Mari & Kaori

Mari Ahokoivu MARI AHOKOIVU: Finland

I am a communication student from Oulu, Finland. I’ll turn 23 on 29th of September. I have studied comics in the art school of Liminka and done many self-published comic zines. I have also done some strip comics and short stories for different magazines and for the web. I just finished a 130 pages long comic book about making comics.
I am involved in many comic activities in my country. In the comic society in Oulu, I have been active in developing a network of comic makers and readers of our hometown. I am also in a small group, Naama publications, which publishes Finnish comics from young artists. I am also an active member of Nettinarttu (, a grope of young women artist.

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Japanese comic, illustration and animation artist Kaori Kuniyasu was born 1974 and currently lives in Berlin, Germany. She graduated from the Department of Film Making at Nihon University College of Art Tokyo in 1997. Besides freelancing as a graphic designer her professional portfolio includes animation works for MTV, puppet animations for omnibus Movie “Tokyozaunsu/TokyoEscalator” directed by Naoko Nozawa. Giving artistic self-expression a stage, Kaori became a member of the (not only) comic artist group Nou Nou Hau. Their recent exhibition project Kugelblitz was a collaboration with the acclaimed German comic group Mogamobo and was shown in Tokyo, Berlin, Erlangen, Cologne and Stuttgart in 2006 ( Kaori’s works reflect an own view of the world in which a lot of cuteness and a little eeriness can exist both on the same page.

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