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Review: Helt enkelt Samuel

Helt enkelt SamuelHelt enkelt Samuel by Tommi Musturi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Finnish artist Tommi Musturi creates wordless, symbolic comics, often with four square panels per page and images brimming over with imaginative details and richness of color. Inspiration can be discerned from Hergé and Joost Swartes ligne claire, but also from Jim Woodring’s whimsical, hypnotic comics. The main character is a simple, stylized white figure which rarely shows any emotion despite being exposed to everything from traveling backwards from the tomb of the womb, to the artist’s hand literally, and forcefully intervening in the storyline. The short comics contained in this book are not clearly linked, and are divided with what appears to be individual, non-sequitur illustrations. Overall, the book’s content, however, creates a unified feeling that lingers after reading.

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Finnish comics artist Harri Filppa talks about the Oulu comics festival at the Comics Art School.

Finnish comics artist Harri Filppa talks about the Oulu comics festival at the Comics Art School.

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Review: Find Me In This City

Find Me In This CityFind Me In This City by Mari Ahokoivu
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mari Ahokoivu is fast becoming one of my favourite Nordic comics artists. No sooner had I reviewed her beautiful children’s comic Sanni & Jonas: Vinternatt, than this book pops up; published almost simultaneously, which is a feat as there are not that many Finnish comics published in Sweden these days.

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