Marijpol

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Marijpol (UK b. 1982) is a Hamburg-based comic artist. Her work has appeared in German and international anthologies and her first book Trommelfels (2011) won an ICOM award for Best Scenario in 2012. Her stories are surreal mythologies infused with everyday life normality. In 2013 she released her second book Eremit with an exhibition at Fumetto festival in Lucerne.

Miissa Rantanen

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Miissa Rantanen (FI b. 1987) is working in the fields of graphic novels, comics, zines and illustration. Rantanen is living and working in Helsinki. Her self-publications consist of: Karvalehti (2014), Saturday Morning 4 AM (2013), Kurdisanomat (2013) and The Blanket (2013) and Landing with Suvi Ermilä and Eeva Meltio (2013). Rantanen’s special areas of interest are eating, equality, hairs, animals, economy, violence, jumps, remembering, objects and complicatedness.

Work and celebration in the CUNE artist residence in Tallinn

Comic artist Kivi Larmola and photographer Sanna Larmola visited the CUNE Comics-in- Residence atelier in Tallinn. The large atelier with an excellent view over the town inspired Kivi and Sanna to start their creative work right upon arrival. They moved desks and built workspaces until the lighting was optimal. The view from the atelier also provided a great setting for shooting time-lapse footage of light and shadows over Tallinn.

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Kivi’s first impression of the atelier.

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Searching for story settings on the streets of Tallinn.

Kivi wrote twenty, then forty pages of his comics script just like that in the inspiring environment. He also found the time to dig into the history of Tallinn and Estonia, filled with the likes of alchemists and knights. Kivi and Sanna spent their free time visiting various exhibitions, doing sight-seeing and celebrating with like-minded people in the lively cultural scene of Tallinn. Kivi noted that given the small population of Estonia, great financial successes cannot be gained in the country’s home market and thus the motive for creative work must come from artistic ambition alone. In addition, Kivi held lectures in Paepealse and Hobusepea to an enthusiastic crowd.

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Public transportation was efficient and pretty cheap – even for visitors.

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Kivi had a surprising work supervisor.

Sanna edited and rendered footage for their film project, also working on her own exhibition held in Von Krahl. Kivi kept working on his script, which during their stay in the residence began to form into its final shape. Working by the window, or tucked in bed in a Batman bathrobe, Kivi sketched out the story in its entirety.

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Danse Macabre – work in progress.

Photos: Sanna Larmola
Story: Kivi Larmola
Translation: Petra Koponen

Jaana Suorsa

womaJaana Suorsa is a Finnish cartoonist, painter and writer. Her cartoons have been published in several newspapers (e.g. Kaleva, Turun Sanomat, Ilta-Sanomat and Ylöjärven Uutiset), her paintings have been exhibited in galleries and museums around Finland, and she has created content for children’s magazines and taught comic classes in schools. Her creation Piggu Possu is a sarcastic cartoon character which has been featured in six Finnish books, with more stories to come. The latest one, Who invented the morning, included English translation. At the moment Piggu Possu is published in Serieparaden, a Swedish cartoon strip magazine.

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Jouko Ruokosenmäki

JoukoRJouko Ruokosenmäki (b. 1968) is a comic professional from Tampere. He has drawn stories for the Finnish comics magazines Sarjari, Kannus, Tähtivaeltaja, Glömp, Myrkky and Korkeajännitys, with genres varying from adventure and horror to humor. Together with Janne Kaitala he created and self-published the Hipporox comic book in 1995, with the aim of combining all three genres. Was it a success? Who knows!

In addition to drawing, Jouko has translated comics such as Watchmen and Sandman, and back when comic books were still hand-lettered, he earned his living lettering Finnish Calvin and Hobbes albums. Since 1998 he has worked as a comic book editor and producer. Oh, and he also sat in the board of The Finnish Comics Professionals union for a few years.