It’s really really soon now, you guys

Woah, those Finns are arriving pretty soon!

In case you’re not sure what I’m talking about, you might like to catch up on the history of my madcap idea to bring two complete strangers over to the UK to sleep on my sofa and talk about comics — hopefully to an audience, which is of course where you come in.

You can see Siiri Viljakka and Lauri Tuomi-Nikula speaking at four events in Brighton, London and Hastings, next week.

I’m pretty sure these are going to be the best Finnish-comic-and-FOI-related events ever held in the UK (and possibly the only ones) so I’d advise you to grab a ticket while you can.

We did it! Finnish cartoonists incoming

The crowdfunder to bring the Finnish cartoonists over to the UK was successful. Thanks so much to everyone who donated or helped spread the word — every tweet, email and penny helped. We launched the campaign at 13:53 on Thursday, and actually hit target on Friday at 16:17, which was a much speedier result than I dared to anticipate!

I’ve been in touch with Siiri and Lauri and they are delighted. In fact, we basically exchanged emails which read as variations of “Wooooooarrrghhhh!”.

We’ll be consolidating all the plans over the next couple of weeks, and contacting anyone who qualifies for one of the rewards.

The crowdfunding page is still active, for a couple of reasons. First, the final donation came from the Hastings Cartoon Festival, and was paid directly. Secondly, I’ll be happy to raise a bit extra just to cover any fluctuations in flights and train prices, and if there’s still some left over, we can use it to fund food and drink at the events.

Now, if you want to see Siiri and Lauri speak, which of course you do, here are the penciled-in dates. Once we’ve had absolute confirmation regarding travel arrangements and venues, I’ll advertise these again, with links to proper event pages, but for now it’s probably looking like this:

Monday 24 October – Cartoon County in Brighton

Tuesday 25 October – Citizen Beta in London

Wednesday 26 October – Gosh Comics in London

Thursday 27 October – Cartoon festival in Hastings
Image by Siiri Viljakka and Lauri Tuomi-Nikula