onsdag 15 december 2010


Work in progress.

Two pages completed. Four more to go. YOSH!

And, some encouraging cute korean boys to keep me going! <3

I better get going to my day-job so I can spend all night drawing (again)!

Love, peace, over n'out!

onsdag 8 december 2010


So, I couldn't help myself.. So what?
I started inking without all the pages being completely drawn yet.. I'm a bad girl, but hey, one can't always play by the rules! ;D

Last page, last panel..
(because, oddly, I felt like starting in the "wrong" end XDD)

Love, peace, over n' out!

// Fanny

måndag 6 december 2010

Page 6

Hello all!

I've felt more or less "creatively-drained" lately, and last week I also got a really bad cold and spent Thursday-Friday in bed, sleeping. So, this weekend I decided to NOT push myself and draw.

This resulted in me waking up this morning (Monday) feeling filled with excitement and will to draw!
So, here it is, the first sketches of the last page for "After Petroleum", my first comic-collaboration!

It's Margaret Killjoy's script and my drawings.
I don't know how many times I've tried to get that first panel right! I've drawn it over and over again, but hopefully, it'll work out this time :) I changed the angle of the table and some of the setting, but mostly it's the same as the script. I've done my best to stick with the script, and only done a few minor changes (like, angles and character positions etc.)
Ooooh~ I can't wait 'til I get to put ink on the pages! But, his script's much more detailed than mine (backgrounds etc) so it takes longer than usual to draw. For example, this room's filled with people and dining-ware. But, it really is fun to challenge myself in this new way :)

Listening to "Kan någon ringa 112" on repeat today!
I've been looking forward to the music video for weeks! :3

Love, peace, over 'n out!

// Fanny

torsdag 2 december 2010

AltCom 2010

Hello everyone!

Hope you're being able to keep (somewhat) warm in this snowy winter-madness! My best advice is tea, tea, and tea!
Sadly, I haven't been doing a very well job on this myself.. Since.. Well, I'm down with a pretty bad cold. More or less lost my voice (hurts!), but been home (and sleeping) all day and hope to be back to "normal" and work soon. :)

Anyhow, here's my (late) update from AltCom, the "alternative comic"-festival that was held here in beautiful Malmö in November.

There was tons of exhibitions and events, which mostly I missed due to work (a girl's gotta eat!), but I was able to catch a few of them.

Below's two pics from the "MAUS"-exhibitions opening at the city library in Malmö, November 3rd.
(it will stay at there until January 16th, so there's plenty of time if you want to have a look at it (which, of course, is the case ~.^))

Malin and I. My "oldest" friend. She's the freckled cat portrayed in my comic (seen in the background). Love her so much! (Have a peek at her marvelous photography at her blog!)

I'm bad at taking pictures sometimes, I only have a handful from the opening of the exhibition. But, I take it that's better than none? Here's my very skilled and badass friend Robin! :DD

The "Mus/Mouse/Maus"-project is held by Jamil Mani and the Swedish Comic's Society. My addition can be seen at the exhibition, in Bild & Bubbla number 184 and below;

I was lucky enough to be present at the festival's main weekend (November 12-14th). It sure was a lot of fun, and a very inspiering atmosphere to be in. I got to meet tons of new, very interesting people, from all over the world and it sure was a very giving experience.
When not sitting at the table selling fanzines with co-ThinkInk;er Nathalie, and great buddies from PonnyKlubben, I helped out with the presentation and interviews of the festival's guests. Which is something I really enjoy to do and hope to do more in the future :)

Me, Nat and Johnie (of PonnyKlubben).

I want to thank everyone who visited with us at our table, all our customers, supporters and new friends :)
A special pat on the back goes out to Mattias Elftorp, for doing such a great job arrangeing the festival :)
It was a great weekend and I hope to see you next time around! (which, hopefully, will be in two years)

For more detailed info; visit http://www.altcomfestival.net/.

Have a great evening!
Love, peace, over 'n out

// Fanny

måndag 29 november 2010

"Serier Mot Rasism"

Alright, good people!
Do the good deed and send your art here;


For my non-Swedish speaking friends and colleagues; this is a project called "Serier mot Rasism", which means "Comics Against Racism". A few of the brilliant students of this year's first graders at the Comic Art School in Malmö started this, and they've gotten a lot of positive response!
And, what can I do but agree? All kind of discrimination (gender, "race", age, sexual preferences) are NOT okay. And, comics and/or/ pictures are a great way to express views and personal opinions and share experiences. That is why I'm taking part in this project. So should you! If not by drawing, then by purchasing the anthology (it's in Swedish, but I'm sure the point still gets across).

Sneak-peek at my two contributions. I hope they'll approve and put one or both of them in the anthology. :)

I took a break in my work on the zombie-killing dutch girl and drew some lovely "Swedish" ladies yesterday. Inked them today. With a traditional brush only. Not to brag, but I think Im'm slowly getting a hold of it :) And, it's fun with the thickness and way the lines curves and bends. Also, it's cheap (this compared to expensive pens). Highly reccomended tool to use!
(in lack of scanner, I've photographed the drawing)

This while having the song "Swedish Girls" on repeat. I don't know why, but that song's just stuck to me and I looove it! Such an up-beat song! Energy! *thumbs up*
(Warning; this music video contains "nudity"!)

Snapshot of my lovely workplace in my new apartment! *loves* I lack storage and book-shelves, but I'm sorting that out.. Somewhat.. Slowly..
At home, I'm always accompanied by my dear friend; Jonas the ficus tree. We've been roomies for almost three years now and still going strong. Gotta love him!

More great blog-updates to follow on the new Harry Potter-movie, my "man-skills" and snow, snow, snow!
Now I need to go make some hot tea, before my fingers fall of! *cold*

Love, peace, over n' out!

måndag 22 november 2010

Le Café

This song has devoured my brain.. I just can't get it out of my head!

tisdag 16 november 2010

Happy Chaos..

Hello everyone!

Fall is here. Leaves falling down. Winter-jacket on. Cold. Cold. Cold. Two covers + double fleece-blanket when I go to bed (+ payamas). Wind and rain in the town of Malmö, Sweden. But, still, I'm smiling.

My life continues to be somewhat chaotic, even though it's slowly sorting itself out and calming down (thank God!)..

First; I was lucky enough to stumble across a available apartment. Then I got my old day-time job back. Still, working on several art-project. A lot to do. A LOT to do. At the same time... As always.. But, hey, I guess I'm used to it by now.. I guess I've always been this way. Always tons of stuff going on..

So, I moved into my lovely little apartment about twoo weeks ago. Several of my friends helped me out! THANK YOU!!! I really appreciate your time and effort! Couldn't have done it without you! (4th floor, no elevator!) There's still a massive clutter, and tons of stuff everywhere. This due to lack of time to sort through it all (a girl's gotta work!) and a massive number of books.. Well, I don't want to say i have too many books (mostly comics). I'd rather say my bookshelves are too small!

(Moving, part one. Anders and I enjoying some coffee after our hard work!)

(Moving, part two. After my first night in the new apartment, this is what I woke up to!)

(A LOT to sort through!)

(Johnie enjoying my book-treasure! :D)

I also have several deadlines crowding on top of each other.. (November is a heck of a month for me!) And, working longer hours at my daytime-job than planned, lead up to last week looking like this;

- getting up early (8.30) and drawing right away

- working 8 ½ hours

- going home and drawing again until 2-3.30 am..

and so on.. I listened to this song, over and over again, to boost my energy! LOVE IT!

But, I finished two projects last week and have now sent my material to Bild & Bubbla and Galago. That sure feels nice :) Really looking forward to seeing them in print! X3

(the first panel in my 4-page comic for Bild&Bubbla!)

And, now.. on to the next project!

I've also done cosplay, gone to a manga-convention and Alt-Com, but an update on that later. Now; I need to get some lunch before going of to work!

Love, peace, over n' out!

// Fanny

måndag 18 oktober 2010

Celebrate Love!

Celebrate Love.
Really, we should. Every day.
Celebrate the 21 years with my parents. The 19 years with my brother. The 13 years with my cat. The 10 years with my dog. The 8 years with my oldest friend. All the 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 years with my other friends, and with some of them; only a few months. The 5 years with my lovely American friends and family. The 3 years with my driver's license (not the same thing, really, but it does count!). And the list goes on..

Last week I celebrated something else.
Something that's also special and dear to me.
My first year with Anders.

We drew the picture above together.. Yep, that's Anders, drawn by him, and Fanny, drawn by me. Enjoy!

Peace, Love, over n' Out!
// Fanny

tisdag 5 oktober 2010

Photo-report from the Swedish Book Fair!

It's been almost two weeks since the annual book fair in Gothenburg, Sweden.
The book fair is a big event, with 101280 recorded visits in 2008, and it keeps growing!

This year the Swedish Comic's Society (Svenska Seriefrämjandet (blir det rätt på engelska?)) and comics in general was given a stage all of our own down at the large first floor of the fair.

Last year, the fantastic Jenny Berggrund, was in charge of the stage. That time it was a smaller stage, hidden on the second floor.
This time around, the honor of coordinating was given me. About the same time I was back from my USA-trip in August, I got the notice, and started working together with the Comic Society in Gothenburg as well as artists, publishers and comic-enthusiasts from all over the country to put together a great schedule for the weekend.
It sure was a lot of hard work, and many long hours, many phonecalls and countless emails, but we got everything together! Thanks to the hard working Gothenburgers, and Jenny for answering her phone when I needed her to! ^^ This was a new experience for most of us, and even though things might not have gone by as smoothly as we'd hoped, it sure was a great weekend, and we got a lot of positive feed-back from the by-standers, fair visitors and comics people. But, hey, "perfect is no good". Still, we learn, and I'm sure next year will be even better!

Here follows a "photo report" from the fair.
Photogrophers: Jan, Anders, Johnie and I.

Pic from the comicsbattle held at Friday.
(serie scenen; swed. "comic stage")

THURSDAY the 23rd
Sadly, I didn't have my camera present during the day, but this is what went on:
"Live drawing" with Stef Gaines, Yvette Gustafsson, Stina Hjelm, Jesper Nordqvist, Lars Krantz and Valentin Schönbeck. The concept of "live drawing" is simple. The artist's presented on stage, then given a random theme, and have 20 minutes to draw on this theme. During the drawing, we also had short interviews as

"Bild & Bubbla" held a debate about french comics in Sweden. Attending: publishers from Agerings, Albumförlaget, Galago and Kolik. Confrencier: Fredrik Strömberg

Thursday evening, Johnie, my wing-man, and I, along with many others, danced the night away at the Galago party.
Three of the present students from the Comic Art School in Malmö :)
During the four days of the fair, the students did a terrific job, helping out by the stage!

FRIDAY the 24th

Spotcomics - a phone app. that lets you view comics on your I- or androidphone.

Live-drawing with Karl Holmqvist.

Stafett-comic with Malin Biller and Jonas Darnell.

Live-drawing with Jenny Berggrund.
We had premiere for something entirely new! Comickaraoke!
The students from the Comics Art School in Malmö did karaoke on the comics stage, but instead of singing to the music; they drew.
Succes! The crowd enojed it, and the students seemed to enjoy their 3 minutes of fame as well :)

Live-drawing with Johan Wanloo.

Fredrik Strömberg interviewing Liv Strömberg on her work and latest book.

Malmö vs. Gävle.
The first of the weekend's two comic battles!
Friday evening, it was the two rivaling Comic Art Schools having it at each other.

After five close battles, Malmö was announced winner.
The great Yvette Gustafsson was on stage, explaining the rules and raising the crowd spirits. Max Gustafsson was in charge of the music.

Also; there was live-drawing with Jan Kustfält, Johnie Ekman and Jesper Nordqvist.
(sadly, no photos..)

After the fair, some of us headed over to the MUS/MOUSE/MAUS exhibition. I was so impressed with all the other artists and their work. The comics can be seen in Stockholm and Gothenburg as well and are included in the latest issue of Bild & Bubbla.

Karl Holmqvist, a great guy who's helped out tons, enjoying the fine art at the exhibition.
Afterwards, we enjoyed fine dining at a Gothenburg restaurant. It sure was a loong time ago I spent so much on one meal, but after the first two hectic days of the weekend, it was worth it, and money well spent!

SATURDAY the 25th

Finnish comic artist Johnie Ekman interviewing Sara Hansson, Sara Granér, Lullis Lange and Lisa Ewald of Dotterbolaget about their exchange with finnish feminist comic artists and their trip to Helsinki this summer.

Live drawing with Jonas Darnell.

Stafett comic between Karl Holmqvist and Jan Kustfält of Nasses Necrozin.

The girls vs. the boys!
The second comics battle was held saturday evening. This time it was, in true middle school-spirit, the girls vs. the boys!
Yvette Gustafsson, Malin Biller and Stef Gaines were pumped to take on the guys!

Lars Krantz, Jimmy Wallin and Max Gustafson were confident as well.
Yvette and Jimmy fighting each other with "cats in the alley".
Max Gustafson.
Stef Gaines.
After a very long, hard, but truly entertaining ("Jimmy! Don't steal Malins pen!" "But, she stole my joke!") game of five battles, the girls were declared winners!

As a prize, the ladies were given the honor to draw their feelings of the not so long ago swedish election on the big board on stage. Lovely!

Also on Saturday, but sadly no pictures:
Live drawing with Fanny M Bystedt, Oscar Hjelmgren and Sara Granér.
Niklas Asker and Malin Biller told about their latest books. The "urhunden" award was presented. And Bild & Bubbla held a interview with the creators of the comic version of Loranga, Masarin och Dartanjang, comicartist Sara Olausson and publisher Camilla Nyman.

SUNDAY the 26th

Live drawing with Tony Cronstam, who was a quick drawer and instead of me asking him questions, he turned around and started interviewing me! Fun!

Live drawing with Malin Biller.

Fredrik Stömber interviewing Sven-Bertil Bärnarp on his comic "Medelålders plus".

Also on Sunday, but no pictures:
Interview with Stefan Diös on the swedish translation process of Kalle Anka (Donald Duck).
Live drawing with Joakim Lindengren, Max Gustafson and Fabian Göransson. Stefan Eriksson, teacher at the Comics Art School in Vingåker, did a short presentation of the smaller of the three comic schools in Sweden.

Below are the drawings from the fair presented. After drawing, the artist was asked if we could put the picture on the stage wall (which all gave permission to) and throughout the fair, the collection grew! After the fair, the pictures were sent to svensk seriearkiv (the swedsh comics archive) so that they can be enjoyed not only for the weekend, but also for generations to come.

Me and my mental-support group; Anders, Karl and Johnie!

I'd like to thank all the artists, publishers and comic enthusiasts that have contributed to making this such a great weekend! I am overly proud and think that we all did a superb job!
And, yes, it's hard to imagine, but I'm sure next year will be even better!

Peace, love, over 'n out
// Fanny

If you happen to have any pictures of the events I do not; please feel free to email them to me and I will post them on this blog. (fannymbystedt@gmail.com)