FINNISH COMICS SOCIETY
The Finnish Comics Society was founded in conjunction with an international exhibition in Helsinki in 1971. It is an association of makers, readers, collectors and researchers of comics. The society presents comics both to the wider public as well as to the cultural establishment. It aims to promote the awareness and critical reading of comics and to gain respect for the art form. In recent years the association has been active in launching several new cultural export projects as well as new websites and online services for comics lovers.
HELSINKI COMICS FESTIVAL
Helsinki Comics Festival is the biggest comics event in Finland and in Northern Europe and has been organised since 1979. The festival offers events such as the comics market, Small Press Heaven, panel discussions, interviews, exhibitions, workshops and performances.
The Comics Center (Sarjakuvakeskus in Finnish) was founded in May 2008 to be an open cultural centre for comics and related art. It is situated in Helsinki, in the district of Kallio. It includes a gallery and a comics shop and organises comics courses for both beginners and professionals. There are also regular open workshops, lectures and other events such as book launchings. It is also possible to order comics courses and other services from centre.
Since 1972 the Society has annually awarded the Puupäähattu prize to an established Finnish comics artist. The name of the prize refers to the hat of Ola Fogelberg's classic character Pekka Puupää.
Sarjainfo is Finland's only journal on comics. It was lauched in 1972 and is published by the Finnish Comics Society four times a year. It charts the past and present of comics, presenting news and reviews as well as interviews with both Finnish and foreign cartoonists. Members of the Comics Society get the subscription and the journal is on sale at bookshops and events.
Finnish Comics Society / Comics Center
00530 Helsinki, Finland
Comics Center www.sarjakuvakeskus.fi
Helsinki Comics Festival helsinkicomicsfestival.com
CUNE Comics Union of Northern Europe, residencies hcunecomics.net
Comics blogs www.sarjakuvablogit.com