Mari Ahokoivu (b. 1984) is a Finnish Illustrator and a comic artist. She draws comics for adults and for kids and has been published in Finland as well as abroad.
She has been publishing comics professionally from 2007, starting with a how to make comics guidebook. Her first graphic novel, Find me in this city, came out in 2009. After that, she worked a while at Finnish comics society as a nordic comics project coordinator and started drawing comics for children. Together with Kalle Hakkola, she started Sanni & Joonas -comics series that includes comic books, ongoing comic in Koululainen magazine as well as comic strips. Sanni & Joonas -Talviunta book has been published so far in four languages. Ahokoivu also did a three book children’s comic series, Lola Olifante, for Éditions Cambourakis in France.
Ahokoivu’s main work, 376 pages long graphic novel OKSI came out in 2018. The book was made with support from North Ostrobothnia Regional Fund of Finnish Cultural Foundation.
Her silly superhero satire Batuman, that started as a simple blog post, has now been published in four different countries.
Main works:
OKSI (2018 Asema)
Lola Olifante (2014-2015 Éditions Cambourakis)
Sanni & Joonas -talviyö together with Kalle Hakkola (in Finnish 2014 Kustannusyhtiö Kumiorava, in Swedish 2015 Rabén & Sjörgen, in French 2017 les éditions de la pastèque, in Korean 2017 SOAP studio of ArtsPace).
Batuman (in English 2010-2016 Daada, in Russian 2017 ComFederation, in Danish 2017 Fahrenheit, in English (us) 2018 Mishka comics)
Löydä minut tästä kaupungista (in Finnish 2009 Asema), (in English 2015 CBK)
Sarjakuvantekijän opas (2009 BTJ kustannus)
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