Characters: Symbol Land

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Having made their first appearances in the Apokryfia books, main characters of the wordless Symbol Land comic strips, sketches and artwork are Man ♂, Woman and Tri-Heart .

Also known as Mars, Venus and Love.

Mr. Ambivalent also makes his gentlemantic appearances every now and then. Here is his first comic strip adventure: Mr. Ambivalent Makes out with the Moon (2011):

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The man got the job done, excellent – well done Mr. Ambivalent! 😎 Mr. Ambivalent got his signature top hat and walking stick at a later stage. More about Mr. Ambivalent and Symbol Land characters coming up so stay tuned…

Comic: Explosion Land – Dumdow Meets the Bermuda Triangle (2010)

In a million years you never can guess what happens next in the wacky adventures of Explosion Land, part of the Flapsticks‘ comic book worlds.

As a continuation to the previous blog post, a 2-part extremely exciting Sunday comic strip arises: Dumdow (the Angry Triangle) Meets the Bermuda Triangle or: Dumdow’s Most Eventful Boat Adventure of All-Time Blast Extravaganza (2010). A true work of authentic inspiration and a god’s gift – be blessed your soul and eyes dear reader upon this week’s Sunday feast! (Although it’s being posted on Monday, oh the blasphemy…)

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Now how’s that for a mind-blowing twist-ending. That’s all folks this time, see you soon!

Comic & game: Explosion Land (1991–) and my first oil painting (1995)

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Early 1990s Bam and Bum – a.k.a. Bum and Pow from 1995 onward.

Bum and Pow – an antropomorphic bomb and a dynamite – are my oldest comic book characters still in use, from 1991. They are nowadays part of the Narcosis the Cat Meets the Flapsticks -comic book world that I began to re-discover and investigate in 2007 from my 1997–1999 mathematics and physics book doodles and illustrations. I noticed that some of the characters, beings and things had obviously escaped from the same universe so I started to investigate these little critters, their peculiar habits and their world in a more accurate way.

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In summer 1995 my grand mother Tellervo taught me to paint with oil colors. I chose my comic book characters Bum and Pow and Dumdow the Angry Triangle as my first motif. Also notice the surrealistic white shadows. The painting was called Tight Spot (1995) which was also the name for a puzzle/platform computer game I was planning to code on Turbo Pascal. I’ve coded countless of hours with it and even today it’s the programming language I know and do the best.

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I scanned the oil painting as the title screen and made sprites, animations, logos and music but unfortunately the game was never finished. There are f.ex. animated rolling VHS tapes, cassettes, CDs, disks and other nowadays defunct but collectible electronic media you were supposed to collect in the game (by the way in reality I collect 1980s ex-rental video cassettes and old computer games). This was one of my pet projects and I still hope to do something with the concept some day.

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Stay tuned for more Explosion Land comic strips next time!


kieli_suomi  SUOMEKSI:

Olen piirtänyt ja luonut sarjakuvahahmoja pienestä pitäen. Olen löytänyt niitä myös mm. näkemällä niitä luonnon muovaamissa muodostelmissa ja fraktaalimaisissa kuvioissa. Räjähdysmaan asukit Bum-pommi ja Pow-dynamiitti ovat pitkäikäisimmät edelleen käytössä olevat hahmoni vuodelta 1991 (tuolloin nimillä Bam ja Bum). Minulla oli myös näihin hahmoihin pohjaava puzzle-tietokonepeli Tight Spot tekeillä vuonna 1996, mutta se jäi kesken. Nykyään nämä räjähdysherkät sankarit esiintyvät Narkoosi-kissa & Fläpstikkaat -sarjakuvien tarinoissa omassa maailmassaan.

Comic: Narcosis the Cat

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Narcosis the Cat cardboard cut-out (2010) painted on acrylics.

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Narcosis the Cat is the main comic book character in the wacky adventures of Flapsticks. Check out more comic strips at http://www.jukkaeronen.com/narkoosi-kissa
which are currently in Finnish, translations are coming. The blog will also feature English strips every now and then.

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kieli_suomi  SUOMEKSI: Lue Narkoosi-kissa-sarjakuvastrippejä osoitteessa http://www.jukkaeronen.com/narkoosi-kissa

Character: Sprite of Spring (2002-11)

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Sprite of Spring or the Springbringer or Calÿaja (in my fictional language) is one of my most important beings and characters. It represents life and rebirth in the world of Springbringer. It fell from space as a seed and landed on a pond of swans one ancient evening “3000 suns ago” and began to sprout.

I saw the Sprite in my dream on December 2002 (the comic book image where the sprite and the swan meet). I woke up and drew it so I could remember it.

Here are various manifestations of this fragile beautiful flower-like being of light:

  • an etching aquatint: A Garden of Stars (2009), 11×25 cm
  • a digital work made from a water color painting (2009), used as a poster for the Springbringer film
  • a color pencil drawing (2011), 10×15 cm
  • a clay statue (2007), 21x17x15 cm
  • comic book pages where the Sprite meets Qwaidun the swan (2002-09)

Comic: Narcosis the Cat goes Sci-Fi – 2010

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“Narcosis the Cat is 5 billion years old. She is already very old and tired…”

“Yet Narcosis the Cat always reincarnates again!”


A spoof on Kubrick‘s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) which is my all-time favorite film in addition to f.ex. Tarkovsky‘s Stalker (1979). I love the scene in 2001 with the light white room and the stargate preceding it. It really feels like entering a whole new another world and universe (more about this topic and flying here).