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, drenched 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!

I live in a tiny apartment with no basement or anything. I’d calculated carefully how many books I could fit in the storage I have under my bed (2 cubic meters already almost full of books and zines) and ordered accordingly. But now I have twice the amount! (I also have claustrophobia, lmao, so it stresses me a bit more than the average person to have boxes all over the place …)

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!).

I’m donating copies to libraries across Germany, and also putting some in “free cupboards”/”free libraries” in select locations (eastern Germany only – unless you live somewhere else and would like me to send you a few books to give away? let me know!).

I’m aware that there are used book peddlers grabbing books from some of these locations. So if you should find one of these misprinted copies sold for money by someone other than me or a comics store, you’ll know where it probably came from, but also those guys are just trying to make a living in this harsh world.

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 ♥

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

(Continue reading …)

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

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