01 / 2012
240 x 285 mm
4-colour illustrations
Published by:
Mauri Kunnas

BEATLES with an A. Birth of a band
(Piitles. Tarina erään rockbändin alkutaipaleesta)


The legendary rock cartoonist’s smashing tribute to the world’s most legendary rock band: the first beats of the Beatles’ career in words and images as only Mauri Kunnas could tell them.

This book has been in the making for 50 years, ever since a boy named Mauri Kunnas read a newspaper article about a group of long-haired young men who were driving the kids in England wild. Before long, She Loves You was playing on his radio too, and an ardent fan was born. The following decades saw Kunnas’s pen turn out innumerable comic strips about the ’60s and ’70s rock scene for music magazines, as well as a unique collection of increasingly wonderful children’s picture books. But the time has come to go back to his roots.

In this comic book, featuring four-colour illustrations throughout, Mauri Kunnas tells the story of four lads from Liverpool who love to play music, head for the clubs of Hamburg to play some gigs – and end up world-famous. The book offers thoroughly researched information from the core of pop culture and rock history, hilarious moments and details that not even dedicated fans remember having heard before – and all of this told with a Kunnas’s characteristic raucous humour and virtuosic drawing skills. This is a package you won’t want to pass up!

Mauri Kunnas is a beloved children’s book author and renowned comic book artist. Beatles With an A. Birth of a Band, which came out last year, is the best selling Finnish comic book of all time (over 60 000 sold copies) and was nominated for the Comics Finlandia Prize. As the nomination board notes: ”Rarely is a work of history, even one dealing with popular culture, so entertaining. Kunnas’ love for the subject shines through; only a true master would be capable of this!”


Press quotes

Beatles recounts the early stages of the long-haired Liverpudlians’ career much more imaginatively than a movie or nonfiction work ever could. – Savon Sanomat

The story rolls like Merseybeat […] Kunnas pitch-perfectly illustrates his wealth of Beatles facts while having fun with his own alternative past. The resulting concoction holds together. – Kainuun Sanomat

Kunnas marches out the rocking lads from Liverpool so vividly you can almost hear Twist and Shout. – Iltalehti


Foreign rights information

Translated and published in English by Otava.

Published in

  • Brazil / portuguese (Edições Ideal)
  • Danish (Lamberth, 2013)
  • Dutch (Ballon Media, Belgium, 2013)
  • English (U.K./ Knockabout, 2014)
  • Estonia (Sinisukk, 2014)
  • Greek (Psichogios)