My contributions to the Bilderberg Konferenz V book

Okay, so I guess it figures that the first comic page I draw in a very long time is going to be an entirely self-indulgent thing with piggies and ultra-violence directed at men, in general. This is for the collaboration book for the Bilderberg Konferenz V underground comics festival in Berlin, August 10-11th.


(Larger view)

We always do our own weird take on some topic, and this year the theme is the forgotten and unfinished play “Hanswurst’s Wedding” by Goethe, which seems to be some kind of satire about how disgusting upper class people are etc. In the Bilderberg books it’s even worse, of course, while we tried to creatively include the original text fragments. That also means that the book has to be in German.

The story is basically just that the upper class twit Hanswurst is getting married and the wedding party is just an orgy of all kinds of revolting stuff, while his dad praises him above all heavens.

Goethe never finished the play so we don’t know how it was supposed to end, but this is how I think it should end! A band of women guerillas crash the party and kill everyone (especially/at least the men) in the name of revolutionary expropriation.

The final line is inspired by gothhabiba. And the first slogans they are shouting are inspired by L.D. Bronstein, On Optimism and Pessimism: On the Twentieth Century and on Many Other Issues (1901). Full context:

It seems as if the new century, this gigantic newcomer, were bent at the very moment of its appearance to drive the optimist into absolute pessimism and civic nirvana.
– Death to Utopia! Death to faith! Death to love! Death to hope! thunders the twentieth century in salvos of fire and in the rumbling of guns.
– Surrender, you pathetic dreamer. Here I am, your long awaited twentieth century, your ‘future’.
– No, replies the unhumbled optimist: You – you are only the present.

We also drew bizarre portraits of the wedding guests in Basil Wolverton style (or just our own style). Here are mine:


Goethe’s name of the character is Saufaus, which means “drunkard”, but if you add a “t” at the end it becomes “fist of the sow”! So I figured the character is a martial artist who has “Saufaust”/”Fist of the Sow” tattooed on her arm, and scars from an injury have obscured the “t” at the end …


And I thought the character named “Schweinpelz” (“Pig fur”) should just be a very furry boar. V^(oo)^V

Serienördens kokbok

Serienördens kokbok är en samling med svenska serietecknares bästa recept som kommer ut i höst hos Natt Förlag. Jag bidrar med pärämäts. Dock avslöjar jag inte vårt hemliga familjerecept, utan min veganska perversion, med varken kött, ägg eller kefir! Här är lite smakprov:

Gurkorna ser kanske lite osmakliga ut. Hur som helst, själva receptet får man läsa om man köper boken sen. V^(oo)^V

Plutonium 10

I förordet till mitt fanzin Tunguska #11 funderade jag på ifall det finns svenska seriefanzin som har getts ut under längre tid än Tunguska, och nu vet jag att det mycket riktigt finns sådana, och jag har till och med medverkat i ett av dem!

Plutonium Comics ges ut av Per Myrhill, och innehåller både hans egna serier och andra tecknares verk. #1 kom ut 1993. Det var några års paus mellan #8 (1996) och #9 (2013), men det har hunnit komma ut ytterligare ett nummer detta år.

#10 har ett fett snyggt omslag av Ulf Österström, och innehåller 152 sidor med mer eller mindre obskyra serier av mer eller mindre obskyra tecknare, däribland två någotsånär obskyra alster av mig: Svinhugg går igen och Vårkänslor på tunnelbanan. Det är en fin blandning av olika slags undergroundserier, från klassiska svenska vardagsrealistiska serier över återberättande av drömmar samt fantasy/superhjälte/våldspornografiska serier (mina bidrag faller förstås i den kategorin), till mer filosofiska och realistiskt tecknade serier av den typen som var vanligare på 80- och 90-talet (exempel på det är Så kan det gå av Per Demervall och Svante svarvares saga av Lars Andersson). Och så en massa helt sjuk humor.

Bland de sjukaste bidragen finns Per Löfgrens helt bisarra och uppenbart Jaime Hernandez-inspirerade Om och om igen. Den är skumt dåligt tecknad men alltså extremt påverkad av Jaime Hernandez både i teckningsstilen och storyn. Bokstavligen sjuk är Per Myrhills serie Aneurysmdimma, där han berättar om hjärnblödningen han råkade ut för, och verkligen lyckas förmedla det djupa obehaget i perioden strax innan anfallet. Priset för den bästa punchlinen i fanzinet går nog till Leo Brages Statement, där en snubbe vill lönnmörda chefen för den lokala ICA-affären. Jag uppskattar också Patrik Norrmanns Bacon & Ägg-serie – jag var inte i Sverige just de åren när serietidningen gavs ut, så jag har helt missat denna fina serie med dess grishjälte.

Plutonium 10 kan beställas från webshoppen på myrhill.se!

Sneak preview of my submission to C’est Bon Anthology vol. 23: “Hair”

Of course I could not resist that theme.
Let’s see if they want to publish it … :3

Interview, and other news

There’s an interview with me on the Swedish Comic Sin blog … :3

And the Epix blog presents their new spring books. Among the five books, all of them very nice, is the Swedish edition of Driftwood!

The fruits of my hard work!

Building the fence yesterday was a really nice little “vacation”. Looking back at January, February and March up until now, I didn’t do much else than working my ass off in a haze of coffee, Club Mate and cheap frozen pizza, drowning out my silly panicking brain with Ursula K. LeGuin audiobooks.

(Cheap frozen pizza, blown out lightbulbs, budgie food, oatmeal and Club Mate bottles = Tinet’s January-March 2012)

Towards the end I had like mental breakdowns every night, but I did finish it, and I don’t think it’s bad or too rushed at all. V^(oo)^V After this experience I know for sure that I can trust my creative spirit, if I just shut up and do as it says.

So, the Swedish Driftwood book is at the printers now, and will be out at the end of April. I’ll be signing it at the comics market at Stockholm International Comics Festival, April 28th-29th. (An English edition will follow in the summer.)

The final chapter of Driftwood will also be published in #10 of my photocopied zine Tunguska, for those who have all the previous zines and might feel cheated if they had to buy the whole book just to read the last chapter. It will be a big fat zine with some behind the scenes stuff and other nice things.

Maybe I’ll also make posters of the cover and back cover of the book, because it’s so nice. :3

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Another book that will be out at Stockholm Comics Festival, and which I’ve also worked hard for, is the erotic comics anthology Swedish Comic Sin! I’ve contributed a story to it, which I’ve posted some previews of here already.

It’s a total indie publication, so all contributing artists pay together for the printing cost and sell copies of it themselves. I’ll sell and sign copies of it in Stockholm and other upcoming festivals, and you can of course order it from me (details on the store page).

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