Comic Books

A cover and a spread of the book Den naturliga komedin .

Ulla Donner
Den naturliga komedin

  • Published by Schildts & Söderströms & Galago 
  • Graphic design and illustration Ulla Donner
  • Printed and bound by GPS Group
  • Paper Tauro Offset 120 g/m2
  • Typeface Hand lettering

This dazzling comic album, executed in flat ochre, blue, black and white, impresses with both its visual narrative and its elegance. The references to Tove Jansson’s works and the Divine Comedy are first-class, but the style remains Donner’s own. The drawings are breathtakingly perfect and at the same time humorous. The cover material is practical, but the subject of the book would have benefited from a more natural and cardboard-like surface. 

A cover and a spread of the book Loputon talvi. Myyttiset 1 .

Miila Westin
Loputon talvi. Myyttiset 1

  • Published by Kustantamo S&S
  • Graphic design and illustration Miila Westin
  • Printed and bound by Jelgavas Tipogrāfija
  • Paper Maestro Print, 140 g/m2
  • Typeface Sealt, Cafeteria, Laffayette Comic Pro, Gotham, Baskerville 

Loputon talvi, a quality book for children, brings Balto-Finnic myths to life. The fresh but restrained colour scheme works, and the pictorial narrative progresses in a pleasantly varied way. The texture of the paper on the pages supports the story, which takes place amidst nature. The design falls a little short on the endpages, title page and back cover. Perhaps the target audience would have been able to do without the matte laminated cover – the feel of wood, the presence of that ancient material, is missed. 

A cover and a spread of the book Polkimilla – nyt, ennen ja tulevaisuudessa .

Tiitu Takalo – Tiina Männistö-Funk
Polkimilla – nyt, ennen ja tulevaisuudessa

  • Published by Suuri Kurpitsa
  • Graphic design and photography Reetta Niemensivu
  • Illustration and other designer Tiitu Takalo
  • Reproduced, printed and bound by Meedia Zone 
  • Paper Offsetpaperi 140 g/m2
  • Typeface Hand lettering

Polkimilla is a book that fits nicely in the hand. The engaging pictorial narrative of this non-fiction comic book dives into the world of bicycling, deftly presenting both major historical moments and small observations from a cyclist’s point of view – information and atmosphere are served up in suitable portions. Visual techniques have been skilfully employed to structure the different sections, and the layout and colour scheme do an excellent job of supporting the whole project. 

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