Finns are a comic book-consuming people. Aku Ankka (Donald Duck in Finnish) has in proportion more readers here than in any other country. Of course, the literary quality of Aku Ankka is very high, by no means aimed only at children. One Donald Duck artist, Keno Don Rosa, has visited Finland frequently, on every occasion attracting greater throngs of people. However, Finns do read more than Aku Ankka; well-known international artists are popular, and upcoming national artists also have substantial following. It can all be found at the annual Helsinki Comics Fair. Recent years have seen such famous international guests as Don Rosa or Christin and Mezieres. The Comics Fair sees the best national comic book stores bringing out their wares. Events are sure to include guest interviews and autograph sessions, short animations and live bands. The fair has usually been held at Vanha, in approp! riate if slightly small surroundings. The entrance fee is nominal.
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