Stockholm International Series Festival at Konstfack

By on March 11, 2019
Catherine Anyango Grünewald och Bitte Andersson

Stockholm International Serie Festival 6–7 April offers everything of the best that belongs to the series art. This year, the festival will be arranged in collaboration with Konstfack during the period Kulturhuset Stadsteatern at Sergels torg is being renovated. The theme of the festival will be meetings and this year’s guest of honor is the many award-winning Canadian cartoonist Jillian Tamaki.

– It is time for this year’s serie party, and we are very happy to cooperate with Konstfack this year. The fact that we are moving out of Sergels torg to Telefonplan for the first time can create completely new meetings, which is also the theme for this year’s festival. Konstfack has long been a nutritious mill for comic artists. Several art students are currently involved with serial projects within the framework of teaching and research, which the festival will pay attention to, says Ola Hellsten, artistic director of the Serieteket at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern who arranges the Stockholm International Serie Festival.

Honorary guest at this year’s festival is Canadian world star Jillian Tamaki. Tamaki is often award-winning and acclaimed, partly for its illustrations in newspapers such as the New York Times and New Yorker, but even more so for its comic book novels for all ages. Tamakis series are often identity exploration and ethnicity and feminism are two topics that she likes to touch.

This year there will also be international guests from Mallorca (through an exchange with the festival Còmic Nostrum), USA, Germany and Poland. A large part of the Swedish series scene is present, including Ellen Ekman (Little Berlin), Sara Bergmark Elfgren and Karl Johnsson (Vie). In addition, the magazine Galagos celebrates its 40th anniversary.

For the fifth year in a row, the sister festival Unga Seriefestivalen is organized. Selected series and fun activities for the younger comic dance. There you can meet the creators behind the Cat Nils – Johanna Kristiansson and Joakim Gunnarsson. There will also be forums for portfolio viewing where interested comic artists can showcase their works for professional publishers, editors and comics.

The heart of the festival is, as always, the serial market small press expo (spx), where publishers, artists, fanzinists, series schools, associations and serial stores sell and showcase all the best that series art can do.

Stockholm’s international serial festival is being held this year for the twenty-first time and attracts approximately 5000 visitors annually from Sweden and internationally. It was founded by the series legend Kristiina Kolehmainen in 1999.

6-7 April 2019, Kulturhuset Stadsteatern <3 Konstfack. Subway Telephone plan.

Helena Olofsson, Culture & Music | Telefonplan