Me, Mikko, and Annikki: A Community Love Story in a Finnish City

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Panel Mania: ‘Me, Mikko, and Annikki’ by Tiitu Takalo

In this deeply researched work of graphic nonfiction, Finnish comics artist Tiitu Takalo has created an inspiring history of a grass roots movement to save an historic neighborhood from demolition, as well as a love story.

Takalo tells the story Tammela, a deteriorating though richly historical neighborhood of wooden homes in the city of Annikki, Finland, slated to be demolished. That is, until the neighborhood organizes and manages to save it. This 11-page excerpt provides background on the Tammela neighborhood and on Takalo’s relationship to it.

Me, Mikko, and Annikki by Tiitu Takalo (translated by Michael Demson and Helena Halmari) will be published by North Atlantic Books in August.

This piece was produced in partnership with Publishers Weekly and also appeared on publishersweekly.com.

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