05 December 2012

Teaching, PRAO and a new project

Long time no see!
Sorry for the one month silence here... Well, life have been busy and I wanted to get rid off some stuff on my table. Here's a report on what I've been up to!

Two weeks ago, I was teaching at Serieskolan in Malmö for the first year students, about how to build a story.
It was very fitting, since I just recently finished John Truby's The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller, a very good book on how to tell a story with natural and organic storytelling. I read it because since I started sending in my mangas to the Japanese manga magazine Ribbon, I have wanted to evolve my storytelling (since that was one of the main problems my stories had).

So my week with the students at Serieskolan was aslo a perfect chance for me to repeat the ideas of Mr. Truby in my own mind, and see them in use.
We also talked about visual storytelling; how to construct a picture and how the reader reacts to a picture or sequence of pictures. I recommend Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics to get knowledge on visual storytelling and comic perception.

The week after, I had a PRAO (an intern) here at my studio at home. She was nice, working hard on her own project and practicing drawing wolves. Rawr!

And now, I have started working on a new project. Like before, this will be a Ribbon manga entry, but also a short story in Nosebleed Studio's next anthology!
I don't want to spoil too much, but as Ribbon editors have suggested I do something more Swedish this time, and because Nosebleed Studio's next anthology will be a Swedish-themed, this story will play out in the Swedish countryside during the shojo-manga-esque traditional Midsummer Eve. Flower crowns, nice dresses and the romantic feeling in the air will be perfect for a Ribbon manga entry, don't you think?

Here's some quick sketches I did of the main character, Julia. Oh, and her childhood friend Dennis as well.

I've just finished the layout sketches and will probably start drawing any day soon. I look forward to it!!

A Sword Princess Tale
, my longer project, is also developing nicely. I have a Swedish and a Danish comic publisher on the line and they are both interested in publishing it next year. Because I don't want to get too hasty, I won't reveal  names before contracts are written, but it is surely looking good right now!
Some things should not be rushed.

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~*~*~*~ Happy Holiday Everyone! ~*~*~*~


  1. Wow ! *O* Good luck with that!
    now i want to check the "The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller" out *^*
    I'm a german/greece Manga Artist and want to write better storys for my mangas too (but not Professional Manga Artist q.q)
    Glad i found you here! *following* C:
    Very interesting what youre posting, and i'm totaly interested in your mangas you show here *O* (i thing I saw Ein Lied für Elise in some stores.. memories are floating away, gomennasai q_q)

    One question from me ;W; How do you participate in a Ribbon Magazines COntest, i search everywhere when somewhat like that is again now and so, but didnt find anything D: *hopes for a response*

    I like your Mjau Mjau Manga, by the way, very much (idea, drawing etc) *^* Keep the good work!! c: ♥ Best Wishes from meeh, Yupinachii >///^///< ~ ♥

    1. Ouch, sorry for the late reply!
      Thank you so much for the comment!! Yes, I totally recommend that book, it's awesome!

      Glad you like my mangas!! Or the style at least... I know there's not much yet out there of some of them...

      Ribbon has the rules and everything in their magazine, so you better buy one to participate. Also, you need to know Japanese, I'm sorry... But maybe you know someone who can help you with that?

      Thanks a lot and thanks for commenting!! :3