Tagiarkisto ‘matka’

* 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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* 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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* Orivesi-nostalgia iskee jälleen // Orivesi Nostalgia Strikes Again

Kirjoitettu 3.10.2011 - Karva. Kategoriassa Luokittelematon.

Olin jälleen viime viikolla pitämässä lyhyttä sillisalaattikurssia nykyisille sarjakuvalinjalaisille. Outo kaipuu sai taas valtaansa. Onneksi…
Last week I held a short and rather random course for the current students in Oriveden Opisto. I experienced this strong yearning once again. Luckily…

( – So sweet. Kind of has that cult feel to it… – Yay!)

… Se melankolia ei kestänyt kauaa.
The melancholy didn’t last long.

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* Hyvitys // Compensation

Kirjoitettu 21.11.2010 - Karva. Kategoriassa Luokittelematon.

(1: Oh, how appropriate it is to be this useless as ’the blog of the month’, heh heh… 2: Although I have been really busy at school, a terrible mess with the ending of this period. And I didn’t have the time to draw during the Orivesi gig, it was all work you see with long distances. Christ what a hurry! 3: And then there was- 4: Okay, it’s compensation time!)

(2: Damn, I have such a strange feeling again. 4: Want a big apple? – … yeah… 5: Catch! – Thanks! 10: This isn’t our class anymore. – Morning… What are we gonna do today? – Work like hell!)

Teille, jotka ette tunnista Oriveden oppilaita: alarivin vasemmanpuoleisimmassa ruudussa on oman vuosikurssini oppilaita, viimeisessä nykyisiä. Olihan se alkuun hyvin erikoista, mutta nyt olen tottunut ajatukseen, että vanhassa sarjakuvaluokassa on nyt uusi jengi ja uusi fiilis. Hyviä tyyppejä olivat, voitte odottaa heiltä hyviä tarinoita. Helmi-Maaliskuussa pidetään bileet vanhoille oppilaille ja hermoilen jo valmiiksi onnistunko pilaamaan sen pienen määrän auktoriteettia, jonka onnistuin rakentamaan tuon viikon aikana.

For those who don’t recognise the people in this comic: in the last rows left side panel has my classmates, the last panel introduces the new students. At first it was very strange, the old classroom belongs to a new gang and has other vibes but I’m used to it now. They were okay and you can expect good stories from them. There’s a party for the old students in February or March and I’m already worried if manage to ruin the little crumbles of authority I succeeded to built during that week.

Luonnoskirjasta // From the Sketch Book

(”I can’t have a copy of Alibi?!” The world of your youth is gone)

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* Open pikakoulutus // Teacher’s speed training

Kirjoitettu 4.11.2010 - Karva. Kategoriassa Luokittelematon.

(1: Yesterday when planning next week’s gig in Orivesi I met Karri… 2: Do you mind if I draw? – Yeah, not at all 3: How you received any comments, what the current student’s are like? – Nno, not really… On the other hand I’ve been on the move a lot for the past few weeks.4: They are a bit more restless than you were. Some days are a bit slim on the class participations. – Hm. 5: What’s your approach? – (There.) My teaching is purely based on the mistakes I and the others made. I even got their permission. 6: A good starting point… – To be honest I have nothing else so far. 7: You have some who are more experienced, right? – There’s a couple of experienced ones, the other one’s almost my age. They both have their visions. 8: I think I have a ’mild’ credibility problem when I get there. *You bet with that hairdo*- Naaah, just relax your wrist and you’ll do fine.)

Pyöritän siis viikon kurssia, jossa aloitetaan porukalla pitkän sarjakuvan suunnittelu. Koska en ole mikään erityisen kokenut tai suuri visionääri, voin pohjata opetuksen vain omiin ja muiden epäonnistumisiin. Epäonnistuminen on kuitenkin erinomainen opettaja, eikä sitä pitäisi aliarvioida. Toivottavasti kaikki menee hyvin, ja todellakin toivon että jengi jaksaa tehdä töitä loppuun asti.

So I’m supervising a week long course where we begin to plan the long comic project. Because I’m not that experienced or a great visionnaire, the base for my teaching is on my and the other students’ failures. However failure is an excellent teacher and one shouldn’t underestimate it. I hope everything goes well and truly hope the guys keep working to the end.

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* Luonnoskirja // The Sketch Book

Kirjoitettu 22.09.2010 - Karva. Kategoriassa Luokittelematon.

(Mansi pawing Tursu’s injured back)

Lopuksi, ihan sarjakuvakin jonka tein eilen Helsingin luokkaretken päätteeksi.

(For a finale a comic I drew yesterday on our way back home from a school trip to Helsinki: The Truck drivers I saw today)

Luonnokset ovat uusi koulutehtävä. Viime viikolla saimme ison hienon luonnoskirjan, johon on täytettävä vähintään 40 aukeamaa elävää mallia, asetelmaa jne. Käytännössä katsoen piirrämme kaikkea mitä itse näemme, eli ei mielikuvia. Lisäksi on valittava taiteilija, jonka tyyliä on matkittava vähintään 10 aukeaman verran. Tunnistatte varmaan ketä matkin? Näistä luonnoksista saa antaa palautetta ja toivonkin, että teette niin.

The sketches are our new school assignment. Last week they gave us this large, fine sketch books and we have to fill them with at least 40 double pages of croquis, landscape, still life etc. Basically we draw everything we see, so no fantasies. On top of that we have to pick an artist or several and copy cat their style for at least 10 double pages. You probably recognize the one who’s style I’m copying? Feel free to give feedback on these sketches in fact I hope you do.

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* Sarjakuvafestivaalit 11.-12.9. // Helsinki comics festival 11.-12.9.

Kirjoitettu 13.09.2010 - Karva. Kategoriassa Luokittelematon.

(Comic Festivals! Saturday… 3: I have the itch that I’m not gonna win anything. It doesn’t make me that sad, though…  4: I wonder where all the others are? 6: Okay now I’m nervous)

(1: Didn’t win any places. 2: Kinda saw it coming but it still ’hit’ me. 3: A new try next year? – Oof! 4: It’s okay, Auntie Kylli competition makes me feel better. – Where’s my tooth?! )

Hekumallinen kuva, jonka piirsin Suomi-Ruotsi-maaottelun inspiroimana. Magneettiseen kielilukkoon antautuivat Ville Pirinen ja Kolbeinn Karlsson (sain molempien nimmarit!). Alempana Black Peiderin nimmari herkullisena yksityiskohtana.

The Finland vs Sweden match inspired me to draw this lustful picture. This magnetic tongue lock features Ville Pirinen and Kolbeinn Karlsson (got their autographs!). The lower signature belongs to Black Peider (Petteri Tikkanen) and serves as a delicious little detail.

(*remember that in my notebook the arrow points to the Ville x Kolbeinn picture* 1: I just creamed myself! BUT… 2: I overheard a small fragment of a comic  blog panel conversation – Comic blogs don’t get muc constructive criticism concerning the quality… 3: … and those who comment are usually people the blogger is already familiar with. 4: I’ve noticed this myself. Outsider commentors are a rarity. I haven’t received that much constructive critisism either… 5:… and if I did how much would I work for progress? 6: Talented obviously succeed but do people expect blog comics to be really that good?? * Or diary comics?)

(1: Could it be that comic diaries are good only for maintaining drawing routine? 2: It does improve your perception but other than that it doesn’t help much. Or does it? Does it?? 3: Oh well. This outburst is probably related to the fact that this blog is almost one year old. 4: I’ve updated the blog and churned out a reasonable amount of small prints. But what about this year? Quality? Content? What? 5: I must admit that I haven’t really thought of how I should pursue my career, not once. I just want to draw. But it’s not enough. – With these thoughts my Saturday ends…)

(Comics Festival SUNDAY!! – Jeans and a towel make the best pillow. 1: Today the morning was kinda slow. – Pete let’s go! – *whimper*2: We won’t make it to the Nissinen’s interview, but there’s Manninen’s Steve Ditko analysis- – Wanna go eat something? – YES. 3: We didn’t spot Pirinen or any of the yesterday’s heros, but I still bought one copy of Pirinen’s newest for Miikka. – Here, have this neat postcard! *Varataivas by Anne Muhonen* – signatures are cool but it’s possible to live without.)

(1: Time went by so quickly that I was a little surprised when people started departing towards their homes… *1st arrow: The backpack weighted 6 kilos & 4 hours in a train* *2nd arrow: Whimpered just for the fun of it*- Bye bye, it was nice to see you!  2: Damn, my train leaves in two hours too! 3: I bumped into Karri who was on his way to the ’Comic schools of Finland presented’ interview. -Wanna tag along? To speak? – When? – In 1-2 minutes. 4: That way I met some students from Muurla. – They were alright! 5: Pant! Soon after that I realised that my train was departing in 20 minutes. No ticket and my stuff were still in the locker… I was in a HURRY. 6: Then what? Well, along with the little crisis I got pretty good experiences and equally good comics. 7: The amount of work I did was ok considering how inexperienced I was… Now it’s time for more demanding tasks. We’ll see what I have come up with until next festival. Whew.)

Pienoinen kriisi tosiaan tarttui mukaan. Olen miettinyt mitä tämä blogi tarvitsee oman päiväkirjaotteeni lisäksi, ja miten onnistuisin toteuttamaan sen koulun ohella. Tuo kriisi voi ollakin ehkä parasta mitä festareilta tarttui mukaani, jos sillä saan tarjontaani kehitettyä edes piirun verran eteenpäin.

So I got this little crisis while I was in Helsinki. I’ve been wondering what this blog needs apart from being my own personal diary and how to achieve it with the school distracting me. That crisis just might be the best thing I got from the festival if I know how to use it to make my comics become something a little bit better.

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* Juhannussekoitus // A Midsummer medley

Kirjoitettu 28.06.2010 - Karva. Kategoriassa Luokittelematon.

(– NO! DON’T!!  – What? – Helicopter causes hurricanes in San Fransisco.)

(1: You can pass out in a good way… 2: … or pass out with STYLE. – GET OUT!)

(Oh, so you played the ’Draw & Guess’ game? -YEAH!)

(Testing the Bug Spray Pentagram – If I want to go fishing, I go fishing, God damnit!)

(– Aw damnit, it’s raining. – Yay, it’s raining!)

(- Are you spacing out? – Nope. I have a PROJECT. – What are you doing then? – I’m opening these pods and picking the peas on this plate.)

Herra Mahtava. Piirrä & Arvaa pelin lehtiössä oli jonkun tyypin piirtämä tyyppi, joka oli sikamahtava. Koska se oli niin mahtava, piirsin siitä oman versioni ja annoin sille nimeksi Herra Mahtava.

(Mr. Awesome. Some guy had drawn this guy in the ’Draw & Guess’ game’s sketch book and he was awesome. Because he was so awesome, I drew my version of him and gave him the name Mr. Awesome.)


Armoton hyttysten tappaja // The Merciless Mosquito Killer

(The Saturday evening turned into night… There’s still time for a PARTY)

(And it was good, because on the way back home… – OH YOU GOTTA BE FUCKING JOKING! – No worries, we still have some food in the bags.)

(This was possibly one the best Midsummers I’ve ever had.)

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* Ennen lämmintä valkoviiniä // Before the warm white wine

Kirjoitettu 24.06.2010 - Karva. Kategoriassa Luokittelematon.

(1: I’m sorry for not updating, again. *Off you go now!* 2- Actually I would have skipped today as well but I wanted to wish you a good Midsummer. 3: This girl will disappear to Juupajoki. Maybe I’ll bring yousomething NICE.)

(Happy Midsummer!)

Mitä tuohon käännökseen edes kannattaisi laittaa. Merry ei tunnu hyvältä, Good on pelkästään outo mutta ei Happy ole sen kummoisempi. No, eiköhän se palvele tarkoitustaan. Tällä kertaa yritän muistaa ottaa useampia kyniä mukaan, jos sivellinkynä alkaa kenkkuilla. Säiliön hellä naputtelu ja puristelu pitäisi tehota, mutta jos sössin taas jotenkin, on ainakin jotakin jolla dokumentoida. Pitää ihmiset hauska juhannus, älkää antako itikoiden tai sään häiritä, älkääkä hukkuko.

I’m not even sure what to write as translation. Merry Midsummer doesn’t sound right, Good is just plain weird and Happy is just as odd. I suppose it serves it’s purpose well enough. This time I try to remember to take enough pens with me in case the brush tip pen starts to act weird on me again. Tapping and squeezing the cartridge gently should do it but if I mess things up again I have something to document with.  Have a good Midsummer everyone, don’t let the bugs or the weather bother you and don’t get drowned.

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* Kesäleiri ja kynän kuolema // Summer Camp and the Death of a Pen

Kirjoitettu 21.06.2010 - Karva. Kategoriassa Luokittelematon.

(1: Hop! Hop! – Way to go, Tsuru! 2: Tsuru should have brought his kilt. – Yup. 3: We once played a paintball match in the woods wearing kilts. )

Kaunis kesämies // Beautiful Man of Summer

Kyllä, nuo ovat lasten kellukkeet. // Yes, those are a pair of children’s floats.

Hidoin kesäleiri meni taas vallan mallikkaasti, mikä onkin syy miksi päivityksiä ei viikonloppuna kuulunut. Dokumentointi vain tyssäsi lauantai-iltana, kun rakas sivellintussini sanoi itsensä irti. Typeränä ja ihastuksen sokaisemana en ollut varustautunut koko penaalini turvin… Kynä ehkä tukkeutui, sen patruuna oli vielä puolillaan mustetta mutta kärjestä ei tullut mitään. Kesämies oli viimeinen kuva, jonka sain piirrettyä.

Our gang’s summer camp was absolutely smashing, which is the reason why I didn’t post anything during the last weekend. Capturing the atmosphere suddenly ceased on Saturday evening when my lovely brush tip pen died on me. Because I was foolish and blinded by infatuation I hadn’t brought my pencil case with me… The pen was probably clogged somehow, since the cartridge was still half full but the tip just dried up. The portrait of  Summer Man was the last thing I managed draw.

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