The Kalevala Graphic Novel
The Kalevala is one of the great epics of the world literature, along with the Iliad and the Odyssey, Beowulf and the Nibelungenlied, and was also also used as a reference by J.R.R. Tolkien in his own tales of fantasy, The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings.
This graphic novel is the only comic adaptation of the epic, consisting of all the 50 chapters, as a 180-page hard cover edition in English (American English translation by late Eino Friberg, first published by Otava).
The Kalevala comic book was also published in Russia in 2003. The same year Kristian Huitula was awarded as 'The Young Artist of the Year' for his work by the Kalevala Society foundation (FINLAND).
Since its first Finnish edition in 2000 the Kalevala Graphic Novel has become one of the best-selling graphic novels in Finland. At last the magic of The Kalevala has found its way to the audience in a new modern form, being more intriguing and approachable than ever before.