3 Mauri Kunnas


Mauri Kunnas

Mauri Kunnas in 2008

Mauri Tapio Kunnas (born February 11, 1950 in Vammala) is a Finnish cartoonist and children's author.

Kunnas matriculated in 1969 and graduated from the Finnish Academy of Arts as a graphic designer in 1975. He has worked as a political cartoonist in many Finnish newspapers. He is currently living in Espoo with his wife Tarja, children Jenna (1983) and Noora (1987) and their cat.

Kunnas is most famous for his numerous children's books, featuring anthropomorphic animals. His most famous children's book series is called Koiramäki (Dog Hill), set in historical Finland, featuring anthropomorphic dogs. His other works include Riku, Roope ja Ringo (Ricky, Rocky and Ringo), some "horror" books and books about Joulupukki.

The hordes of clothed animals present in his books by the end of the 1970s led people to compare him to Richard Scarry. But as he became more popular and produced even more work the similarities lessened.

Aside of children's books, Kunnas has also drawn a rock and roll parody comic called Nyrok City for teenagers and adults. The comic parodies 1970s-1980s era rock and roll culture such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones in a Finnish style. It is one of the few Kunnas works in which the characters are drawn as humans.

Despite his fame, he remembered his origins. Much of the scenic imagery in his work comes from his hometown of Vammala with glimpses of its churches and rustic atmosphere. He also did valuable PR work for the Finnish home of Santa Claus in Twelve Gifts for Santa Claus (USA 1988), and Santa and the Magic Drum (Otava 1996).

He recently worked on more a more grander scale with The Canine Kalevala, a new version of the classic Finnish epic more accessible to children as well as cultural sidestep in his version of The Knights of King Arthur featuring cats in Camelot.

He attributes a large part of his success to his good wife Tarja Kunnas who has worked for twenty years as his assistant doing the painting for her husband's drawings.

External links



Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Mauri Kunnas — Mauri Tapio Kunnas (né le 11 février 1950 à Vammala en Finlande) est un graphiste et dessinateur de bandes dessinées finlandais. Sommaire …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Mauri Kunnas — (2008) Mauri Tapio Kunnas (* 11. Februar 1950 in Vammala) ist ein finnischer Zeichner und Illustrator. Leben Nach sechsjährigem Studium begann er seine Karriere am Institute Industrial Arts in Helsinki mit Karikaturen und kleinen Comics. Er… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Kunnas — may refer to:*Kirsi Kunnas, Finnish poet, children s literature author and translator. *Leo Kunnas, Estonian writer and former high ranking officer in the Estonian Defence Forces. *Mauri Kunnas, Finnish cartoonist and children s author …   Wikipedia

  • Kunnas — ist der Familienname von: Mauri Kunnas (* 1950), finnischer Zeichner und Illustrator Satu Kunnas (* 1977), ehemalige finnische Fußballspielerin Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidung mehrerer mit demselben W …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Mauri (Vorname) — Mauri ist ein männlicher Vorname. Herkunft und Bedeutung Mauri ist eine finnische Form des Vornamens Mauritz,[1] der mit dem deutschen Vornamen Moritz verwandt ist. Namensträger Mauri Kunnas (* 1959), finnischer Zeichner und Illustrator Mauri… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Куннас, Маури — Маури Куннас Mauri Tapio Kunnas Маури Куннас (2008) …   Википедия

  • Kalevala — For other uses, see Kalevala (disambiguation). The Kalevala   …   Wikipedia

  • List of Finns — This is a list of people from Finland, i.e. of noted Finns: Actors *Ida Aalberg (1858 ndash; 1915) *Aino Ackte (1876 ndash; 1944) *Jouko Ahola *Olavi Ahonen *Irina Björklund *Liisa Evastina *Peter Franzén *George Gaynes *Gina Goldberg *Anna Leena …   Wikipedia

  • Medalla Pro Finlandia — El texto que sigue es una traducción defectuosa o incompleta. Si quieres colaborar con Wikipedia, busca el artículo original y mejora o finaliza esta traducción. Puedes dar aviso al autor principal del artículo pegando el siguiente código en su… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Médaille Pro Finlandia — La médaille Pro Finlandia (finnois : Pro Finlandia), est une médaille de l Ordre du Lion de Finlande donnée aux artistes finlandais depuis l année 1945 La médaille, décernée par le Président de la République de Finlande, est un titre… …   Wikipédia en Français

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.