赫爾辛基CS Host Hanna與漫畫
Helsinki CS Host Hanna & Comic

這是我在赫爾辛基的第一個CS Host,是一對年輕夫婦,女的是漫畫家Hanna,男的是社工Hugo,他們愛看漫畫也愛打機。Hanna十分樂於分享她的漫畫經驗,又帶我認識赫爾辛基的漫畫家朋友,又推介我到赫爾辛基漫畫中心朝聖。

 

Hanna是位全職漫畫家,最近她參加了一個韓國網上漫畫雜誌比賽,畫了七回Sic-Fi漫畫,打入頭16強,但無獲獎,卻被韓國出版社看中,請她繼續畫,每周更新兩回,每回頁數不限,每周大概更新20頁左右,她說每月稿酬約EU$2000,在芬蘭不算大數目,但也可維生。

 

我在Couch Surfing網站看到Hanna的個人簡介時,見到她「職業」填的是「漫畫家」,真的大喜過望,我很喜歡看漫畫,尤其日本漫畫,也很喜歡(非武打類的)港產漫畫,歐洲的繪本也很喜歡,美式英雄漫畫反而少看。除了看漫畫,我也很喜歡畫畫,畫畫很寧靜、很專注,畫得怎樣都無所謂,最緊要享受畫畫當下的寧靜專注,其實無畫不美;任何人也好,只要自信地拿起畫筆,畫一個圈,享受畫那個圈的時間,就是一幅美麗的畫了,因為每次望見那圈,都憶起畫圈時的快樂感覺。

 

在赫爾辛基市中心坐電車30分鐘,就到Hanna推介的漫畫中心,竟見到港產漫畫家黃照達的作品,黃照達應邀參與今年的赫爾辛基漫畫節,大概也來漫畫中心參觀過,遠在芬蘭都見到親切的港產作品,好開心呀!

 

赫爾辛基漫畫中心有免費漫畫班,一周兩次,無所謂導師,只是7、8個喜愛畫漫畫的人聚在一起,一齊畫畫,主題不限,時間是下午三時至六時,參加者可以隨時加入,隨時離開,中心更提供各樣畫具、畫紙,畫紙更是300g+的水彩紙,還有Van Gogh牌水彩,這些極具質素的畫具畫紙,都可以免費任用!

參加者亦可自攜小食、咖啡,邊食邊畫、邊畫邊聊,氣氛很好,雖然作畫進度一定拖慢,但第一次與一伙志同道合的人,在同一空間、同一時間、做着同樣的事,真的好高興。

 

漫畫班的朋友應該都是芬蘭人,但由於我在場,都用英語聊天以遷就我,大伙都很友善:)

下圖就是我在漫畫班畫的畫,是當時漫畫班的大家,每個(未來的)漫畫家都專心地畫畫,感覺好迷人❤

全部女孩都勤奮地畫畫畫,唯獨男孩卻太累睡着了……

我也畫下了大家的隨身物品、個人畫具等,這些小物如果用文字逐個仔細描述,又冗又長;但如果用畫筆仔細畫出,則能襯托每人的獨特個性,寫文與畫畫,有時真的剛剛相反呢。

 

赫爾辛基的漫畫中心面積不大,漫畫中心在地面,上面兩層是民居,它是座三層長型新式建築物,一定不是古蹟,旁邊是個大公園,周圍還有超市。

漫畫中心免費入場,面積不大,但五臟俱全,一入大門,就有(有關漫畫的)免費刊物/宣傳單張,當中竟有香港藝術中心的介紹;再往前行,就是小型展廳,牆上掛着不同漫畫家的原稿,全部原稿都很有水準,有簡約的,有華麗的,有深沉的,有輕快的,風格多樣,個性不一,正呀~

再行幾步,就是工作室,裏面放滿畫具、漫畫、畫集、影印機、白板等,還有小型茶座,販賣小食飲料,旁邊則是小型漫畫圖書館;最特別的,是有個開放廚房!廚房裏很有生活味,有各樣刀义杯碟、爐頭,還有個雪櫃,裏頭真的有食物!碗糟還有髒盤子未洗,旁邊還有食剩的食物;廚房旁就是廁所,廁所內還有熱水花灑喉,真係沖涼都得。如果在漫畫中心旁邊的超市買菜,可以在廚房煮飯開餐;帶上睡袋,過夜也可以了,整個漫畫中心,真的好有生活味。

 

在香港灣仔茂羅街,有個「動漫基地」,是一整棟唐樓古蹟,它有漂亮的磚花地板、鐵枝窗花、露天庭園,相比赫爾辛基漫畫中心,論建築物歷史比它更悠久,論外形比它更優美,論面積比它更大,但我更喜歡赫爾辛基的漫畫中心多過香港的動漫基地!

 

赫爾辛基漫畫中心令我大開眼界,我從未想過「博物館」,或是「社區中心」可以如此貼地、開放、自由,令我十分震驚。

在香港看任何展覽,不論在博物館/畫廊/社區中心,一定有保安在場,並有「不准飲食、不准觸摸」等標語規條,我一直覺得無問題,因為食物碎屑惹蟲不衛生,亂摸會令展品受捐,我一直都是如此被教導,我亦覺得並無不妥,也習以為常。

但來到赫爾辛基漫畫中心,才明白什麼叫自由,任何人皆可自由進出、參觀展覽、使用畫室、甚至煮食!漫畫本來就是很貼地、很自由的大眾普及文化,赫爾辛基漫畫中心比香港動漫基地更能體現這種貼地自由的漫畫特質,那裏沒有「不准」,連保安也無,因為預設每人都能自律,自律由教育培養,可見芬蘭對自身的教育非常有自信,久聞芬蘭教育重多元,講創意,重自由,未來希望有機會體驗!

 

其實香港動漫基地為誰而設?

作為旅遊景點,未必能應付龐大人流;作為藝術中心,展覽、活動不足;作為地產項目,卻是地點優越。

也許「動漫」只是個借口,動漫基地的地舖已全部租出,租戶有漢堡店、雪糕店、咖啡店等,租金回報豐厚是好事,但這些食店與動漫有什麼關係?

在香港任何事都講錢,做任何事前,第一句就問:有無錢賺?反而窒礙了好多創意。

赫爾辛基漫畫中心也有咖啡茶座,但只有一間,而且裝修毫不華麗,食物也非珍饈百味,明顯不為賺錢而設,只純為「醫肚」之地;漫畫中心內更有開放廚房,可以自行買餸飯,不用光顧咖啡茶座。

為什麼香港動漫基地不能為動漫迷而設?

動漫基地能像赫爾辛基漫畫中心,有一個免費開放予公眾的畫室嗎?每周開放特定時間,主題不限,不以產出成果為目標,旨在推動漫畫文化;培育文化就要預定蝕錢,賺錢的不是文化,而是生意,文化與生意,不能混為一談。

 

赫爾辛基漫畫中心的漫畫藏書種類十分多元化,芬蘭文佔多數,英語也不少,日語亦有少量,還有美國英雄漫畫等,真的多羅萬有,連成人向的色情作品都有!

這方面香港真的望塵莫及,漫畫的同人作品(以版權作品為基礎,進行的二次創作)絕不能忽視,而不少同人作品都涉及LGBT、BL、GL等被認為是「色情」的東西,香港動漫基地當然無得借閱此類作品,香港實在太保守了,明明在發生的,都視而不見,聽而不聞,思想太多箝制,言論自由又在收窄,香港真的不是一個理想的創作環境,但盛世無好詩,亂世生佳句,社會有多亂,人有多壓抑,才令更多更多的人,想盡辦法、絞盡腦汁地創作出更有共鳴的作品!

 

WE CAN JUST HOPE FOR THE BEST AND DO OUR BEST.

 

赫爾辛基漫畫中心網址:http://sarjakuvakeskus.fi/in-english

 

甚麼是Couchsurfing? 

 

This is my first CS Host in Helsinki. They are a young couple. Hanna is a comic artist and Hugo is a social worker. They love playing video games and reading comic books. Hanna always shares her comic experiences with me and introduce me to her comic artist friends in Helsinki and tell me I HAVE to visit the Helsinki comics center.

 

Hanna is a full time comic artist and she just joined an on-line comic magazine competition hosted by Korea. She drew 7 chapters of Sic-Fi comic and entered into the last 16 but without any prizes. Then the Sic-Fi story she drew was spotted by a Korean publisher and she was invited to finish the story on their magazine. She have to submit 2 chapters (around 20 new pages but without pages limit) every week and have an EU$2000 remuneration. Although it isn’t a big money in Finland but enough for her to survive.

 

I was so happy and lucky to find Hanna who is a comic artist on Couch Surfing website. I love reading comic books especially Japanese manga and like (the non-fighting) Hong Kong comic and enjoy reading European picture books but seldom read American hero comic.

I love to draw too. Drawing is quiet and focus. It doesn’t matter how ‘badly’ the picture drawn. The most important thing is to enjoy the quietness and focus while drawing. I think every picture is beautiful and no picture is ugly. Anybody can just pick up a pencil, draw a circle and it would be a beautiful drawing if one can enjoy the moment of drawing that circle. It would be a beautiful picture because the happy felling of drawing the circle can be aroused every time when you look at the picture.

 

I came to the Helsinki comics center after a 30 minutes tram ride from Helsinki downtown. I was surprised to see a Hong Kong comic artist, Justin Wong’s work there. Justin has been invited to join the Helsinki Comic Festival that year and he probably visited comics center too. I was so happy to see a made-in-Hong-Kong art work in Helsinki, Finland!

 

Helsinki comics center has a free comic drawing class twice a week without tutoring. There are just 7 to 8 comic lovers gather together and draw. There is no theme and the time is 3pm to 6pm. Everyone can drop by and leave whenever they want. Comics center provides drawing tools and paper and they’re 300g+ watercolor paper! And Van Gogh brand water color! Those high quality stuff can be used freely!

Participants can bring coffee or snacks into the drawing room. It’s so nice that we sharing the food and drawing and chatting together. Although the drawing process would be slow down but this is my first time to be with a group of people with common interest and doing the same thing, in the same time, under the same roof. It is a really special and happy memory.

 

The majority are Finns in the drawing room but they all speak in English for me. They are really nice people:)

The picture below is the drawing I did in comics center. They are people in the drawing room. It is so fascinating to see every (future) comic artists focusing on their work❤

All the girls are busy drawing while the boy was asleeping…

I have included the personal belongings+drawing tools in my picture. If I detail described these little objects in words it would be very boring but the unique personalities can be shown on picture if I draw these little objects with drawing pens. Sometime it would be a total opposite approach between words and pictures.

 

Helsinki comics center is not big and free entry. It is on ground level with 2 floors above for resistance. It is a three floors new building and definitely not a historical sites. There is a big park and a supermarket next to the comics center.

There are free flyers about comic in the entry door and there even are flyers IN CHINESE about Hong Kong Arts Centre. It is a small exhibition room when I walk further and the comic manuscripts are hanging on walls. All the manuscripts are beautiful and in different styles, amazing!

It is a discussion room/studio opposite to the small exhibition room and it’s full of drawing tools, comic books, copy machine and white board. There is a little café selling coffee and snacks and a small comic library in the far end. The most special thing is, AN OPEN KITCHEN! That is REALLY a kitchen with lots of knives, forks, cups, dishes, STOVE and FRIDGE WITH FOOD. There are dirty dishes in the sink and leftovers. Toilet is next to the kitchen with hot water SHOWER HOSE. I can really LIVE here if I bring a sleeping bag and cook in the kitchen with food bought in the nearby supermarket. It is a very lively comics center.

 

There is a ‘Comix Home Base’ in Mallory Street, Wan Chai in Hong Kong. It is a historical building. It has beautiful flowery floor, iron-flower window and open space garden. The Comix Home Base would have a longer history, a more beautiful outlook and a bigger area than Helsinki comics center. But I love the comics center in Helsinki more than the Comix Home Base in Hong Kong!

 

Helsinki comics center has opened my mind. I have never thought of ‘museum’ or ‘community centre’ can be so down-to-earth, open and free. I was so shock.

There are always security guards or ‘No food No touch’ slogans in every museum/gallery/community centre in Hong Kong. I always think it’s fine because food debris caused bugs and touching would damage the displayed items. I was always be taught like that and used to be regulated.

I finally understand what is FREE when I came to Helsinki comics center. Anyone can enter or leave, visit the exhibition, use the studio or even COOK FREE.

Comic is a down-to-earth popular culture with a free spirit. Helsinki comics center does a good display on this special quality on comic better than Comix Home Base in Hong Kong. There are neither ‘Don’t’ nor security guards in Helsinki comics center because everybody is assumed to behave and self-discipline themselves. Self-discipline is from good education and the Finns seem to have a good confidence on their education by giving freedom to its people. I have heard Finnish education is one of the best on Earth and I really hope I would have an opportunity to experience!

 

 

Comix Home Base is built for whom?

It may not able to handle a huge visiting number as a tourists spots, it doesn’t have enough exhibitions or events as an art centre, but it is located in an excellent downtown area as a property project.

Maybe ‘comic’ is just an excuse. The ground level shopping space in Comix Home Base are all rent out. The renters included a humbugger restaurant, an ice cream shop, a café…etc. It is good to have a high rental return but what are the connections between those restaurants and comic culture?

Money is the heart of Hong Kong culture. The first question would be asked for a Hongkonger on doing ANYTHING is: Is it profitable? This money-worshiping blocks lots precious creativity.

Helsinki comics center has only ONE café without fancy decoration nor fancy food. The café is obliviously not for profit making but for purely eating. There is a kitchen and I can even prepare my own food.

Why can’t the Comix Home Base be built for the comic lovers?

Can Comix Home Base like Helsinki comics center have a studio open to public for free? The studio should have no pressure on producing any products but to promote comic culture.

 

There is a large variety of comic books in the library in Helsinki comics center. The Finns are the majority and many comic in English with a few Japanese manga and American hero comic. And even adult erotic comic!

Hong Kong is really below standard on this aspect. Fan Art(Creations based on copyright works) can not be neglected in comic culture. Fan art may include LGBT, BL, GL which would be seen as ‘erotic’. Comix Home Base of course doesn’t have ‘erotic fan art’ comic books in their library which open to public. Hong Kong is actually a very conservative society. There are things happening but everybody pretend seeing nothing hearing nothing. The freedom of speech is smaller and smaller and Hong Kong is not an ideal place for creativity.

Peaceful place won’t have good fiction but the best poems always written during war. There would be more and more people trying their best to create more and more beautiful works in this time of chaos in Hong Kong.

 

WE CAN JUST HOPE FOR THE BEST AND DO OUR BEST.

 

Helsinki comics center website: http://sarjakuvakeskus.fi/in-english

What is Couch Surfing?

Hanna帶我去的漫畫家聚會Hanna brought me to a comic artists gathering with her

朋友作品,如此天真又色氣滿溢Friend’s work, So innocent and so erotic

漫畫中心正門,只是很普通的房子,但真正能聚集人心The front door of Comic Centre, just a humble building but really can gather people

漫畫中心正門當然有漫畫塗鴉! Of course there is a comic graffiti in the front door of Comic Centre!

漫畫中心擺放了各種漫畫資訊Lots of comic events flyer in the Comic Centre

漫畫中心有來自香港的傳單!There are flyers from Hong Kong in Comic Centre too!

任何人也能一起在漫畫中心畫畫Everyone can draw together in Comic Centre

紙,筆,水彩…任何人也能任用漫畫中心提供的畫具Paper, pencil, water color…drawing tools are provided and everyone can use them in the Comic Centre

漫畫中心內的討論室Discussion room in the Comic Centre

來自香港的黃照達大師的原張大圖,竟出現在芬蘭漫畫中心!A big painting of Justin Wong, a comic artist from Hong Kong, pop out in Comic Centre in Finland!

仲有佢最新作品「Hello World 2」在漫畫中心展出And his latest work ‘Hello World 2’ displaying in Comic Centre

仲有佢最新作品「Hello World 2」在漫畫中心展出And his latest work ‘Hello World 2’ displaying in Comic Centre

漫畫中心的白枱當然畫滿公仔Of course a white table are full with drawing in Comic Centre:)

漫畫中心有少少漫畫書賣There are a small amount of comic books be selling in Comic Centre

漫畫中心仲有個小小茶室A little café in Comic Centre

漫畫中心仲有個小廚房!And even a small kitchen in Comic Centre!

還有雪櫃,太有生活氣息啦! And fridges! Just like a HOME!

漫畫中心內的小型展覽廳A small exhibition area in Comic Centre

由斯德哥爾摩到赫爾辛基,又坐挪威航空,挪威人由海上的船進化至天上飛機,一直在交通運輸領先From Stockholm to Helsinki, Norwegian Air again. From ships on sea to planes on air, the Norwegians always ahead in transportation

連接機場與市區的鐵路Train connect the airport and downtown

機場至赫爾辛基市區的鐵路The train line from airport to Helsinki downtown

赫爾辛基機場廁所,注留有水龍頭沖涼架! A toilet in Helsinki airport, pay attention that there is a water tube for a nice shower!

赫爾辛基機場買的芬蘭電話咭,唔算貴Finnish SIM card bought in Helsinki airport, not that expensive

紅到芬蘭…Even in Finland…
紅到芬蘭…Even in Finland…
我在Hanna家的窩My bed in Hanna home
我在Hanna家的窩My bed in Hanna home
Hanna家真的好型Hanna home is real cool
Hanna家真的好型Hanna home is real cool

這其實是車站This is actually a transportation station

芬蘭是姆明誕生地Finland is the birth place of Moomin

好多姆明紀念品!Lots of Moomin souvenir!
好多姆明紀念品!Lots of Moomin souvenir!
好多姆明紀念品!Lots of Moomin souvenir!
好多姆明紀念品!Lots of Moomin souvenir!
好多姆明紀念品!Lots of Moomin souvenir!
好多姆明紀念品!Lots of Moomin souvenir!

赫爾辛基電腦用品市價The normal market price of PC stuff in Helsinki

赫爾辛基市內電車Trams in downtown Helsinki
赫爾辛基市內電車Trams in downtown Helsinki
車箱一景In the tram
車箱一景In the tram
能吃嗎???Eatable???
能吃嗎???Eatable???
採蜜中Collecting nectar
採蜜中Collecting nectar
心型鐵路!A heart shape train line!
心型鐵路!A heart shape train line!

赫爾辛基市區的大車站The main station in downtown Helsinki

很有味道Stylish
很有味道Stylish
圓露台A circular balcony
圓露台A circular balcony
北歐真係好多湊仔公Dad with kid!
北歐真係好多湊仔公Dad with kid!

傳說中的芬蘭戶外教學! A legendary Finnish outdoor class!

仲要行入樹林!?強! Class in forest!? So cool
仲要行入樹林!?強! Class in forest!? So cool

芬蘭真係好靚…Finland really is a beautiful country…

不知名漂亮花Some unknown beautiful flowers
不知名漂亮花Some unknown beautiful flowers

岩石教堂Temppeliaukio Church (The Rock Church)

漂亮的攀騰植物在岩石教堂外Some beautiful plants outside the Rock Church

著名的岩石教堂外表平實The famous Rock Church looks humble

岩石教堂內Inside the Rock Church
岩石教堂內Inside the Rock Church
岩石教堂內Inside the Rock Church
岩石教堂內Inside the Rock Church
岩石教堂內Inside the Rock Church
岩石教堂內Inside the Rock Church
好靚的辮子!Such a beautiful braid!
好靚的辮子!Such a beautiful braid!
自拍Selfie
自拍Selfie

岩石教堂內有各國語言的單張Flyers in different languages in the Rock Church

岩石教堂內Inside the Rock Church
岩石教堂內Inside the Rock Church

岩石教堂正在大裝修The Rock Church is under repairing

低炒Photographer…
低炒Photographer…
攝影師們Photographers
攝影師們Photographers
黎明前最黑暗Darkest before dawn
黎明前最黑暗Darkest before dawn
好靚的繡花帽Beautiful flowery hats
好靚的繡花帽Beautiful flowery hats

位於鬧區的靜默教堂Kamppi Chapel of Silence located in downtown

靜默教堂外形如方舟Kamppi Chapel of Silence looks like an ark

靜默教堂特寫Close up of Kamppi Chapel of Silence

靜默教堂入口Entry of Kamppi Chapel of Silence

靜默教堂內Inside Kamppi Chapel of Silence

靜默教堂內的漂亮弧形Beautiful curve inside Kamppi Chapel of Silence

靜默教堂聖壇The Altar in Kamppi Chapel of Silence

透光天頂Light from above
透光天頂Light from above

靜默教堂內的軟墊Cushion in Kamppi Chapel of Silence

靜默教堂的燭光Candles in Kamppi Chapel of Silence

靜默教堂的燭光Candles in Kamppi Chapel of Silence

靜默教堂內的插花Flowers in Kamppi Chapel of Silence

插得好靚呀! Welly organized!
插得好靚呀! Welly organized!
插得好靚呀! Welly organized!
插得好靚呀! Welly organized!
女孩們Girls
女孩們Girls
插得好靚呀! Welly organized!
插得好靚呀! Welly organized!
聖書與聖十字Holy Bible and the Cross
聖書與聖十字Holy Bible and the Cross

靜默教堂的燭光Candles in Kamppi Chapel of Silence

禁閃No Flash!
禁閃No Flash!