13 February 2015

Seriestatistik - uppdatering!

Ett inlägg på svenska, för en gång skull.

Dags att se hur min seriestatistik ser ut. Detta har också blivit lite av en årlig tradition, men främst gör jag detta för att jag tycker att det är belönande att se allt jag skapat i en sammanställning. Rekommenderar det varmt!
(Klicka på bilden för att se den större)

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Wooo~ Jag lyckades producera 210 seriesidor 2014. Det är bra! Inte lika produktivt som 2009, men jag tror att det är förklarligt: 2009 var mitt singel-år. Men jag tar hellre kärlek än produktivitet, och för att få behålla kärlek är det viktigt att ge varandra sin tid. Så jag räknar aldrig med att bli lika produktiv som under mitt singel-år (och om jag blir så bör jag se över mina prioriteringar).

Dessutom har ju mitt nuvarande stora projekt Sword Princess Amaltea mycket mer avancerade sidor än Mjau! som jag ritade på under 2009:


Sedan, en liten rapport på hur saker går med ritandet!
Jag fick ta en liten paus från Sword Princess Amaltea bok 3 för att rita en kort novellserie som kommer finnas med i en antologi med girl-loves-girl-serier som heter Freya, ett projekt som jag var med och startade tillsammans med tre andra tecknare. Mer om det projektet i ett kommande blogginlägg, men här är i alla fall en smygtitt på min serie:


Nu är jag tillbaka på banan med SPA bok 3, som planeras släppas i höst (med försläpp på NärCon i juli om allt går som det ska). Jag ligger bra till! 90 av 190 sidor tuschade, vilket är i enlighet med min plan. Nu ska jag ge järnet och få klart boken i tid!!
Lagom till Alla hjärtans dag sitter jag med en känslosam scen:


❤ Doki-doki moment!! ❤

Såja, nu ska jag fortsätta jobba, och inte ta upp för mycket av din tid. Tack för att du läser!

08 February 2015

Report from the International Comics Festival in Angoulême

In English, because I think this might interest my international readers as well!

Last week end, I was invited by the Swedish Institute in Paris to the 42nd Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d'Angoulême, probably the most prominent comics festival in France. The institute invited a group of Swedish artists to participate in activities on stage and signings. 

The other artists was some of my own idols, whom I read works by when I started making comics; Joakim Pirinen, Nina Hemmingsson and Anneli Furmark! I was so starstruck! Also the supertalented and supernice Emelie Östergren (who I shared living quaters with) and Mattias Adolfsson (a master of social media!). Going to the event meant sitting in a train for 3,5 hour (between Charle de Gaulle and Angoulême), and those was well spent on talking about making comics, building stories, teaching, psychology and other deep and interesting things with these awesomely brilliant and friendly people... I was elated!! 
To be invited and part of this group of people was extremely honoring and nerve-racking at the same time.

Here's some photos!

All of us artists invited was to sit on the stage next to the Swedish booth and draw while what we drew was shown on the screen behind us. I was first up, right at the beginning of the day, and happened to get a huge crowd of 10-year-olds, who stayed for about 30 minutes watching me draw!



Photo by Fredrik Strömberg, chairman of the Swedish Comics Association.

And the finished picture:

 After that, we was to sign books in the Swedish booth.
Here's me, Emelie and Mattias signing, at the same time!
Photo by Fredrik Strömberg, chairman of the Swedish Comics Association.

 Nina Hemmingsson drawing.
We all had music playing while drawing, which was 
really cool since it also told alot about our personal tastes. 
I chose the Game of Thrones soundtrack, for example.

 Emelie Östergren drawing. 
All of us also worked so differently when drawing. 
Some did sketches, while others didn't.

The stage was also used for a couple of panels on Swedish and Nordic comic. One with editors from four publishers, one from each of the four Nordic countries Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. Very interesting when they compared the marked and seemed to find similarities but also some significant differences, like how (generally speaking) comics from Norway are more fun, comics from Denmark more commercial, comics from Sweden more political and comics from Finland more artistic. Generally speaking, that is.
Anneli, Nina and I was on stage and talked about women making comics in Sweden, and we had a couple of inspired women in the audience - yaaay!
And last but not least, three of the Nordic countries battled it out on stage, in a cartoon stand off. Mattias and I represented Team Sweden, and we're taking the lead, until the finale when Finland came up victorious. Well fought, colleagues!

The city of Angoulême really transformed into a full festival, with tents full of publishers on each square you walk by in the center of the city. Not like a "normal" book fair where everything is crammed into one big hall.
On houses and in shops was famous French cartoon characters painted on the walls and window glass, and the mix of old French architecture and pop-art-esque pictures really made the city unique. 


Some cool street art.

On Friday, me and some other from the Swedish group (not only the invited artist, the whole delegation was about 20 people, both artist, publishers and other) went to the Jeunne Talente tent. That's where so called Book Submissions was held, also known as portfolio reviews. Editors from different French publishers gave aspiring artists a chance to show them their works and get feedback. After about 2,5 hours in line, I finally got to meet two editors from Kazé Manga, a big French manga publisher. I showed them Sword Princess Amaltea and they seemed impressed! They said it all looked very professional, wanted to keep in touch and gave me their business cards! Yippee!!

 The lines to the editors, so many eager artists.
Some even traveled there from Brasil, to show their stuff!

 The weather was bad, raining most of the time, but the time was well spent on the festival and in the company of so friendly and awesome people. Fabian Göransson, my [former] editor at Kolik förlag, a veteran in Angoulême, showed me and Emelie a nice coffee shop, and we couldn't resist the cakes they had there. A nice fika with friends, just like we Sweedes like it. ;)

The irrestistable cakes.

 A quick photo of the booth, before going home.

The trip was such an eye opener. Especially to the French market, which I had a bit of knowledge about but far from enough. Also a chance of new friendships, and more contact with people I usually jsut rush by on events. I felt so honored to be invited to this trip, and thankful to the amazing people at the Swedish Institute in Paris for all their work!

Even though all this sounds super great, there was a darked part to the festival too. Because of the attack on the office of the Paris-based satire cartoon magazine Charlie Hebdo on the 7th of January, the festival was swarmed with police. The doors of each tent was guarded, and it took ages to get in because of secutiry checks. Felt awkward, but we all understood the necessity. Still, it made this positive and creative atmosphere a bit tarnished... The attack was terrible, and the waves of the butterfly wings will be felt ages from now, I think. The attack was discussed a lot in the comics forum (i.e. at facebook) but I don't feel like bringit it up here right now. It's complicated.

Ending on a better note: 
Yay for new friendships, obtained business cards and an awesome time!
And cake.

Thanks for reading.

27 January 2015

2015 - the year of new challanges!

Heeey!
Time for some planning of the coming year, and new year's resolutions (a [bad] habit of mine).

Let's start with the resolutions... Last year's was:
I will get myself a drivers license!
Um... yeah...
So, well, that didn't happen.
Yeah, ok, I have no real explanation, except... time. Time is something I wish I could ask for for X-mas. Sadly, it doesn't work like that.
Usually, I'm going to grade myself on how well I achieved my resolution, but no. I won't even do that. Let's just forget this ever happened and start over with...

THIS NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION IS:
I will get myself a drivers license!

Yeaah... Well, at least I'm not giving up, right?

And one more:
I will make an animation!
There, now I have made it official!
This year, I will try to make animation of my manga Mjau!. Why? Well, because I have to. Now and then, you realize you have to strive higher, make something that you personally think is impossible, just to prove yourself (and all the non-believers) wrong. This is that time for me.

Now, let's do some planning for the year to come!

January to June: I'll be teaching at Serieskolan in Malmö 30%, an focusing on finishing book 3 of Sword Princess Amaltea rest of the time. In June, I'll send it to the printers, and thus finish my longest manga ever! Yaaay!
Oh, and I have made a homepage for the manga now (coded it all on my own!):


 There, I'll update the manga in English twice every week, so please check it out and follow it! 

July to August: Take a much needed break from making manga, to start some animating and also work on some projects that have been falling behind. 

September to December: Work at Serieskolan again, and also.... I don't know? Hopefully my attempts to animate haven't crushed me at this point, and hopefully I'll be making something awesome with it!

And these are the events I've already planned on visiting:



28-31 of January: The International Comics Festival in Angoulême, invited by the Swedish Institute in Paris. (Thank you!!)
21-22 of February: J-popCon in Copenhagen, Denmark
28-29 of March: Malmö Seriefest, fanzine festival organized by myself and a colleague
2-5 of April: GothCon in Gothenburg
11-12 of April: PicaCon in Kristinehamn
14-17 of May: KodachiCon in Lund
22-24 of May: Dokomi in Düsseldorf, Germany
23-26 of July: NärCon in Linköping

Hopefully, I'll also get to finally go to MCM London ComicCon in October! It has always been the same weekend as something I had planned, but now I won't miss it!
Well, if I do go to London, then I will have visited France, Germany and the UK in the same year, crazy!

So, that's my plans for this year! Hope you also have grandiose plans for these coming 12 months of your life. Remember, you'll never get them back, so do something creative in all that time.

Thank you for reading!