Style Challenge

Ainur just did an awesomepants style homage, with Goldenbird heroine Mayann drawn in different artists’ styles, and I just had to do one too!

(And I just found out through newwavefeminism that it’s a thing – #stylechallenge was originally started by Autumn @beautifulness87 on Instagram!)


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So I’ve drawn Eva and Willie, trying to imitate the styles of five different artists whose comics have influenced me deeply, three from the US and two from Japan. I think I finally got warmed up by the time I got to the last one …? V^(oo)^;V

Guess which is which! :3 In alphabetical order: Charles Burns, Debbie Drechsler, Jaime Hernandez, Jiro Matsumoto, Ai Yazawa.

Fun facts: I never realised until now that Jaime Hernandez rarely if ever draws earrings on his characters? It’s really interesting what peculiar ways the artists have of drawing certain anatomical details, like ear whorls or hair structure. Debbie Drechsler and Jiro Matsumoto were the most fun to imitate, because their styles are the most different and the most similar to my own, respectively.

Sketchdump!

Recently I finished this sketchbook, with its slightly questionable cover:

Here are some previously unpublished sketches from that book! V^(oo)^V

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China White

A while ago I threatened to make “more serious” comics in watercolours. That’s what I’m doing right now!

I made some disastrous colouring mistakes with the first page and had to edit it a lot in Photoshop afterwards.
Just in time after I’d half destroyed it, I remembered one of Joann Sfar’s musings about watercolours – something like that you shouldn’t try use “natural”/”realistic” colours. And I figured that green can basically go fuck itself …

Adhering to that, the second page was even more fun and I’m quite pleased with how it came out. :3

(You can read the first two pages here behind the cut!)

SHu SHu SHu SHu SHu SHu SHu SHu

In one of the women’s toilet booths at Badehaus:

What I think happened there:

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(Shu is from the comics about Eva …)

Zines for the Finns

In preparation for Helsinki Comics Festival this weekend, I expanded my arsenal with three more English language zines!

I’ve been a bit lazy with the English paper comics. Previously I only had my two most recent 24 h comics as zines in English, White Nights and The Muggers.

Hourly Comics Day 2012 is obviously my hourly comic from this year. It was so epic and porcine that it had to be made into a zine.
16 pages, A6. V^(oo)^V

The Compass Rose is the long-awaited English translation of this (very) short spinoff story from Driftwood, about Aeron back when he was more confused. In spite of my “enormous nose” artistic phase at the time I drew it, it’s one of my prettier comics. Though when I look at it now I’m confounded that his ex-girlfriend looks so “Caucasian”, when she’s supposed to be of clearly African descent (but has albinism) … x_X White-washing my own characters, eh …
In any case I would really like to draw a much longer comic about her (as herself, not as his girlfriend).
12 pages, A5.

Yess, the latest and longest Eva story is now also in English! One night Eva is assaulted by some Nazi-Darwinists. She beats them to pulp and doesn’t think much of it, but what if it did lead to some disastrous consequences, after all? In this story, Eva – who normally prefers to be a “one woman army” – actually teams up with the hot gangster The Leopard, who collects the debts off Eva’s toyboy Ting Yay and his sister. But what will Ting Yay think about that??!!!
44 pages, A5.

I’ll be sharing a table with my eminent sister Ainur. We will also be selling Swedish Comic Sin 2 and 3 (I participated in #3, Ainur in both :3 ), and Ainur will have fabulous zines with her comic Goldenbird! And I guess we’ll also have some pins and maybe other little things.

We’ll be in the Small Press Heaven (Pienlehtitaivas). See you there …? V^(oo)^V

Stockholm SPX10

Here is the spanking new cover for Tunguska #8, which actually might get done in time for SPX! It says it costs 40 Swedish crowns on it, but I might actually lower it to 30, because this issue will probably be the thinnest ever (32 pages). ;_; Unless I figure out what comic I could draw on about four pages until Sunday.

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I’ll be sharing two tables with Ainur and also Epix. Ainur will bring a new edition of Goldenbird #1-2, and also copies of Goldenbird #2-3. #1-2 has never before published extra material, so die hard fans might feel very frustrated. :op
Also, I hear Ainur has an exciting comic in the coming issue of Babian.se, which is supposedly an ‘SPX special’ …

From Epix comes not least my book about Eva (I’ll be selling it for 150 SEK at the expo market, with a kick-ass drawing in ink and acrylic paint), and also some all new books, such as the Swedish editions of Kinderbook by Kan Takahama and The Ice Wanderer by Jiro Taniguchi. The latter has Akita doggies in it, so it’s definitely a must buy.

Find us at the comics market in Kulturhuset on the third floor, inside the auditorium (hörsalen), on April 24th (11 AM to 10 PM) and 25th (11 AM to 5 PM).

On April 22nd I will also take part in an “8 hour comic” event at Kulturhuset. Whee!
Noooooo, due to random volcano activity I will have to take buses and trains to Sweden, so I won’t get there in time for the 8 hour comic. >:(:)(

New fabrics from TungusTkan’

Eggplant is the new colour scheme for the Eva fabric. I reconstructed the design after having lost it when my computer fell in a coma.

The puppachutes and flying piggies from my video collaboration with Ilan were too good to not make into a fabric.

The pastoral piggy toile that I made for a weekly Spoonflower contest is now available for purchase.

This design in three different colours is based on Scythian petroglyphs of wild boars at the kurgan in Arzhan, Tuva, Russian Federation, dating from the 8th to 6th century B.C.

For an overview of all the TungusTkan’ fabrics so far, you can visit my Spoonflower profile or the Loot page.

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