I went to California for three weeks. Most of the time I was down with the flu, so this is probably my most
boring introvert and quiet travel journal yet.
It was kind of amazing, and it was kind of overwhelming, this Mexico. I went with Danish Cartoonists who are amazing and mostly a lot more happy to travel and see new places and meet new people than I am.
Please forgive all the spelling and grammar errors, this lil’ travel journal was made on the go in little time. Also: No facts have been double checked. They are based on what people told me and what I heard them say + my crap memory. Please use this as a look into my personal trip to Mexico and not something completely factual.
Guys! It’s finally time for DK’s largest comics festival.
This weekend, hooray!
I have teamed up with my studio Kulkælderen and this I where you can find me 90% of the weekend. Our table is HERE (sorry about the tiny map, luckily Øksnehallen is not that big).
Besides from that it’s the same procedure as the other years.
I try to sell you things.
In this case 3 A4 prints. I made 50 of each, and I will get my webshop back up and running if (when, let’s be honest) they don’t sell out.
300 kr at the festival, 350 kr online.
I will bring some original drawings too – mostly from the StineStregen.dk-years. Write a me comment if you have a specific request.
Besides from that I will do FREE doodles for anyone that shows up, like always. It’s a “THANK YOU FOR READING MY STUFF I LOVE YOU” thing, so it will be speedy lil’ StineStregen drawings and not family portraits or entire colored book pages. I know some of you feel a little shy about this showing up and asking without buying – but I promise you: it’s cool.
I love doing the doodles and when people add “I love cats like you, can I have a cat in my doodle?” or “I am as bad at yoga as you, will you draw something yoga?” it’s just wonderful to know that you actually read my stuff and that I can give something back. Promise! If you want it on a specific kind of paper or in your own sketch book, feel free to bring it. Otherwise I will bring paper and pens.
I will also be selling my book Kærestesorg. If you think it all sounds a little busy at the studio’s table, consider showing up at Cobolt‘s stand saturday at 16 – 17 where I will be signing the book next to someone a lot more famous and there will be time to make a sweet doodle in your book.
Also, I will be participating in a sketch battle sunday from 13.30-14.20. These battles are usually really fun to look at, pictures here are from Svendborg Graphic.
I used to be house cartoonist at Scandinavian Music Magazine Gaffa back in 2014 and 15. Then they decided not to use cartoons anymore. I really miss this gig, so here are the monthly cartoons I did in my time there.
I went to Svendborg Graphic a week ago, brining only original drawings for sale and quite a bit of nerves.
Going through so many of my old drawings to find the best ones to sell really made me miss doing the everyday drawings and ramblings. I will make an effort to do everyday stuff again, I think.
I had two jobs as a guest at Svendborg Graphic. First the live drawing/interview Ask Me About Everything. Audience would hand me notes with questions and I would draw an answer live in a couple of minutes. Questions would range from “Why does my son have such short legs?” to “If time travel is possible does that mean there is no free will?” and also some easier ones I could actually answer. It sold out and the audience was focused and excited, and it was just the perfect crowd. Loved it.
The second job was a Sketch Fight Night and it was a lot of fun too. Mostly because my team WON!
The rest of the festival was spent at Creators Alley trying to sell original drawings. It was a very very quiet place. The entire sunday at the festival was spent chatting with Peter Madsen of Valhalla fame about his new house and where to put all the books. He usually has a line of crazy excited fans, so I think maybe the festival hid that alley a bit too well. Anyway, that’s what I told myself when I was dragging half of my drawings back home unsold. But who cares? The festival shows great promise, and I surely had a good time. Thanks to everyone who showed up to say hi – I hope to see you all again.
2016 was so happening. Most celebrities died and I started cartooning for the free online satire magazine SPOT. It’s very Danish, and I try to be as rude as I can (being cartoonist of the year and all). Aaaanyway, here are the ones I made.
(I guess some of them are confusing now without context, but they were totally relevant when they were published!)
I made this lil’ comic VÆRNEMAGER (COLLABORATIONIST) for the comics anthology Knivsæg (Edge Of The Knife) early spring 2015. At the time I felt my contribution was underwhelming compared to everyone else’s, but looking at it today I kind of like it – and so I thought you might wanted to read it too.
A long long time ago I used to read this blog. At a time when blogs went from exciting new stuff to boring repetition (yes, I know, look who’s talking) it was different. And it was good. It was supposedly about having a concussion, but it read more like a story about being alienated, losing all plans, love and confusion. Mostly it was about love, and best of all – it was hilarious. I loved it.
It became my go-to argument when debating whether a blog could be literature or not, because it worked every time. People ended up agreeing, how could they not? This indeed was literature and it was amazing.
I heard that people in fancy literature circles were getting together to send the author a ton of presents one Christmas, though most of them didn’t even know her. At first it made me jealous – imagine being fancy enough to just send people things! Then I realized how incredibly lazy I was just thinking all of these things and never sharing my thoughts with the one who actually deserved to know.
So I wrote her a Christmas card and mailed it. The next day, just about the time when my card must have reached her, I received a card from her. The words in the cards were almost the same – we were sending each other fan mail simultaneously!
Of course we had to become friends. And of course the blog had to become a book. And yes, I do want you to read it. Not (just) because she is my friend, but because the book is amazing. I have never had a concussion, but stress and depression certainly has changed my life – it still is and I hate it, and that’s why I need this book. It’s more Erland Loe than self help or “tales from a very sad illness”. It’s relatable and also it’s just a great read.
Warning: The last few pages in the book are so moving. I read them only when I feel very robust, and then I still can’t read them without crying. They are so full of hope and love, and really that can be hard to find when you need it the most.
Also: Besides from buying the book, you should send at least one Christmas card this year.
I kept thinking “I WILL draw the last few days as well”, but somehow busy always ends up being the theme of my life, so here are a few pictures of the last day off with Henriette and a bunch of huge trees.
Boulder Creek – so authentic. Here people still greet you with a nod and the hand on their cowboy hat. I use the word “still” without having the faintest idea about how people in this place used to greet each other.
Me and a giant redwood tree. Not one of the fancy ones behind a fence, but still dang pretty.
Are huge trees old? Yes, huge trees are old.
It’s impossible to give a feeling of how tall they actually are, but notice the cars in front of them for comparison.
This crotch-in-your-face-lady-tree is called Mother of the forest.
What do you need the most when you are walking around redwoods in awe of nature? The answer is cheap merchandise. They get this in California.
Nature with mountains always wins.