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.

explosionland11st Explosion Land strip from 2010.

explosionland2Another usual day in Explosion Land.

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.