Cultural Centre Valve
Hallituskatu 7, Oulu
Open daily between 10–20
When working on a graphic novel, a comic artist lives in a close, nearly symbiotic relationship with their characters. The artist reveals the characters’ personalities and history slowly, peeling off layers bit by bit. In the time the characters become familiar, their actions logical and their train of thought feels right. They are born.
”I’ve been living with this woman in the picture since November 2013. I don’t know her name, only some scattered facts. She works in an office. Sings in a church choir. I think religion is important to her. A cross hangs around her neck. There is another cross in a frame hanging on the wall beside her bed. She is alone.
This is what I know for sure. But there are also questions and assumptions that I’m not able to confirm. The greatest mystery is her questioning gaze: You created me, do something precious with my life.
I’m trying. This exhibition is for you, nameless woman in the picture. I want to get to know you. Who are you? What is it that you do? What are your thoughts, what do you feel?”
The exhibition Hani is based on Tuomas Tiainen’s graphic novel Jenny Haniver, which will be published in spring. This silent graphic novel follows the darkly, absurdly swirling destinies of four characters in a metropolis that drowns its individuals within masses. One of these characters is the protagonist of this exhibition – the nameless woman who sings in a church choir.
Tuomas Tiainen (b. 1980) is a Helsinki-based comic artist, critic and small press publisher. Jenny Haniver is his second graphic novel. Tiainen’s underground-inspired works have also been published in anthologies and zines.
The artist wants to thank: Finnish Comics Professionals, Finnish Cultural Foundation, HIAP ry, City of Helsinki Cultural Office
Exhibition opening on Wednesday 25.3.2015 at 18:00
Wordless? Loud! Black and white… with colours! Pictorial narratives without text! Comics exhibition by Leo Kuikka, Heikki Rönkkö and Tuomas Tiainen, at Porvoo City Library, from February 13 till February 28, 2015. Library opening hours: Mon-Thu 10–19, Fri 10–17, Sat 10–15.
The Dead Genesis Death Jury announces the results of the Dead Genesis Beer Grant 2015:
The applicant awarded with the Dead Genesis Beer Grant 2015 is mr. Heikki Rönkkö. See application below.
Comments from the representative the Jury (translated by Bing):
Heikki Rönkön, the application has the vision and design;. The Town Hall, in particular, to thank the idea as well as the color of the world literally interpreted references to the application for a declaration. Remarkable is also the organizer of the competition, the use of the logo, as described in the application, the person’s character, as well as the sensuality of instructive excerpt.
Dead Genesis congratulates mr. Rönkkö and thanks all applicants.
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Dead Genesis is utterly proud to present the DEAD GENESIS SPLIT SERIES! As the name suggests, each issue (Yes, it’s a series!) features two stories by individual artists. That is 32 pages – or 2 x 16 pages, to be precise – of merry mayhem for your pleasure/disgust wrapped in two-colored cardboard covers. What fun!
Dead Genesis Split Series #1: Mosdal & Nissinen features two mind-tingling narratives about one of the finer things in life, that is, food. Søren Mosdal and JacobØrsted present the good old dynamic duo of Freddy & The Professor venturing into the wacky world of fine-dining. It’s a twelve-course Special Menu in “El Caca Divino” – with complimentary wines! Jyrki Nissinen combines teen angst with goth chic showing what happens when two supposedly well-known comic characters are dating and run their own restaurant business. Not a thing is unexpected!
This just in: We have two (2) new DEAD GENESIS releases!
DG-02 is a t-shirt “Stay Puft”, a white, ecological Earth Positive brand shirt with silk screen-printed image by Tuomas Tiainen. The red is BRIGHT, let me tell ya! A very limited batch, limited sizes, so order fast! 20 €, this.
DG-03 is a xeroxed comics zine “Torrefatsioone Korrelatsioone” featuring three wacky stories by Tuomas Tiainen. Includes anarchy, carnal love, slime, weird creatures, post-apocalyptic crust punks, and general mayhem. Also limited edition, act fast! Assorted cover colors. 44 pages, 3 €.
Orders by email: info (ä) deadgenesis.com
EDIT: L and ladyfit S”Stay Puft” sizes left and the Finnish language zine is sold out. There’s a few copies left of the English language version of Torre available, however. Get ‘em while the stock lasts!
Below, see some images from the FUN∙LAND RE∙VISITED exhibited upstairs in Turun Sarjakuvakauppa (for more info, see previous post). The exhibition features scenes from Man with the Dog, selected elements from the FUN∙LAND exhibition as well as some new pieces that deepen the story of the FUN∙LAND amusement park featured in the book. Exhibition open until June 30th.
“FUN∙LAND RE∙VISITED digs deeper in the fun fair world of last November’s FUN∙LAND installation in Galleria Ruutu. The lurking sinister finds even more bone-chilling forms in a place that should represent uninhibited joy and where one’s purest needs should be fulfilled. What lies in the black of the shadows?