Arctic Comics Seminar 2014

Arctic Comics Seminar in Oulu, November 6-7, 2014 at the Cultural Centre Valve. Lectures and discussion events will be held in Studio Cinema.

Thursday 6.11.

  • 11:00

Opening of the Seminar

  • 11:10 – 11:45

National networking:

Oulu Comics Center and the Finnish national comic network – Harri Filppa (Oulu Comics Center), Kalle Hakkola (Comics Center, Helsinki)

  • 12:00-12:20

Local networking: Representatives of local organizations tell about their cooperation with OCC. – Julia Heikkinen (Northern Photographic Centre) – Sauli Pesonen (Oulu Film Centre)

  • 12:20-13:45 – Lunch (self-financed)
  • 13:45-14:15

Local and International networking:

Culture Centre Valve and other cultural institutes of Arctic area – Arja Huotari / Pauliina Eronen (Cultural Centre Valve) – Soile Hirvasniemi (Oulu City Library) – Greetings from Reykjavik City Library

  • 14:15-15:15

Pop up -comics centers and improving the visibility of cartoon actions – Petri Koikkalainen (Comics Center, Helsinki)

Nordicomics network and CUNE network: Establishing and operation of comic networks – Maura Manninen (Comics Center, Helsinki)

  • 15:30-15.50

Graphic Medicine and Nordic cooperation

Touring exhibition ”Graphic Medicine”, produced by Swedish Comics Association, is a new kind of approach to comics. Project manager Allan Haverholm tells about the exihibition, and what kind of cooperation is needed when organizing a project like this.

– Allan Haverholm ( Swedish Comics Association)

  • 15:50-16:00

Free discussion about the topics of the day

Friday 7.11.

  • 10:00-10.45

The Council of Oulu Region presents its work. The council is responsible for regional planning and general coordination of regional development programs related to national and EU structural funds.     – Maria Juurikka.


  • 11:00-11:30

Promoting comics activity and cartoonists – Instruments by Art promotion Centre

– Ulla Lassila (Arts Promotion Centre Finland)

  • 11:30-12:15

How comic scene is organized in Nordic countries, according to cartoonists? Group discussion

– Ville Hänninen (The Finnish Comics Society, Finland) – Josefin Svenske (Kolik förlag, Sweden) – Allan Haverholm (C’est Bon Kultur) – Thomas Thorhauge (Dansk Tegneserieråd, Denmark) – Jens K. Styve (Norway) – Kalle Hakkola (The Finnish Comics Society, Finland) – Harri Filppa (Oulu Comics Society, Finland)

  • 12:15-13.15 – Coffee break
  • 13:15-14:15

Significance of Arctic Comics Network and the future cooperation. Panel discussion. Chairperson Jyrki Korpua

– Soile Hirvasniemi (Oulu City Library) – Jens K. Styve – Josefin Svenske – Tarja Longi-Korpua – feel free to join the conversation!

  • Changes of the schedule are possible, additions sure.

Invitation letter with more details

The Arctic Comics Seminar is the first step on the way to northern network of comics.

Since now, cooperation around comics is not established in the Arctic areas in Northern Europe. The objective of the Arctic Comics Network is to start cooperation around cartoons. Members of the Network will have an opportunity to contact each other and begin an active exchange of comics exhibitions, lecturers, residencies, and teachers.

The Arctic Comics Seminar is aimed for people and organizations who are eager to spread the joy of comics in their own communities – or at least them, who want to know, how could it be done.

Representatives of culture and art institutions can hear about cooperation and synergy between different societies and organizations and Oulu Comics Center. Also, we think that the story of Oulu Comics Center and Helsinki Comics Center could inspire other comic associations, too.

We believe that comics can make a difference. It can be used as a tool, as a free time hobby. It can learn you things, you might earn your living with it. It gives you joy and it expands your world. The possibilities of cartoons are endless. That is why the Arctic Comics Network is started with the Seminar of 2014.