Arctic Comics Seminar 2015

Comics in Teaching

Oulu Comics Center invites you and your organization to join the Arctic Comics Seminar, held in 5 – 6 November 2015, in the city of Oulu, Finland. City of Oulu is filled with comics also in this year, when people all around northern Europe gather together in the Arctic Comics Seminar and the fourth Oulu Comics Festival. We hope artists, representatives of northern comics associations, culture centers and institutions providing art education in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Greenland, Iceland or Finland to participate in the seminar.

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The event brings together people and organizations who are eager to spread the joy of comics in their own communities – or at least they want to know, how it could be done by teaching comics or using it as a tool. Oulu Comics Center organizes the second Arctic Comics Seminar in November 2015, in Oulu (Uleåborg in Swedish), Finland. The Arctic Comics Network was launched in the year 2014 by the first Arctic Comics Seminar. Now the cooperation and networking continues.

THEME

The Arctic Comics Seminar 2015 focuses on teaching of comics and using comics as an education method, and how to apply comics in practice in different cultural institutions. Purpose of the seminar and the network is to promote comics activities especially outside of the Nordic capital city areas, where this kind of activity might not have been possible or established before. The seminar is organized to strenghten the Arctic comics cooperation: Network members can, for example, begin a fruitful exchange of exhibitions, lecturers, and teachers, or organize a Pop Up Comics Center in cooperation with each other, as Oulu Comics did last fall in Tromsø, Norway.

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The seminar programme consists of speeches on comics teaching and using comics as a tool in every day life in culture institutions and schools, for example. During the event, variety of program is guaranteed, since the seminar is held together with the Oulu Comics Festival that takes place in November 5 – 8. All quests are welcome to join also the Oulu Comics Festival.

REGISTERATION AND FEE

Fill out the registeration form here

Festival pass fee is 10 euros, including most of the event fees and lot of discounts during the Arctic Comics Seminar and Oulu Comics Festival Nov. 5 -8. The pass fee will be paid at the venue. Please note that the number of seminar participants is limited. Please enroll in advance.

More information: seminar@oulucomics.com

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PROGRAM

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    Opening of the Seminar

    11:00Studio, Cultural Centre Valve

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    Comics - Entertainment or education?

    11:10Studio, Cultural Centre Valve

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    Ilpo Koskela
    Cartoonist, Finland

    Are comics just for entertainment, or can they be used in educational matters as well? Ilpo Koskela, a cartoonist, graphic designer, teacher and a creator of many informative and educational comics, is giving us a lecture on the subject. Using his own experiences on the field, of course.

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    Comics workshops for elderly people

    11:50Studio, Cultural Centre Valve

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    Hannele Richert
    Cartoonist, Comic Teacher / Comics Center – Helsinki, Finland 

    The so called senior citizens are a heterogenous group of people, like any other age group. That being said, there are some cornerstones to lean on when planning comics workshops for the elderly. I have worked with a group of active senior citizens who were interested in comics and other arts, with a group of elderly people with memory malfunctions, who were more or less forced to participate, and a group of grandparents who came together with their grandchildren.

    This has given me enlightening experiences of how different people can be within the same age group. Nevertheless, they have at least one thing in common: a lot of stories and interesting bits of personal history that are worth passing on to younger generations, in both pictures and words.

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    Lunch break

    12:40Studio, Cultural Centre Valve
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    Tegneserier og tekstlæsning – Reading comics and using comics to read texts

    13:30Studio, Cultural Centre Valve

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    Rikke Platz Cortsen
    Comic Scholar, Denmark

    Comics as an aid in teaching and studying, making them both a bit easier? A comic scholar, Rikke Platz Cortsen, tells us how comics can be used to understand and analyze older classical texts, which otherwise could be hard to grasp for contemporary students.


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    Why art has the role of questioning

    14:15Studio, Cultural Centre Valve

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    Rikke Villadsen
    Comic Artist, Denmark

    Rikke Villadsen will talk about her artistic work with comics and the importance of being anarchistic and surreal. Her two graphic novels Ind fra Havet (2011) and Et knald til (2014) are stories on the sailor and the cowboy. Both are stories in which the use of intertextual figures and reference to cultural heritage are frequent. Rikke Villadsen will tell about the function of being a filter of original stories, and how the work is a playful experiment and comment on well known genres and big themes.

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    Oulu Comics Center in action

    15:00Studio, Cultural Centre Valve

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    COMICS CENTER IN ACTION
    Harri Filppa
    Cartoonist and Comic Theorist, Executive Director / Oulu Comics Center, Finland

    COMIC COURSES IN ACTION
    Aapo Kukko
    Cartoonist, (Toimintavastaava) / Oulu Comics Center, Finland

    POP-UP COMIC CENTERS IN ACTION
    Taija Jyrkäs
    Coordinator / Oulu Comics Center, Finland

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    Free discussion about the topics of the day

    15:30Studio, Cultural Centre Valve

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    "Kiertelemättä" -näyttelykierros | Guided exhibition tour, "Kiertelemättä"

    17:00Studio, Cultural Centre Valve

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    "Kiertelemättä" on opastettu näyttelykierros kulttuuritalo Valveen gallerioissa aina jokaisen kuukauden ensimmäisenä torstaina klo 17. Ohjelma vaihtuu kuukausittain. Näyttelyopastukset järjestää: Pohjoinen valokuvakeskus, Oulun Sarjakuvakeskus, Oulun Taitelijaseura ja kulttuuritalo Valve.

    Guided exhibition tour called ”Kiertelemättä” can be translated  ”Straight Out” Exhibition Tour. Kiertelemättä is open and easy going Exhibition Tour for all. The tour is part of yearly program of Cultural Centre Valve and is held monthly on the first Thursday at 5 pm.

    On this tour are presented the exhibitions of Oulu Comics Festival. Icelandic comic art is exhibited in the Festival Restaurant, Konst O Deli. In Valve Art Gallery the tour is taking the participants to Comics of Finnish cartoonists Juha Vuorma and Kari A. Sihvonen. And in Comics gallery are presented the award-winners of the Nordic Comics Competition 2015. Welcome to meet Cartoonist Kari A. Sihvonen and the other artists and Nordic Comics Competition judges and hear more about the works.

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    Learning by making educational comics

    11:00Studio, Cultural Centre Valve

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    Mikko Jylhä
    Cartoonist, Comics Teacher / Liminka Art School, Finland

    The Comics Class in Liminka School of Arts publishes yearly one printed comicbook. The Theme of the book varies year by year.
    In 2011 the book was titled ’Instruction Manual to Finland’ -presenting comics designed to educate new arrivals in the Finnish language and culture.
    The presentation is about what we learned during the workproces of this book.

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    Fun Zines: Short history of small press publishing in Finland

    11:40Studio, Cultural Centre Valve

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    Vesa Kataisto
    Editor, Finland

    The Fanzine culture started in the beginning of last century. Small pamphlets were done as propaganda or correspondence between people with similar interests. First zines were political or religious, later especially friends of science fiction started doing their literary fanzines with short stories and interviews with authors. Then came film, music and comic fans, spreading information about things that were ”too small” for the mainstream media. Many anonymous artists became known via fans and fanzines, Carl Barks for example.
    In Finland especially years 1975 – 1985 were golden times for zines. Feels like everybody and their friends were doing small magazines. Photocopiers had developed to the level where anyone could afford to do an own zine. So we got Pahkasika, Suuri Kurpitsa, Nalleposti, Zärpä, Hilse, Noniin… and hundreds of other little zines that surfaced for a moment and then dived again under ground. Some writers and artists disappeared forever, some became professionals and even legends – because of the fanzines.

    Vesa Kataisto works as an editor at Arctic Banana publishing company. He is a member of the board of Finnish Comics society.

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    Turning a Lutheran clergyman into mythic action wizard

    12:00Studio, Cultural Centre Valve

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    John S. Jamtli & A. Skogmo
    DASS, Norway

    John and Vegard are two guys from Helgeland (northern coastline of Norway) with a background in illustration. They made their first cooperative effort 22 years earlier in elementary school with the comic ”IDIOTMAN”, which appeared in the school paper.
    Now they have once again joined their forces and furthered their ambitions withthe adventures of historical Norwegian figure Petter Dass. John and Vegard has turned ​​the poet clergyman into a mythic action wizard who fights trolls, demons and witchcraft in the county of Nordland, northern Norway and spark the interest of a young audience.

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    Lunch break

    12:40Studio, Cultural Centre Valve
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    Cartoon library serieteket

    13:30Studio, Cultural Centre Valve

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    Ingrid Brubaker
    Oslo Serieteket, Norway

    Ingrid Brubaker is currently the editor of Empirix.no, a Norwegian online comic book magazine. She has worked for Serieteket, Oslo's comic book library, and Oslo Comics Expo, an annual comic book festival. She will be talking about Serieteket and the Norwegian comics scene.

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    Reykjavík City Library, Comics Department

    14:15Studio, Cultural Centre Valve

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    Úlfhildur Dagsdóttir
    Project manager, Reykjavík City Library, Iceland

    Hugleikur Dagsson, GISP! And Lóa Hlín Hjálmtýsdóttir might be familiar Icelandic Cartoonists for Finnish readers. Úlfhildur Dagsdóttir will tell about the Comics scene in Iceland and the Comics Department in Reykjavík City Library.

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    Panel discussion - Comics in teaching

    15:00Studio, Cultural Centre Valve

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    Festivaali Gaala | Festival gala

    17:00Valve Art Gallery, Cultural Centre Valve

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    Pohjoismaisen sarjakuvakilpailun 2015 palkintojen jakoNordic Comics Competition 2015 awards ceremony

    Pohjoismaisen sarjakuvakilpailun 2015 albumin julkistaminenNordic Comics Competition 2015 album publication

    Pohjoismaisen sarjakuvakilpailun 2016 julistaminen | Nordic Comics Competition 2016 opening

    Skrew You! -tunnustuspalkinnon jako
| Skrew You! -Awards ceremony

GENERAL INFORMATION

Seminar delegates are expected to organize their own travel and stay in Oulu.

The Arctic Airlink Tromsø-Luleå-Oulu (Uleåborg) flight route Oulu Airport http://www.finavia.fi/en/oulu/ Helsinki-Vantaa Airport http://www.helsinki-vantaa.fi/home

Traveling by train in Finland http://www.vr.fi/en/index.html

Traveling by bus in Finland http://www.matkahuolto.fi/en/

Bus connection to Oulu city center / to Airport: http://www.oulunjoukkoliikenne.fi/

NB! Check out your organization’s opportunities to get funding to join the Arctic Comics seminar and the Arctic Comics Network. F. ex.: www.kulturkontaktnord.org, www.nordiskkulturfond.org, www.hanaholmen.fi.

ACCOMMODATION IN OULU

Seminar delegates must book and pay their own accommodation. We strongly encourage all delegates to book their accommodation in Oulu well in advance.

List of hotels in Oulu is found here: http://www.ouluon.fi/en/accommodation/hotels/.

Hotels nearby the seminar venue are:

Original Sokos Hotel Arina

Radisson Blu Hotel – Scandic Oulu

Omenahotelli

STAYING IN OULU

http://www.ouluon.fi/en/oulu/

FUNDERS

Arctic Comics Seminar is funded by Nordic Culture Point, Icelandic-Finnish Cultural Foundation, FinnishNorwegian Cultural Foundation, and Finnish-Danish Cultural Foundation.

Oulu Comics Center was opened in January 2014 at Oulu Culture Centre Valve. It is the multipurpose comics center of northern Finland. The Comics Center was founded to increase awareness of comics and related art, as well as to promote comics and people who make them. Oulu Comics Center organizes comics courses in cooperation with the national comics network. The Center has a good network of Finnish comics teachers, and it organizes courses and Pop Up events elsewhere in northern Finland and abroad.

The center operates events as the Oulu Comics Festival, Arctic Comics Seminar, and many more. Oulu Comics Centers gallery is located at the Cultural Centre Valve, where about 25 000 people are visited each year. There is also a book store and an expanding comic archive and a library at the Oulu Comics Center. Oulu Comics Center currently employs three staff members, comic course teachers, and trainees. The organization’s activity is funded by City of Oulu (25 % of our funding), Finnish government (25 %), international financing (25 %), and by self finance (25 %). Oulu Comics Center helps and guides in all issues concerning comics, whether they are about making, reading, or teaching comics. Oulu Comics Center is managed by Oulu Comics Association, founded in the year 1980.


Illustrations: Esko Heikkilä

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