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




Thursday, May 11, 2017

Best Läskimooses reseller in the whole wide world

The best reseller of Läskimooses in the whole wide world will get the picture of them and their shop in the backcover of issue 42.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Kidding

Who am I kidding? Myself? The main book will be 1200 pages minimum, could go to 1500. With the so called additions ( some of them LIKE essential) it'll be 200 to 300 pages more. So
Would you REALLY be surprised if this THING goes to 2000?
Cause I wouldn't.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Friday, April 28, 2017

Mind

I wouldn't mind starting a sunday strip in the spirit of Flash Gordon after this project. Just noticed that I enjoy drawing these semi naturalistic characters in exotic locations. And really Alex Raymond in Flash Gordon...there's something in the way he draws I can relate to.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Regret

I regret every word I ever said in an interview or otherwise.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Old rule

In 1992 I made myself this rule: work 1:1. That is: draw it the same size it's published. I stuck to this for some time, but with Holmenkollen I started to, well, work smaller. Now since 2012 and Läskimooses I' m back to my old game. And why? Originally maybe I felt that this is more direct approach. And I still do. Maybe some time I should start work larger..maybe.

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

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Returning

Returning to Läskimooses. My publisher is currently scanning the 2 pager I was working on. As hard as ever to continue. Been going through some ideas for later issues and they're plenty. Plentiful. All I need is a chance to work on this monster. There are some pretty nice surprises coming along and then I will tie the bundle together in rather a nifty way.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Friday, December 16, 2016

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Teaching more

I've mostly been teaching this week. And it is good. Maybe I should stick to this? Well...
2 days remaining.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Teaching

This week I'm teaching at Theatre Academy in Helsinki. Teaching has become an important part of my life. More than a means to an end. And I would need an extra class for 2017 in order to make ends meet...but... choices are limited. At the moment I have 3 regular classes: freehand drawing on tuesdays at the open university, comics also at the open university and comics 3 at the day school of Aalto. Comics 3 is actually ending and the group is preparing their final works and new students can apply in May, I think. Anyways that leaves monday thursday and friday free for some class, if one should show up. Ofcourse I could compensate by selling art, but my art hasn't been in high demand.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Mesmerdo


Ideas

While working on the book I get these new separate ideas. Like the pretty funny set of superheroes whom I would place within the world of Läskimooses. And other ideas for several several new series. And three times I've tried to find funding to start new series drawn and written by different people. All stories intervining with each other. And I know this would work. Maybe the time will come. Maybe after Läskimooses I pick one of these ideas and bring it further. First I'll have to reach after Läskimooses.

Reading surviving

The book is missing 3 yrs of work. 3 yrs and then all the editing and adding and all that. I read some issues, some from the beginning, some from the middle. And it's not that bad. It'll be with the corrections the book I'm most happy I did. Eventually. So 3 yrs ahead. Next year (if I should be able to bring the main story to a turning point, 2018 the conclusion of the main story more or less. Then a four issue Kalevala special and then the final four or so issues. Not many things I can cut off and this'll span 1200 pgs minimum. It was supposed to be an experiment and there is a lot of interesting stuff I've encountered. But...three years. And the schedule here depends on the luck I'll have with grants. Already now I'm in a spot where I really should find at least one more class or some other paying job. And ofcourse that's time out of the book. And it drags on. But I see the ending and it really isn't a disappointment. A cool sort of ending that I won't give away.

Friday, December 09, 2016

Corrections and editing

It was the idea when starting that when the series is finished I will edit it and correct mistakes. Now this correction seems to mean correcting the grammar and correcting the parts of the story that don't work for whatever reason. I know of three spots where the text is inadequate and I would like to work on it. Due to the process of working and due to the fact that this thing isn't really bringing in any money - more of the contrary - the natural place to do these corrections is when the book is translated to English and published in three or four volumes. Well for the moment there aren't anyone jumping to the oppurtunity and most likely this won't happen before the book is finished, but in a way I'm all set. There have been disappointments, but plan is to continue even if I can only do four issue next year and the thing drags on. I'll adjust.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

100 portraits or so

I do portraits from photos.
100€ each. Size: 15x15cm. Done with Textmark markers (Light resistant).
These will later(or sooner) be collected to a book. Send three pictures for me to pick from.
Contact: mattihagelberg (at)gmail.com




Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Hey

Basically ready to give up. At least two yrs remaining of this craziness. Feels more like a mental illness than anything else. On the other hand there are quite nifty stuff coming along. Stuff I'd like to tell. Decisions decisions.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Saturday, December 03, 2016