Friday, October 13, 2017

Update

Not much happening here.
Five Suomaa people -pages now done and it'll start to run in all its 4color weirdness in January 2018 in Kirkko ja Kaupunki.
Finally managed to start issue 39 and it's rolling along nicely. Part of the story, big part, is text only so it's quite different from issues 37 and 38. And it's faster to do. After two weeks I'm now around page 12. Looks like it's going to be at least 32 pages so still plenty to do. So that's all for now. Waiting for issues 37 and 38 to come from the printer.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Saturday, September 23, 2017

September

Will soon be over. And plan is to finish 4 pages of the Suomaa-strip. Basically I'm done. But not really. Pages 1 to 3 are done (without color) and 4 has been started, 5 almost done but without text, 6 has text. So that counts as 4, yes?
Last week I did an illustration and now I've been coloring it. Almost done tomorrow. And soon October and I will return to Läskimooses. Ah ha...

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Full steam

Suomaa people strip is going really well at the moment. Scripting and sketching full steam. Wouldn't want to leave the studio at all. 2 first pages almost done (without color) and next 4 just about scripted. Upcoming week I will letter numbers 3 and 4, draw the panels, maybe get started with some panels. If this lucky streak continues I will be able to continue Läskimooses without much trouble. However couple of things are slowing me down: 1. Wallet got stolen and I needed to cancel my credit card and what not 2. My old phone is being repaired so that I could get 3 sets of photos out from it, photos that I need both with the Suomaa strip and with next issue of Läskimooses. Those things causing some extra hassle. Otherwise: happy.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Thinking ahead

What kind of a book is this book I'm working on? Eventually the story will be told (in 15issues) and I can start to fill in some gaps and edit parts of the main story. The filling in is certainly not going to be what it sounds like. More like making the whole thing even more complex. How I see it all in 4 years. The main story edited (bad writing at least in 2 places) maybe collected in 4 books or maybe not. The Notes: stories like the one in ArtReview march 2017 and the strip I'm doing for Kirkko and Kaupunki and some snippets and weirdness (but some of them quite essential additions to the story)collected into one 300 page book...or hopefully 200. Posters, 3 or 4 of them. And that's Läskimooses. More or less. In all its glory.
1500 pages minimum.
But
The actual Thing
The actual Thing is what is happening now. The comic book coming out the competitions the actual process of making. Although I'm curious to see this thing "finished" it's then, at that moment, not the actual thing itself but like the shadow of the thing on the cliff behind.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Important

Probably mentioned this numerous times but I'm at the moment in a situation that I don't have a grant. Due to this I've taken some commission jobs and will be starting this Läskimooses related comic in a newspaper starting 2018. This will mean slowing down with Läskimooses. Hopefully not as much as I fear.
I'm pleased though that I managed to finish issue 37 which for me is an important issue. An ending to a storyline. A storyline I will pick up after a couple of issues but still. I'd like to say I've succeeded with something in this issue, but I wouldn't mind getting some feedback occasionally. Although I'm pretty sure I know where I'm going and how I'm getting there.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Quarter of

Started as a professional in 1992 with B.E.M. number 1 which means that this fall I've been doing my thing for 25 years. So there.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Moment

With each issue there's the moment when I feel this will never be finished. My mind moving on to the next issue or other projects. But once more an issue is finished and it's time to pack it all up and move along.
Here 1 picture that got scrapped from the book.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Confirmed

I'm going to start a comic page in a bi-monthly paper starting January 2018. This is going to be a Läskimooses tied story called Suomaan Kansan Muinaisusko. Pretty similar storytelling as in the main book. In colour and done in the spirit of the old newspaper comics I so much look up to. You'll find out more soon. Nuff said!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Now

As I do from time to time I planned out the future issues. Story goes until issue 54 or so it seems. This year it has been quite straight forward narrative following the life of Agner Mang. After issue 37 things will muddle up a bit until at least issue 41 which will conclude more or less the Agner Mang storyline. After that most of the secrets of Läskimooses have been revealed. Most but not all. And what remains is the story of the two main characters the narrator and the ape man. Also the Mars storyline will be concluded in 4 issues and tied into the main story (did you see that coming?).  And then...it's not over. Many snippets and strange info remain. I expect to be done with this in 2022, 10 years after beginning. A cool ride.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Riding a bicycle

Drawing certainly doesn't feel like driwing a bicyckle. Every spring when I take out my bicyckle there is a strong possibility that riding it comes naturally. No falling over or bumping into obstacles. With drawing it's like learning it all over again after even a week's break. Sometimes you don't even need a break. It's this never ending struggle. Not much enjoyment there. And same goes with writing.
And when things sometimes go right then it happens like in a blink of an eye. I'm never there when it happens and I never learn.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Thursday

I will return to work on thursday, first working on issue 37 and then on this new Secret Project that I've been mulling over in my head for some time now.
It's the first fall since 1998 that I don't have a comics class in Aalto (in open university I have) and this'll leave me with less money and more time. The Secret Project will however complicate things. If things go good I will be able to continue Läskimooses pretty much like I have so far. Issues 37 to 40 concluded this year and 41 to 46 or 47 the next year. But I don't know for sure. If this plan holds I will be over and done with the main story in 2019 and could start the editing work (whatever that is...mostly finetuning some texts. Maybe some larger changes too in that area)and some little addition and or change in the art. Then I will have been working on the book for 8 years and the planned book of "notes" will push this project to 10 years making it my most time consuming piece but also, with 1500 pages, the longest.
Now this all is ofcourse uncertain and greatly depends on the grants that I will or won't get. However the Secret Project might change it all, we'll see.
Meanwhile: Läskimooses still has only 100 subscribers. Ten times more would guarantee a basic income for me and my publisher. When I started the project I was hoping we'd get the 1000 subscribers by issue 5. This didn't happen. Now that the story is well over 900 pages it has probably become very difficult to approach. I wouldn't know. One thing though, the project is planned to be issued in comic book format and there are many things that will not translate to any collected/edited piece if there ever will be one.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Meanwhile

Won't get back to work before 10th so meanwhile I'm doing this:
 -writing all sort of loose sentences and plot summaries
-sketching one new character and her pals
-writing dialogue

In my stories there is seldom any true dialogue, so I find the last one on the list bit of a challenge. What makes it even more of a challenge is none of the characters here are exactly human with human needs and human minds. I really need to fill them with history and philosophy like empty vessels. First of these scenes is coming out in issue 37.

Thinking of dialogue: the guy who interrupts the main story the one I call Keskeyttäjä in Finnish. The story of this guy has silently and secretly grown into much more that I expected. He now has a true background and personal history that'll influence all his ponderings, past and future. The way he's coming out, I find it intriguing.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Instagram

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Secrets


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Wellll...

I'm still working. And issue 37 requires 4 pages. By 15th I should be done. And issue 36 just out.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Friday, June 30, 2017

Optimistic

Carefully optimistic. Couple of potentially positive things are proceeding. Now with a bit of luck.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Friday, June 23, 2017

Surprise

What I really wanted to do was a comic book that would surprise the readers with each issue because that would be the comic book I would want to read. The element of surprise.
And what I was thinking when starting was this quote on Twin Peaks by David Lynch: "It's about secrets."
Secrets and surprises. You can go a long way with these.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Thing is

Thing is I'm really enjoying doing this issue. One of my favorites so far. Sort of a turning point too. But it's summertime and less days for working. I'll have maybe 2 decent weeks before August. So August it'll be.
But issue 36 is almost ready for the printer. Coming out in July I'd say. 37 then in September and 38 in October. And then itll reach 960 pgs. Which means (in all likelihood) issue 40 will see pg 1000. But that's in some far and distant future. Not here not now, unimportant.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

But

But it seems one of my earlier books is coming out in English summer 2018.

Project

Is on hold. Or slow-mo. I don't know.


and still more selling





These 5 framed in one frame horizontally. Published in comix 2000.



Tarzan in dynamic anatomy.



inquire for prices
mattihagelberg(at)gmail.com

Thursday, June 08, 2017

more selling



1200 € each. 20x27cm. If too expensive, make an offer.
Marker on scraperboard

selling



Silscreen, it's signed and numbered(10 copies)  and 70x100. 600 each.

And I have several more


Monday, June 05, 2017

So now

Half of my classes for next semester were cancelled. It's a long story but there were some changes in the curriculum and what not and here we are. Basically what this means is I will take a break from Läskimooses after 2 issues. Unless something happens before the fall. Have to figure out a way to get some money. Teaching is more or less the only thing that I'm pretty good at. If you have any ideas please tell.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Slowing down

I finished a 2 pgr for Kuti and started issue 37. Good feeling with that issue. Due to summer and school ending and all work will be slowing down. Unfortunately yes. There'll be a couple of weeks of good work during the summer but I wouldn't expect the issue to be finished before end of August. So I won't stress it. Work as much as I can.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Deep down

Deep down the only thing that interests me is to work on the (a) book and stay with it until it's finished or as close as possible. The documentary in the works or all these other things...except teaching maybe... they are an interference. And now that a publisher is showing interest to Silvia Regina first thing that comes to mind is:
- will this keep me from working on Läskimooses.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Unnecessary info

One panel short of finishing issue 36. That and correcting the text, maybe some fine tuning. This issue ended up to be 6 panel/page while I've lately been going with 4 panels/page. And I started with 2 panels/page. Well sort of at least. Many things to say. Next issue I don't know yet but trying to keep it in 24 pgs. Oh, but in issue 36 we have a visiting artist with a side story called The Funny Adventures of Lauri Kenttä. Who is this visiting artist then? You'll find out soon enough. But the plan is to have some person visiting each number this year. Any suggestions?
What else is new? Well summer is coming and I will have less time in the studio. Plan is to finish a quick 2 pager and then start with issue 37. Which I hope will be finished by the end of August. What further muddles things is this documentary that I'm on and which requires all sorts of arrangements. Like meeting a group of students tomorrow. And later on they also asked me to take a camera along to Venice when we're going. That's ok then, will do. Don't know exactly what I will film in there but I guess I'll find out when I'm there.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Just about

Taking a break from work in order to manage some stuff. Issue 36 just about finished. 2 pgs to go. Expect to be done on monday. Then moving on to issue 37. These two then turned out to be the turning point of the story. After that many things will be seen in a different light.
You'll see. Eventually.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017

Fall

Due to some changes I'll have comics expression 1 mondays (9 to 12)and wednesdays(9-17). Then freehand on tuesdays 17.30 to 21 and comics expression 3 on wednesdays 17.30 to 21. Comics expression one turns into 3 around October. In December I have one week comics in Theatre Academy/Academy of Fine Arts. On top of this I might have one evening class on mondays. Some fall.

It takes

It takes a lot writing