Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Why

Why do graphic novels when you can do comic books.

Notes

As I see it Läskimooses is the notes for a piece to be played by the reader.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Something

Something for the Helsinki festival perhaps.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Trying

Trying myös new phone. That's all.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Sarjakuvailmaisun yksityisopetusta


20 vuoden kokemus sarjakuvaopetuksesta niin korkeakoulu- kuin harrastajatasolla. Yksityisopetusta taidesarjakuvan ja perinteisemmän sarjakuvakerronnan alueilta oppilaan tavoitteista riippuen. Sopii myös ammattilaisille. Lisätiedot ja hinnat: Matti Hagelberg, TaM, mattihagelberg(at)gmail.com

Monday, August 08, 2016

Printer

Issue 31 is going to the printer this week and this brings to mind (for some reason) the subplots, substories that I want to add to the main book. There are several. And I'm making lists to keep them in mind, not to forget any. And I just remembered one that's not on any of the recent lists.
These subplots, sidestories should take 200 pages approximately and then be...maybe...published as a separate book of corrections and additions. This book I plan to draw 2019. Depending if I manage the funding...the grants. Couple of applications in at the moment. This is how it goes.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Late

Issues of this year are late. First one only just came out. But I'm catching up. Issue 31 is almost rady for the printer and it's totally silly. You might be better of just to skip it and wait til issue 32 comes out. And issue 32 is proceeding. Quite nicely, thanks for asking. 4 pages to do, oh or maybe 5. And the cover. It'll certainly be done before end of August, but won't make it to the Helsinki festival.
Meanwhile: a killer issue of Tappavat Kädet (lethal hands) by Leo Kuikka is just about ready for lay out. This second issue of the series is pretty brilliant. No idea when it's out...during the fall. Yes and before christmas issues 33, 34, 35... Agh, 2 years to finish. Subscribe and support.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Seems

Seems like issue 32 will be finished second week of August.

Friday, July 08, 2016

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Day

It's not a working day if I don't get to start 8:30 am

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Styles

I had a style, maybe you seen it before, that I sometimes refer to as my old style. Sometimes I still use it so i still have it.
2012 I changed my style, or maybe I changed it little by little during the 4 years before, but no-one noticed. For me it always was more about changing my writing and the way of working than changing the so called drawing style. But in general it probably seemed I changed my drawing style, so...
But lissen: sometimes I hear that I should change back to my old style. Maybe because it was more...popular. But was it? Läskimooses, from where I'm looking, seems to be getting more attention and interest than my old style did (at least for the last 10 years). I never felt it was popular in ANYWAY. Maybe for a very small moment between 1994 and 2000. So what do U think? I feel I'm on the right track no matter what.

Thing

Thing on my mind. Läskimooses as it is now, coming out in comic book format, this is the project in its actual true form, or close to it. It's this shapeless mass from where the issues appear or that and the whole...performance, the readers, the silly competitions, the subscribers... The acts of writing/drawing and reading/imagining.
So, I think how can I collect these to book (or box) form? Probably I can't. A collection will not (maybe) be able to catch the thing most esssential to me. The free flowing open structure. Unless I somehow keep adding to the story...and I will. But still. If you want to read the book, read it now when it's becoming. Later it's not possible. That'll be a completely different book.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Struggle

I really struggle with the idea of promoting myself or my work. I hate it. I hate it in so many ways. This blog is the closest to a homepage I'm able to stand.

Or maybe just if someone would do it and I just had to accept it's existence. Then maybe.

Or not.

Sorta

Sorta surprised when I counted the remaining issues (15 or so) and realized that IF I'm able to keep the pace, then the book will be done in 2 years. The book of corrections on the other hand SHOULDN't take more than a year. So all and all 3 years would be the maximum.
Curious.
And first time I felt this thing has started to turn towards the end when I started issue 32. Less smoke screen, more straight up story telling.
When I started the project in 2012 I had this idea that the thing would have six part and each part answers one question. Part one answered question: what is Läskimooses? The current part was supposed to answer the question: who controls Läskimooses? But new questions have risen so that thing might be answered somewhat later. But, yes, questions. And then: how to survive Läskimooses? Find out!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Downhill

Downhill has started. The final chapter(s) of the book. Today I'll draw the panels for issue 32.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

When

So, when will I return to my old scraperboard technique? After I have finished Läskimooses? After the book of additions and explanations? After the book of no pictures? I do have enough good essdee scraperboard for at least one book in my old style,  you know.
So, when? Not anytime soon. Why? Because. So there.

Friday, June 17, 2016

3.33

It's 3.33 and I'm waiting for the first airport bus at Marseille st. Charles. The exhibition is now on and it's a silly one. Maybe you go to Friche this summer. Today I'm flying home.

Ps.

It's my first time leaving from this airport BUT for some reason everyone is asking me for advice.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

The first

The first 700 pages are the hardest. Yes, maybe, but the pages after that have been, so far, if not hard then slow. Now I'm actually getting near 800. It's inevitable. All I have to do is draw. Now the break I have to take for a week makes me really uneasy. But I have a thing in Marseille. And the Läskimooses Powerbook is coming out.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Long day

Started with teachers meeting and continued with a class of freehand drawing. Honestly...even though I in many ways enjoy teaching and even though I feel that's it's one thing in my career with some certain value, I still maybe probably would quit it if I had the chance. Or would I? Who knows.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Plans

Big plans but no funding. I don't know... I know some people with huge potential in storytelling and I would really love to help them reach their potential. But I'm no business man and I'm not even sure whether there would be any money in it. Still... I would like to push these people to some strange direction.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Magically

14 pages drawn for issue 31. Oh but, wait... Texts are missing.

I have an exhibition coming up in Marseille. Still today the plan is a bit vague...I would like to work there, make it more of an installation. But what will I bring along? This stresses me somewhat, but I seem to be unable to actually sit down and plan. Instead I want to push issue 31 ahead. Next week I really have to start thinking and packing, confirming at least something. Oh well...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

It varies

Sometimes I feel it would be good to get a book out in English. Sometimes. But I'm not going to make the move

Finish

Ok, I'll finish this, although I don't know why.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Stupid

Is it just me or are these the most stupid of all times. Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of stupid. But without any contrast all this stupidity is a bit overwhelming. Stupid is the new black worn by everyone in all occasions. Give me some variety!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Occasionally

Occasionally it would be good if someone read the story from the beginning and then comment on it. After reading past 5 issues I got this urge that I need to start editing and fine tuning right now. Although this thing in many ways is a work in progress and all sorts of mishaps are welcomed I still would like to have each issue as good as I possibly can. Sometimes this is not the case. Maybe I should start to come up with the solutions for the issues I feel are problematic. Maybe or maybe not. Maybe the nature of this thing is its sketchiness. That nothing is really settled. That there remains this friction. Thart sometimes the thing just doesn't work.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Possible

It's possible that this thing will never be published in book form nor translated to any language. If I can I will finish it by 2020 and then move along. Currently I'm lacking in time. The project should probably stay as it is. Not to become anything else later. Or whatever.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Writing

Slow to start. The supposedly 16 pg issue 31 is turning into a comfirmative 24 pgs. Of mostly dialogue...or monologue. Either one. The two characters have never been seen (or heard) in the same panel. There are times, it seems, the other character hears what the other says, but this is not revealed to the reader directly. Anyways. Writing is slow, but getting there.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Saturday, April 30, 2016

As it is

I felt that I'm sort of at loss with issue 31 & 32, but then I started writing issue 32 and suddenly once more I started to feel I'm on the track. And I am. There's real pain and suffering coming up.
Yeah, but, yeah... Sorry to say looks like 55 issues...crap...who needs this. 2 days to finish issue 30.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Set

I'm set financially until October and maybe longer. Läskimooses is not really bringing in any money, but I got a grant from Taike that'll help me not to worry too much during the summer. And I'll continue teaching.
But what makes me wonder is this: is Läskimooses too long project to be funded on grants? I mean it might start to look like a scam... Or something. And also: while it is not "finished" it won't be getting any reviews. Although it has gotten a couple very nice ones... So the  project that is now over 700 pages is in danger of turning invisible. And taken for granted. And I'm not sure if people realize that the story actually has an ending and it is approaching. Sometimes a bit slowly, but still. And I know the numbers don't look too good. The project  has now been going on for 4 years 4 months, it will continue for 4 more years, the explanations& additions book will take another year AND we have less than 100 readers. Something doesn't add up.
Oh, I know that some are waiting the book to come out and that's ok. Ofcourse. But the thing is that this is not that kind of project. The book, if it'll come out, will be a side product of the process. When it comes out the thing will be over already and the book is the epitaph. Yes well...
Point is I worry a bit. Not too much. But I'm considering whether I should apply a grant for some other project. But it's hard to say. All and all not much is said. Some people seem to like Läskimooses and I have a feeling I'm onto something.  But how is the project seen from the outside? Anyone?

Friday, April 15, 2016

Week

It was a shitty week and I want a refund

Hands

Got my hands on the fresh book by me and Riikka Ala-Harja. Literary themes from here and there. Soon in bookstores. Made the design a bit on the typographical side, but maybe you like it maybe.

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Drawings

It's not drawings, but only one very complex drawing.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Talent

Sometimes sometimes I come across great talent while teaching. And when this talent is not quite aware of itself... And I hope I'm then able to help to direct it to the mark. To the right mark. Right for the person with the talent. Whatever that is.