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.

Don't subscribe

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.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Read

Read parts of one past issue. If I am to edit this thing, there are going to be things to do. No idea how much. Bigger part of the changes would be in the text. Maybe 90 per cent. Or 97. Some changes in wording. An occasional larger re-writing. I would say nothing major. Another thing is how much I will correct the rhythm which would mean adding panels/pages. Not to mention the notes that I have now divided into two: Suomaa and then all the other notes. The other notes, will they belong to the work in such way that they need to be within it? Suomaa will be a separate book (books). These kind of things and I'm working on 49.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Now

Classes going in full steam. Saturday saw something that'll be pretty great in year or 2. Läskimooses 49 is on the move. Three pages finished. Was a bit hard to start and the humidity still going on is making drawing harder than I'd prefer. Scraperboard will be destroyed in no time at all. Sometimes like this.

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Classes

Classes starting and maybe this semester too many. Feel a bit exhausted. Also I would like to have more time with the students, for the moment the courses are quite thight with . Not enough room to breath. It has been slowly getting worse. When I started the maximum student count was 12, now it's 16. Just too many to manage. Hoping this will drop in the future. The people deciding these things...I don't know who they are but pretty sure they never were on my class.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Plan

Finish the book. Edit and correct. Add notes (150 pgs). Start a new project.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Keep

Keep those Läskimooses issues in a safe place since I'd say that chances there's be a collection some day are slim. In Finnish that is. A French collection pretty sure. An English collection maybe. But chances of a Finnish collection are at 15 per cent. Some issues are already close to be sold out so that's it. That's going to be it.
I left Otava in 2005 after they ruined my Kekkonen book. After that I've been with Kreegah bundolo, easily the best choice for me. And Läskimooses wouldn't have happened without Hans Nissen. Same goes for Kova länsi and India-book. Silvia Regina would've been a mess if I had done it with any other publisher.
Good times.
But Läskimooses in a book form... unlikely. 1500 pages with the notes. That would mean 3 to 4 volumes with separate volume/s for the notes. Sure, send me the euros and it will be done. As it is, I can't see it happening. I will move on in 2021. Already planning the new book. And I will edit the Läskimooses material for my French publisher. Fix some things that need to be fixed. Remains to be seen.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Although

Although starting my next book for real is still 2 or 3 away I'm already collecting material. The structure seems to be based on rather loose chapters. I have clear concepts for 5 or 6 but there's no plot in sight. I really like the concepts though, will be fun to do. Still I might need a plot eventually, and characters. There are all these possibilities... With Läskimooses the plot was pretty clear from the beginning but with this one it seems to be about something else. I might be forced to drop some of my ideas to make this work. Time will tell.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Wrapping

Wrapping up the week. Finished six panels today. Suomaa episode 41 will be done on monday. Quiet day at the gallery, probably because the heavy rain in the morning. Got my shoes and socks dripping wet.
Considering doing a poster for issue 48 or 49 next because of the surprise grant I got. Partly suspecting it was a mistake/dream. 

Latest Suomaa

This is episode 39! You can see them all at kirkkojakaupunki.fi
Just search for Suomaa or Hagelberg
Nuff said

Saturday, August 17, 2019

6

Now 6 issues left and I'm planning the book I will do after this one. Six means somewhere 2020 I would be done, closer to Christmas. But the notes and the editing. The book should be out in edited form in French at least. Finnish I'm not so sure. It is costly business. It would be easier to edit the book first for a Finnish version, though. Well...
Not necessary to make any decisions for the moment.
The next 4 issues are Kalevala based. Started reading it to bring it all back. Peculiar thing is that we didn't have so much Kalevala in the school although the book is pretty brilliant. I was also a fan of Rauta-aika tv series when it came out. I'm not sure how it has stood the test of time. Should also rewatch the soviet/finnish Sampo. That one I saw in school. Really cool movie. I wouldn't mind a new Kalevala tv-series. Should start really abstract. Actually I think it should be done bit like Twin Peaks 3.  Plot isn't everything.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Next

Next book in planning stage. Already I've discussed it with several people. In that sense quite different from Läskimooses which started unexpected like cancer. The new project requires some reading and interviews although I'm not going towards any historical accuracy. Other things interest me with this one.
Last night was the night of arts and I stayed at the gallery until 21. Hans came from Hämeenlinna but sales were low. Several people visited the show and I was especially delighted to see some of my former  students there. Time moves on. Managed to finish issue 48 yesterday which pretty much means only 6 issues left. I haven't really considered quitting this book at any stage but it starts to feel long and heavy. I often think of the mistakes I would like to correct. They aren't that many. Most of the mistakes need to stay. The whole thing was built on mistakes.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Know

At this stage it's maybe too late but I would really like to know what it was all about. I mean there are spots in the story that I really think stand their ground and all. I was rereading some issues and it wasn't unpleasent. BUT
What is special about the project? What are the strongest points? What is the direction I should ...maybe...push? Hard to say? I mean, I think there is something in the poor man's Gustave Dore type of drawings. Yes, maybe. And the writing, it isn't all that bad. BUT
Is there something really special in this thing? Or have I wasted the 8 years.
It would be really really helpful to know.

Friday, August 09, 2019

Luck

With any luck this is the last exhibition I'll do or participate in.

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

First

First day back to work. Mostly I spent the day drawing panels. Did some writing (and reading) too. Issue 48 being pulled together. There are some spots that I'd prefer to be better written so I might have to get back to those. Interesting issue to do. Several elements to play around with. This will be either 42 pages or 48. More info soon.

Sunday, August 04, 2019

August etc.

Next wednesday it's back to work. Issue 48 was left unfinished in June and I will try to conclude it the next couple of weeks. The Song of Läskimooses exhibition is on at the Cable Factory and I will be working at the gallery on weekdays. On 15th is the night of arts and I will be there slightly longer. Come and say hi if you're in the city. Suomaa strip will require more chapters end of August and I will try to deliver. Plan is also to do a surprise poster, but we'll see... Here some pics of the exhibition: