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This is Personal – the Signifiers and the Signified

Written by Hannele Richert I will start writing from a sidetrack, but an important one. Making and reading comics requires ability to understand meanings of pictures as well as written text. The picture may also be loaded with significance the person drawing the picture was unaware of. When using a symbol with a fixed meaning, the situation is different and there is no room for interpretation. Considering for example the...

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Truth in comics

Written by: Ralf Kauranen. The 2018 Pulitzer prize for editorial cartooning was exceptionally given to the creators of a serialized comics story. Journalist and author Jake Halpern and artist and illustrator Michael Sloan received the prize for their narrative about two Syrian families who escape the civil  war to the US.

Ralf Kauranen, Documentary comics, New York Times, Pulitzer, Jake Halpern, Michael Sloan, Nina Mickwitz, Welcome to the New World, Syria

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Belonging is attachment in Sanna Hukkanen’s comics album Juuri (the Root)

  Written by Olli Löytty When we speak about belonging to a particular place, the root is a strong metaphor. In the same way as roots attach a plant to the soil, humans are thought to grow a fixed connection to their place of residence. The metaphor has its flip side. The rootless does not belong. Sanna Hukkanen’s autobiographical comic book Juuri (The Root, 2015) tells about integration. The root functions both...

Monikielisyys, Sanna Hukkanen, Juuri, Oi ihana panama, kulttuurien kohtaaminen, mise en abyme, Olli Löytty

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Picturing the realities of migration

Written by Anna Vuorinne. Because migration is a phenomenon of the real world and an experience of real people many of the comics dealing with migration are non-fictive or documentary. Documentary comics tell about real lives and show things that have actually happened. While the primary goal of a fictive comic may be to entertain or to introduce an alternative reality, the primary goal of a documentary comic is to share...

Anna Vuorinne, Henri Gylander, Reetta Laitinen, Documentary comics, Migration stories

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Gianluca Costantini: To Escape a Hotspot

Written by Silja-Maaria Aronpuro. If the ripples of the European refugee crisis have reached even Finland in recent years, the actual waves hit the Southern borders of the EU: Italy and especially the island of Sicily, where migrants reach the shores of Europe after crossing the Mediterranean Sea. In his comic “To Escape from a Hotspot” the Italian graphic journalist and human rights activist Gianluca Costantini deals...

Silja-Maaria Aronpuro, Graphic journalism, Hotspot, Crossing the Mediterranean, Asylum seekers, Italy, Guest writer

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What's happening here?

The project adds up to something more than the sum of the individual contributions of the members. Surely we would do research, write articles and draw comics even without the project. But cooperation puts our performance to a higher, otherwise unattainable level. We learn from each other, get new ideas and see things from different viewpoints.

Anna Vuorinne, Ralf Kauranen, Warda Ahmed, Ralf Palander, Ajankohtaista, event, Exhibition, Seminar

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Being first comes with responsibilities!

Written by Ralf Kauranen and Olli Löytty Recently (11.8.2018) the largest Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat carried a piece on and interview with comics scholar Kai Mikkonen. The background for this was partly that the renowned academic publisher Routledge published Mikkonen’s book on comics narration, The Narratology of Comic Art, last year. In his book, Mikkonen brings together perspectives from comics research...

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