Fuck. This will be a battle zone, no matter what I will do. I pondered for a while if I would try and avoid all drama while still making my basic “analysis” of the subject, or just go all the way and be a complete ass like “I hate femcomics ‘cus I hate all women durrr” just to spite everyone. But I have decided not to do that. AREN’T I NICE. APPRECIATE IT.
Sssooo.. let’s get it on.
I wish I had taken courses in feminism or been a bit more interested in women’s rights because I feel rather lost in some of these. But then again I never expected to become a fuck-ass of a critic who writes a stupid-ass blog about how much comics suck and thus happen to find a bunch of comics made by angry feminists and idealists who are much more educated in women’s right issues than I am. Goddammit. I honestly don’t know how to analyze some of these because I feel like I should make a header about how women have risen from the cold hand of oppression and how it affects our comic culture made by our beloved mothers, sisters and girlfriends.. But to my advantage allot of these comics are not femcomics but merely comics made by women. And belive me, there is a difference. And I will concentrate on that side.
So, what is a femcomic?
Comic drawn by a very crude artstyle, and the subject matter is usually so personal that you will always be met with the angriest response if you dare to critisize it, like you said “Your baby is ugly” instead of “You don’t draw very good”. The subject matter is usually either some sort of human rights issue or..
Oh god I am so inconsiderate..
But seriously sometimes The Thing about a comic is honestly the story and not the art. That is unfortunately not the case when a baby is born, because that happens at least 490,000 times per day. It’s baffling if you think of the statistics and what it means in comics, so many new mommies but the ones with the crudest art styles actually want to draw about this? Why!?
So yeah. These comics are made for people who make babies. I love kids, I really do. I find kids adorable even if they are screaming and complaining, I want to be a great father some day, allright. But I just don’t fucking get these comics. All I can gather from this one is that it’s drawn like it was made by the artist’s newborn and not the artist herself. And all the while I feel like a bad person. God I hate this..
All comics by Katja Tukiainen are about her life and things close to her. She got quite allot of praise when she published a comic about her childhood and the.. sex life of her grandma. Yeah, you read me right.
Her comics contain incredible amount of pee and sex stories, and when told with that kind of style.. it’s horrible. But then again I just happen to have a personal hatred for art styles like these. They burn right into my soul and ignite a burning flame of hatred and no amount of babies will help me to calm down. So in all fairness her comics really strike into certain issues very well – she shows to her readers that people start being ashamed when they are taught into it by adults and learn there’s nothing to be ashamed of only when they are senior citizens.
Or that’s at least how I’d like to interpreter it. With her artistic skill she just might’ve tried to say that she likes sprinkles on her icecream or something. I can’t really even read her horrible handwriting. Her travel diary comic really appealed to me, though. It was hard to read, messy, ugly.. but travel diaries are my personal favourite things to read so eh.
So yes, she only draws about things that will surely get an audience. Cheap, ingenious or accidental? I vote on accidental. Still, even though she might not be the most amazing artist, I would let her adopt me any day.
One of the similar artists is Kati Kovács. Crude art style and lots of piss, bodily functions and swearing.
But her true masterpiece is (imo) Karu Selli – Carou Cell, though in finnish it is a word play as “karu” means deserted, abandoned, rough “selli” is a prison cell but “karuselli” is a borrowed word, a carousel. And it was incredible how she made the comic follow it’s name so cleverly, it was a very creative play with abstract concepts. The story is about an overweight woman in a childless marriage who needs to find herself. Sounds boring and only for fat, old ladies but damnit, it was so clever and interestig that even I got something from it.
Unlike most femcomics which can only be understood if you are a woman, Karu Selli is a masterpiece which will open the way the main character thinks for everyone who reads it. In fact, the reason why it is so is probably because Kati is not a femcomic artist but just a woman who happens to draw comics about women’s issues and is a woman. Though she really fits the description of a femcomic artist – wheter she likes it or not.
She also drew a comic of how the father tells her how she looks horrible with the piercings and weird hairstyle, and.. eh. My father has told me the same things. “Cut your hair, hippiecommie”, “Don’t pierce your ears, you look gay”, “If you’re going out with those on you’ll get your ass kicked” And he was absolutely right. He just warned me because he loves me. Stop getting traumas when your parents warn you, people That’s their job, that’s what they do. They love you! Sheesh..
Then there’s some feminist rage and blah blah blah good god. She also claimed that women never yell nasty suggestions at young men and other weird shit. Or am I really the only guy who’s been hit on by drunk cougars? Nevermind..
The best thing I got out of this comic was the striking “you should not judge until you have met” kind of random meetings the artist (or her friends??) has encountered. A meeting with a young, drunken and broken man is my favourite. I don’t want to spoil it for you, if you want to see it, read it.
You’ll just have to read trough pages and pages of general and feminist whinage to get these jewels. And please for the sake of all llamas and kittens in the world don’t get me wrong here. I think she speaks the truth, but the way she does it is wrong. The manner she brings all this into the readers knowledge is angry and bitter. There’s just anger, yelling, bitterness, hate.. we’d do with much less of that. And yeah, I.. er.. sense the irony of me saying that in this character and why, yes it does burn and sting quite alot thanks for asking.
But if you think Jää is an angry comic..
When the action starts I feel like I am watching a summer play by a local suckass actor’s group. I can just hear by my mind’s ears how they mumble half the words, or overact and have this high-pitched, nervous voice of a first-time actor. I can’t put my finger on it, but something makes this scene look uncanny and unnatural. Maybe it’s their lines, I mean.. just read them.
But the real downer is the subject matter. Oh my what will a feminist comic’s subject matter be?
Oh fuck. Seriously? Rape? I can see where this is going, we will be introduced to all sorts of forms of female empowerment!!
Female empowerment with public shaming!!
That’s right girls, don’t call the police. Blackmail, shame and let the mob do the rest. We got the police and justice system just for show anyways. They’re there just eating donuts with mämmi and putting on silly wigs, the good old-fashioned mob justice is the right way for all your justice needs.
What the fuck.
Oh, Ps. we just changed the law and made the rape sentences longer, tougher and being drunk is no longer an excuse for the rapist to get a free ticket out of jail. Maybe the law peeps read this comic hah.
And as a side notice..
Public park = public toilet
I don’t think I have ever hated the whole cast of a comic this much. They are a bunch of thieving, aggressive drunktards with no manners. Or rapists. What a bunch of weiners. But, surprisingly, this was not a bad comic. Not bad at all. It was drawn well, it went smoothly, the text was clear and neat.. but oh god the story, characters, lines and content. It was nothing more than a wet daydream of a revenge-filled mind.
All feminist or human rights issue comics are not as dark and immature as Tuuli ja Myrsky, though. Some actually use humour for their advantage, but unfortunately they do it so that only the target audience understands the jokes or even finds it funny.
Haha! Fucking horrible.. I love it. And to be honest, I’d rather feel like an outsider when reading a comic made by lesbian to lesbian or from gay to gay than feel like a fucking idiot while reading yaoi made by stupid teenage girls or idiotic lesbian fantasy fanfics by way too horny males. I can’t get into them properly when I feel so embarraced for the author. I know, there’s something seriously wrong with me.
I also just realised that even the straight ones draw comics where I feel like an outsider. And I just have to mention one good example of this – Anne Muhonen. She used to do this comic “Ada” which was about this metahead girl who lived pretty mundane girl’s life. But somehow those comics were not bad at all. I got them, and at times they kinda spoke to me. She did not draw bad, even that her style is a bit naivistic but it doesn’t matter when she is such a good storyteller.
Ada is very slice-of-life kind of comic, and I’ll admit, I love slice-of-life as long as it is not mumblecore or shit like that. And Ada is not shit like that. And I guess I can relate to it because I’m quite a metalhead myself. All of the characters are nice, realistic and.. quite normal like they “should” in this genre of comics. I can forgive the clumsy art style for that, and it is not really even near as bad as Katja Tukainen’s style. At best slice-of-life shows how incredibly interesting creatures human beings and our strange social behaviour and interaction is. Ada gets a bit too personal and main-character-centered to get into that depth, but it was still lovely.
But then.. she had a baby
dun dun DUNNN
All the characters are still very real and likeable, they are real people after all. The art style is still the same, but.. what used to be an artist who did long stories with a plot and character development has now downgraded into a cartoonist who makes one strip per one page, characters floating in white void.
But not all comics are about babies and feminism. Some are about actual, normal life of everyday people. Thanks to Vuodatus we got plenty of those and some have even got published, like Jupu.
You can find her comic here: http://jupu.vuodatus.net/ so I won’t dwell into it any more
Another good one who did a self-publish is Noora Kivisilta
She writes a comic diary about her life, just like Jupu and she is just as hilarious. Maybe even more hilarious? She also writes more about the sad and silent but happy moments of her life unlike Jupu. She draws about her depression, stress but also moments she found striking, like seeing a wild mouse climb a straw and some moments with her girlfriend. All this doesn’t take away from the fact that her style is more like a comedy, and only makes it more entertaining.
You can find her here: http://moskiittoradio.vuodatus.net/
All of these comic diary things are not comedy. Some are actually trying to get a point across or something.. but.. eh.. why is it always the eco-hippies who got something to say? And do it by being annoying?
This comic has some pretty retarded and overused imagery which tries to cleverly play with abstract concepts. And fails. I’ve seen the metaphor of driving a car being like living your life to fullest at least million times before, and done much better.
Okay, I’m totally fucking lost and it’s still drawn horribly. But I made a new discovery just now.
Good god I speak like a pansy already. And I totally got de-railed. Back to Hanna!
She is proven to be a vegan, so I don’t really get the point of this comic she had in her older self-publish.
Is this comic for veganism or against veganism? I thought vegans like to promote their diet and not.. whatever she is doing here? Maybe she’s trying to wake up vegans and make them see what kind of monsters and asses they are when they go insane about it and only scare and quilt-trip people around them. I can just hope it is so.
But not all femcomic artists are annoying hippies, or draw only about women’s rights and babies. I was really surprised when I read the comic by Reetta Niemensivu. It is very girly, allright and it is a love story, but it was rather nicely done. I can’t really complain.
The story is really sad and in it’s own way, very dramatic. It is also about very regular people, without any nonsense.
My first thoughts after reading it were: Why are women so fucking obsessed with the old centuries? Why does every goddamn love story have to happen somewhere between 1800 and 1900? Is no proper dental hygiene so fucking awesome or what?! What’s wrong with running water and, you know.. good life? Also, it really struck to me how it was so ridicilously finnish every time I see a finnish love story, it’s something really fucking depressing. Why won’t finnish people love happily? sheesh, cheer up.. Then I read the back of the comic. The comic is actually based on the life of her grandmother. And oh boy did I feel fucking stupid.
This comic would probably be a really good read for people who like romance. It didn’t really work for me because it just left me feeling sad and I don’t particularly like feeling sad. Of course a really good romance story probably works even for people like me, and I know I’ve cried like a baby when I’ve watched some movies and actually felt a little flutter of a heart, but they were never for movies where people would usually feel those feeligs so.. eh.
Snivel.. oh Willard and Ratatouille. You masterpieces..
As a side note; why are nearly all of these comic covers either pink, yellow or orange?
There’s still one woman who I’d like to mention here as a great fucking artist. Seriously, she is the reason Finland was once a great comic country. She was an incredible success and I love her work.
She was really only half finnish as she were sweden-finnish, so some might complain she is not a “real” finnish comic artist but I have never understood this mentality. Also, the Muumi-Yhtiö resides in finland and her grandchildren still live in Finland. At least one of them, I quess. I’m really bad at gossip, sorry 😦
But truly, we all should aim to be such artists as Tove was. She was absolutely amazing, her work was stupendous and no one doesn’t even seem to try and be like her. We need someone who is like Tove, we need good comics with vast, imaginative worlds, creatures and loveable characters who still seem so real to the readers. I feel the finnish femcomic or really the global femcomic scene is keeping some people down. It’s all about babies, human rights, blaming others and drawing bad. Where did all the Toves go?
I promise I will make an entry about Tove one day, the comics are just so pricy that I absolutely cannot buy them all fast enough, and they are incredibly wanted in here. I have hard time getting my hands on all of them fast enough.
But once upon a time Finland’s whole cartoon world was supported by one woman. I wonder where all that inventive, imaginative power got lost to. And this applies to all genders.
Ps. Happy holidays. I usually make an entry in one day, only sleeping, eating and going to the loo untill the entry is ready but now I was so busy I had to make this in 3-4 days. Appreciate it. Also, I have no time to send this to my “editor” so please enjoy all the spelling errors.