Seppuku 2013, initiate 2014

I could write a long blog post about 2013. But I feel time’s better spent on this new one, this two-0-fourteen.

2013 was a special year. A year with a lot of joy, and challenges. I became a father. To Loke, who is now 6 months and missed Santa on the Eve of Yule, but saw his first fireworks last night. So far he hasn’t turned into any kind of arch nemesis.

My creative goals for 2013 didn’t quite pan out, although, in hindsight, we did really strive to make it. A lot of hard work was put down, but overall I’m not exactly where I hoped to be come January. But we’ve managed to launch two, I repeat, TWO Outré anthology issues. (They’re available free, right here, so no excuses now.) I’ve been in (electronic) touch with a lot of prominent people in the comic industry – because living up in the Arctic, e-mail’s the name of the game – and 2014 is a year for business. I had a fantastic time at Raptus in Bergen, meeting a lot of great people. A screenplay I co-wrote with Robert Klecha came to the finals in a prominent competition, which was rewarding. And I have a few really strong comic book projects on the go.

But now’s a time for the horizon ahead. And the sun’s burning over there. (Figuratively speaking, since it’s nearly pitch black all the time here in Norway these days.)

Before January’s over I’ll write down my goals for 2014, and we’ll see how that goes by the bells chime for 2015.

Raptus comics festival 2013

My first time at Raptus, the annual comic book festival in Bergen here in Norway, was a blast!

During the 4 days I’ve never learned so much, made so many cool connections and had so much fun. All in the name of comics. Great comics.

The primary reason I went to the festival was to attend Howard Chaykin and Mike Perkins’ storytelling seminar. It was dirt cheap but utterly brilliant. Interactive and insightful. With the bad cop and antichrist running the show! If you ever have a chance to go to anything similar with Howard and Mike, go. Go now.

But the best thing was to get to know all the great guests. Howard and Mike. Canada’s only cheap blonde Nina Bunjevac. Mike Music Collins. The lovely Gail Simone and her husband Scott. The Ontonauts boys who I’ve met before. My artist and friend Laszlo Seber. Kim Holm, who’s done stuff for Outré. The ÜberPress guys and the rest of the great creators there.

Apart from the atrocious venue this was the best weekend I’ve had in comics so far. Laughs, knowledge and new friends.


Kim painting live with Solstorm.


Mike Perky. And Howard with the ladies.


Morten and Pål. Ontonauts.


Gail and Scott. And Laszlo’s head.


Nina grazing Nordic art.


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Mike Collins drawing Odin where he should be.


The loot.