H-P Lehkonen

Comics Artist from Finland

About

H-P Lehkonen knew he wanted to be an artist and create comics as soon as he began his higher education, which included the prestigious Liminka School of Arts. A storyteller at heart, H-P uses his comics to relate artistic and life skills to his audience.

H-P is a distinguished comic artist. He is the only guest lecturer of web comics in Finland, and he has given nearly 100 lecturers in both Finland and abroad. In 2017, his work won the PRISM Award for Small Press Comic. His comics have been exhibited in Finland, France, Germany, Sweden, and the United States. For four years, he was a board member of the Finnish Comics Society, and H-P has won seven national grants for his art and artwork.

However, H-P’s career has been met with obstacles. Being transgender, H-P had to overcome institutional sexism in the years before he transitioned. In the years since, he has found support among queer and feminist comic artists who made a space for themselves and their creative works.

H-P’s largest goal is to lift up Finnish queer comics as a who

le. His constant goal is for people to see themselves in the pages of his stories. He wants people to relate to his art and grow from it.

A proponent of zero-waste and sustainability lifestyles, H-P lives with a non-traditional family of creative-minded people who share a house full of plants in Helsinki, Finland.