Milla Paloniemi (b. 1983) graduated as a graphic designer in spring 2007. The Cursing Hedgehog collection, published by Sammakko, was this Helsinki-ized Ostrobothnian’s senior project. Paloniemi now works on comics, illustration, and graphic design.
The Cursing Hedgehog’s rapid breakthrough has been dazzling.
-– Elina Lappalainen, Keskisuomalainen newspaper
Paloniemi has reason to rejoice because the first printing of her prickly hero’s adventures was sold out in one month.
-– Iltalehti newspaper
Everyone loves The Cursing Hedgehog!
-– Juha Tolvanen, Ilta-Sanomat newspaper
The Cursing Hedgehog hits me at least full-on. So far I haven’t found anyone who hasn’t burst out laughing at Milla’s genius hedgehog comics.
-– Juha Vuorinen, author
The Cursing Hedgehog will steal your heart!
-– Janne Suominen, Eläinmaailma
Saves the day!
-– Antti Aro, Miss Mix teen style magazine
Comic strip collections 1, 2, 3, & 4
The first Cursing Hedgehog (Kiroileva siili) collection has sold a total of more than 40,000 copies, and the next three collections have also been sales successes, totaling 100,000 sold copies.
The Cursing Hedgehog comic character appeared on the corner of Milla Paloniemi’s lecture notebook for the first time in the fall of 2003. The angular ball of spines began to take life in insightful strips that go straight for the funny bone. The first Cursing Hedgehog collection quickly gained widespread popularity.
Milla Paloniemi’s published comics include, in addition to The Cursing Hedgehog, Padding Along (Tassutellen, Sammakko 2007) and But I don’t know how! (En vaan osaa!, Sammakko 2008), which is based on her own comic blog, which is one of Finland’s most popular.
The Cursing Hedgehog won the biggest Finnish comics prize, the Comic Finlandia, in 2008 and the Kemi Comic Festival Lempi Prize in 2007.
Original name: Kiroileva siili 4
Publisher: Sammakko 2010
Hardcover 215 x 135 mm
Cover design: Milla Paloniemi
Also available: The Cursing Hedgehog 1, 2 & 3