Comic strip illustrator Jussi “Juba” Tuomola is Finland’s most popular strip cartoon artist, known everywhere as the creator of the wittily-observed Viivi & Wagner strip. Originally a student of translation, Tuomola has created drawings for many newspapers and book cover designs since the 1980s. His comic strips have been published in numerous Finnish comics and general interest magazines. They have also appeared abroad, including publications in France, Germany, England, and the United States.
Viivi and Wagner’s triumphant march started in 1997 when Helsingin Sanomat first began publishing the strip about a woman and a pig sharing their lives together. The series has received the Lempi and Puupäähattu Prizes, among others.
Juba’s energetic character Minerva and her adventures are the theme of two successful comic albums for younger audience, Minerva – Flowers for Dr. Gorgo (2006) and Minerva – The Polar Bear’s Heart (2009). Minerva: The Polar Bear’s Heart was the first comic album ever shortlisted for the Finlandia Junior Prize in 2009 and it was also a finalist for the 2010 Finlandia Comics Prize.
- Minerva – Flowers for Dr. Gorgo (Minerva – Kukkia tohtori Kääkälle, 2006)
- Minerva – The Polar Bear’s Heart (Minerva – Jääkarhun sydän, 2009)
- Minerva and the Bobbing Blubbergut (Minerva – Alajuoksun kelluva pullukka, 2013)
- Viivi and Wagner 17 – A pork chop under the arm (Viivi ja Wagner 17. Kyljys kainalossa, 2014)
- 2009 Shortlisted for the Finlandia Junior Prize
- 2010 A finalist for the Finlandia Comics Prize