Panel discussion Collaborating on a Comic Zine

Illustration: Children of different skin colours with the project name DRIN Illustration: EL BOUM

Sat, 10.09.2022

4:15 PM

Tiivistämö, Helsinki

Helsinki Comics Festival

How to realise a group comic compilation about body politics between Finnish and Berlin artists? At Helsinki Comics Festival Patu, El Boum, Warda Ahmed, Nam-Ke, and Maryam ”Mellu” Abuzaid-Ryu will discuss this topic.

El Boum and Warda Ahmed are experts in our project DRIN - Visions for Children's Books, which brings together international authors, illustrators, librarians, and publishers to share knowledge and build networks of empowerment. It sets new standards for more diverse children’s literature in Europe. The Goethe-Institut Finnland and the Finnish Institute in Germany support the visits of Patu and El Boum at the Helsinki Comics Festival.

Ein Bild von Illustrator*in EL BOUM © EL BOUM EL BOUM is Jasmina El Bouamraoui, an illustrator and visual artist based in Berlin. Inspired by the citys unconventional spirit, queer asthetics and decolonial politics they create fun characters in eye-catching colors. EL BOUM is not drawn to the usual images seen in mainstream media, they rather invite the viewer to question stereotypes of all kinds while not losing their sense of empowering positivity and humor. Their work echoes with a wide range of international organizations, companies and brands and wants to encourage people to always be themselves regardless of what society thinks is acceptable.

Detail from a comic: two figures discussing © Patu Patu is a Berlin-based comic artist and illustrator. In her comics, she explores themes such as togetherness, friendship and multiple perspectives. Many of her comics are autofictional and written in a magical realist narrative style. Her work has been shown at international comic and zinefests.