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What Is Finland Doing Right?

Posted by on November 8th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
I have long wondered what makes Finland such a regional epicenter of inspiring experimental comics, increasingly making waves internationally these days. What, for example, makes it different from the other Scandinavian countries, in which interesting work is also being produced, but not as consistently and across as diverse an expressive field? The conditions of production are comparable if not identical, and yet Finland has maintained the lead for at least a decade-and-a-half. I won’t pretend to have the answers, but visiting the Helsinki Book Fair this weekend as a guest of the Finnish Comics Society at least gave me a sense of Finnish comics in the larger literary, if not cultural, context afforded by the kind of union of the tribes that a major annual book fair provides.