Tagiarkisto ‘free hand’

* Helsingin Sarjakuvafestarit 2013 // Helsinki Comics Festival 2013

Kirjoitettu 11.09.2013 - Karva. Kategoriassa Luokittelematon.



(1: The festival weekend sure began well. 2: Sleepy. 3: Luckily I can doze off in the bus once I get that far. 4: Too bad the aliens had abducted the stairs of my neighborhood’s crazy steep hill at some point without me noticing it.)


(1: Admittedly I hadn’t thought of this when planning my schedule. 2: There is a another way to the top but it takes too much time. The hill is steep and my backpack is heavy. It’s dark. 3: I can’t go out there in the middle of rocks, trees and pits! *They had cut down plenty of trees as well* 5: Well for fuck’s sake!)


(1: The bus! *wheeze* *pant* 2: I made it to Helsinki though. *Helsinki hipster* 3: – Oh so you’re having that one? – Hungries! 4: So I decided to sit down at the train station to eat and wait a while before I’d head to the Sarjakuvakeskus. Until.. 5: Hey you!)


(1: – Yes? – Did you know that your legs are exactly the same color as black boxes in airplanes? 2: He meant these.
3: This guy was also talking the Turku dialect with an Estonian accent. My brains are so heavily influenced by Tampere that I couldn’t replicate that babbling, so in this comic they kind of make sense.  – They are not black after all! 4: Ah, okay. Didn’t know that.
5: After a couple of other fun facts it was best to continue my way to Sarjakuvakeskus. The two heroes bid me farewell: – Hey if someone is trying to fuck you around just tell you have two friends in Turku who will kick his ass!!)


(1: I tend to attract these eccentric (drunken) personalities and that was not the last encounter. – I’m too nice. 2: But hey, at the Sarjakuvakeskus I got more information about contracts, grants and publishers and ever before! YEAH!* 3: In the evening it was perfectly justified to go party at the Perkeros publishing party! DOUBLE YEAH!
4: We naturally paid respect to JP – Just a bit tired and a bit of sniffles going on. 5: I also accidentally hugged my boss, who had injured his sternum pretty badly, way too hard. – Roller derby is a sport for true men! – I’m sorry! 6: I also bonded with Anni Nykänen. – Oh my! – Giggle! 7: And I had an awesome time! Congratulations once more, JP!)



(Random sketches from the party)

(Master Anni is all too modest: – Oh my! Emmi’s sketchbook! Pressure, pressure… Ooh dear.. – Oh my!)

(1: The Staurday was a pretty typical festival day. Throwing myself to the foreign publishers… – Hello~ *Nobrow’s table* 2: … and did some Oubapo tasks with Matt Madden. 3: In the end we took photos of the pages and showed it to the audience. 4: One ”old” sensei had also showed up all the way from Denmark! – Hullo <3)

(1: Later in the evening at the party, or actually throughout the entire day I had this feeling that something had changed. – Gosh! 2: I’m no longer some dweeb in the corner, far from the action. I found myself a bit closer to the center of things. – Oh hey I guess I have read that book of yours! 3: I felt this pressure inside me, even pain. I even felt a bit sick. – Wow. 4: But that was just my periods that had started 6 days too early. – Eugh.)

(1: Sunday was already more quiet, my dear bosses were in not-so-good battle condition after the exhausting weekend and some people had already left the previous night. – You won’t be having that winter and death just yet! – We really should. 2: I too was quietly leaving. 3: Thank you my dear friends and colleagues. This festival was nothing like before. Even better than the very first one I attended. My most humble thanks.)

Ettei nyt mene ihan liian nössöksi tämä niin tässä pieni loppukevennys. Löytyi luonnoskirjasta, kuka tunnustaa?

// Just to make sure things won’t get too sappy, so here’s a little lighter side for the ending. I found this on my sketchbook, who was it?

* 4. sivun Sarjiskeskus-kohtaan liittyen – kyseessähän ei ollut Sarjakuvakeskuksen kurssi tai festarin ohjelmanumero vaan antologiaprojektin kokous. Joskin tämä ihan hyvin voisi olla keskuksella järjestettävä kurssi, vink vink!

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* Ei mitään fiksua mutta edistyksellistä kyllä // Nothing Smart But Kinda Progressive

Kirjoitettu 15.08.2013 - Karva. Kategoriassa Luokittelematon.

Olin tiistaina koululla työstämässä jotain pikkutuhmaa materiaalia, kun luokkaan puski terhakkaasti ryhmä tämän syksyn uusia opiskelijoita. On orientaatioviikko joten näitä mussukoita on joka paikka täynnä. Paniikissa siinä säädin kuvia pois näytöltä, kun toisaalta olisin voinut toimia toisinkin:

// So I was at school on Tuesday and fiddled with some naughty imagery until this year’s new students came flooding in. It’s the orientation week so the place is full of these munchkins. So there I was, panic- stricken and trying to hide the pictures when I just could have dealt the situation in a whole different way:

(- ” I’ve got a PEENUS here on my monitor.”        *new students*)

No en sit kuitenkaan niin tehnyt, mutta ihan kiva mielikuvahan siitä syntyi. // Well I didn’t, but it’s a nice image isn’t it?

Illalla menin piirtämään muiden tamperelaisten kynänpyörittelijöiden kanssa ja keskustelu eteni varsin edistyksellisiin sfääreihin. // In the evening me and and a handful of other pencil eaters got together for a drawing session and the conversation got surprisingly deep and progressive.



( – What have you guys drawn so far? – Well I drew this peenus scenario and also some man boobs. Not gonna show ’em because it’s not everyone’s thing.)


(- What?  – Why would anyone dislike man boobs? – Well there are plenty of people out there who don’t like the idea, it’s too confusing! – But they’re so nice! – Well aren’t we fucking progressive!)


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* Karvan ihmeellinen ja vaarallinen Matka Dubliniin / Karva’s trip to Dublin full of wonders and peril

Kirjoitettu 5.08.2013 - Karva. Kategoriassa Luokittelematon.

(Come to Ireland and I’ll come to Finland.)


(Well why the fuck not)

( 2: Well this fucking sucks. 3: Dublin better be awesome. 4: Well, it is.)


(Now, how is this relevant in any way: the thing is that Emmi has never traveled abroad alone. So far Emmi has been too afraid to actually go anywhere. In general Emmi fears everything that could change her life in some unexpected way. – ”I wonder if I’m gonna die?”)

(I wasn’t all on my own, a proud native friend promised to be my guide. We shall call him G. – ”This is a nice place and everything but this summer has been the hottest in decades.” )

(Because G is a normal person with a real, grown-up job I got to circle around Dublin as I pleased)

(Maybe I won’t die here after all.)

(And I didn’t. Those four days went by in a bubble I had never experienced before, unfortunately quickly as well.)

(1: Suddenly it was the night before the flight back home. 2: Has Dublin been as you imagined it? 3: I dunno. Better. 5: I can walk you back to the hostel. – Thanks.)




 (1: Do you want to come and visit Finland? – Sure, why not. 2. Show me the best action in Tampere then. – Heh, yeah. 3: Anyway, I need to catch my bus. You should be in bed too. – Oh yeah, delicious 4 hour sleep. 4: Have a good journey! – Bye.)


(1: Around 4:35 AM: – Where the fuck was that bus stop? 2: And could that nice man stop following me..? 3: Help!! 4: Oh THANK YOU!)


(Welcome back home!)

(Even though this trip destroyed my fear of traveling alone it created a new one. There is a strange and tempting world outside Finland to be explored. It’s scary because now I can’t ignore this fact any longer.  This time fear is not alone, but is accompanied by curiosity and enthusiasm.)

(Wow, this ending is some serious Lord of the Rings shit. – I know right?! I have no idea how I should feel!)

No niin kultamussukat. Kun jaksoitte tätä angstia lukea näinkin pitkälle niin saatte ihan matkalle piirrettyjä tyhmyyksiäkin katella.
Et sillee.
Well honey boo boos. Now that you managed to get through the angst you can stare at some idiotic scenes I drew while I was in Dublin. Just so you know.

Paikallisia, jotka olivat samalla ällistyttävän suomalaisia // The astoundingly Finnish locals of Dublin


Perkeleellisen isoja lokkeja jo teineinä// The local seagulls were huge as hell even as teenagers

Sikäläiset kerjäläiset olivat ihan kotimaista tuotantoa // Local beggars were 100% domestic

 Laps-parka // Poor child

Dublinin ainoa virheostos. Tacon ja calzonen yhdistelmä, joka poltti suun ja jätti kylmäksi. Näytti paistetulta jättiläisetanalta. // The only bad investment in Dublin. Taco and calzone combined, burned my mouth and left me cold. Looked like a fried giant slug.)


Siinäs kuulitte. On Dublin aika hieno paikka ja koettavaa riittää reilusti yli neljän päivän. Koska niin paljon jäi vielä kokematta on hyvinkin mahdollista että vierailen Vihreällä Saarella toisenkin kerran.
//There you have it. Dublin is a pretty awesome place and there’s plenty to experience, more than you can have in 4 days. Because I missed out on so many things it’s very likely that I visit the Green Island a second time. 

EDIT: Koska 9. ja 10. sivu olivat ihan pirun pieniä niin tein niistä tuollaisia Frankensteinin hirviöitä. Nauttikaa.
// Because the 9th and 10th page were so effing small I turned them into these Frankenstein’s monsters. Enjoy. 

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* Sarjakuva-Finlandia // The Comics Finlandia Nomination

Kirjoitettu 13.02.2013 - Karva. Kategoriassa Luokittelematon.

* Nenäsuihkeaddiktioni // My Nasal Spray Addiction

Kirjoitettu 20.11.2012 - Karva. Kategoriassa Luokittelematon.

(1: Right, so how long was I addicted to nasal spray? 4: About five years. 5: Then again, I really needed that spray. 6: The spiral of course made it worse. In five year’s time, anyway. 7: I read it in the Internets that I should get myself a nasal inhaler stick for the stuffy nose ( and cold turkey). Snout should be covered with a blanket, so that breating through mouth wouldn’t dry my mucosa out.) 

(1: Somehow in one week my solid block of a nose turned into a well performing air conditioning vent. 2: Gosh! If I had known how quickly this addiction could be won I would have done it a lot earlier! 3: Now all I need to do is to stay healthy so that the addiction won’t start again! 4: AAACHOO! 5: Sowwy.)

Oli muuten jännä huomata, miten yleistä tää on. Ihmiset tuppaa käyttämään nenäsuihketta milloin mihinkin oireisiin ja paljon pidempään kuin sen suositellun max. 10 päivän ajan. //
I was also surpirsed how common this is. People in general tend to use nasal spray for all kinds of symptoms and a lot longer than the recommended max. 10 day periods. 

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* Kitty Talk

Kirjoitettu 31.10.2012 - Karva. Kategoriassa Luokittelematon.

(2: Ooh, a kitty! 5: Kss kss kittyy… 6: Itty bitty kitty, jackass dick… lunatic kittyy… 7: herpy derpy gaysoda kitty…)

Niin, joskus on hyvä pitää suu kiinni. Etenkin jos sieltä ei tule mitään järkevää. // Yes, sometimes it’s better to keep your mouth shut. Especially if nothing sensible ever comes out of it.

Ai juu! Hei kuulkaas, mulla on ainakin toistaiseksi pystyssä Tumblr-sivu, karvaart.tumblr.com ,
jonne tungen luonnoskirjan sivuja, kuvia satunnaisistaja harvinaisista taideteoksista yms. Ulkoasu on vielä aika pahasti keskeneräinen, ja saa nähdä elääkö tämä projekti erityisen kauan. Siellä se nyt kuitenkin on, toistaiseksi.

So I have a Tumblr site now, just click on the link above! It won’t necessary live too long and the layout is still in construction, but there it is for now. It has all the sketchbook pages, art projects and whatnots I’m not posting here. Check it out!

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* Kultajalka-cup 2012

Kirjoitettu 16.09.2012 - Karva. Kategoriassa Luokittelematon.

* Niin mitäköhän silloin viikonloppuna tapahtui // Not sure what happened last weekend

Kirjoitettu 12.09.2012 - Karva. Kategoriassa Luokittelematon.

Entä jos kaikki menee päin helvettiä? // What if everything goes to shits?

Don’t hesitate, child!


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* Helsingin Sarjakuvafestivaalit 2012 // Helsinki Comics Festival 2012

Kirjoitettu 20.08.2012 - Karva. Kategoriassa Luokittelematon.


 Perjantai 7.9. 18:00–19:00 Itse piirretty elämä – Omaelämäkerrallinen sarjakuva

Lauantai 8.9. 13:00–13:45 Emmi Nieminen



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* Siskoni on nero // My sister is a genius

Kirjoitettu 30.07.2012 - Karva. Kategoriassa Luokittelematon.

(1: I think fishing is fun, but the fish have to die. 2: I don’t want to eat them either, because they taste nasty.3: Some researchers knock the fish out with electric shocks and throw them back to water afterwards.
4: First the electric treatment, and then they could be fished with a magnet… Strike a pose, take a picture and throw the fish back. 5: The magnet could take its hold on the fish’s sideline! 6: How come no one does anything?)

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