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Selma [Mar. 22nd, 2009|08:21 pm]
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Just thought I'd pop in to show you some pictures from the Selma project to give you an idea of what it will be like. It will be out in Sweden in May, but it's possible that it will be translated into English in the future because that's happened with a few of the other comics Kulturpoolen has produced, so we're crossing our fingers for that. :)

Here's what will be the cover for the comic:


Selma Lagerlöf (1858-1940) is one of Sweden's most famous writers. She was the first female writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature (1909), and is most widely known for her children's book Nils Holgerssons underbara resa genom Sverige (The Wonderful Adventures of Nils).

In this comic album we follow a 49-year old Selma as she tells her niece and nephew a story about a sick, hunchbacked girl named Meli. The girl finds the will to live when she realizes she's a natural when it comes to healing injured animals.


Four finished pages

I'm not sure how much we're allowed to show before the release, so please forgive the secretiveness/crappy size of the above pictures. But I think it ought to be safe for us to show you some of the pictures we sent in as work samples in December, though. :) (Note how the kid and her father have creepily been replaced while the mother remains the same. XD)

Work sample

Finished page

First try at Selma

First try at Selma's girlfriend Valborg and some of the animals that Meli cures


[User Picture]From: nordiclania
2009-03-22 08:08 pm (UTC)
Wow, it looks really amazing! You can really tell how much work you've put into this. :) Thanks for showing us these! ^__^ Best of luck with the project!
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[User Picture]From: fluffpudel
2009-03-23 06:55 pm (UTC)
Tack! Ja, det blir snyggt. :) Kostar det så smakar det, eller vad man ska säga, för det är hårt jobb... Vi har jobbat på A3-papper den här gången, eftersom det ska tryckas i albumformat, och då får man ju plats med fler detaljer. Men rutantalet blir ju därefter. Det är ganska svårt att få in sju rutor på en sida...
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[User Picture]From: quasilover
2009-03-22 10:10 pm (UTC)
I have the book on Nils Holgersson. It's very interesting. Your story is a wonderful invention! Besides, it's excellent you made Meli hump-backed. :)
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[User Picture]From: fluffpudel
2009-03-23 07:02 pm (UTC)
Actually, we're making this comic from someone else's script. A script which, in turn, is based on a short story by Selma Lagerlöf. So making Meli a humpback wasn't our decision. :)
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[User Picture]From: jesskat
2009-03-22 11:12 pm (UTC)
Looks great! The story of the little girl actually sounds familiar to me, I might have read it a long time ago. I hope in the future when it's published you'll be able to show more from the comic. Good luck!

(P.S. Love the little mouse sketch.)
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[User Picture]From: fluffpudel
2009-03-23 07:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :) You've read the story? Cool - no one else seem to have heard of it. ;)

I'm not sure if we can post more pages from this comic. But with luck, it'll be available in english before long.

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[User Picture]From: naye
2009-03-24 04:52 am (UTC)
SO COOL! And such pretty, pretty art!! As always, with you guys, but still - this is going to be published! You get (some) money for it! Yay for your resumé and yay for being paid to do art. You are incredibly awesome.

I've never actually heard of the story, but then again, I'm not a huge Selma Lagerlöf fan or anything.

Even from these glimpses of them, I have to say that I LOVE your panel work! So dynamic! It grabs the attention and focuses it right at what's going on in the story; it feels like it shifts and flows as naturally as any movie. Even more naturally, because you're your own editor, and can choose how long you want to spend on every frame, what details you want to pay attention to...

This really is art. ♥

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