Report from Örebro Seriefestival

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As I still have it in my head, I thought I could do a quick re-cap of my weekend at Örebro Seriefestival. This was the first year the festival was held and I really didn’t know what to expect, and considering my tabling adventures in Helsinki was a disaster this year, I decided to have very low expecations and just be happy if I covered the table costs. Also, I wanted to focus on meeting my comic buddies Yvette, Anna, Nelly and Viktor and just have a good time!

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I decided to go to Örebro at Friday directly after work. I arrived at 7pm and managed to get some dinner together with Nelly and Viktor, which was super nice! My hotel room was a small one-bed story, but the bed was soft and the bathroom was fresh (and hotel breakfast! How I love thee, hotel breakfast!), so it was everything I needed.

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Saturday morning, I sat up my table. This is the first time since GothCon this year that I had a table all for myself, so I decided to go crazy and decorate it in a very fabulous manner ;)

One thing I was a bit nervous about was that I brought 40 of my sketchbooks and wanted to go home with none. The thing is that I had run out of business cards, and decided to hand out the sketchbook to people instead. It seemed to work, people got a better look at my art/sketches and my bags got significally lighter, so I’m happy ;) Also, the bestseller on my table was SPEJS, I sold about as much as I had planned to sell (even though I always bring a few more just in case). While it would have been nice to sell 1 or 2 of the Swedish Comic Sin anthology (because they’re heavy!), I am super happy and grateful about the interest of my own story! It made me very encouraged to continue working on chapter three (which is going to be the longest chapter this far!)!

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Sunday was a shorter day and a lot slower, but as usual with these kind of cons, I was expecting that. I was walking around a lot, talking to other creators and just chilling.

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The market place was divided into two floors. Some people maybe didn’t find their way up to us indie creators, but I was positively surprised by the amount of customers that found their way up. Also, it was kinda fun to look down at the floor where the guests and more established creators were found, and I took a “paparazzi photo” of Lasse Åberg taking a photo of Kim W Andersson XD

All in all, I did enjoy the festival! As usual when you’re selling ‘zines, you’re a bit sad that you easily can’t escape your table and look at the talks held during the festival, but you can’t be everywhere all the time sadly. I hope there will be a next year for the festival, because I’d really like to come back to Örebro again. Kudos to the crew who made the festival, were really friendly and helpful before and during the festival, and I hope you were happy with the arrangement yourselves :)

I’ve talked a lot with my Swedish comic-creating buddies and we all agree that it would be awesome with more Swedish comic festivals than Stockholm’s International Comics Festival in May, especially now when it’s a super sweaty business to get a table (this year they sold out in less than 5 hours!). To me as a comic creator who wants to mainly focus on my own stories and characters, conventions like Närcon and Comic Con Stockholm isn’t ideal, so I rather go to conventions for comic enthusiasts. I think Örebro would be a great addition to Sweden’s comic festivals, we really need one during fall, so I really hope this will happen again :)

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Finally, this is my small loot from the festival! To my defense, I had bought a lot of my friends’ comics before, but I’m glad I found some new artists to like! The comics are made by Olivia Skoglund and Sigrid Rudnert, the illustration is by Yvette, the stickers by Nelly and finally the ear rings are made by Sea.

Did you go to Örebro Seriefestival, and what was your thoughts about it?

Örebro Seriefestival (Swedish post)!

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Den här helgen, den 26-27 november, är det dags för Örebro Seriefestival, och jag känner peppen! Gänget bakom festivalen verkar väldigt pepp och de har fått till en gedigen gästlista (kolla på deras sida!), och det ska bli intressant att få lära känna Örebro lite bättre!

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Jag håller till på plan 4, alltså en trappa upp från scenen! Det är sjukt många awesome fansinister som sitter där uppe, så missa inte! Bland annat Yvette Gustafsson Anna Landin, Nelly Karlsson, Home Made Comics och Dotterbolaget! Ännu en gång, inte missa, Örebro!

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Så, vad har jag med mig då? Min flaggskeppsserie SPEJS, i första hand! Så här presenterade jag SPEJS för Örebro seriefestival tidigare i år:

SPEJS utspelar sig långt in i framtiden, på en planet långt bort från våran, där människor samsas om utrymmet tillsammans med andra folkslag. Vi får följa fyra individer från olika kulturer som tillsammans bildar kvintetten SPEJS – Super Professional Justice Squad, ett gäng huvudjägare som tar hand om de lite mer udda jobben där klienten kanske inte vill kalla in polis eller militär (eller att de har gjort det och de har misslyckats).

SPEJS är mycket en karaktärsdriven serie – jag älskar att skapa karaktärer som är roliga att teckna och skriva, men vill gärna ha ett roligt sammanhang att sätta dem i, och jag har extremt kul med att berätta om de här karaktärerna samtidigt som jag får skriva och teckna raj-raj i rymden! Bland karaktärerna finner ni Ragna – en tjurig sniper, Gav – en biffig pilot som också är en riktig pacifist, Swagata – SPEJS grundare som också är en ösig hacker och Morwen – en elegant magiker som inte drar sig för att råka i närstrid med sina fiender.

Förutom att SPEJS är min första sci-fi-serie jag jobbat med så har jag även tänkt mycket på att jag vill göra en serie med många kvinnor i viktiga roller (jag har tidigare i princip bara gjort serier med manliga huvudkaraktärer), vilket gjort att tre fjärdedelar av team SPEJS är kvinnor, och Aeros till mångt och mycket styrs av ett relativt matriarkalt folkslag. Dock vill jag inte bara vända på könsrollerna, utan experimenterar mig fram lite med hur mycket det ska visas!

Så gillar ni röjig sci-fi med roliga karaktärer, tycker det är kul med kvinnor som sparkar rumpa, samt gillar att se olika kroppstyper i dina serier så kom gärna förbi mitt bord och kolla in min serie SPEJS! Vi ses i Örebro!

Förutom SPEJS kommer jag ta med mig lite andra serier, bland annat Diana Jakobssons fantastiska julsaga (passa på, det är en perfekt julklapp!), Swedish Comic Sin #5, mina smycken som lyser i mörkret, prints till pangpriser och även lite original art att pryda era väggar med! Väl mött i Örebro <3

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Gals being pals

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Hey, long time no see! I have been a bit busy trying to get the storyboard done for the next SPEJS chapter (and I still have one or two weeks before it’s considered done), and I’ve tried to read a bit more during my trips to work, so not much doodled! Here’s a little idea I’ve been having in my head for a while and doodled on a drink & draw event a while ago! I kinda like the idea, and I might make it a sticker later on :)

SPEJS at Comic Con Stockholm

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Hey, tomorrow it’s time for Comic Con Stockholm in Kistamässan! I will be sharing a table with the awesome Memokeen who is selling her slapstick BL comic Cockblock Kitties! And I will of course sell my rockin’ space opera SPEJS together with some prints, charms, necklaces and whatnot. I will also sell my inktober pieces I’ve done, so if you want an original ink piece by me for an affordable price, now’s the time!

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So, where will you find us? Why, in the Artist Alley (which is super close to the entrance), of course :) We have our table close to Apart Förlag, so it should be fairly easy to find us :)

I’m looking forward to meet with friends I don’t see that often, watch a lot of cool cosplays and meet people who likes comics and art in some way or other! If you’re in Kista this weekend, don’t be shy! Come over and say hi :)

Inktober 2016 – Sphynx cat

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Another kickass cat, this time a warrior (or maybe rouge?) sphynx ready to wreck some havoc :D I was initially planning to add some color to this, but as I worked with the black inkwash, I thought it’d look better without colors :)

It seems like I started the inktobers working a lot with steel nibs, but I suddenly went back to use brushes for everything. Seems I get work done a bit quicker, and I sort-of like the result as well. I will probably pick up steel nibs again though, but maybe for smaller paintings :)

Inktober 2016 – Garrus

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hey, it’s time for Inktober, and I’ll try to participate with at least 15 pieces this year :) Depending on the quality, I’ll post the pieces here, but if you want to see them all, you should check out my instagram :)

Here’s my take on Garrus, my first attempt on being bold with the ink and use lots of black! For Garrus’ face I used a steel nib and ink though, to get the small details.