Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Much

Nothing much has been going on. First draft for the script of issue 54 has been written but second/third still need to be done before I can get started. It has been SLOW! Meanwhile, I don't have any clue of who is visiting this blog. Someone occasionally is, I think. At least some bots from places like Romania and UK. Are these friendly bots? It's hard to say.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Pieces

I didn't invent the pieces, I just put them together. I'm not different from any reader.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

4 real

Have been trying something. If everything goes good issue 52 will be in color. Actually a bit excited about this! The plan was there  for a long time and things have been leading to it. Making the colors is a bit messy. As you might have guessed I'm not doing them in any sensible way but well... The color separation will be done by hand. And that's not all. Trying something I haven't done before. Interesing to see how this'll play out.


Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Friday, May 22, 2020

Still and sort of

Still looking for a spot for Suomaan kansan muinaisusko. Haven't really offered it to so many places, only two, but the problem is I sort of can't think of any that would be possible. Twice a month would be ideal, even once, same size as before or bigger. Yes, well if any (Finnish) paper comes to mind, let me know.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

In a week

Issue 53 should be finished in a week. This means I have something like 30 pages left to draw of the actual book. Yes, really. Since the "notes" (more like additions) shouldn't be more more 50 pgs, I'm looking at October/November to have it all over snd done with. But the book version... With the pandemy and all I wouldn't wait for it before June 2021. But you never know. The French and English editions come when they come if they come. Pretty sure that there are no problems with the French edition but with the English edition, might take some time.

Saturday, May 09, 2020

Closing

Issue 53 is very close to being done. Unlike issue 52 this hasn't been especially FUN to do. It's an issue which tie some loose ends and it's more about things I HAVE to do than things I WANT to do. This really has been a thing with Läskimooses: many things have happened just because I wanted to do them, many of them probably not entirely necessary for the BIG story. But maybe that is the big story? Yes, probably.
It has taken nine years to finish. Still, I would say, 60 to 80 pages need to be drawn. That includes the "notes". All should be done by Christmas.
And I already miss the world. Would very much like to continue the Suomaa strip, maybe in larger size, BUT that's a newspaper strip and doesn't look too much that any paper would like to run it. Have to look into it later this year. Some great untold stories there.

Monday, May 04, 2020

One

Now that there's ten pages and one whole issue undone I can tell you a bit more of the secret extra issue that I  have been calling the "notes". More like notes it's additions. Stuff that could've been in the thiginal run but for whatever reason wasn't. I will start to work on these 30 to 50 pages in September. The longest fragment is over 8 pgs and it reveals something extra of the adventures of Ohto Äijönpoika. Others are shorter.





I haven't any solid idea of  how these will be published. What I do know is that I will make the the material as if it was issue 55. With a cover and backcover and all. But will it be published as one, maybe not.

Saturday, May 02, 2020

Now and then



So now we're here. But actually issue 52 is drawn and 53 halfway through. Really. Means that I will be starting on issue 54 (the last) in June. The "notes" will be 30 to 50 pages and no idea yet on how they will be published. We will check this out in the fall. What started in 2012 will end in 2020. For me at least. I do have the sequal started, which is the Suomaa strips, but those I would like to publish first in a newspaper and since there's no newspaper interested... Ee'll see. But Läskimooses (Fatso in English) will be out as a book in 2021. Probably will be pretty soon translated to French and maybe in English (have a contract). Then it's really over.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

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Totally

Totally had it with the virus. Please, go away. Work hasn't gone too well due to lack of routines. Next week it will get better. Issue 53 is scripted and page 1 just about done. It's going to be between 26 to 32 pages. Calculated that I need 5 weeks for this one. Went through my archives searching for photos for the remaining backcovers. I have more more potential pictures than I have issues. Issue 53 is called a Tale Told by an Idiot and issue 54 is called Thendis. And that's it. The unofficial issue 55 maybe doesn't have a name. It's the notes so maybe I call it Notes.

Thursday, April 02, 2020

Strange

Feeling sort of strange with only 2 issues remaining of this silly little book. Again today going  to cycle to the studio and get to work. This is the third week of not using the public transports. Work has proceeded. Yesterday I finished issue 52 and got started with the cover of 53. This issue is quite dialogue heavy and requires lot of writing before any chance of drawing anything. I would much prefer to move on to the "notes" with more liberties and fun directions and variety. These two issues remaining: for me there is not many surprises. Just plain work. Some interesting things to draw beginning of 53 and end of 54, but otherwise it's somewhat boring stuff ahead. Probably quite entertaining for the reader, though. Oh well. I dread the editong part that looms ahead in October this year. There are so many things I don't really like or would prefer to be nicer or whatever. Couple of spots with bad writing that I don't know what to do about. The drawing I'm not going to correct much.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Many things

Collecting stuff and ideas for the "next" book. Might not be exactly the text but still. Lots of things collected already and quite enough of material to make another 1000 page book. Not something I'm looking forward to. But there are other "ideas". Like what will I do with the Suomaa strip. Would like to publish it as a strip (sunday page) but not too many choices there. Not in Finland at least. And then the "notes" to Läskimooses. Those babies shouldn't take more than 5 months to do, but still. Still. Many things.

Thursday, March 05, 2020

Plot

Although I don't think plot is all that important for a comic, I have been looking for one for my next book. Now it seemms I have it. Plot number one. I also need a secondary plot and that is still under consideration. Anyways good to be at this spot.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Details

Let's not go into details, but I have 3 issues lined up for scanning. Also means that only 3 issues remain. Started on 52. Soon soin.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

In theory

In theory I could start a Suomaan Kansan Muinaisusko comic book that would come out once a year or twice
BUT I would need 1500 subscribers.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Absolutely

I have absolutely notbing to do with my so called "work". Just leave me out of it. I've already given my last interview. Forget me.

Friday, February 07, 2020

Don't know

Don't know yet much about my next book. Have some clues, though. The main character (if there is one) is female, maybe. There's a good likelihood that her name is Riittamaari Malva, a name that has been mentioned before in my comics. The action might take place in an art school. I really would prefer not to make this one 1000 pages, but it might go there. For now there's little sign of a plot. I will do some interviews to build up the world. Supposedly the story takes place in the 80's. Don't remember much of the 80's. For one I will try to define what makes a bad teacher. Not evil but bad. We'll see how this will play out.

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Saturday, February 01, 2020

Tired

Too many things, too many people. After 3 day workshop the usual Angouleme turmoil, talking and talking. After tomorrow I will just stay quiet for the rest of the year.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Pieces

In the plane to France and on the train to Angouleme pieces of my next book start to fall in place.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Maybe

Well well 5 pages or so done of issue 51. Proceeding nicely. Next week will be spent in France. Meeting new students and some that I already know. Maybe I should some photos here maybe then.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Angouleme

Heading to France next Sunday. There's a workshop at EESI and I'm participating running it with Benoit Preteseille. Later the festival starts. It's a chance to meet friends I haven't seen in a long time. Also it's exhausting. Especially if one has some things that one feels one needs to do and seldom manages to do. This year there's nothing. That is also tiresome. Not really looking forward to that festival part. Travelling makes me uneasy. Prefer to get back home and continuräe the book.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Sort of

I sort of know what my next book is about, what kind of things I want to include and write about. But so far what I have are ideas for some loose scenes here and there, some philosophy of time and some talk of UFOs. This wasn't meant to be 1000 pgs, but the way it's going...

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Shitty

Next I will do something that isn't shitty. Or then again maybe something that is shittier than shitty.

Thursday, January 09, 2020

Läskimooses

Basically it's done you know. Started issue 51 cataract or no cataract. At this stage I really couldn't care less of any possible feedback. The next book is in a really nice stage. All set for the actual start. Can't wait. 4 issues and the notes remain of Läskimooses and I'm fine with that. It WAS interesting but not so much anymore. It will be concluded, don't worry, but don't expect ME to talk about it or explain what it was about.

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Yes, now it's too late. You didn't get it. Don't feel bad, it wasn't made for everyone. Have a nice 2020.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Issues

For whatever reason issue 49 felt hard to do. Issue 50 now much easier and fun. Listening to Zappa for the second week and not at all bored. Yesterday at home I listened to Francesco Zappa for a couple of times and isn't it just great!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Final

Finished the (4 now) final Suomaa strip. Previously I estimated that there'd be 150 pages left of the story. Probably. Might be for the better that the strip ends. Some material coming up that might insult someone. Will I then conclude the story some day? Too early to say. There are other projects that I probably feel more drawn into. Time will tell, I guess.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Different

During the years I've come up with several ways to use scraperboard. And I love the material, much to discover. Somehow I still feel I would like to try something different for the next book. Pretty sure it wouldn't be digital, though.
Don't really know... I would like to continue drawing in the same manner that I've been doing, exploring.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Friday, November 15, 2019

Want

Want to
1. Finnish Läskimooses
2. Finnish notes
3. (Maybe) finnish Suomaa
4. Finnish the book after Läskimooses
5. Make it real good
6. Finnish 3 or 4 smaller books
7. Something
8. Something
9. Something

Week

Done with the week. Got started on issue 50. Yes, really! Mostly writing and some sketches. Also started to feel issue 49 needs an additional page so started that too. Pretty much ruins the lay out but what can u do? Oh, we will see. Now 4 some vacuuming and then onwards 2 the weekend. C u on monday.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

50/50

Now that I'm starting issue 50... When this thing will be finished I've put something like 9, 9 and half years to it. Couldn't it have been 500 pages instead of  the 1300 or 1400 pages that it looks like now? And all along I've had doubts and I still have. Sure, I'm going to edit it but not in any major way. Or that is the plan. Anyways. 50/50 chance of it being worth it all.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Stop

I cannot stop the decline of art education, but I will try.

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

I think

Finished what I think is chapter 44 of Suomaan kansan muinaisusko. Moving along to 45. Which is the penultimate chapter. For now.

Saturday, November 02, 2019

Preliminary











Eventually I will pose for these and take some raunchy photos that I will use as reference. These are just preliminary sketches to find out what I'm looking for.











Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Bible

It's not called the GOOD BOOK for nothing.

Years

Holmenkollen took something like 2 years to finish. Kekkonen took 4 years to finish. Silvia Regina took 5 or 6 years to finish. Läskimooses will take 9 or 9 and half to finish.
I would prefer the next book to be something I can finish in 3 to 4 years. Because this isn't quite human.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Plans

Making plans for the next book. I have a list of possible things I want to include in it. By estimate 200 pages of material and so far

No sign of a plot.

Five

Five issues left to do.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Mostly writing/lettering



From left to right: sketch for a tribute strip, script for Suomaa 44, Suomaa 44

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

High point

My favorite from the Suomaa run so far is the lament of Ämmä above. Many things planned, but might never come to be since the strip is cancelled. Shit happens but I take it lightly.

Let u know

I'll let u know when I do something half decent.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Ambitious

I have ambitious plans for my next project. Probably too ambitious for any normal publisher. So might turn to self publishing. Thinking of print runs of maximum 50 copies. Thinking of print runs of zero.
Don't necessarily feel that I would like my books to be read. Definitely not today.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Estimate


This is the latest Suomaa. The paper I have making this strip is changing format and dropping the strip. It's an ongoing story and I estimate that there's still 100 pages left to do to sort of conclude the story. But for now there are five chapters and that's it.
This will leave me more time for Läskimooses, though, so maybe it's good. The stories of Uro and Kale, Kellervo and her daughters Suruna and Nolona, Jusse the dreamer, Cinza-women, Uhlu and most impirtantly the mysterious hunter will apparently have to wait.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Think

I think I have 9 or 10 pages finished of issue 49. Been a bit sluggish, like some momentum missing. Well I have this flu or what it is and neck ache. Every panel finished is a panel less remaining. But these Mars stories will need something extra... a new groove. Do I still have faith in Läskimooses? Haha 8 years! Will be 10 before it's all finished.