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Guests

As always, the Stockholm's International Comics Festival presents a plethora of the best that the international comics scene has to offer. This year’s Guest of Honour, international star Jillian Tamaki, visit us from Canada, and we also have guests coming from the USA, Poland, the Czech Republic, and of course, Sweden.

Thanks to our cultural exchange with the Còmic Nostrum comics festival, we have a delegation of guests from Mallorca, including Bartolomé Seguí and Flavita Banana and representatives of the feminist network El Terror de les Nenes. Exhibitions with creators from Mallorca will take place both at the University of Arts, Crafts, and Design, and at Stockholm City Library.

Our returning guest Reinhard Kleist [GER] offers a pre-arrangement for the festival on Tuesday 2nd April – a Nick Cave-themed "live drawing concert" below the Fountain at Sergels Torg.

JILLIAN TAMAKI [CAN] (Guest of Honor)



We have invited this year’s Guest of Honour Jillian Tamaki more than once, and we are extremely happy that she has now accepted. Tamaki is widely acclaimed, partly for her illustrations in magazines such as the New York Times and New Yorker, but even more so for her graphic novels for all ages, such as Skim (produced together with her cousin Mariko Tamaki, 2008), This One Summer (with Mariko Tamaki, 2014), Supermutant Magic Academy (collection of web comics, 2015) and Boundless (2017). Two of Tamakis books have been translated into Swedish: This Summer (as Den sommaren, 2015) and Skim (from Epix this Spring).
Tamakis' comics are often identity-exploring – ethnicity issues and feminism is two subjects that she likes to handle, often intertwined in stories that on the surface are about completely different things.
Jillian Tamaki will participate in a stage performance and signing. Books will be available for sale.

SARA BERGMARK ELFGREN & KARL JOHNSSON [SWE]

Sara Bergmark Elfgren is one of Sweden's most beloved writers of youth and fantasy books. She made her debut in 2011 with Cirkeln, which she wrote together with Mats Strandberg and became the first part of the mighty popular Engelsfors Trilogy. Among the later works can be mentioned the picture books Just nu har vi varandra (2015), Nu leker vi (2016) and Jag är inte sjuk! (2019, all illustrated by Maria Fröhlich), and the suspense novel Norra Latin (2017).
In the comics world, she has, among other things, written scripts for the collection Berättelser från Engelsfors (2013) and the fantasy series Vei, part two of which is published by Kartago Förlag just in time for this year's comics festival. Vei is an epic fantasy story with roots in Norse mythology where both gender roles and genre expectations are shaken. Benchmarking, battles, love, nature and architecture emerge in breathtakingly beautiful, detailed and dynamic images by Karl Johnsson. The latter debuted with Mara från Ulthar at Kolik Förlag 2010. He has also written and signed shorter Phantom adventures in the Swedish Phantom comic book.
Sara Bergmark Elfgren and Karl Johnsson will appear in the festival's stage program on Sunday at 13.00.

ELLEN EKMAN [SWE]

Ellen Ekman is a cartoonist and illustrator, an alumn of the Malmö Comic School. She was born in 1986, grew up in Stockholm and started a college education there. In 2011 Ellen felt that she needed a break. She abandoned her art studies, moved to Malmö and started her comics studying, after which her cartoonist career soon was established, Ellen has, in a very short time, established herself and her strip series Lilla Berlin, published in several Nordic newspapers. Already in the same year, it received the Nordic prize Stora Ponduspriset and also gave name to its own beer from Stigberget's brewery.
Ellen's feminist comic Doris & Bettan has also been published in Norway and her Homeparty med Gudrun, a "documentary comic" about feminist politician Gudrun Schyman's home party workshops, was published by Leopard Förlag in 2017.
Lilla Berlin has been published by several different publishers over the years; this year it has moved to Galago, who will publish the sixth part, Bättre brinna upp än fejda ut, in April.