Wednesday, August 16, 2017


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


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'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


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


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


Follow me there matti.hagelberg


Wednesday, July 26, 2017


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


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

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Friday, June 23, 2017


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


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

Thursday, June 08, 2017

more selling

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


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


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

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Saturday, May 06, 2017


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Working on issue 36. For some reason changed the grid to 6 panels/page. 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


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 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