3.6.2015 by Sini
This coming weekend, from Saturday the 6th to Sunday the 7th of June 2015, the world of comics will be celebrated as Copenhagen Comics, Denmark’s biggest comics festival, takes over Øksnehallen in Copenhagen. The festival pays tribute to all forms of comics – everything from manga to old classics and from superheroes to graphic novels. The festival has a range of international guests, and you will also have a chance to meet the critically acclaimed Finnish artist Tommi Musturi (b. 1975).
Tommi has given out a number of comic books and has also done illustrations to magazines, books and album covers. He is one of the founding members of the Finnish comics collective KutiKuti and in 2011 the Finnish Comics Society awarded him the the biggest Finnish comic award, ’Puupäähattu’ prize. His works have been published in over 30 countries and now his first Danish publication, ’Håbets Bog’ (Toivon kirja) has been published by Forlaget Forlæns.
The ”non-action comic”, ’Håbets Bog’ follows, in a really slow tempo, the life of a retired married couple living in the coutryside in Finland. Musturi’s drawings are poetic and his use of dialogue is almost minimal, a quality that along with his laconic humour has drawn comparisons to the films of Aki Kaurismäki. The comic book has received good reviews in Denmark, getting 4 stars from Ekstra Bladet as well as having been called ”this year’s most beautiful comic book published in Danish”.
You have a great chance to meet the artist himself this weekend at Copenhagen Comics and get your own, signed copy of ‘Håbets Bog’.
A more detailed programme for the festival can be seen here: http://copenhagencomics.dk/program2015/
Title of the book: Håbets Bog
Author: Tommi Musturi
Publisher: Forlaget Forlæns
Translator: Siri Nordborg Møller