A few weeks ago I blogged about the loot from Stockholm SPX that Lotta sent to me. One of the particularly intriguing items in that package was an anthology of small press Scandinavian comics printed as a small newspaper. It reminded me of similar Finnish publications I had picked up at Angoulème last year. For some reason, Scandinavian alternative comics seem to involve very bright, almost psychedelic colors, and a combination of art and free-flowing typography, as if to create a similar effect to those famous rock posters in the late sixties.
One of the few artists in the anthology that was familiar to me, was Jarno Latva-Nikkola, who did the strip I’m reposting here. He’s been involved in Kuti Magazine (just one look at their website and you’ll know what I was trying to say about colors before) and the Boing Being publishing outfit, always with quite strange, colorful and often quite explicit strips.
I chose the strip above since it was the only one with an English translation that I could find. It may well not be that representative for the rest of his work, but I think it gives a good impression nevertheless.