Comic Strip: Northern Overexposure

"We live somewhere in between youth and adulthood, but my back can't take any more of this limboing. Something has to change."

Northern Overexposure (original title Villimpi Pohjola, Finnish for "Wilder North") is a Finnish Slice of Life Sunday Strip comic written and drawn by J. P. Ahola, started in 2005. The comic follows the lives of a group of University stundents somewhere in Nothern Finland. The cast tries its best to balance between their carefree youth and the responsibilities of adulthood,each in their own way.

  • Ukko would rather just play his childhood Nintendo games instead of actually studying.
  • His girlfriend Muusa is nervous about the future, and at the same time she both despises and envies her cohabitants carefree attitude.
  • Rontti is the Campus Casanova who deals with women like with Pokemon .
  • Verneri is Ukko's best friend since their childhood days. Secretly jealous of Rontti's way with the ladies.
  • Anna is female counterpart of Rontti when it comes to aggressively hitting on people. Her results, however, are less than satisfactory.
  • Otto is the resident bohemian and Jesus lookalike of the group. Constantly balancing on the line between getting kicked out of school and working towards his studies.
  • Minna is best described as a 16-year old nerd boy trapped in a body of a twentysomething woman.
  • Juhani feels like he's getting too old for College life and is ready to move away to his long distance sweetheart Kata. Others doubt such character even exists.
  • Topi is Juhanis best friend. Eager to share his wisdom, whether you wanted it or not.
  • Jaana seems to be the only one around the campus who actually contributes towards her studies.

The comic is notable not only for its clever and creative writing, but also for its well-developed cast and the heavy doses of Post Modernism.

The albums released so far:
  • "Villimpi Pohjola" (Self-published, 2007)
  • "Villimpi Pohjola 2" (Self-published, 2009)
  • "Kypsyyskoe" ("Trial of Maturity", Arktinen Banaani, 2011)
  • "Pelinavaus" ("Opening", Arktinen Banaani, 2013. An Updated Re-release consisting of material featured in the two originally self-published albums)

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