Thursday, June 21, 2018

On 43

Working on issue 43, which is going to be one of these 'turning point' issues. At the moment 8 pages remain undone. Exchanged to days this would be 8 days approximately. But it's time for some holiday. One week of that. And on 16th I have a class starting at Cable Factory.
Estimate is that issue 43 will be done by the end of July.
Meanwhile: issue 42 is coming from the printer next week. It will be mailed to subscribers soon after. With this issue comes a treat: KTL in Teneriffa 'novel'of 20 pages. Only for subscribers.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Documentary

https://areena.yle.fi/1-4114476

Now it can be viewed.

Saturday, June 02, 2018

Class

For whatever reason my comics class at aalto is not getting students. Information of its existence doesn't seem to reach the students. Or what?
 The minor subject has been a success. Books like Eeva Meltio's Pedot, Hanneriina Moisseinen's Kannas, Viivi Rintanen's Mielisairaalan kesätyttö and Suvi Ermilä's Hauho have been developed during the program.
Maybe time to move on to something else. I have enjoyed teaching and found it meaningful, but Aalto is not the place it was when I started 1998. But the students. They still come with the same enthusiasm and talent. And if I can I will continue. Either at Aalto or someplace else.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Know

I would like to know what is my strongest talent. And then maybe concentrate on that. Writing? Art? Teaching? BecauseI only have so many days.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Plans

This month is dedicated on working on Suomaa. So far I've finished episodes 12, 13 and 14 in bw. Working on episode 16 now, there was a change in the story. Before June I aim to have 5 new ones in color to send to the paper. Those will last until the end of August beginning of September. Before midsummer I should have Läskimooses 43 well under way. It's an complex issue to write but not so complex to draw. Anyways this is the way it goes.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Back in the days

January 1986 I opened the door of University of Industrial Arts in Arabia district for the first time. I had started my studies few months before at Teollisuuskatu and now the school was moving to a new place. And some place it was! Great new artclasses for painting and good facilities for printmaking and on the 5th floor at the department of Graphic Design, where I was studying an 2 color Heidelberg. It seemed to be rolling all the time back in the days. I stayed in the school for 8 years. The last years I was mostly painting. I returned in 1998 when my comics classes started. At some point the Heidelberg disappeared. 5th floor was filled with Macs.
 I've been teaching there ever since. 20 years. Next September school is moving to Otaniemi and the old building at Arabia is left to other purposes. On wednesday I have my final class there. I've worked with the best of teachers and the best of students within those walls.
End of a period.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Pages

Still remember how big a leap it was to finish a 10 pg story in 1995, or then the 25 page story in 1998. Or how Holmenkollen felt like a monster of a book with little bit over 100 pages. Or Silvia Regina with... I can't even remember. But let me say this: passing 1000 is really quite something. And after the milestone... It all is still done one page at the time.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Läskimooses in one sentence

From maximal order to maximal disorder

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Ideology

I have this stupid idea that whatever you do whatever your line of work you should always do the best you can and always strive to better. If you feel otherwise maybe you should reconsuder your choices.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Clear

From 2012 I've had a pretty clear idea of how this book will end. And this has not changed. There are still however spots that I feel haven't been quite worked out. Couple of these moved forward yesterday. And as they moved forward this entirely new turn popped up. Oh!
Now, as you know there are 2 books I'm working on at the time: first is the one titled Läskimooses and the other is the one titled Suomaan kansan muinaisusko. Within the latter I will place stuff and info that for some reason didn't fit the main book. Among these things there should be at least 2 major revelations. One of these the one that came to me yesterday. Both the kind of stuff that'll make you view the main book in somewhat different light.
But this will all be out in 2022 so hang on.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Seven

Seven pgs left to do of issue 42. Might be 8...if there's surprises. Tomorrow I will need to do some writing to keep it going. Aim to finish before end of April.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Skills

When you're young build up your skills. It'll be much harder later.
Draw and write all you can. Draw what you see draw from life. Write what you see every detail counts.
That's all for today.

Friday, April 06, 2018

Faster

If I could keep the one page in a day pace, but too seldom. Faster would be better. A lot faster would be a lot better.

Moving

Ever so slowly... issue 41 pages lay out and corrections now finished. Cover and backcover still require work. Sent 4 Suomaa strips to the paper, will return to that in may.
Now 42 is well under way. 5 pages done. Start has been difficult, nothing new there. Aim to finish this during April.
The end is getting near and I ponder whether ending is in the nature of this project. And sure enough the ending will be open in many ways. Still there will be answers. Things will be revealed. Already in issues 41 and 42 there will be some unexpected revelations. And total silliness.
In 2020 this will be done. Done with corrections although Suomaa will go on. But the main feature will end.
What has been a surprise during these 6 years is how the project seems to be really hard to grasp. It doesn't fit any given slot. It's not a hardcover book, the narrative is not straight forward. And it seems some people even miss that there is a plot. They only see random images placed together with random text. This I find really hard to understand. Nothing much I can do.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Read Suomaa

https://www.kirkkojakaupunki.fi/artikkelit/-/tag/suomaan kansan muinaisusko

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Suomaa

Now working on page 9. It's a learning process, what works and what doesn't. A combination of sketchiness and detailed work. Shaky lines contrasted with straight. Naturalistic drawing contrasted with cartoony. I aim to do 3 or 4 now and then move on to Läskimooses. There's an exciting issue coming up (42). Trying to draw it semi-abstract horror sryle. We'll see. Close ups and hard to figure out detail. Looking forward to that too.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Going

What I'm working on at the moment are obviously the Läskimooses book and Suomaa strip. But apart from these two I have several other projects in different stages of development. The new interesting project for one. For this one I got the basic idea last week and I have already started to gather data. Also there is one concept without text and one without pictures. The latter even has a title. I have five or six pretty solid starting points for Läskimooses spin offs. And then the book I started immediately after Silvia Regina that I put on the side for the joys of Läskimooses. And what have I forgotten!
Sometimes I feel it would be cool to enter the studio without any idea of what I will do next, but I can't see that happening anytime soon.
And I have the notebooks with bits and pieces...fragments...that might beginnings of some book.

Friday, March 09, 2018

Method

This might be slightly interesting... during these 6 years working on Läskimooses I've constructed quite an fixed system of working. It always starts with the text, something I scribble down in my notebook. Usually 1 to 3 versions. When I'm happy with the story I move along to the other stuff.
I draw the panels on Essdee white scraperbooard (the new one). My grid is rather fixed and mostly these days 6 equal sized panels in three rows. I draw to the actual publishing size.
After all the panels have been drawn I will start the lettering. At this stage I make a lot of finetuning to the text.
After lettering it's time to start drawing. Often but not always I start with panel one. Even if I haven't had any break in my work, starting a new issue can feel like I've totally forgotten how to draw. Partly because of this I try to make the actual drawing part as much fun as possible so I pick and choose the panels I want to draw first. Sometimes I want to start with some landscape sometimes with some space scene sometimes with something altogether abstract. There's no penciling but sometimes quite a lot sketching which I enjoy. Scraperboard allows me to make corrections while drawing. I keep my knife close at hand. For everything I use Textmark 500. Totally silly but I have my reasons.
When starting the book I made some decisions in order to make the process as fluent as possible. To have a more or less fixed grid was one of them. Also I wanted to have as much liberty as possible with the subject matter. The writing had to be something that would allow me to move from semi-abstract to cartoony to something drawn directly from a photo reference etc.
Eventually all the panels are drawn and I will have to read the story. If something doesn't work I will try to fix it. Then when I'm more or less happy with everything I send the lot to my publisher. He the scans it and cleans the pictures. When the lay-out is done he then sends it to me to check and I do. More often than not I then make some correction to the text. Certain things are hard to spot from the originals.
And then the issue is sent to the printer and I will try to do better with the next one.
Nuff said!

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

The best

The best retailer of Läskimooses will be revealed in issue 41. The issue is just about done. Some adjusting with the text and 3 panels to draw, not that much really. Had fun with this issue. Lot of drawing and some nice surprises. Back cover I will start slightly later since I have to now finish 4 pages of the Suomaa strip. After those I will be able to start with issue 42 which will by the way feature one of the biggest revelations in the series. You'll see.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Real nice

I will try to draw the remaining 336 pages real nice.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Funded

Thank you Suomen Kulttuurirahasto! I now will be able to conclude this thing. Maybe not quite in two years but now nothing should stop it. Currently working on issue 41 which means I have 13 issues to go. It's getting close. Suomaa is maybe slowing Läskimooses down a bit but in the end it's all part of the big complex book I'm working on.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Back

Back to issue 41. Just finished a panel. I have a week for just this and then I have to start preparing the next couple of Suomaa. Could in best of circumstances finish 7 pages, but that's unlikely. And I have 12 undrawn. Oh well...one page at a time.

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Piano piano

Painting the window at Cable Factory has been slow. Tomorrow is the 5th day and I will work a bot longer. Sort of hoping I could manage to conclude the linework by monday. Here's a photo from the side I'm working which will later be hidden behind plywood and the picture can only been seen from the cafe, other side of the window.

Friday, February 02, 2018

On monday

On monday I will start to paint my silly window painting for the Cable Factory restaurant. It will smell bad and people will complain and I don't know how long it'll take. It'll take what it takes, right? Anyways, I'm forced to take a break from issue 41 which is a bummer since it's going nicely. But I will get back to it soon as I'm able.
This issue will return to the mainstory ( which is not actually the main story but you know what I mean) and Agner Mang. Soon it's going to be goodbye Agner Mang. Yes we are getting neat the end definitely.



Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Just asking

What is this thing I'm working on? Because I don't have a clue. 13 issues to go and I would be curious to know whether I'm on the right track or on any track.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Nasty

I've written some pretty nasty stuff for Läskimooses. It's basically a dirty book whether you realized or not. Some characters have a history that will not make them look good. And all will be revealed eventually and how will you then see the these characters? Kalevi really has a story to tell and I'm saving it for issue 53.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Much

Much likeness in issue 41 to issue 37. And quite suitably it continues the story of Agner Mang, the main character of the book or the main character of the story in the book. The actual main character would probably be the narrator narrating the story. He and his pal/nemesis Kalevi, those 2. But what I came for is this: although starting this issue AGAIN felt impossible, it's once more well under way.
And issue 40 going to the printer soooon.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Calculating

With Suomaa going how many issues will I be able to finish this year? 4? 5? I'm hoping for 5, but it's hard to say. Every page of Suomaa equals two pages of Läskimooses. So if I plan this right shouldn't be any problem. At the same time it is possible that there'll be less issues this year.
All this planning is pretty useless. Suomaa is something I have to do to fund Läskimooses so it has to come first. 12 issues left of Läskimooses. It' ll be finished no matter what in 2 or in 3 years.

Sketching Suomaa



Friday, January 19, 2018

Remember

I don't even remember all the things I've been in a dream. And what is it anyway? This thing being someone else... here's a small list
-Spiderman
-Wolverine
-God
-Young girl
-horse
-Deathpool

SUOMAA People


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Now

Well yeah... been returning to work with baby steps. Aim is to finish 2 or three pages of the Suomaa strip before mid february. And yes, the thing is starting in Kirkko and Kaupunki on 18th. That's less than a week ahead. But after I finish the strips I will return to Läskimooses. Issue 41 will feature wild scifi stuff and so will 42. What! End is approaching. And was it all a big mistake? Maybe. Who knows. You tell me.

And what else? Looks like Silvia Regina is coming out in English in US of A.

Busy year? Looks like that certainly.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Inspiration

Certain things inspiring the project
-Tristram Shandy
-Lee & Kirby
-Gravity's Rainbow
-Infinite Jest
-Flash Gordon
-5 books of Moses
-Moby Dick
-Gertrude Stein
-Mars books of ERBurroughs

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Issue 41

I made some adjustments to the story and issue 41 will be called Taivaan lapset instead of Free Hugs which will then be the name of issue 42 or 43. Anyways, I wrote issue 41 today and I liked what I wrote and I don't care whether you read it or not.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Outside

Where I stand is totally outside everything. Don't have any connection to any scene anywhere. The idea of participating to any comics related event fills me with dread. And the loudest will always triumph no matter what.
I don't know where I fit in nor whether I even want to. It's all futile anyway.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Silence

I don't see much value in any publicity. Mostly I want to disappear. None of the interviews I've given have ever proved beneficial in any way. I prefer silence. And still I've always answered the questions. In some hope of some purpose. I have 20 books or so under my belt and for what purpose.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

100000

Give me 100000 and I will do something cool.

Friday, December 08, 2017

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Issue 40

Yes almost done with this one. Issue 40, 40 pages. Mostly lettering to do. One actual page to draw and then...onwards. Going to take a break (sort of) from the book and continuing with the Suomaa strip. Idea is to finnish 2 pages before end of January. Shouldn't be much of a problem. And in January I should be able to start with issue 41, maybe even finish it. Oh well...

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

1000

Now I have 1000 pages of the story wrapped up and finished. I still remember when 12 pages or 24 pages felt a lot. I still remember how a 100-page book felt really extreme and bad-ass. So ha!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Yesterday

Yesterday I counted that I have 450 pages left to do. Might be a bit more, but close to that figure. At the moment I don't have any funding for the project. Maybe it has been going on for too long maybe. Hard to give a grant to a thing that just doesn't seem to end? Yeah who knows. Eventually I will be able to finish it, but without funding it'll take twice longer. 450 pages. It either sounds a lot or not that much, depending. Depending of the perspective. It's 2 years maybe bit more so it's less than 6 years, less than 4. And 450 is less than half of the pages I've already than. But it's almost one third of the book. And quite surprisingly structure-wise I've reached a true turning point of the story. Just about where I would place the golden division.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Old story

Skeleton men of Jupiter











Friday, October 27, 2017

Working

Working on issues 39 and 40. 39 requires some adjusting and 3 pages to draw, 40 I am writing. And 40 is a special issue. Why? Because with issue 40 I will pass page 1000 of the story. This is my first book/project that'll go past that benchmark.
Issues 37 and 38 are still at the printer. You won't be disappointed with issue 37. Then you'll see...

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...