Some impressions from SIS 2017

Hi there, it feels like I’m very late to the reporting party, but I’ve been more or less drained after my two conventions (SIS 2017 and Confuzzled 2017). However, i thought it could be nice with a short little blog post about each con, so I’ll start off with Stockholms Internationella Seriefestival 2017!

First off, me and 8 other awesome comic artists had an exhibition in Gamla Stan, starting on Friday! The vernissage was a success, a lot of people attended, and everyone seemed to have a great time :)

This was my part of the exhibition – my theme was SPEJS, space and fabolousness :) I’m still very much in love with the paintings I made, and even though I didn’t sell anything, I’m happy with the stuff I made :)

Saturday was the first day of the Small press Expo part of the festival, and I joined my friend Magic, whom I shared the table with, and we set up our table.  I think it turned out nice, even though my side is very very cluttered lol :D

I really enjoy sharing a table, because that automatically gives you a table buddy that can help keeping an eye on your side of the table if you need to eat a sandwitch, take a toilet break and whatnot. Also, it’s really nice to have someone to talk to, and Magic was a really nice person to have a conversation with, which made the days go a lot faster than anticipated :D

The Saturday evening was spent eating out with some friends and watching the Tom of Finland movie – a very well spent evening :)

As I’ve been visiting this comic festival for about ten years (but not tabled every year), I’ve started to recognize a lot of other awesome indie comic artists (and usually they recognize me). It’s kind of like one big family reunion and I sometimes wish there were one more day of just hanging out more haha :D I’m also happy that I almost every year seem to learn to know someone new (or say hi to someone I’ve only talked to on twitter etc), so yay for that! :)

As always, I’m buying soo many new awesome comics during the festival! To be honest, I have barely started reading anything yet because wow, the first 6 months have really taken a toll on my energy reserves…but I’m really, really looking forward to reading everything during my vacation <3

I actually did sell pretty well during this convention, about as well as last year (even a little better heh), which was very surprising since it was the week before payday in Sweden and the weather was soooo good – who wants to be inside and buy comics when it’s the first sunny & warm weekend in Stockholm in like forever?! But yeah, people got the newest chapter of my comic SPEJS, and some people actually contacted me back and gave me some really nice comments about it afterwards, I feel so blessed!

For instance, Elisabeth’s loot video for Raidkommissionen, had a small notice about SPEJS #3, check it out!

Also, Karrey gave SPEJS some really nice words on twitter:

And that’s it from SIS17! I really enjoyed this year’s festival, even though it always feels a bit short! Next up will be a post on how Confuzzled 2017 went, stay tuned!

Dod you go to SIS this year, what was your impressions?

Stockholm International Comics Festival 2017!

Long time no blogging! I’m not kidding when I’m saying I’ve had a LOT to do! I’ve been moving, working on getting the next SPEJS chapter done and finishing paintings for an exhibition, and it’s all starting to come together now!

Festival image by Joakim Pirinen.

So this weekend, it’s time for Stockholm’s International Comics Festival! It takes place at Kulturhuset Saturday and Sunday and starts at 11 am!

I’ll be sharing tables with Magic and Luna, which both are awesome people with awesome comics! I will of course bring SPEJS to my part of the table and I have the newest chapter ready! or well, I got the first batch of the comic (13 copies), and I expect to get the rest tomorrow. I’m crossing my fingers! In the meantime, here’s a short preview:

But wait, there’s more! I’m also part of an AWESOME exhibition in Gamla Stan, featuring me and 8 other comic artists!

There’s a Facebook Event about it with more info here, but the short version is:

Where: Galleri Riddaren, Köpmanbrinken 8, Gamla Stan

When: May 19th-May 25th

Vernissage/Opening: Friday May 19th 15-17

Open hours:

May 20-21: 11-17

May 22-25: 12-19

 

if you’re in Stockholm between those dates, make sure you swing by, we have such sights to show you!

SPEJS #3 progress

Hey people, long time no bloggin’! I’ve spent most of my free time getting the next chapter of my comic SPEJS ready, and I still have a little way to go before I’m all done, but I’m trudging on, and I’m starting to believe that I’ll probably be able to get this chapter printed and ready for SIS 8D

While working on big projects like these (because believe me, making 50+ pages of colored comics in 4 months is a big project when you have a full-time dayjob), it’s easy to feel like you’re getting nowhere, doubt yourself etc. So I started to look at my older SPEJS chapters, especially the coloring since I’m trying to up my game a little when it comes to colors.

The first chapter was originally just in greyscales. When it went to web, I decided to add some colors, but I had no idea what I was doing and some results were rather garish. When I did a re-print in color, I decided to re-color the pages again, and while I’m not super excited over the colors, it looks a lot better than previously (Left is old colors, right is new colors).

As for chapter 2, I tried to have a theme color (purple), and while I liked the idea, the colors still felt a little stiff (colors a bit too saturated at times, not sure if I like the colors I paired up with the purple), but it felt like I was heading in the right direction.

As for this chapter, I have tried to stick to two colors, green and pink, and done my outmost to make the colors harmonize. I have also played a bit more with lineart colors and tried to get a more wholesome feeling. I’ll probably find a thousand errors within a year, but right now I’m happy how it looks and looking back at previous chapters I can definitely see an improvement!

For most of my artist life, I have really struggled with colors, it’s really hit or miss for me. When I started to adress this on twitter, I got a lot of helpful tips from people about tutorials etc, and why not share some links?

Videos:

Blenderguru’s Understanding Color – this is a pretty long video, but it was a pretty good eye opener for me. It talks about saturation, values and color harmonies!

Sycra’s How to choose colors that work

The free Ctrl+Paint library has some short and sweet painting tutorials with examples and exercises. Really nice if you don’t know what to study, just look at a video and try to imitate. He mostly works in Photoshop, but I can tag along just fine in Clip Studio as well :)

Books:

Color and Light by James Gurney (who also has a blog here) – I really like the examples and well written explanations in this book, well worth my money!

The art of Kung Fu Panda 3 – man I can’t get over how beautiful the colors were in this movie! I have this book as inspiration for colors!

Web utilities:

Paletton – make your own color harmonies

Adobe color CC – more color harmonies

While I still have A LOT to learn regarding colors and color harmonies, it feels like I’m starting to get it a bit better now. For me, that’s a huge relief since it has been my arch nemesis for years :D

What is your relationship with colors and do you have any good sources if one’d like to learn more about colors?

Art summary of 2016!

Hi there, hope you had a great weekend! As promised, here’s my art summary of 2016!

January: drew a lot on brown paper. Made a few drawings while commuting. Gooblin Week was going on and I made a few little goblins :) Also drew some comic pages for Home Made Comics. Finally, I started to attend a digital painting course which would take place during spring. I was a bit scared but also happy I was doing that!
February: worked a lot on SPEJS #2 and the digital painting course. Doodled some on my commuting to work, and a Valentine’s Special image. Started to hang out a bit with Dotterbolaget.
March: Still worked on SPEJS #2 and also juggled a digital painting course where I did so many color studies (environments and still life) during this month…I remember it being a little stressful while also having some personal drama in my life.
April: SPEJS #2 was printed and done early in April and I could work on school assignments and prepare for Stockholm International Comics Festival. I also did a fan art of this year’s mascot, Astrid, together with my characters. I still kinda like the outcome. Made a pitch for the Beyond anthology and got refused.
May: Survived the comics festival, started to experiment a bit with water colors and color pencils. I tried to join in on Mermay, but just did a few. Felt a bit bad about my art, or rather me posting/spamming so much art.
June: worked to finish a comic for an anthology. Decided to do this at the studio after work and work a lot with steel nibs and ink. It was fun, and I learned some stuff!
July: Decided to try and finish another small comic for another anthology before August and vacation hit me. More steel nibs and ink. The comic was refused though, but I want to tweak it a bit before I send it somewhere else :) I also finalized the re-print of SPEJS #1 and sent it to the printers.
August: Vacation times! Did some watercolor stuff, but I mostly traveled, hung out with friends and read books :)
September: Went to Helsinki, came back more determined to make good-looking stuff. Spent some evenings at the studio working out the looks for the characters in the next SPEJS chapter and how the environments will look like.
October: I was extremely productive and did like 21 inktober pieces and a few illustrations in-between. Went to Stockholm Comic Con, which I think went so-so, but I had great company next to me <3
November: I made a guest comic for Immortal Nerd and went to Örebro Comics Festival! Had a great time at the festival thanks to a very dedicated crew and good friends <3
December: I have spent a lot of December after work at the studio, drawing thumbs for the next SPEJS chapter! I also did the christmas card which was long overdue.

I wasn’t sure if I had been productive or not, but when I’m counting my amount of pages done, I feel pretty content.

For SPEJS, I did 50 finished pages, and about 67 rough thumbs. I have a lot to do 2017 in terms of SPEJS pages ;)

On top of that, I did 26 pages of comics for various fanzines and web comics. So in total 76 finished pages and 67 pages of thumbs! Last year, I had finished 65 pages and made 57 pages with rough thumbs, so in retrospect, I’m pretty happy! :)

So last year, my art resolutions for 2016 were:

  • Get SPEJS #2 done
    • Wohoo, it was done! :)
  • Finish off Shit Spider, once and for all
    • Well, I more or less swiped it from the internet, so I sure finished it off ;P To be honest, I wasn’t feeling the comic any more. The characters didn’t speak to me, there was too much stuff that didn’t feel right, and I had finished the story already a few years ago, I didn’t feel like re-drawing a comic I didn’t enjoy anyways…
  • Get published in one or two anthologies would be nice too :)
    • I was published in Home Made Comics and tried to get published in a few more, so at least I tried! I also had a guest comic at Immortal Nerd :)
  • Sell stuff on at least three conventions.
    • I tabled at five conventions!
  • Have fun!
    • I had fun most of the time! An ex told me there was no crying in comics, but they were wrong. Sometimes you feel crappy, and it’s okay to do so! Jeez, contrary to popular belief, I’m not a robot, and sometimes tabling is hard work and drawing all the panels can feel a bit overwhelming. But to be honest, I met so many awesome people and I am glad I got myself out on those conventions and socialized and learned if the conventions were for me or not! <3

So yeah, I think this was my art retrospective! What do I want to do next year?

  • Finish off SPEJS #3 – it’s a monster, but I want to release the beast!
  • Table at least 3 conventions (I have one set already, Confuzzled!)
  • Go to Thought Bubble!
  • Feel more confident with my colors
  • Feel more confident with backgrounds
  • Have fun!

How was your art year, and what would you like to do next year regarding art?

WIP: SPEJS #3

I have previously talked a bit about how I’ve started to work on SPEJS #3, and now it’s really on! During most of December, I’ve spent some time at the studio after work to make thumbnails for the next chapter, and now I’m more or less done!

I think it’s going to be a great chapter, some drama, some action and Ragna and gav being silly and serious :) I’ve scanned in the thumbs and trying to make sense of them in Clip Studio now, adding text and such (I feel it’s easier to add the text before starting to draw, so I know how much space I’ll have for my characters and environments. Oldest trick in the book I’m sure, but a good thing to remember!).

The chapter will be a bit over 54 pages long. My biggest concern is that I’ll have enough time to draw and color it! Hopefully I won’t have any big projects, like a Digital painting course, simoultaneously, so I’m carefully positive..? ;D

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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Working on SPEJS #3

Hi, sorry I’ve been a bit absent on the blog, but I’ve been trying to get together a script for SPEJS #3, get some character turnarounds and concepts ready and such so I feel confident about starting to draw the thumbnails for the chapter. I’m trying to come a bit more prepared this time around and we’ll see if that’s a good or bad thing ;)

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What I will try to do more from now on is to sit at the studio since we have no internet connection there = less distractions, and I can hang out with other comic artists and get inspired. I found a good setup where I bought a small and cheap computer that I can hook up with my Cintiq, meaning I can carry the Cintiq from my home to the studio and use it there with ease. This solution was a lot cheaper than the Surface I was looking at, and it had about the same specs :) So yeah, pretty compact, but it works really well this far!

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So these are looks of the turnarounds I’m working on right now. I’m almost done with Gav’s and then I’ll do Ragna as well and some props, and then I’m all set :) I feel pretty pumped about starting to work on this chapter, and a little scared at the same time. I always want to do better than last time and am afraid I’ll be disappointed with my stuff, hehe.

Also, I would really like to do a rollup/banner for SPEJS to use on the upcoming cons I’ll attend! I’m hoping to squeeze that into my schedule before November comes, I’d love to bring that to Örebro!

Another short comic I did before the vacation

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before I went on vacation, I managed to make a short 5-pages comic with these fellows. They’re vegans who accidentaly turned into vampires and their woes with surviving and still being vegans.

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Since I drew this during a period when it was really warm, I decided to do this with ink and steel nibs too, like I did with the other comic project i worked on. I pretty much did the same thing as last time, drew some roughs on the train to and from work, scanned them in and added speech bubbles (to me, it feels more important to get their positions right as early as possible since it’s a bit harder to edit stuff around when you work with scanned pages).

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After that, I printed the roughs and traced them to another paper with blue pencils (if you scan the pages in Black & White, the blue lines won’t scan!).

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When I was done with the blue pencils, I took my pages to my studio with some ink and my steel nibs and did the inking. I think I worked three evenings after work with these, and it was really fun! I pretty much started working with the big lines, let the page dry for a bit, worked some smaller details, let it dry, worked some more etc. I’m still a bit rusty when it comes to ink, so I dipped my hand on not-yet-dried ink more than once, haha XD

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Here, I started to get all ready and could scan the pages again.

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For some added effect, I used some red color here and there. I thought it turned out pretty nice! A bit different from what I usually do, but it’s nice to experiment a bit and learn how the steel nibs work again :)

The big difference from the previous project was that I used another type of paper for this comic. The nibs worked a LOT better against it and didn’t get stuck in the fibres all the time (and it was a lot thicker, so I could probably do ink wash on that type of paper as well!).

We’ll see where this comic will be published though! I sent it to one anthology, and I’m not sure if they’ll accept it :D If not, maybe I can squeeze it in somewhere else :)

 

SPEJS #1 is done for (re)printing!

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So on Friday, I sent the new SPEJS #1 PDF for printing, finally! I’ve spent an awful lot of time hesitating and looking it over 1000 times before sending the PDF to the printers. Are you people like that too, a bit nervous when sending the PDF to the printer?

Another reason I’m a bit nervous is that I’m trying out a new software to put together my PDFs with. I have an old Adobe Bridge license I can only use on my old macbook that worked perfectly for putting together image files into a PDF (I’m very oldskool, I know), but since I’m mostly on my windows computer, I wanted to have a solution on that one too. So I’ve been trying out Scribus. At first I thought it would be a drag to put together a 44 page PDF, but after giving up, trying again and doing some investigation I started to find some really nice settings that made the process a LOT easier!

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The program has a pretty easy and straightforward export function as well, and the seems like the PDFs it creates work well – they’re turned into cmyk if that’s what you want, and you can change DPI easily. I had to adjust some stuff though to make it look like I wanted it to though. I made a version in Bridge to compare to – the first Scribus versions came out looking greyish, but eventually I got it to look better. But who knows, maybe the grey versions would’ve worked too, I’m still a bit n00bish when it comes to printing stuff. I asked the printer if my Scribus-created PDF would work and print correctly and they seemed positive, so I guess I have to trust them :)

If this turns out well and the comic comes back looking all kinds of awesome from the printer, I’ll probably ditch Adobe altogether for now (until I actually need to learn InDesign for some reason or other?).

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As an added bonus, here’s the backside of the new cover for SPEJS #1! This cover is a bit shinier. I really liked the super simplistic first version I had, but it wasn’t a head-turner, which I hope this version is. I tried to keep to the pink color scheme though :)

What program do you people use to put together your fanzines/books? Is it Adobe InDesign, Scribus, or something completely different? :)

My second summer comic project

Okay, so my second summer comic project is an 8 pages short comic for an anthology. And since summer usually means it’s warm, it also means that the computer room gets boiling hot, so I wanted to draw this comic on paper (meaning I can work on it anywhere, yay!). So first off, I did some thumbnails which I scanned into the computer, adjusted a bit and worked out the layout a bit more…

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and then printed out into kinda finalized sketched actually. I also set the text so I knew where to place the balloons etc.

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After that, I traced the sketches onto another paper, a bit thicker one. Also, watching Critical Role while doing this ;) I used a blue pencil, but next time I’ll probably go with a regular one.

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And after that, I took my traced pencil drawings to the studio and started to ink! Last summer, I got some tips on how to use steel nibs properly. Basically, I had used the wrong kind of ink (acrylic instead of Indian ink), and the process went much more smoothly when you had ink that didn’t dry as fast and clogged up the nib ;) For the first pages, I tried to paint black areas and do the “ink wash” with black water colour, but the result wasn’t that great. For the next pages, I reverted to the acrylic ink and used that for the ink wash – MUCH BETTER. It’s a bummer that I used the water colour on the first two pages, but I hope I can fix it in Clip Studio later. You need to experiment to learn, right? :)

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Previously, I have drawn comics with a brush, and I really like the feeling of that, even though stuff sometimes got a bit unpredictable, and you couldn’t draw circles (not me at least). During these days I’ve worked with the steel nibs, I’ve actually come to like them a lot! Sure, the paper I’m working on isn’t optimal for steel nibs as parts of the paper sometimes gets stuck in the nib, but I like the flow and feeling I get from working with them! I feel I get quite a lot of precision and I can vary the line size easilly with just one nib (I’ve only used one nib for the whole comic, haha) I’m not sure I’d be comfortable doing long comics in this format (especially not if I want to have like colored line art or something), but shorter ones, sure! :)

Also, now when I need to crunch comics, I’m really grateful that I have a studio space. It’s close to work, so if I end my day early at work, I can go straight to the studio and sit there for 3-4 hours. It’s quiet (or some music is playing. Which I am fine with), everyone sitting there is concentrating on doing their own thing and doesn’t crave your attention much. Sure, I’m not there that often, but I really appreciate when I can be there and work :)

My comic projects this summer

I haven’t said what I am up to lately, but here’s a small update of that :) I’m actually having two project going in parallell this summer, and today I will talk about one of them :)

As you might know, the first volume of my Sci-fi comic SPEJS (also available online!) sold out during the last SIS, and I need to make a re-print for the upcoming comic conventions (Helsinki, Comic Con Stockholm and Örebro Seriefestival). So what I’ve been doing lately is to do some touch ups on the colored version, which I did last November I think? But I’ve laerned a lot the past six months and decided to do some adjustments before sending it to the printer, and I think it’s all for the better:

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New version is on the right side. I think it will look quite nifty!

(I’m promising myself though that this will be the last touch-up to this chapter, no infinite re-drawing loops for SPEJS!)

I have a few pages left to fix before I dare to send it to the printer, but the goal is to have it sent early July!

I will talk a bit about my other project tomorrow!

SPEJS #2 is here!

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So, I haven’t talked much about SPEJS part 2, haven’t I? I thought I hadn’t done anything BUT talking about it, hehe :D Well, I’ve been working with SPEJS #2 since Christmas more or less, it’s in full colour, stars Swagata and Morwen and takes place at a party!

Swagata Yadav and her colleague Morwen of Gilios are partying at the space station Nejlika while looking for out for a possible burglar that has been stealing artefacts from the pangee lately. Will they find the culprit before it’s too late?

SPEJS #2 is a fun sci-fi adventure by Jenny Hannula, packed with kick-ass women, the colour purple and sparkly transformation sequences. Rock on!

I am quite happy with this chapter since it’s so sparkly and both Swagata and Morwen are such kickass ladies, and I hope you will enjoy it too! I got it from the printer a week ago or so and was a bit nervous about the colours because it was my first time printing in colour, but I think they did a nice job! Here’s a preview of the comic I showcased over at my Instagram account:

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So yeah, I will sell this comic at Stockholm International Comics Festival which happens in a week! It will cost SEK 60, and if you want an extra fancy signing in your copy, you should make a pre-order by Swishing 60 kr, your name and a SPEJS character you’d like me to draw (otherwise I’ll draw anyone that comes up in my mind) to 0730610552.

Can’t come to the festival/don’t live in Stockholm, but want a copy? Swish 73 kr and add your adress and I’ll mail it to you :)

And hey, it looks really fancy next to SPEJS #1, just because I want to show off a little:

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