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.

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.

Music: Summer Island (2015)

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Summer Island refers to the islands of Tammisaari (“Oak Island”, Ekenäs in Swedish) that is a very dear city to me here in the south of Finland. I’ve also lived there for over a year. My favorite and most beautiful forests are in Tammisaari. A few years ago I once swam to a near-by island there in the summer. At the half way I realized my energy was very limited and I didn’t have any water with me.

With the energy I had left in me I made it to the rocky shore of the island and had an experience of “an evolutionary flashback” I felt how a fish came to the solid ground for the first time ever and its fins growing to legs. It felt like seeing and remembering millions of years back in a few seconds.

I studied the island. There is this old symmetrical tree with two big branches in a V-shape. I’ve picked this tree and the island as inspiration for The Blue Forest of Wish to appear in my Springbringer graphic novel. The actual tree is also featured in winter-time on the Soulweaver film, with the moonlight shining in the middle.

In the impromptu summer extreme swim when I left the island I noticed a group of sheep watching me. It felt like a bizarre scene from an art house film because I hadn’t noticed them upon my arrival.

Fortunately I made it back from the isle. And have carried water with me ever since.

Music: Reflections (2001)

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I love techno/electronic trance.  This is one of my favorite “classic” style trance pieces from 2001. It has a flavor of acid and goa trance.

  • [download or play the mp3, if the player above doesn’t show up] (4:05). From the albums My Departure (2000) and single My Inherit(r)ance (2001).

And here’s the ten-years-after “2011 Nostalgie Remix” – with a “surprise” ending:

Music: Medieval Paths #7 – Memory of the Rose (2005)

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Here is a direct continuation to the previous medieval piece, this time in a more ambient-symphonic setting:

  • Memory of the Rose (I Picked You a Rose from the Forest, Part ][) (2005) [download or play mp3, if the play bar above doesn’t show up]

From the album Memory of the Rose (2005).

Music: Medieval Paths #2 – I Picked You a Rose from the Forest (2003)

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In 2003 I had a season of composing medieval and celt-inspired themes.

Back then, I was inspired by Mark Seibert‘s electronic medieval soundtrack in Sierra‘s classic adventure computer game Conquests of Camelot: The Search for the Grail (1989) and Mike Oldfield‘s celt-nostalgic album Voyager (1996) that I highly recommend.

This is from my 2003 album Fallbringer from a series called Medieval Paths. The song is #2 I Picked You a Rose from the Forest (2003).  There is also a guitar ballad version of this song with English lyrics that I will record some day.

I think I still have sometimes a certain sense of celtic and medieval even in my other pieces, such as ambient. I’ll be posting also the rest from the Medieval Paths -series.

Character: Tommy the Troll (2011)

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je_pulleapeikko-colorRound-tummy Tommy the Troll (Pullea peikko in Finnish) is the main character in the adventures of Troll Land.

He likes to create origamis that come to life – for example they start to fly and fire away. The first pencil drawing seen here is from August 19th 2011. But Tommy was born already almost three years before that in December 18th 2009 on the Apokryfia sketch book #2 Beta.

In the other drawing Tommy is by the Bonfire (Pullea Peikko leiritulen äärellä, September 6th 2011). Original pencil 15×10 cm, from the upcoming Narcosis the Cat & Flapsticks comic book stories.

Unlike the Internet trolls, Tommy is a nice sympathetic fellow.

Photographs: Flying over the Clouds – My first time flying (2016)

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I flew for the very first time in my life a week and a half ago. It was totally unreal. I don’t know how people usually take it but for me it was like an out of my body experience. I’ve never felt anything like it. It felt like we could fly to outer space and beyond. Especially flying over the clouds was so dream-like… It reminded me of the best times in the winter when you can ski on the frozen sea and see nothing but ice as far as your eyes can see.  It is humbling (you realize how small you are in this vast universe) and surreal enough an experience. But this icy layer was high in the sky…

And the sun is always shining there, no matter the weather!

Actually, now that I think of it, the stargate scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey is very reminiscent of how I felt – going into a completely new another world. And perhaps transforming in the process, like in the film’s epic poetic finale. Part of my personal evolution, I’m no longer a  walking and running mammal, I’m a flying one. I’m so grateful for the experience.

Film still: Soulweaver – Memory of Tomorrow (2009)

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This is a scene from the upcoming (premiere estimate 2017) post-apocalyptic Sci-Fi film Soulweaver: Requiem for Earth. The black and white and red photograph Memory of Tomorrow (a.k.a. The Ruins of Our Past, the Ruins of Our Future, 2009) is by Jukka Eronen & Satu Eronen.

This is the aftermath – the sunny scene preceding in this same place cuts from a thousand years in the past.

The forests, ruins and mythological places in the world of Soulweaver are based on real locations in south of Finland – see the maps and go see the places for yourself; while they exist and you can. (Disclaimer: this virtual concept precedes Pokémon Go 😉 ).

Here is more about the film.

Film still: Soulweaver – Angel (2012)

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This is a scene from the post-apocalyptic Sci-Fi film Soulweaver: Requiem for Earth. The black and white photograph Angel is by Jukka Eronen & Satu Eronen.

The surreal pencil drawing The Meadow (2012) inspired by the film scene is by Jukka Eronen, 20×15 cm (from the Apokryfia book #11 Lambda).

Here is more about the film.