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 …)
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
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.
Click to enlarge:
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. >:(:)(
myComics.de is something like “Youtube for German comics”. The upload rules state that no pornography and glorification of violence is allowed, so I thought they probably wouldn’t allow Eva, but then I took a look at some of the “Top comics” on the front page, and, yeah.
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.
I was reading Åsa Ekström’s blog (hoping in vain to read something about the fabric designs she has made for Ikea[!]), and there she mentioned that her book Sayonara September was included in Paul Gravett’s “PG Tips No. 27: The Best Of 2009 Part 1: An International Perspective“. Was I ever suprised when I came to the very bottom of the page.
Well, apparently it fits a trend that Fredrik Strömberg (who made the selection) had observed. (Oh noes, I have been categorized! Maybe I should change my sex?)
Also, Dagens Nyheter, one of the biggest Swedish newspapers (in fact the only Swedish paper I read on a regular basis, because it has the Rocky comic), recently published a review of the Eva book. My publisher Horst said that I have now officially kicked Daniel Clowes’ ass, because not only has Eva sold a fair lot of more copies than A Velvet Glove Cast in Iron that Epix published recently, but also DN never wrote anything about his books, not even Ghost World. (But of course it would probably be quite different if Clowes was Swedish …)
So I’m in New York now, and will continue to be so until the end of the month. Ilan is doing his annual visiting of family and friends, and I just tagged along.
What I’ve been up to:
* Working my ass off with my day jobs as usual
* Forcing Ilan to show me around interesting neighbourhoods
* Seeing Ilan and his band perform a few times
* Answering the question “So how do you like New York?” about five million times
* Eaten lots of very, very good food
Piggy street art in Williamsburg!
The doggies here are on average much smaller than in Berlin.
Stairs up to an abandoned house, one of three or four in a row.
There were lots of doggies in this room! Maybe it’s some kind of doggie day care center?
My plan here was actually to force Ilan to take me to the exact place where the main part of this video was filmed, but there is construction going on there right now, and you can’t access it. This is as close as we got!
There are many more photos on my Flickr.
As for my comics, you might have guessed that I’m in a rather wretched period right now. It has happened to me several times before, and quite often around this very time of the year. I just know that one day I will wake up and know exactly what I need to do next in Driftwood. Until then I will just have to suffer …
But in the meantime I’ve designed some more fabrics for Spoonflower. I made a new boar variation and a fabric with Eva(!). Sneak peeks below:
I made three different colour schemes for the Eva fabric. But we shall see how they look in print.
Some people have actually bought my boar fabrics. Whee!
Tomorrow I’m going to Rügen for almost a week, where I will not have Internet access at all!
So I’ll have to post the rest of the piggies for the piggy week already now … ;_;
These are actually warm up drawings that I made during the Gothenburg book fair while waiting for a chance to sign my book. (Here are my reports from the fair, in Swedish but with lots of pictures!)
Oh, and then I found this sketch somewhere in my computer:
I think it might be related to my comic Pigs Have Wings. Or maybe not, because the girl doesn’t look like Ebba. Or maybe that’s the reason why it stayed just a sketch.
Many people assume that I’ve been inspired by rape-revenge movies in my comics about Eva. As a matter of fact I had hardly seen any such films when I drew these comics.
But some of them seem like good fun, so I looked a bit closer at the genre in an article for the new blog of my publisher Epix. Read it here (in Swedish) …
Screencap from the film Thriller – A Cruel Picture, at which I take a closer look in the article.
In Swedish at allehanda.se: “Stenhård hora som seriehjältinna”
It says that “after a while you start to see that Tinet Elmgren is challenging conventions when she makes a whore into a heroine and thrashes on so much violence. She is a kind of Tarantino in comics form.”
Whee, that’s really flattering.