HOURLY COMIC DAY 2022

Yet another uneventful February 1st for me, and on top of that I was feeling really tired and unmotivated … Maybe next year I should plan something special for Hourly Comic Day. :3

(Read it behind the cut!)

Comics production of 2018-2021

I was just scouring the internet for embarrassing old content of mine that I might want to delete, when I found a post that explained why I started keeping track of how many comics pages and panels I’ve drawn in my life. I’d forgotten all about the reason along the way, but it was actually inspired by SPQR Blues artist Klio, who set a goal to basically learn drawing properly by finishing 10,000 drawings (where “drawings” equal comic panels).

So now I have to update my progress!

(As usual I’m generously classifying anything with more than one panel or both a drawing and text as a “comic”, unless it’s really just a tiny sketch … too late to change that now or I’d have to adjust the total numbers since the beginning! And it kind of works anyway.)

Number of pages and panels I have drawn since January 26th 2018:

Hourly Comics Day 2018, 8/15
– Bilderberg “Tin///tina and the Omega Art” page, 1/11
(See below – apparently I never posted it anywhere before, probably due to the Bilderberg collective’s fears of copyright claims from the estate)
Hourly Comics Day 2019, 7/17
Bilderberg “Hanswurst” page, 1/5
Inktober 2019: Bait, 1/1
Hourly Comics Day 2020, 9/15
Dog Island chapter 1, pages 20-29, and chapter 2, pages 0-5, 16/86
(Back from a 6 year hiatus, thanks to corona and the meaninglessness of life, when I figured I could do whatever I want. Unfortunately that attitude was bad for discipline so I didn’t get all that far yet.)
Inktober 2020 day 4, 1/1
Shila’s haiku, 1/1
Hourly Comics Day 2021, 16/30
Frog and Toad have a sleepover, 9/9
Inktober 2021 day 4 and 6, 2/3
ENQILOB, 14/40
Bloodletting page 1-7, 7/42
No More Coffee Woman, 1/3
How I Make Comics, 1/2
I don’t want to be grown up, 1/1
Draft of page 1-2 for a so far nameless comic project, 2/1
(That double page spread sucked so bad that I didn’t continue it or even redraw it … yet. I really like the script though so I want to draw this comic at some point.)

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98 pages, 283 panels

(All-time total: 1248/5375)

This was really not a lot for FOUR YEARS … but it was something, a lot more than nothing ^^ And in the last year or so I drew more than in the three years before.

I actually didn’t find any unpublished comics in my sketchbooks, at least the ones that are not in my garden. Maybe because I’ve been posting that kind of stuff on instagram right away (and I also didn’t draw terribly much T^T).

I’m still barely halfway towards 10,000 panels! Frustrating …

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Tin///tina and the Omega Art page 10 – click to read:
It’s a gender swapped and awesome interpretation of the last, unfinished book. A different artist drew each page and this was my contribution. The gender swapped character design of the twins was for the most part by me :3

Inktober 2021

My inktober this year was definitely less quantity, but perhaps more quality?

As usual I switched between several prompt lists. Starting off with #goretober2021 day 1: Bruises (Eva and Ting Yay edition ♥)

#inktoberrussia2021 2. день: По ту сторону реки (On the other side of the river)
This is a remake of a sketch I made in 2016 when my life was pretty shit and I was frustrated that my art reflected that (not surprisingly). Today I kind of wish I would have just gone for it and created lots more of depressing, desolate and brilliant art.

#wartober2021 day 3: “Mask on” (Andrei from my piggy book Sweet Peas)

#inktober2021 day 4: Knot (stomach in knots)
My stomach was indeed in knots on that day about a couple of things (as far as I remember: some bureaucracy shit and a writing project), but eventually I succeeded in everything and all was okay. ^^

#retrotober2021 day 5: Stars (Wilie from Driftwood/Dog Island gazing at the unfamiliar constellations)

#inkhoteeditions 2021 day 6: Chez moi (at home), in a parallel universe where I moved into a two room flat on the 13th floor. I could have done just that, but it wouldn’t have been ideal for my doggie. Instead I got another very nice flat that is very much ideal for my doggie. ♥

Then a skip ahead to the 10th, which was my princess Mitsu’s 27th birthday. She was such a tiny baby and I always tend to chibify my drawings of her if I don’t watch out.
Several prompts were suitable for celebrating Mitsu’s memory:
#majasbokdraw2021 day 10: My dream pet
#blacktober_zetta day 10: Mythical Beast
#inkhoteeditions day 10: Anniversaire
… maybe also #gristober2021 day 10: Resurrect? …

It’s a fun challenge to associate freely with the prompts. I can keep up with it best if I can maintain a fixed inktober routine, but anything upsetting the routine and pulling me out of the mindset (like a comics festival early on right in the middle of it, as happened this year) can be disastrous. ^^;

Bilderberg Konferenz 7 comic

The “most elitist underground comix festival in Berlin” this year has as its anthology theme “autobiographical Tijuana Bibles”, i.e. true self experienced(?) sexy times(?) stories(?) with characters from well known comics(?) …

The anthology can pretty much only be acquired at the festival, so for those who can’t make it, I will share my contribution here. It’s basically a Frog and Toad fanfic, enjoy I guess, under the cut ^^

(Continue reading …)

EVA BOOK

Here it is – the 240 page luxury hardcover book collecting all the hard boiled short stories about Eva’s everyday work and leisure in the black glass streets of her city, splattered with blood and washed with rain. Many of them never before published in English, or only in very crappy English.

The book contains all the Eva stories so far:

  • Asphalt Mirrors, Lead Lips, Odd Tuesday, Glass Rain, Flashback! Postman Blues, She’s a Killing Machine, Asbestos Hearts, Electric Tsunamis

… and many sketches and illustrations!

Get your copy in my gumroad store!

There was plenty of drama with the printing of this book. At first I received a full edition of books with misprinted covers – I’d ordered shiny varnish for parts of the front cover, but the printers had printed the varnish as colour (100% magenta lol).

It turned out they had changed their printing process just when I placed my order, and don’t offer varnish on hardcover books with round spines anymore. That partly explains the misprint, though they should have noticed. They took responsibility for the error and printed a full edition of corrected books free of charge, without arguing, which was very nice of them.

HOWEVER, it means that now I have a huge amount of boxes full of books that I don’t actually have storage space for!

So please help me lol and buy lots of books from me!!! T^T
Especially Eva books and Driftwood books, which take up the most space in my storage and will look absolutely stunning in your book shelf! I’m selling the misprinted Eva copies for extra cheap/”choose your own price”.

The two versions only have different covers. It’s kind of difficult to capture in photos, but the magenta colour on the cover really is smash bang full on 100% magenta, partly overlaid on red and black.

Also, the text on the back cover of the misprinted book is not centered (I was able to fix that thanks to the misprint!).

In any case, the books are really beautiful. I’m very happy with the round spine hard covers and the nice thick creamy paper inside. ♥ (So get your copy if you haven’t yet!)

DOG ISLAND CHAPTER 1 ZINE

The first chapter of Dog Island is done, and collected in a beautiful printed zine!

I had a six years long hiatus in the middle of drawing it, but returned to it last year thanks to corona and the overwhelming feeling that nothing matters anymore, so I might as well do whatever the hell I want to do.

You can get a copy here in my gumroad store.

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