I’m soon going on vacation, this weird concept that you get when you have employment, where you spend some time not working at all. Employment is rare for me, so it still feels like some kind of novelty. And it won’t be completely without work since we have a CBA release/exhibition on July19 (work being defined as when you do things with a purpose other than pleasure/relaxation, not to be confused with employment where you also get paid).

So I thought I should make some small summation of what I’ve beem doing lately. I should say ‘we’ rather than ‘I’ since most of what I do is done in the context of one or more of the collectives I’m part of within the Hybriden constellation…

Let’s start at the chronological end, with this year’s CRACK! festival (June 20-23) where I was with Kinga Dukaj and Luddvig Melin to represent AltCom/Hybriden/Wormgod/CBK/Tusen Serier and ourselves as artists. If you don’t know, this is one that I’ve been going to every year for the last decade or so, except last year. Which was probably good, because this time it felt better than it has for a while. Less people than usual, but I got some of that magic back, where you meet new people who do interesting stuff, old friends that you only see once or a few times a year (depending on which festivals you go to) who also do interesting stuff, you see lots of cool art, you make some yourself, you’re in this small piece of a possible future/squat paradise on earth called Forte Prenestino to share in the evolution of the comics/printed art underground. It’s a source of inspiration for AltCom and for a lot of what I do and how I do it.

Idyllic breakfast with background reminder…

Our cell:

The theme for this year was APERTO (OPEN), similar to the NO BORDERS theme of AltCom 2012, so that fit us well considering what we’re usually publishing.

One of our neighboring cells

On June 22 there was also a huge demonstration against evictions of squats as well as against raised rents in general. CRACK! has a natural connection to this since Forte Prenestino is a squat since 1986. I didn’t go to the demo myself because I can’t handle being out in the Italian heat for that long, but rumor says it was a manifestation of around 100 000 people.

I was asked to make a sticker or something for the demo, but I found this and couldn’t imagine doing it any better.

I also have to say, without going into details, that the crisis management from the festival organizers is very commendable. They managed to turn an incident into an assembly of around a hundred artists to discuss what had happened. In the end some people disrupted the meeting and I’m not sure where they will go from where it ended, but I fully trust them to handle it in an intelligent way that is respectful to many different aspects of the whole situation.

A while ago, we opened a new permanent exhibition at Hybriden, with works that have been produced at Fanzineverkstaden by its members and/or workshop participants. It was also, finally, the official release event for Fosfor, our zine distribution system.

The Lore exhibition is still up, with material related to the theme of the latest issue of CBA. The best bet if you still haven’t seen it is to go this week (Wed-Fri 11-15 + Sun 12-15). After that, Hybriden will close for the summer except for the opening of the Qtopia exhibition on July 19 (at Hybriden). As I write this, we’re actually in the final stages of finishing to files for CBA vol 45: Qtopia to send off to the printer.

We’ll be back in August at Fanzineverkstaden, open weekdays between 15-21, with lots of new workshops coming up during the fall, so keep an eye open for that. And do use the place, because it’s a great opportunity to print stuff and try some new ways for self-publishing, and you never know how long it’ll last (except we know we’ll be here for at least another year). We also brought home some examples from CRACK! to use for inspiration.

And speaking of things that are being printed as we speak… My contributions to the upcoming Wormgod book, After the ends of the world 2 by me and Susanne Johansson, have largely been produced at Fanzineverkstaden in between my regular working hours. More on that later, but here are a few of the pages from the book that I also showed as prints at CRACK!

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Not much work left now before After the Ends of the World 2 is ready to go to the printer.

It’s a bunch of short stories, visions of different versions of the end of the world, with a few longer stories by Susanne Johansson commemorating the victims of three gruesome murders, and a 15 page comic of mine (Why you (maybe) shouldn’t kill Hitler, previously published in CBA vol 40|41). Just like the first book in this series, it will also have a downloadable soundtrack, this time contributed by Systemet, Nimam Spregleda, Feberdröm, Factory Farming and Trauma Command. If you were at TRAUMA last year, you might have seen all of them play there… Published by Wormgod,of course.

I’m planning to put a few samples of it on the blog in the coming weeks before it’s released. I just got word today that Norway, of all countries, just made some changes to their laws, making abortions less accessible (link in Swedish, sorry, you can probably find it in other languages, I don’t have time to google it, even though it’d probably be as fast as writing this). Which sucks, of course. So I felt this one was a good fit for today:

 

Unicorns…

April 12, 2019

The donkey unicorns were completely different from the horse-based ones. They showed absolutely no mercy.

SIS 2019

April 1, 2019

I will be representing Wormgod at SIS (Stockholms Internationella Seriefestival) this weekend (Apr 6-7). The festival is to be found at Konstfack this time.

You’ll find Wormgod next to Tusen Serier and CBK and a few extra tables for individual artists from the groups.

We’ll also receive zines for Fosfor (the zine distro that’s included in the new webshop at Hybriden).

See you there!

LORE

March 25, 2019

Right now at Hybriden, CBK is showing the release exhibition for CBA vol 44: Lore.

I made a bunch of new works for it, inspired by some stories I heard as a child, and some I’ve heard later. Fairy tales and similar concepts that inspired me in one way or another.

You may recognise the symbol in the background from Berserk or Nameless or the upcoming Brightburn. I wish I could tell you its true origins, but… Also, if you haven’t seen The Witch, that’s maybe something you should think about doing?

Dhagdheer, a long-eared vampire(?) from a Somali folktale…

Yeah, I know, this last one doesn’t really fit into the whole fairytale theme, but what the hell. Dune was a great influence on me while growing up, and now when I’m rereading it I’m really enjoying it, so I think it fits anyway.

 

Hybriden webshop

March 22, 2019

The old CBK webshop will soon be taken down, so some links in this blog may be broken.

My books are now available at the new and improved HYBRIDEN webshop.

You’ll also find books from Wormgod, Tusen Serier, CBK and our new zine distro Fosfor.

Enjoy!

Pirate portrait

March 14, 2019

Been playing around with Procreate again. Couldn’t think of anything new or original so Ijust drew one of my old characters.

I think I’m going to make a series of these things, it’s probably a good practice both for how to work with Procreate and for getting into this whole drawing thing again. Feels like it’s too long since I made any big comics project…

Captain Marvel!

March 11, 2019

Went to see Captain Marvel this weekend. It was a standard MCU movie, which is quite a good standard when it comes to mainstream superhero movies; it means it was good and enjoyable and probably works best when seen as part of the overarching story.

AND it managed to be a feminist movie in many ways that the somehow acclaimed Wonder Woman totally botched (which is something I will get into in a future post).

Captain marvel is of course its own movie, and I wasn’t comparing it to Wonder Woman while watching, but the comparison is valid since they’re both the first female-led solo superhero movie from Marvel/DC respectively.At least during the current generation of superhero movies since the genre is now almost synonymous with major blockbusters.

In any case, I’m very happy that they didn’t throw away all the feminist potential in the way that Wonder Woman did. I also hear it did well financially, which is of course important since our entertainment is in the hands of Capitalism and they need to make a profit if they are going to continue doing stuff that is anything other than the tried and safe. So I guess thanks to all the small-minded people who did their best to sink this one but probably only helped by drawing attention to it.

Some random drawings

March 7, 2019

Some more random drawings from Procreate. Maybe I’ll use some of these for something some day, we’ll see…

 

New zine for Seriefest

February 26, 2019

There’s a book I’ve been planning to get around to but that may never happen, and I really needed to put out something new and the zinefest called Seriefest is coming up this weekend in Malmö. So I thought: why not take a break from all the paperwork and whatever else I do at work, take an excerpt from the book, rewrite it to work as a stand-alone story, and make a zine out of it?

And here it is, made at Fanzineverkstaden:

But wait, there’s more to it!

I actually made it as one of three submission for the upcoming CBA vol 44: LORE, but one of the others made it into the book and I felt I should do something with this since I went to the trouble of rewriting it and someone should get a chance to read it.

So yeah, now you got the full back story. Happy now?

Angered, Gothenburg

I will return now the my cave and the boring work stuff waiting for me there. See you at Seriefest this weekend!