The 29th Helsinki Comics Festival will take place on the 5th to 7th of September 2014
The 2014 festival themes are Germany and Queer Comics
Oh what a great time we had in September 2013! We had a record audience, the weather was great and our international guests just wonderful. We hope to see you all again next year, when we'll be organizing the 29th edition of Northern Europe's biggest comics festival. In 2014 the themes will be Germany and Queer Comics. Auf Wiedersehen!
The official festival artist for 2013 is Katja Tukiainen!
The largest comics festival in Northern Europe welcomes comics fans and professionals alike! The main event, held on the first full weekend of September features once again a comics market, Small Press Heaven, artists, exhibitions, discussions, presentations, live drawing performances, competitions, animation, kids' events and clubs.
The themes for the 2013 Helsinki Comics festival are comics for children and North American comics.
Comics, although traditionally seen as children's entertainment have evolved into an independent field of art. But in the process, have we forgotten our youngest audience? At the festival we explore what kinds of comics are published for children today and entertain our young guests with a specifically-themed workshop programme.
North America is known as the birthplace of comics, especially the ever-popular strip and superhero comics. At Helsinki Comics Festival, we present a unique view to the North American scene, presenting veteran artists such as Patrick McDonnell, established alternative creators like Lilli Carré and visionary up-and-comers such as Michael DeForge.
Join us in September to discover comics!
The main Festival venue tent and the Small Press Heaven are located at LASIPALATSI SQUARE (Mannerheimintie 22 - 24), with programme and the comics market open all weekend.
Main venue opening hours:
Friday the 6th of September: 14 pm to 8 pm
Saturday the 7th of September: 11 am to 8 pm
Sunday the 8th of September: 11 am to 6 pm
Other venues include
MBAR (Mannerheimintie 22 - 24) is the official bar and terrace for the festival main event, also hosting an interview stage featuring live music.
KIRJASTO 10 stage hosts two thematic afternoons. On Saturday we look at comics westerns and on Sunday, comic books meet rock music.
On Friday the 6th DUBROVNIK BAR & LOUNGE and the ANDORRA THEATRE (Eerikinkatu 11) lectures and discussions will be held at the theatre. Later in the evening, the venue hosts the Festival Club with music, live drawing and a film matinée.
A comics & poetry jam night will be held Saturday evening at MASCOT (Neljäs linja 2).
Also, a variety of EXHIBITIONS will be presented in different galleries.
Our INTERNATIONAL GUESTS include
David B (FR)
Lilli Carré (US)
Fabio Civitelli (IT)
Michael DeForge (CA)
Hunt Emerson (UK)
Anna Fiske (NO)
Ulli Lust (AT)
Matt Madden (US)
Patrick McDonnell (US)
Joost Swarte (NL)
... and many others!
For more information, please contact:
Otto Sinisalo, producer
Kalle Hakkola, technical producer
Maura Manninen international coordinator