Free seminar about writing for comics

Want to write for comics? How does that work?


In Finland comic book artist have traditionally written and drawn their own work. But we do have talents who focus purely on writing for comics, and two of them, Vesa Vitikainen (Kersantti Napalm, Lauri Törni, Simo Häyhä) and Hannu Kesola (Iron Knights, Yö huutaa armoa) will talk about following:

  • What does a comic book script look like?
  • How to find an artist and a publisher?
  • What’s it like to write for comics in Finland?

We also discuss the similarities and differences between writing for comics and film. The seminar is arranged by Screenwriters Guild of Finland together with Aalto University Department of Film, Television and Scenography. Moderated by Juhana Lumme.

Time and place: Wed 26.10.2016 5 pm -8 pm, Aalto-yliopiston taiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulu, room 822 (8. floor), Hämeentie 135 C, Helsinki. The seminar is held in Finnish.

Free entry. Come, and bring a friend!

Dumbo Recut

DumboOf late I’ve been frequently exposed to children’s movies, especially Disney classics. Watching Dumbo stepping on his big ears I began to wonder, what would be the most obvious way to help the poor, harassed cub: teach an elephant to fly – or cut off the overgrown skin tissue? Occam’s razor said cut.

Getting down to it, I searched for the right pictures to remake Dumbo. Dumbo’s benefactor would naturally be the circus director, and it was easy to find matching shots.

Dumbo and director

And how to make Dumbo’s new ears? Obviously some Disney animator had had the same idea back in 1941, judging by this jewel of source material:


A little photoshopping, and Dumbo is recut. But wait! Isn’t this violating Disney’s copyright? Not to worry, under the fair use -policy it’s perfectly okay to make parody. If Disney wanted, however, to make an official version out of this, I’d be happy to negotiate.Dumbo recut

Make-Up tours festivals

Make-Up is selected to TUFF 2016 -festival in Tampere. Filmmakers shall be there to say hello too. Welcome to the movies!

Film’s previous presentations were at Amarcort Film Festival in Rimini, Italy, Sleepwalkers International Short Film Festival in Tallinn, Estonia, Minimalen Short Film Festival in Trondheim, Norway and Très Court International Film Festival in Paris, France.


On croquis

croquiswwwI stared doing croquis recently. “Croquis”, meaning “sketch” in French, is about drawing quick sketches of a live model, usually naked, who changes pose every few minutes.

I go to a great place. The cost is nominal, it’s on every week of the year, and there’s no need to register. On the Facebook page the organizer says: “You do not have to keep checking if it’s on, because the answer is ‘Yes, it is’.  Also, stop asking me who the model is. If you want to come and draw, just show up.” We don’t chit-chat. We don’t hang around. We draw.

I’ve noticed, that as in every other art form, the first few sketches always suck. They’re warm-up. Then the drawings become better, and the best sketches are made close to the end of the class. It’s also a great form of meditation. There’s the model, the pen and you, and no time for anything else. It’s very hands-on, very zen.

To draw a person you have to touch with your eyes. It’s not about getting photographic likeness, but catching the essence of the model, which differs from person to person.

I draw using a stylus and a tablet, which makes the line less accurate, but gives more freedom in editing and using halftones. In these pictures I have digitally erased some lines afterwards, but nothing has been added, save the signature.

We have an exhibition in Kallio Library 1.-17.12.2014, address Viides linja 11, Helsinki. Free Entry. Welcome!