Author, journalist, PhD, curator and professor – working with comics
Today it’s one year since Kristiina Kolehmainen passed away. I honor her with one of the very last photos I took of her. We were at an official ceremony in Angouleme 2012, where Art Spiegelman was given a prestigious French medal. Kristiina was characteristically unimpressed and sat in a corner chatting away with friend and great artist José Munoz instead. They looked and sounded like an old couple and I remember leaving all the reporters struggling to take photos of Spiegelman to walk over to their corner and take a few photos of them instead. Kristiina was always happiest when meeting up with her friends in the international artist community, and in this beautiful moment, she apparently forgot about her illness, which otherwise plagued her a lot on this her last trip to Angouleme.
Fredrik Strömberg is a journalist, author and historian, who has studied comics since the early 1990’s. He is one of the editors of Bild & Bubbla, Scandinavia’s largest as well as the world’s second oldest magazine about comics, and the Chairman of the Swedish Comics Association. He writes regularly for newspapers and magazines about comics, heads the Comic Art School of Sweden and sits on the editorial board for the International Journal of Comic Art. Among the books he has written are the English language Swedish Comics History, Black Images in the Comics, The Comics Go to Hell and Comic Art Propaganda. Strömberg lives in Sweden and is currently working on a number of new books about comics.