Sunday, April 10, 2016

Once Upon a Time in Morningside on Comixology

Once Upon a Time in Morningside, the graphic novel drawn by me and written by Sean Michael Wilson, is now available on Comixology. Buy it now!

Here are a few of its 125 pages:

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Christmas cards and New Year's comics

For the past few years, it's been my tradition to draw a Christmas card and then a one-page comic recapping the year that's gone by. Both in the style of some well-known comics artist. The first time, I just chose a genre and not one specific artist's style, but after that I have narrowed the imitation down to one artist, or at least one specific comic. The comics are written by me and my husband, Fredrik Strömberg.

Here I have collected all my Christmas cards and New Year comics, with the latest one at the top. Enjoy!

(And if you have a suggestion for an artist to imitate next year, please let me know in a comment.)

2015: Floyd Gottfredson

Ah, the master of mice! God, I love his early Mickey Mouse strips. I love round shapes, so this style is obviously a favorite of mine.

I also made a picture in the same style for my husband and stepson. I attached it to a Christmas gift for them, movie tickets (guess which movie). But no comic yet! But bear with me, it will be posted here pretty soon.

2014: Spirou

I'm not 100% happy with the inking here. But the picture will probably give an 'inkling' to the reason why I couldn't concentrate properly. And the comic is under way. The child in question is now in daycare a few hours a week so I have a small chance of getting something done.

2013: Pondus

In 2013, I conducted a poll on Facebook to help me decide what style to choose. The nominees were all Scandinavian: Arne Anka by Charlie Christensen, Sara Granér's wonderful angry bears and Pondus by Frode Øverli.

Arne Anka-style

Sara Granér-style


Pondus won, and I made the Christmas card. However, because of the little one that was born that year, and the next one a couple of years later, I didn't finish the comic until early 2016. Oh, well. Better late than never, and just skipping the yearly comics is not an option.

And here's the comic that I finally finished. I made a very strange decision this time. As usual, I started by analyzing the original comics to see what technique was used, but then for some reason I used a completely different technique to imitate it. I don't know why I did that. I think Øverli uses paintbrushes and liquid ink, but I did it all in Photoshop. It turned out pretty similar, but I think it took way longer than if I had just done it the way he does.

2012: Donald Duck

Yay, my favorite! This is not drawn in a particular duck artist's style, but it is influenced by my favorite duck artist, Carl Barks. Or maybe not just my favorite duck artist, my favorite comics artist! No, wait, my favorite artist! No, my favorite artist is probably still Swedish landscape painter Carl Fredrik Hill, but you won't be seeing any Christmas cards or comics in his style anytime soon.

2011: Asterix

I usually post the English versions here, but in this case the Swedish one is better, because of the "logo":


This year, the Christmas card had nothing to do with the comic, and the comic is not in a particular artist's style.  But this is when I decided to make pastiches every year.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Merry Christmas 2015!

Okay, so since I apparently spent all of last year not blogging, I didn't post my Christmas card for 2015. So here it is:

Merry Christmas, y'all!

For the last few years, I've had a tradition at the end of the year to draw a Christmas card and a New Year's comic, recapping the year that's gone by. Both would be made in the style of some famous cartoonist, because I absolutely love imitating. Studying someone's methods and getting in the right mood to nail another artist's lines, that's a lot of fun.

Previously I've done Donald Duck, Asterix and Pondus styles. And 2015 the time had come for Floyd Gottfredson, as you can see. A big hero of mine! But two years ago, I didn't finish the yearly comic, because I had had my first child and suddenly had way less time on my hands. Funny, that. So for the years 2013 and 2014 I made Christmas cards but no comics. Boo! And it does not feel right to just skip those years. So I've spent some time lately to catch up. Pretty soon I will post my comic about 2013 – drawn in the style of Norwegian comic strip Pondus, by Frode Øverli.

Serier för klimatet! Climate comics!

I have not posted anything for a veery long time. My excuse is that I spent most of last year feeling sick and being pregnant. The former due to the latter. But I am well now! And not pregnant anymore!

So here's something I could have posted a few months ago: I made a comic for the book Jag vill inte göra slut – serier för klimatet. It's an comics anthology about climate change. Buy it here.

Here's my comic:

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Kickstarter campaign for Once Upon a Time in Morningside

I have made the art for Once Upon a Time in Morningside, an autobiographical childhood story by Sean Michael Wilson, set in Scotland, in the Morningside area of Edinburgh.

Scar Comics, our British publisher, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to get it printed.
There are lots of special ‘rewards’ there for your support. Drawings by me (yay! of course you want one) and cool stuff with prints on it, and books, of course, both hardcover and paperback.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Serienördens kokbok

Jag deltar med ett serierecept i Serienördens kokbok (Natt förlag). Här är en sida ur receptet:

Mums! Köp den här t.ex.:

Saturday, November 15, 2014