Jälkipuinti – Slutsats – Aftermath 1.9.2016


FEMSKT esittää:


Keskustelu ja lukuesitys
Naisunionin Maikki Friberg kodissa
Bulevardi 11 A 1, Helsinki
Torstaina 1.9. klo 18

Keskustellaan dokumentoivan ja elämäkerrallisen sarjakuvan prosessista.
Keskustelemassa Angela Djurfelter, Emma Heinonen, Jesse Matilainen ja Taina Hakala.

Sarjakuvan lukuesitykset ruotsiksi klo 18, jonka jälkeen keskustelu, lukuesitykset suomeksi keskustelun jälkeen n. Klo 19.

Lukuesityksessä ruudut heijastetaan valkokankaalle ja luetaan ääneen – jaettu sarjakuvakokemus!
Lukuesityksissä mukana Angela Djurfelter, Agnes Ivarsson, Astrid Matell, Emma Heinonen, Jesse Matilainen ja Taina Hakala.

FEMSKT presenterar:

Diskussion och högläsning

I Kvinnounionens Maikki Friberg hemmet,
Bulevarden 11 A 1, Helsingfors
Torsdag 1.9. kl. 18

Diskussion om processen med dokumentära och biografiska serier med Angela Djurfelter, Astrid Matell, Emma Heinonen, Jesse Matilainen och Taina Hakala.

Högläsningar på svenska kl. 18, diskussion, och cirka cl.19 högläsningarna på finska.

I högläsningen projiceras rutorna på skärmen och högleses – delad serie upplevelse!
Med i högläsningarna: Angela Djurfelter, Agnes Ivarsson, Astrid Matell, Emma Heinonen, Jesse Matilainen och Taina Hakala.

FEMSKT represents:

Discussion and comics reading
At Maikki Friberg home
Bulevardi 11 A1, Helsinki

Discussion about the process of creating documentary and biographic comics with Angela Djurfelter, Emma Heinonen, Jesse Matilainen and Taina Hakala.

Comics reading in swedish 6 pm, discussion, comics reading in finnish about 7 pm.

In comics reading comic panels are reflected on screen and read aloud – shared comics experience! (and an excellent way to learn languages, too : )
Comics readings by Angela Djurfelter, Agnes Ivarsson, Astrid Matell, Emma Heinonen, Jesse Matilainen and Taina Hakala.

Kiitämme tuesta:

Taike, Kulturfondet, Naisunioni ja Ruohonjuuri!

Salin Comics Camp 2016 report


In April 2016 we spend four wonderful days at Villa Salin residence by seaside in Lauttasaari. Thank you for all wonderful people for participating <3 (Next Salin Comics Camp shall happen 10.-13.4.2017 follow this blog or our facebook for more information later.)

Residence was for anybody who has interest in making comics from feminist point of view. In example creating comics about experiences from people who usually are not so well presented in media or entertainment. Or recognizing i.e. social structures, effect of class, gender, poverty or wealth, good or poor health…scc_2016_14We started every day drawing quick croquis exercises to free our drawing hands and taking over possible fear of the white paper.

We had different timelimits (from 4 minutes to 15 sec.) and instructions – draw with your weaker hand, draw with only one line, don’t lift the pen, draw looking only at the model, not the paper and so on. This is for to flip us from our usual manners in drawing and to avoid fear of ”making mistakes”. Just draw, don’t worry how it looks like, it develops your skills in drawing and observing anyway!scc_2016_07

On Monday we did storyboard (script using only images) as group work. In this ”space shuttle” exercise only images, no text is allowed. So it makes you think best way to put your story in pictures, making as effective and informative pictures as possible, since you are not allowed to explain things in text. Even though I highly do appreciate union of text and pictures and good dialog as well, it still is really useful to learn to express things in images, to avoid explaining or telling them again in text.scc_2016_05

Of course it usually means more work in drawing, but one can also develop skills on focusing on what is important and reasonable for the story to be shown.

This said, also developing and describing atmosphere of the story or characters with many pictures where not so much action is taking place can be really rewarding for reader.scc_2016_10


On Tuesday we did memorising exercise from Lynda Barrys book What it is. Barry has many great exercises for remembering things by writing, asking questions and answering them. Exercise was for writing but we had drawing as an option too.


On Tuesday afternoon we had a workshop by Mustikka. ”How best to promote animal rights? Could part of this be to recognize our own animal predecessors and nonhuman becomings? How could art help here? Does art have a genealogy that links it to the sexual forces of different animals as feminist philosopher Elizabeth Grosz suggests?” were some of the questions asked in the workshop.

scc_2016_16On Wednesday we worked with a character, real or fictional and wrote a background story about this character. It gives substance to your characters even though you won’t tell everything you know/came up writing background story.

We worked with character also by drawing character in different emotions and doing different things, angry, sleepy, happy, scared, amazed… sitting, running, standing…
On Wednesday we also had show and tell day, opportunity to present own projects. It’s useful to train yourself also to talk about your work and process behind it to other people and have some response and encouregement.

Jesse Matilainen told about his album project, Suomen Suurin Kommunisti (Greatest Communist of Finland), which starts from civil war and ends to year 1939. Interesting to hear about the amount of work when gathering information about everything for the story, characters and surroundings.

Miia Vistilä talked about her on going comics Rakkaat Siskot (Dear Sisters) and Rakkaat Kämppikset (Dear Flatmates), which are fictional comics about young adults living their everyday life.

Hanna-Pirita Lehkonen talked about her work making famous webcomic Immortal Nerd. ”Nokia is a young adult, living on a space station New Rauma. Nokia has just gotten their immortality and the best use they can come up with it is to browse the old internet all day long without eating or sleeping and not having to worry about dying of hunger. After three weeks of old internet Nokia’s parents decide they’ve had enough.” To H-Ps delight her comic with non-binary main character has become really popular.

scc_2016_15Hanna-Pirita Lehkonen, our respects for getting paid for webcomic.

On Thursday we draw character in different framesizes. And we made a useful black/white exercise, which I’ve learned from Marko Turunen. Draw three panels with your character, one which you use black for 33% of the image, one with 66% and one with 90 %. By using different amounts of black (light/shadow) you can create more interesting panels.scc_2016_23

We also draw and painted characters with different equipments to develop the character, using pencil, color pencils, drawing ink, watercolour…scc_2016_14

And we did some quick four panel comics for exercise too. Paper is divided in four panels, first person thinks and writes texts in panels, pass the papers, next person draws characters, pass the papers and third person draws surroundings. Below you can see these quick exercises made together, time for each stage was 5-10 minutes.scc_2016_25scc_2016_27scc_2016_26scc_2016_24scc_2016_22scc_2016_21scc_2016_20All drawings by and with permission of participants.

I also emptied my bookshelf for residence to have many examples of different styles and different themes. I see it really important to have wide range in stories we read and watch.


I could recommend any of these books, but as few examples…


Some stories from life of young girls,

Sanna Ala-Ojala’s Huomenna on se päivä (Tomorrow is the day) based on her teenage diaries,

Sara Hansson’s Vi håller på med en viktigt grej (We have an important thing going on) story about friendship, being misunderstood by the world – schoolmates, fathers etc… How come they don’t get it that Spice Girls is our life and always going to be?!

Esther Pearl Watson’s Unlovable, based on a found diary of teenagegirl.scc_2016_04

Nina Hemmingsson’s Minä olen tyttöystäväsi nyt (I am your girlfriend now) and Snyggast på festen (Coolest in the party) deals a lot with depression and it’s affects on ones life using black humour and razor sharp observing when it comes to society and it’s codes.

scc_2016_2I also chose many books that deal with themes that still are quite hard to discuss and even stigmatized.

Tiina Pystynen’s book Ystävänä yksinäisyys (Loneliness, my friend), gives a raw view how it can feel to be alone when one doesn’t want to.

Her earlier work, Leskikuningattaren muistelmat (Memoir of Widowqueen) describes life as a singlemother after her husband, father of the children has committed suicide.

Emmi Nieminen’s Keskiviikko (Wednesday) is about trying to heal after childhood shadowed by alchoholism of familys father.

I also brought some brilliant books about mental health problems.

Lisa Mandel’s L’Asile d’Aliens is based on her interviews from her parents who both worked in asylum for a long time to see brutal treatments still used in 1960s and also new trends taking over in 1970s.

Lotta Sjöberg’s Det kan alltid bli värre (It can always get worse) is also a lot about depression, describing dark theme though hilarious but black humour. Sjöbergs book also pays attention to capitalist society and it’s wicked works that doesn’t really improve anybodys mental health.

Comics can also be gentle way to handle difficult, painful or delicate themes that may not be the most popular topics around coffee tables.scc_2016_2

Ville Ranta’s Isä on vähän väsynyt (Father is a bit tired) is based on comic diary describing time that is expected to be happiest of ones life: being parent of a newborn child. Rantas book is an honest read about how exhausting and wearing this period with small child can be.

Sofia Nilsson’s Det bästa barnet (The best kid) offers a view to involuntary childlessness, painful and complicated topic.

Cyril Pedrosa’s Kolme varjoa (Three shadows) is based on experience of his friend, about losing a child to uncureable illness.

Hanneriina Moisseinen’s Isä (Father) tells the story of disappearance of her father, and how unsolved, heavy mystery takes its toll on remaining family. Book can also be seen as kind of theraphy process (I think) and final conclusion to deal with the burden of living on without never finding out what really happened.

Comics can also be used documenting history, as in Birgit Weyhes Im Himmel Ist Jahrmarkt, where she documents her family tree, giving us glimpse in the past society in Germany, troublesome familyrelations, peoples choises and the consequences in life.

Aapo Rapi’s awarded Meti is based on stories his grandmother tells about her life. Both, grandma and son have kind of stoic sense of humour which makes this colourful book a hilarious read, even though life hasn’t always been so easy.

Tiitu Takalo’s Minä, Mikko ja Annikki (Me, Mikko and Annikki), tells history of one block at Tampere, old working class town. At same time it describes changes in society and coming to this day it becomes partly autobiographical as well.

Liv Strömquist’s Kunskapens frukt , reveals history of feminine genitals, incredibly dumb theories and beliefs that were put in action with no second thoughts and caused loads of useless, pointless suffering among millions of women. Strömqvist uses a long reference list so this is really actual stuff, not any gut feeling guessing.

Reading this gives one creepy chills.


Next Salin Comics Camp shall happen 10.-13.4.2017 follow this blog or our facebook for more information later.

And most importantly, make comics, start and continue!

Share stories!


Salin Comics Camp / FEMSKT kiittää tuesta:

Taike, Kulturfondet, Naisunioni ja Ruohonjuuri! <3

P.s. Här kan du läsa svensk serieskapare, Agnes Ivarssons artikel om Salin Comics Camp
Ett rum utan rädsla – dagbok från feministiskt serieresidens, Villa Salin, Helsingfors, 2016.

Salin Comics Camp 11.–14.4.2016

Salin Comics Camp 11.–14.4.2016

Neljä päivää piirtämistä, keskusteluja ja kirjoittamista Helsingissä.               Fyra dagar om ritning, skrivning och diskussioner i Helsingfors.
Four days of drawing, writing and discussions in Helsinki.

Scroll down for English, för svenska rulla ner…

Ruotsalais-suomalainen sarjakuvaresidenssi Helsingissä, Lauttasaaressa 11.–14.4.2016. Villa Salinin käyttöömme tarjoaa Naisunioni, hip hurraa!!

Tänä vuonna residenssin teemoja ovat lähihistorian ja nykyhetken dokumentointi, (oma)elämäkerrallisuus. Normikriittisten ja valtarakenteita havainnoivien linssien läpi, totta kai. Tänä vuonna piirtämiselle on myös varattu enemmän aikaa.

Kenen tarinoita historian kirjoissa kerrotaan?
Kenen tarinoita tästä ajasta jää jäljelle?
Onko nykyisessä somehektisyydessä tilaa, aikaa, tarvetta yksityisille muistiinpanoille, päiväkirjalle jota ei heti paikalla jaeta kommentoitavaksi vaan sulatellaan pidempään?
Lainaan Tiina Pystystä: ”KOSKAAN EI SYNNY TOISTA SINUA”.

Jos omaelämäkerrallisuus tai vaikka suku- tai paikallistarinoiden muokkaaminen on mielessä voit ottaa mukaan valokuvia tai muuta aineistoa. Huom. Myös valokuvia tärkeistä lemmikki- tm. eläimistä!

Kaikki harjoitukset voi toki tehdä myös täysin fiktiiviseltä pohjalta.

Maanantaina ovet aukeavat klo 11. Ohjelmassa on ensin croquis-piirtämistä jonka jälkeen kuvakäsikirjoituspaja ryhmätyönä. Muuten päivät alkavat klo 10 piirtäjän jumpalla, jatkuvat erilaisilla piirtämis- ja kirjoitusharjoituksilla. Sään salliessa tulemme piirtämään paljon myös ulkona.

Tiistaina klo 16-18 saamme nauttia yhteistyökumppanimme Mustikan Kissafeminismi-pajasta, jee! Torstaina varsinainen residenssiohjelma loppuu n. Klo 14 jonka jälkeen yhteistoiminnalista siivousta ja haikeat hyvästit.

Residenssissä kokoustetaan myös Manifetsi-suunnitelmien merkeissä, ajankohta tarkentuu myöhemmin. Manifetsi on suunnitteilla oleva suomalais-ruotsalainen yhteisjulkaisu jonka aihepiiinä on raha, talous ja toimeentulo. Tähän etsitään aktiivista ydinporukkaa joka jaksaa järjestellä asioita ja myös hakea apurahoja.

Residenssi on kaikille avoin ja ilmainen, mukaan vaan jos kiinnostaa, oli aiempaa kokemusta sarjakuvien tekemisestä tai ei : ) Työkielinä ovat osallistujien mukaan suomi-ruotsi-englanti, toki tarvittaessa mennään vaikka elekielellä.

Mikäli saamme rahoitusta pyrimme taas tarjoamaan osallistujille maksuttoman vegaanisen lounaan. Residenssiin mahtuu n. 25 osallistujaa.

Ilmoittautuminen alkaa 11.2. lähettämällä meiliä sarjakuvafeministit@gmail.com kerrothan mahdollisista allergioista ja mikäli tarvitset yöpymispaiikkaa.

Tunnelmia vuoden 2015 Salin Comics Campilta. Kuva: Sirpa Varasscc_sirpanIn English

The Finnish-Swedish feminist comics residence is here again! Location at Lauttasaari, Helsinki, Villa Salin is offered to us by Naisunioni.

This year’s themes will be documentary of the present and past, plus autobiography. Whose stories are told in the books of history?

Whose stories shall be told about the time we are living now?
Is there time, need or space for personal, secret notes and diaries still among our hectic some era?
Like Tiina Pystynen has said ” THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER YOU”.

All exercises can of course also be done in fiction.

Doors open at 11 am on Monday and we start with croquis drawing and continue with teamwork storyboard workshop. On other days we start at 10 am with drawers stretching and then work with different writing and drawing exercises. If the weather is on our side we will draw a lot outdoors also.

On Tuesday our partner in feminism, Mustikka shall offer a workshop on their cat feminism, looking forward for that!

On Thursday the actual residence program ends 2 pm, after that some activity in cleaning and goodbyes.

In residence also Manifetsi planning meeting shall take place for all interested, precise time to be announced later. Manifetsi is a planned Finnish-Swedish publication with the themes of money, economy, income. We are looking for active people to get involved, to plan and make things happen, to apply for grants etc.

Th residence is free and open for everybody. If you are interested sign up, no matter if you are a newbie or experienced in making comics.

Residence is for about 25 participants

Working languages shall be english-swedish-finnish, depending on participants. (Meaning if you speak one of these, great, if not, well, we can always draw, right?)

For participants from Sweden and outside Helsinki accommodation can be arranged in Villa Salin. If we get some grants we shall arranged vegan food for participants, like last year.

Sign up by sending mail to sarjakuvafeministit@gmail.com starting 11.2.2016 if you are allergic or need accommodation, please let us know!

På svenska

Finsk-svensk residence i Villa Salin, i Helsingfors vackra Drumsö kommer igen. Hurraa på Kvinnounion som erbjuder oss Villa Salin för det!

I år ska vi rita mycket! Temor är biographier och dokumentering, av närhistorien och det vad händer nu. Genom normkritiska och våldstrukturer observerande linser förstås!

Vems berättelser finns det i historieböcker? Vems berättelser lämnas kvar från vår tid? Finns det plats,tid eller behov för privata anteckningar eller dagböcker som inte delas genast till hela världen i vår hektisk some-era?

Jag lånar seriekonstnär Tiina Pystynens ord här: ”Det kommer aldrig att födas en annan du!”

Om du är intresserad om att jobba med autobiograph eller t.ex. familj- eller lokalhistorier kan du ta med fotographier eller annatmaterial. Obs. Också foton om viktiga sällskap- eller andra djur.

Alla övningar kan förstås också göras fiktivt.

Dörrarna öppnas kl. 11 på Måndag och vi börjar med croquis. Efter det har vi grupparbete om att göra ”storyboard” eller ”bildskript”. Annars börjar dagarna kl. 10 med konstnärens stretching och vi jobbar genom olika skrivning och ritningövningar. Om vädret är bra ska vi också rita mycket utomhus!

På tisdag erbjuder vår partner in feminism, Mustikka kollektiv och förlaget workshop om deras kattfeminism (på engelska), miaow på den saken!

På torsdag slutar residence program kl. 14 och det finns kvar bara städning aktiviteter och att säga adjö.

I residensen arrabgeras också möte om Manifetsi, som är planerad finsk-svensk-publikation om temor pengar, ekonomi och uppehälle. Vi söker aktiva människor för gruppen att planera, söka pengar och ”make things happen!”

Planen är att Manifetsi skulle publiceras på Å-fest 2017. Å-fest är tvåspråkig seriefestival i Borgå, toppen!

Residensen är gratis och öppet för alla, oberoende om du är guru eller nybörjare med serier. Vi kan ta ca. 25 deltagare. I residensen arbetas på svenska, finska eller engelska, beroende på deltagare. (Betyder, om du pratar något språk om de här, jättebra, om inte, kan vi alltid rita eller hur?)

För deltagarna från Sverige och i Finland utom Helsingfors kan vi bjuda boende i Villa Salin.

Om vår ekonomi låter oss ska vi bjuda gratis vegansk mat för deltagare som förra år.

Anmälningen börjar den 11.2. skicka mail till sarjakuvafeministit@gmail.com berätta namnet och om du har allergier eller om du behöver boende.



Grassroot Comics Workshop

Some of the works from the Grassroot  Comics Workshop At Villa Salin Comic Camp, March 2015. Hanna Arvela from World Comics was teaching the method and Malin Gustavsson from Normcritical Network gave a presentation to start the discussion about idea of safe space. What makes a safe/unsafe space. How to create safe space in positive spirit and how to act if it’s not respected.
Time limit in the workshop was 3 hours. Sorry about the quality of pics, photographed behind the glass from the exhibition…


Heidi Lunabbasafe_space_4

Sirpa Varissafe_space_2

Kukka-Maria Kiurusafe_space_1

Taina Hakalasafe_space_3

Goldi Rikkiläsafe_space_5

Sling Lindhsafe_space_6


Our next Grassroot Comics Workshop will take place at Comfort Station, Logan Square, Chicago, on Sunday 7.6. 6-9 p.m. taught by Johanna Rojola.