Comic Strip World Championships 2023

Comic Strip World Champion 2023: Einar Másson (Iceland), 52 pts.:

Runner-up 2023: Tea Tauriainen (Finland), 47 pts.:

The Oulu Comics Festival presents the fourth annual Comic Strip World Championships! In this competition the contestants will have five days to create a comic strip with a given theme.

Theme 2023

This year’s theme is love! #lovecomicstrip23 #oulucomics @oulucomics. Check out our live for the theme’s announcement and launch event on Youtube:

Deadline 2023

Participants must submit their comic strip by September 25th, 2023 at 4:59pm (EET) at the latest.

Venue 2023

Your comic strip (more information about the comic strip format)entry for the competition must be published on Instagram using a hashtags #lovecomicstrip23 and #oulucomics and @oulucomics. Instagram is the only way to participate in the competition and submitted work needs to fit into a single post. The post must be public. Here are instructions to publish your work on Instagram.

Participant Rules

  • All work must be previously unpublished.
  • The comics must be created in response to the theme.
  • The format and style of the comic strip is unrestricted, however the text should be in English to facilitate judging.
  • Pre-registration is not required and questions about technical issues will not be answered.

The Jury 2023

The jury is made up of comic multitalents and cartoonists selected from at least three continents.

Rules for Jury

  • The maximum number of points awarded by one judge for one work is 20 points, the highest and lowest judge results are left out, and the points given by three remaining judges are added to make the total point score. The maximum score is 60 points.
  • The decisions of the jury cannot be appealed.
  • Late entries will be considered, but in the points calculation system (copied from ski jumping) we will deduct 1.8 points from the final score per each hour surpassing the time limit September 25th, 2023 at 4:59pm.
  • The jury has a secretary nominated by the Oulu Comics Festival.

Winners 2023

The winners will be announced at the Oulu twelfth Comics Festival on November 9th, 2023 at 5:00 pm (EET) at Cultural Centre Valve / Oulu Comics Center. The awards ceremony can also be followed online on a Youtube-broadcast.

The prize of the competition is fame and glory.


Comic Strip World Championship 2022, 2021 & 2020 Results

  • Comic Strip World Champion 2022: Nina Mutik (Finland), 53pts
  • Comic Strip World Champion 2021: Don Arvidsson (Sweden), 58pts
  • Runner-up 2021: Salar Eshratkhah (Iran), 53pts
  • Audience’s favorite 2021: @lesbilais