In paper – Finnish comics for children

On the way from Australia to Lithuania we had to change the plane in Helsinki. We sat in an empty airport (early morning) and checked our emails. There was one email about Helsinki comics festival and some contest. But after a long flight I just was too tired and also excited to see my family and friends after a long time, so I didn’t care about it. And then, after a week or so I read it. What a nice contest. Just the deadline is in +-7 days! And I was leaving for a weekend in the countryside. But my friends took that idea as a fun – minimum 10 pages comic in 5 days, woohoo! It encouraged me. Also thanks to them for helping with the end of the story.

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I didn’t had a proper work space, wasn’t used to small screened and not mine computer and old scanner and had quite a little time (considering that when you visit your home town you want to go out and meet people, not sit at home). I think all these details influenced the style very much.

After a while I received an email that my comic story won the second place! And I was visiting my sister in Oslo. So we went to Helsinki (these distances seem so funny short after distances in Australia), to the festival.


My elephant who’s traveling with me for more than 8 years.


With Elina, one of the winners of first place . Her blog (in Finnish):


Exchanging autographs with another winner Reetta.


Autographs and a tiny shot of a winner story. It was beautiful silent comic. Whole book was published in Finnish 🙂

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And there is a book with the cover by the third place winner. Everyone who takes this book in their hands ask me – was it suposed to be about cats? No. But you know – CATS RULE THE WORLD. We just don’t want to agree with that.

IMG_7737And my story. Cats cats cats.

In paper – coffee and girls

Visad samgu išvyst savo darbus atspausdintus. Ar tai bebūtų atvirukai, atkeliavę ką tik iš spaustuvės ar knyga, o gal žurnalas. Ir visuomet būna šiek tiek netikėtumų, niekad negali būt tikras dėl popieriaus, spalvų, o jei darbas sukurtas kompiuterio pagalba – atspaudus atrodo dar kitaip. Ir pagaliau pastvėriau kamerą, tai štai paskutiniai ir kiek senesni darbai.


Espresso tales – naujas, labai melburnietiškas žurnalas apie kavą ir žmones. Viskas prasidėjo nuo tokio eskizo.

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Ir rezultatas.


Ir atvirukas, kaip gi gali būt kitaip.


O čia kiek kitoks reikalas. Patekau į “Panelę”, va taip. Labai patinka straipsnio pavadinimas 🙂


Today I received a lovely package (see the post stamp cats!) from Latvia with few comic books, stickers and other fun stuff.

IMG_7287 maz IMG_7288 In the very last page of a book or magazine or anthology called kuš! there is my little illustration. Actually I send the whole comic, just the one page got printed, but I should feel very lucky, because this issue supposed to be Latvian-only. Or almost. Being Lithuanian I can read few words in Latvian I got the idea of it (mainly theme and sizes of file) and drew the comic and here you see the first page of the story.


Now I’m thinking what to do with the rest of the story. Should I just publish it here? Until then – look there: