Posted by: admin in: Comics
How did you decide to become a drawer / cartoonist?
Having no brothers or sisters I had plenty of time to do quiet things like drawing. I used to read a lot, comics too, and I loved Donald Duck and Tintin. I studied in the university this and that but couldn’t accomplish my studies. Finally, I moved to Kemi, the comics city of Finland and I became a comics maker.
Was it a difficult choice to make? Why?
No, drawing is fun.
Did you go to a school for drawers or cartoonists?
No, there were none for comics drawers. But now I’m teaching in one, in the art school of Liminka.
How do people consider comic strip in Finland?
Rather well, I think. Finish comics are of quality.
What comic strip/artists did have a major influence on your work?
Carl Barks, Herge, Robert Crumb, Tarmo Koivisto.
Do you still read comic strip? Which one?
Viivi & Wagner, Velho (ignore the original name),
How could you present your work to our readers?
I really don’t know. I do a lot informative cartoons with my frend Ari Kutila (I draw manuscript, Ari makes it beautiful). For instance, advicing how to protect oneself from radiation:
Has your work been translated yet?
Once we did an album in english, but no, nothing translated. My works are not that kind of commercial sort.
What are your current and future projects?
I keep on teaching. Every now and then I draw ideas that I get from the surroundings. In the future I draw my satirical philosophy.
Do you think that internet is the future medium for comic strip?
Yes, especially slightly animated.
Do you still work with a pencil and a paper or have you replaced them by a computer?
I start with pencil. I can’t carry the computer in my pocket. But computers get better and better…