celebrate the work of Tove Jansson, "Archipelagogo " is a spellbinding multimedia exhibition by artists Jonathan Edwards and Louise Evans (Felt Mistress) creating a group of fantasy islands and creatures.
Commissioned by the Lakes International Comic Art Festival to celebrate the work of Tove Jansson, “Archipelagogo ” is a spellbinding multimedia exhibition by artists Jonathan Edwards and Louise Evans (Felt Mistress) creating a group of fantasy islands and creatures.

Continuing to promote the very best of comics from around the world, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival is delighted to confirm the return of top Finnish creators Johanna Rojola and Petteri Tikkanen to this year’s event in October in Kendal.

In fact, the Festival is so pleased they are creating a Finnish Village at Kendal College to celebrate the very best of all things Nordic, including the Moomins, over the weekend long event.

The Moomins by and © Tove Jansson
The Moomins by and © Tove Jansson

The Moomins also look set to take over many of the town’s shop windows as part of this year’s “Windows Trail”, many of the displays created by local schoolchildren, some working with comic creators from around Britain.

Grab your towel and immerse yourself in all things Finnish as LICAF showcase the best of current Finnish comics; pay homage via commissions, exhibitions and films to the life and work of internationally-renowned artist Tove Jansson (creator of the Moomins) and provide a taster of the ultimate Finnish experience the wood-fired sauna.

Johanna "Roju" Rojola
Johanna “Roju” Rojola

The equivalent of Britian’s Comics Laureate in Finland, Johanna Rojola is one of the country’s leading comic artists and featured as part of our 2017 celebration of art and comic art in Finland.

A comic art rock star in Finland in every sense Petteri Tikkanen (who we interviewed recently) is a universe all of his own. Gorgeous drawings, great narratives and his transformation into alter ego Black Peider – and make him irresistible…

Finnish cartoonist Petteri Tikkanen at work on his pages for "Coelifer Atlas", this year's marathon comic project in aid of OCD Action
Finnish cartoonist Petteri Tikkanen at work on his pages for “Coelifer Atlas”, this year’s marathon comic project in aid of OCD Action

Along with opportunities to meet both of the visiting comic artists, Kendal will host three exhibitions; Tales from a Nordic Archipelago, a documentary photographic exhibition on the life of Tove Jansson, creator of the world-famous Moomins, at Kendal Museum; Archipelagogo, a newly commissioned multi-media exhibition by Jonathan Edwards and Felt Mistress with soundtrack by Andy Votel to celebrate the work of Tove Jansson, at the Wildman Gallery; and Finnish Comics Now: an exhibition of digital prints of new Finnish Comics, organised by the Finnish Comics Society in the Wildman Performance Space.

“We were delighted by the reception our Finnish guests had last year and we’re thrilled to continue our relationship this year,” says Festival Director Julie Tait.

Petteri, also known as YouTube phenomenon Black Peider, is delighted to be returning to Kendal this year.

“The place was nice and the feeling of the festival was cozy,” he enthuses. “Festivals like this make me feel that I am part of something bigger. I am not alone in the world with my little books!”

The Finnish Village is brought to LICAF 2017 in partnership with the Finnish Institute and the Finnish Comics Society, Compass Live Art and Arts Council England and is sponsored by Moomin.

• Read a new interview with Petteri Tikkanen about creating comics on the Festival web site

• The full programme of events is now live on the Festival web site, along with details about its new Weekend Pass.

 Buy your tickets for the fifth Lakes International Comic Art Festival here

• For all events information visit the Lakes International Comic Art Festival web site: www.comicartfestival.com | Find the Lakes International Comic Art Festival on Facebook | Follow the Festival on Twitter @comicartfest

Archipelagogo

Finnish Exhibitions at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2017

Tales from a Nordic Archipelago: a documentary photographic exhibition on the life of Tove Jansson
Opens Tuesday 3rd October and runs until Thursday 2nd November 2017 at Kendal Museum

During the Festival the exhibition is open on Saturday 14th October from 9.00am – 5.00pm and on Sunday 15th October from 10.00am – 4.00pm. Admission free to festival passholders | £2 entrance for non-passholders Outside the Festival the exhibition is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9.30am – 5.00pm. £2 museum entrance

Archipelagogo
Opens Tuesday 3rd October and runs until Saturday 4th November at The Wildman Gallery

A newly commissioned multi-media exhibition by Jonathan Edwards & Felt Mistress with soundtrack by Andy Votel to celebrate the work of Tove Jansson

During the Festival the exhibition is open on Saturday 14th October from 9.00am – 5.00pm and on Sunday 15th October from 10.00am – 4.00pm. Admission free to festival passholders | £2 entrance for non-passholders Outside the Festival the exhibition is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9.30am – 5.00pm. Free

Finnish Comics Now: an exhibition of digital prints of new Finnish Comics

Organised by the Finnish Comics Society, offer a glimpse of the colourful, strange and surreal visions of Finnish comic artists

Open on Saturday 14th October from 9.00am – 5.00pm and on Sunday 15th October, from 10.00am – 4.00pm, The Wildman Performance Space. Admission free for all

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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