Releaseparty & exhibition of
CBA vol 31: FIND ME IN THIS CITY by Mari Ahokoivu
October 22 @ Biograf Panora (Friisgatan 19, Malmö)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1610305892566412/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular&action_history=null&source=3&source_newsfeed_story_type=regular Find me in this city is a story about isolation, finding your self and learning to be alone. The book mixes fiction and autobiographic elements. The end result is a fictive story of a girl who has lost her face in a strange city. While she is looking for herself, the cat is looking for the scary yet intriguing dark character who the dog is calling Nightmare. But can you trust a dog who is always lying?
Find me in this city was first published 2009 in Finnish by Asema Kustannus. It was Mari Ahokoivu’s first graphic novel, although not her first published comic book. Other publications by Mari Ahokoivu includes ”Sarjakuvantekijän opas” (BTJ kustannus 2007), Lola Olifante (Éditions Cambourakis 2014-2015) and Sanni och Jonas (Rabén & Sjörgen 2015).
Mari Ahokoivu (b.1984) is a Finnish comic artist and illustrator who draws comics for adults and for kids and has been published in Finland as well as abroad. She has studied comics in Finland, France and Sweden and now sometimes teaches comics herself. Ahokoivu enjoys watching movies and playing roller derby. At the moment she lives in northern Finland.
October 16 @ Tusen Serier (Mitt Möllan, Claesgatan 8, Malmö): What we knewby Sarah Kläpp: Exhibition and release party. SPECIAL RELEASE OFFER: Get the book for only 100:- SEK (ordinarily 150:-)!!! Facebook event
October 17 @ Plan B (Norra Grängesbergsgatan 19, Malmö): Creation of a god / Att bygga en gud by Henrik Möller & Lars Krantz: Book release/signing. Premiere screening of Almtorget crew from Videodirekt/Möllerfilm. + secret new film by Chrzu. +Live band: Scraps of Tape
+DJ Facebook event
Entrance: 50:- (Swish or cash) or 100:- including the book (ordinarily 150:-)!
(there will be only a limited amount of books available at the door so come early if you wanna be sure to get one) Sign up is a MUST. Do it HERE!
Mark Badger has written about Allan Haverholm’s When the last story is told:
You can’t consume this like a traditional comic, with no words you can’t even read it. As you you turn pages you have to ask yourself why? In a book, 61 collages become one object. As one object each panel now has a relationship with all the other panels. The first page with juicy thick white paint built over collaged paper declares itself as “Art” these days. A textural stamped black smudge runs out underneath panel 2 and leads the eye to turn the page.
Another small chunk of light green paper sits over the bottom right corner, saying it’s time to turn the page. Which reveals a spread of stark black and white spread. The right pages second panels has a bar of orange peeping out over a scrim of paper. The first page is a checkerboard of dark and light texture, stamped, gestural and sprayed.
Reading fiction develops your empathy as you meet new people. Most comics are trapped in this pattern, the reader is never asked to engage beyond the level of a college academic. “When the Last story is told” demands you awake and become alive to another’s existence. You have to walk in his shoes and experience the making of the drawings as they are recorded to the page. The reader has to look and engage with another real human being who has made this work. As in life, there are no heroes, there’s just another day, filled with trauma, joy, death and life. You can’t be entertained by empathy, by the hero overcoming their obstacles. I have to make the meaning out of the book. I have to wake up, think and be alive in the moment.