Friday, April 21, 2017

Know

You know there's a spin-off series of Läskimooses? It's called Tappavat Kädet and it's written and drawn by Leo Kuikka. So far 2 issues out and 3rd in the printer. Only 4 issues in this miniseries and the final issue should be coming out in september time of the comics festival here in Helsinki.

Working with this one has been cool and I would definetely want to try it with someone else. Maybe maybe. Excelsior!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Surprises

I mentioned in one interview that the story keeps surprising me. Now it has done it once more. A new piece to the puzzle just emerged. This one won't be added to the main story but it goes to the book of additions although it's a major thing tying together the stories of the narrator and Adorno Naulastus. These small revelations.
I don't have many expectations that any reader will spot this one story addition. It will probably require a indepth reading. And few people will stay with the book for that long. But it'll be there.
Like the thing I placed in Silvia Regina in plain sight and don't think anyone spotted. In the Lauri Kenttä story there was something, some level hidden. And I worried a bit that it would be too easy to spot. Well to my knowledge it's still as hidden as it ever was. And it's probably not the only secret of that book destined to remain a secret.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Estimate

End of this year I will have 360 pages left of the story, not counting the "notes". I have funding untill end of this year, roughly. Funding... I wouldn't worry so much except that it seems I'm slower when there's this uncertainty.
What about the story? I get very few comments. I think it's proceeding as planned. Do people even suspect there is a story? There is and a pretty straight forward for that matter.
Issue 36 which I'm working on currently... I changed my method. Usually after the script is finished I letter it to the panels. With this issue I 'm proceeding one page at a time. I do have a script but for some reason I haven't lettered it yet. Oh but there's a reason. This issue is really a culmination point of sorts and there's going to happen something with the writing. You'll see.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Plotline

There's one major plotline, one of many, that was started in issue 12. Now in the forthcoming 2 issues it'll be reaching its conclusion...or close to it. A circle closes into a circle.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

36

Working on issue 36. For some reason changed the grid to 6 panels/page. Well...to save space. Otherwise the issue would've taken two. Even now it's going to be 32. Ok I guess. Planning to finish first week of May. Then onwards. Issue 37 will then conclude chapter...I've lost track. Five or six. Cheers.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

5

Been working on issue 36 for 4 days with 5 pages finished. Going smooth so far. The issue is going to be 32 pgs or so it looks like. It'll get slower real soon. This issue has some stuff I wanted to get into since issue 13 and here I am. Made even a small mistake that cost me an hour. Should double check everything, especially when time has gone by.
Meanwhile issue 35 is being scanned. First issue this year.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Today

Today I should:
- go through 20 or plus notebooks for upcoming texts
-read issue 35
-write second version of 36
So there...

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017

Opera

Some years back I took a break from listening to opera. Can't remember any specific reason. Might've been when my son was quite small. I didn't stop buying cd's occasionally, but didn't seem to listen them with quite the same enthusiasm.
Anyways, now I notice it is back. I'm now listening those cd's I bought years back but didn't then quite dig in. There wasn't time, or patience. Now I feel I'm resiscovering the artform. Been listening to Schoenberg's Moses und Aron, Wagner's Rienzi, Händel's Orlando... and many more. And most of the other stuff I listen seems to pale in comparison (with a few exceptions: Coltrane for one)
In 2000 I wrote a libretto for an opera composed by Kimmo Hakola. Now I would'nt mind doing another. But then it would have to be a longer thing. Six hours maybe.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Don't tell anyone

I got a grant that will help me continuing working until september. And what I do first: I search for opera recordings I want to have. These days it's mostly Britten. Maybe Alban Berg's Lulu. Good.
But seriously, this grant takes some weight from my back. I will finish issue 35 next week and move along to 36 with no worries. And I'll keep going. Thank U.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Something I did

Paul Gravett kindly asked me to do a 2 pager for ArtReview magazine. Proud to be there.
This particular story takes place between a couple of panels in issue 23 of Läskimooses.
I have plenty of these "sidetrack" stories lined up for the notes-book I have planned after the main book. Additions and alternate versions...

Saturday, March 04, 2017

After

After läskimooses
1. The book I started, silvia regina themed stories...15 pgs finished
2. Stories in the manner of 14th of this month. Small nice book
3. Oh and my favorite..can't tell much. A set of comic books each one based on one book by... oh tell u later

After 2020 then.

Counting counting

What someone might miss is the thing that the thing (Läskimooses) has an actual ending. And it's coming up. But not soon enough not. Still at least 20 issues, but might be longer. And I'd like to compress the thing, but it's against the nature of the book. Oh well back to work.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Teaching

What is this thing?  To be interested? Nothing else matters much.

But next year I have been teaching comics for 20 yrs. Heard some stories and seen them made into comics. And it's magic.

Beginning and end


Sunday, February 05, 2017

The leftover

Check the previous post. This was supposed to be in the upper part of the picture but was cut out (video). So it goes.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Trained monkey

I was interviewed for the television a week back. The day was a bad one and I had been struggling with this one panel. Idea was that I would draw for the camera like the trained monkey I am, but things got a bit more interesting when I had to cut away the upper part of the panel. I was pretty sure I would have to re-draw the whole thing but the next day I managed to salvage the panel. I will later share the link of the actual process, but this is the final panel from page 6 of issue 35. You might notice the places I have cut along.

Printed Matter

https://www.printedmatter.org/catalog/artist/26362

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Millionaire

Are you a millionare? Because I need money to finish this book.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

So far

Starting issue 35 has been slow. Been trying to find some work and then other stuff too. 3 interviews on Läskimooses. One for television. Had to verbalise a lot of things that I hadn't before. Then last week finally some progress with the issue. Now 5 pages finished. Hopefully I will get back to form next week.
Here some sketches:




Wednesday, January 18, 2017

2017

Here we are then. Issue 35 has been slow to start but I now have 3 pages finished. At the moment I don't have any funding for the project but pretty sure I will be able to finish this issue in more or less normal schedule. Thing is all I can do is the thing I do and then to teach. I'm not that excellent in illustration and graphic design is impossible this day and age. So teaching it is. As much as possible. And it's ok.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017