: Arktiset sarjakuvapäivät
Held in Kemin sarjakuvakeskus
(The Arctic Comic Center
in May, each year, the Arctic Comic
Festival has been running since 1981. It is a small, but growing, gathering
of comic strip artists
from all over the world.
There is a competition
open to artists from the Nordic Countries
, with about 200 entrants each year, and a total prize
fund of around 5000 euros
, raised by subsidy from the City
, and the Finnish Ministry of Education
Artists such as Neil Gaiman
, Norio Yamanoi
and Pierre Christin
have graced the festival with their presence. In fact, the only continents which have never been represented are Australia
The Kemi Art Museum
usually holds an exhibition
in conjunction with the festival, which can attract
many thousands of visitors.
The city of Kemi is rightfully
known as the comic capital of Finland; even producing their official
annual report in comic form on several occasions - the first being in 1986.