13 December 2009
-Hva gjør du nå?
-Sitter i et tomt klasserom og sjekker når neste tog til Helsinki går. Jeg har nettopp avsluttet en to ukers tegneserieworkshop i Lahtis, sammen med en koselig gjeng mistilpassa finsk ungdom.
Hvilken bok vil du anbefale?
-The Raw Shark Texts av Steven Hall.
-Låste skumle rom, hukommelsestap og konseptuelle dyr som lever av idéer og gir deg grisebank, hvis de ikke spiser deg, da.
Ellers er jeg veldig glad i Jonathan Lethem, Hanif Kureishi og Patrick mcCabe.
-Hvilken film vil du anbefale?
-Jeg er fortsatt imponert etter å ha sett In the Loop.
-Jeg trodde ikke at britiske embetsmenn kunne banne så kreativt. De sverter så det svir i øra. Filmen viser også det politiske spillet i all sin styggedom. Jeg håper at det meste i den filmen er jug, hvis ikke er vi fortapt.
-Hvilken plate vil du anbefale?
-Den siste skiva som jeg gikk totalt bananas over var Love´s "Forever changes".
-Det er en skive jeg skulle ha hørt på for ti år siden, men uhellet ville ha det slik at jeg snublet tilfeldig over den for to år siden og kunne ikke slutte å høre på den. Jeg måtte til slutt gå igjennom en sakte avvenning, fordi det finnes andre skiver der ute. Jeg er fortsatt ikke kurert.
-Hvilken tegneserie vil du anbefale?
-Dave Cooper - Ripple
-Det er en happy-go-lucky story med lakk og lær, sadomasochisme, lolitakomplekser, halvgamle mannfolk, iskrem og gruff og fanteri. Samtidig en besnærende fortelling om hvordan en rimelig usympatisk mann går komplett til hundene og gir etter for sine verste impulser. For ikke å snakke om at den er fantastisk tegnet.
-Hvis du var kulturminister for en dag, hva ville du gjort?
-Hvor mye kan man få til på en dag? Tror jeg hadde slengt en million til i potten til kulturrådets produksjonsstøtte til norske serier, fått norske serieskapere inn i skolen, både som litteraturpensum og som foredragsholdere, etter det hadde jeg tatt lunsj resten av dagen.
-Hva er det som provoserer deg mest i norsk kulturliv?
-At Norges nest største parti er såpass smålige at de gjorde kulturfinansiering til en valgkampssak. De fleste kulturarbeidere befinner seg allerede på bunnen av inntektslisten, samtidig som de gjør et verk vi alle nyter godt av. Det er bare trist at det finnes folk som tror at lille Norge ikke har råd til å subsidiere litt kultur for skattepengene. At alle kulturarbeidere må være flinke kremmere for at de skal ha livets rett er stygt og feil.
-Hvilken internasjonal stjerne ville du spist middag med?
-Charlie Brooker, Dylan Moran eller Peter Serafinowicz, men jeg aner ikke om de egentlig er internasjonale stjerner. De er ihvertfall noen jeg tror hadde vært hysterisk morsomt og interessant middagsselskap.
-Hva er tittelen på boka om ditt liv?
-Veni, Vidi, Vomiti
10 November 2009
Working on the record clearly shows we need half-decent mikes for future recording, so here´s the first, the Electro-Voice Blue Raven. Gotta love em names.
For you sound geeks out there:
05 November 2009
03 November 2009
31 October 2009
29 October 2009
21 September 2009
Been doing a bit of tweaking to Vollewelt too. If you look to your right, you´ll see a Google calendar over public appearances I´ll do this autumn. Also, there´s a Twitter-feed, a shop and the RSS-feed from the blog I keep over at Suomen Kuvalehti. Pretty nifty.
I´ve been sketching, writing, mixing music and eating monster painkillers due to a wisdom tooth removed. Losing wisdom hurts.
And hey, look what I found in the archives!
Nazca live at Nosturi in 2000. A song we never bothered to put on Non Grata, even. Just for you.
And as always, there´s the Suomen Kuvalehti-blog. Check it out.
13 August 2009
24 July 2009
20 July 2009
13 July 2009
12 July 2009
It's been a pretty interesting week, to put it mildly.
Check out Flickr for more.
02 July 2009
30 June 2009
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07 June 2009
Promo work with the book has been hardcore but fun, me n Vesa Kataisto informed the people of Kemi at the Kemi Comics festival some weeks back. Big thanks go out to the arrangers of the festival, they made sure we had the best of times. Thanks are also due to the arrangers of Maailma Kylässä-festival in Helsinki for giving us a spot, where I again misled the masses.
At the moment, there is in Turku an exhibition of Facts from the World comics at Cosmic Comics café. It will hang there until the end of June.
Cosmic Comics Café is anyway a place you would like to check out, not only for good drinks, food n wifi, but also for their extensive comics library, free for all visitors.
In Tampere, mine and Pete Korhonen´s Personal Politics-exhibition will hang until the end of June at Bukra Galleria. We have thus far received fantastic feedback on this one, so don´t miss it if you are in the area.
The limited edition A2 posters are also available for sale, 20 euros a pop.
My favourite Helsinki shop Pitkämies reports on their blog that the new Facts from the World compilation has been in their top bestseller list for two months now. Yay!
I just spent a couple of days in Oslo, catching up with old friends and meeting new ones along the way. Big thanks go to Mikkel for putting me up for the period. Check out his band, Happily Ever After!
Also, TV-season is over for this spring. Boktid will be back on finnish TV screens this autumn, featuring new comics from yours truly.
Back in the early ages of the internet, you would sometimes receive emails like "YOU COULD ALREADY BE A WINNER" or "Amazing offer!".
Fair enough. Back then we spent our workhours hitting the "delete"-button a lot.
Then someone invented the spamfilter.
Things got easier, we didn´t have to hit the "delete"-button so often.
Then things got weird.
Since the spamfilters were removing the usual buzzwords, the spammers had to become innovative
Nowadays the spammers are trying to sell me stuff through the medium of poetry!
Just check out my spamfolder from the last couple of days:
Subject: They sailed to the Western Sea, they did
Subject : Wash away, wash away
Body: How charmingly sweet you sing Where the early pumpkins blow pmg http://ushatechindia.com/rmhz …
Subject: Clowns raped cops
Subject: Bum kicked Condolesa
Subject: Maybe you’ll be forgiven or maybe not
Body: Said the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo tell the moon above me rqmmz
Subject: At 10, white cap with duck
How am I supposed to get the desire for enlarging pills by reading Dada Modernist poetry?
On closer inspection, I find that they are sent from myself? When did i do this? Am I supposed to buy enlarging pharmaceuticals from myself? How? Why?
Who are these spammers? Are they insane? Are they even human?
What can we do about them?
Well, Elliot Burford makes art from them. An example to follow, surely.
21 May 2009
20 May 2009
Karstein Volle and Petri Korhonen has pooled their talents and will exhibit photography and illustrations at Bukra galleria, Tampere.
Volle will exhibit cover artwork done for Into Kustannus and Korhonen will exhibit photos taken from over a decade of material.
12 May 2009
04 May 2009
28 April 2009
25 April 2009
24 April 2009
20 April 2009
First of all, I would like to thank everybody who showed up to last friday´s three shows.
The embassy show went really nice, thanks to beautiful surroundings, quality wine courtesy of the Embassy, plus a lab coat and a pipe. I will put up pictures later, great rejoicing was made.
Then the Pitkämies acoustic gig, thanks to Tommi and Jelle for providing the PA and the premises. There were loud discussions amongst the band what gig was the best.
In the end, Nousu provided us with the real party, with loud music, proper drinking and good vibes. Great rejoicing was made, at least the part I remember.
Seeing Helsingin Sanomat´s interview and review cheered up my hangover the next day.
And now, the book is out! Run to your local dealer! Get it before it gets you! Believe me, I am happy as a pup about this one.
12 April 2009
02 April 2009
The verdict is done partly by voting, so if you would like to give a little support, go here.
25 March 2009
22 March 2009
A facts from the World idea sketch, which I never did, because I was already featuring to many Idols jokes at the time. I guess by now it´s an anachronism. I sure hope so.
It´s about ordinary people jumping the Idols bandwagon and pandering for SMS-votes, so they won´t get expelled from society.
17 March 2009
15 March 2009
13 March 2009
12 March 2009
So, the Facts-book might be the nicest one yet. 100 facts, culled from over six years of production. Also featuring a smashing intro-text from the one and only mr. Ville Hänninen.
The book will be out on publisher Arktinen Banaani. We are aiming for a release date at friday the 17th of April, so mark that day off in your calendars. Exact times and venues are still to be confirmed, but I heard a rumor that something might happen sometime at the Norwegian embassy...
Apart from that, I just handed over a four panel version of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn´s "A day in the life of Ivan Denisovitch" , it will be aired on FST5 the 31st this month. It´s a goodie, if I may say so myself.
Last but not least, Do check out this week´s edition of NYTliite, it features artwork from yours truly.
08 March 2009
03 March 2009
01 March 2009
24 February 2009
22 February 2009
17 February 2009
This is a nice starting point.
If you want me to do the picking for you, I would recommend Olli´s and Mari´s blog.
If your finnish ain´t too good, don´t worry, they even translate their stuff now and then.
15 February 2009
10 February 2009
07 February 2009
05 February 2009
25 little known facts about me.
1. I have received two years of education in flute playing.
2. I once starred as a red blood vessel in the norwegian children´s film "The hunt for the kidneystone"
3. I have been a tour musician with Halden grungers the Cornflakes.
4. I have only hit one person except my brother and that happened in the sixth grade.
5. By verdict of Moss city court, all my paintings were worthless until I had finished my art education.
6. I have abused drugs in the name of art.
7. I have painted my student flat black.
8. I have never done civil service. I was supposed to start on december 99, but I moved to Helsinki and has since never heard anything.
9. I spent four months making the short film "i was abducted by aliens" only to have the master tape stolen just before final edit.
10. I have never been to Poland. Although one of my all time favourite bands is half polish.
11. I have painted angels on the ceiling of Drammen City theatre.
12. I am addicted to playing Solitaire.
13. My favourite comic artists when I was 10 was John Byrne, Hans Lindahl, Kari Leppänen, Frank Miller and Nestor Redondo.
14. The first instrument I really got into was the bass guitar.
15. I do most of my scripts on collective transport.
16. I have made a 30 minute opera in bullshit russian with a friend.
17. I had my appendix removed at 14.
18. My left eye is more short sighted than the right.
19. My favourite comic at 12 was Watchmen and "The Masked Cucumber" .
20. I still have a lot of love for The Phantom and Mandrake, in all their white male suprematist cheesy colonialist glory.
21. I own a vacuum cleaner robot.
22. I have ambivalent feelings towards my blog, my illustrations, my comics and my music.
23. I made with Tritone the demotape "Anton´s car", where each song title came from a button in Antons car, like "Rear demist" and "Emergency". The songs had nothing to do with neither cars nor Anton.
24. My first band was a synth duo called Dreamscape. My first proper band was called Yggdrasil FT.
25. A girl got her nose broken on our first Tritone gig. A swedish guy flipped.
27 January 2009
You are making the rest of us look like lazy gits. Can you chill a bit?
22 January 2009
-Gokk, my hillbilly alien invasion miniseries hits Larsons Gale Verden.
-The exhibition I made at Serieteket autumn 2007 goes on tour.
-I write another comix article for Balder, the magazine for conscencious objectors.
-I go to Angouleme for the first time. Highlights: Angouleme city, Chat noir, meeting longtime hero Ben Katchor, drinking with Jason, meeting Guy Delisle, fantastic cuisine.
-Paris, highlights: Toy comix exhib,
-Start making comix for FST5´s program Boktid.
-Norwegian comix site Serienett gives Gokk a fine review.
-Boktid premieres on finnish tv-screens.
-Finish Gokk series. 5 episodes a 4 pages of Deliverance meets Night of the Living Dead meets Plan9 from Outer Space
-I go to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
-In the future returns to Aftenposten
-Illustrate book by Saliven Gustavsson
-Nazca turns 10 years. We put up for one day mixes from forthcoming album Out.
-I get to the Batu caves, Malaysia´s largest hindu shrine.
-I make In the Future strip 100
-Stockholm and SPX 08 Highlights: Meeting Ulli Lust, checking out Nou nou hau
-In the Future-blog is started. Tells the future six times a week in norwegian.
-Into Kustannus starts publishing their pamphlets, covers by yours truly.
-Electrocomics.com starts publishing Facts from the World every week.
-I make the jump from Schibsted to Egmont.
-Oslo Comics Expo. Highlight: Partying with the norwegian comix posse and Killoffer.
-NYC and MOCCA. Staying on the 25th floor Jersey penthouse with Marshtin and Stine. Watching Manhattan getting nuked while drinking Urquell beer.
-More covers for Into Kustannus.
-DT writes about in the Future.
-Spend a week with Tanja in Berlin at Mesq´s flat. Meet Ulli Lust and Kai Pfeiffer. Check out the Museum of Medical history. Chilling stuff.
-I turn 34.
-In the future ends it´s run in Aftenposten.
-Tour with New Model Army
-Make jingle for Söderströms publisher
-Play two gigs with Nazca.
-Metropolia zine workshop
-Helsinki Book Fair, we have a presentation with Arktinen Banaani, Boktid is on site and Into presents their stand with pamphlets all done by yours truly.
-Design banners for Vaasa University´s Hamsun anniversary celebration.
-In the Future is guest strip in Dagbladet.
-illustration work for Nyt Liite.
-Festival artist at the Hamsun festival, Vaasa
-Did the cover of NytLiite
-Enjoying a new year bluegrass singalong with Ed Pettersen, Freddy and the Corazon-boys. Check out their new project The Black Country, btw.
04 January 2009
Give money to Medecins Sans Frontieres or The Red Cross.
I would also like to ask you to sign this petition from Avaaz.
02 January 2009
But for now, to all of you, have the best 2009 ever!