Inspired by Kaisa Lekas’s Pupäähattu- award (see blogpost
entry 15.1.2012) we had a look at other Puupäähattu-awardees within our
membership. So, in chronological order:
Tarmo Koivisto, a founding member and Vice-Chairman of World
received the Puupäähattu-award in 1978. He is one of the pioneers of modern
comics in Finland.
His Mämmilä series, which he started as a strip in 1974, deals with
contemporary Finnish life in a small fictive town. His comics comment on issues
such as the first African refugees and membership in the European Union. Mämmilä
town has numerous colourful characters. Over the years Mämmilä has proved to be
one of the most-loved comics in Finland.
Tarmo has been a trainer in several of our workshops in Tanzania
Tarmo’s own drawing
of the comics workshop with TAPOMA in Morogoro,
Tanzania, in 1996. We had
to shift from one classroom to a bigger one. One can see Katti Ka-Batembo on
his motorcycle, Gayo carrying his
light-table and in the last row, Frank Odoi and Leif Packalen. Tarmo has drawn
|Tarmo teaching at our first workshop in India, in Tamil Nadu in 1997 with VCDS. This was where we
discovered the idea of grassroots comics.|
MATTI HAGELBERG and KATJA TUKIAINEN
Matti Hagelberg and Katja Tukiainen have both influenced the comics scene in Finland
tremendously. Matti got his Puupäähattu-award in 1997 and Katja hers in 2003.
Both have also worked as comics trainers in our workshops in India.
Katja has been a World Comics Finland board member since
2000. Her commitment and creativeness have been great assets to our
organisation. To get a full picture of Katja pls check her homepage www.katjat.net.
Matti Hagelberg has produced 18 comic albums and is also
widely published abroad. He is a long-time member of World Comics Finland.
Katja and Matti in a workshop with WCI, in 2004, in Aizawl, Mizoram,
|Katja’s drawing from the VCDS’ workshop in 2001
in Tamil Nadu, India.|
|Matti’s drawing from the VCDS’ workshop in 2001,
in Tamil Nadu, India|