Guest of honor Jarkko Vehniäinen and Marja Lappalainen

Marja Lappalainen and Jarkko Vehniäinen. Picture: Tero Takalo-Eskola

Picture: Tero Takalo-Eskola

Jarkko Vehniäinen and Marja Lappalainen are comic making couple from Jyväskylä. Their comic strip Kamala Luonto is being published daily in a variety of newspapers. First Lappalainen comes up with the idea for the strip then together they do the script and lastly Vehniäinen draws the comic. Besides Kamala Luonto the couple does commercial illustrations and comics.

Kamala Luonto, which was created originally by Jarkko Vehniäinen in 2002, features wildlife animals who analyze ja think about life and its complex problems with a twist of black humour. Marja Lappalainen came along Vehniäinen in 2016. After that the comic gained more characters, evolved personalities and the themes involved were more diverse.

Besides their comic Lappalainen and Vehniäinen share common interest in old science fiction movies and of course, comics. They both started reading comics at early age and their favourite comic is Asterix. Vehniäinen has been drawing for living his whole life. Lappalainen got in to the creative business later after working other jobs. Both have been drawing through their whole lives though.

Kamala Luonto is known from the pages of Finnish newspapers like Helsingin Sanomat, Aamulehti and Hämeen Sanomat. The comic is also being published in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Vehniäinen has also done some caricatures for monthly magazine Suosikki.