Hello. I am Helm. I am 24 years old, from Greece. Here's a picture of me I enjoy:
This blog will be about comics I have made in the last 3 years or so eventually leading up to what I am doing currently. I do my comics in Greek predominantly, so this blog will be for those that Johnny, a wonderful Polish friend of mine has graciously decided to typographically edit into English. There's a lot of backlog to go through so hopefully updates will be coming once a week or so.
Besides that, there will be occasional posts of comic art, storytelling or drawing theory though that's all up to how much free time I have and what the response is going to be. I also wouldn't hold it below me to occasionally post doodles and so on though that really won't be the focus of this blog at all and if it ever seems to become so do notify me and I shall get on with due flagellation. Naturally all comic page posts will handily be tagged 'comics' so you may be able to browse all the pages later on without any of our babbling.
A few words on the comics you'll be seeing posted here for a while to come now. They will almost exclusively be single-pager, many-panel comics that I did as a pay gig for a greek newspaper for a period of 9 months or so, a couple of years back. The theme of these comics on the strength of which was hired (I will make a more informative post about this later on) was 'humorous, odd stories about people and their obsessions, one person a week'. As you will gradually see - for I plan to post these chronologically - I strayed from that theme... significantly, over time, until my being let go. I am finally currently working on doing a Greek collected edition (called "Ektos Thematos", which is greek for what an essay examiner would write in bright red on top of your paper if you strayed off subject) so I decided it would be worth it to translate them into English for a wider audience while I'm at it. Well, that's not exactly truth there. It's more accurate to say that I was hesitant to do both the collected edition and the English versions for a couple of years because I wasn't sure there'd be an audience for it, but after much goading and convincing by friends, the process is now underway. Johnny is being super-helpful with this because though I can fairly easily translate my work into English, actually going in and re-fonting everything is a huge chore for me as I've spent many hours perfecting these comics and stips and don't really want to bother with them anymore! Plus, I suck at computer fonts and using them well for comics, but Johnny doesn't!
We've translated about 15 of the 40 or so pieces of the collection before we started setting up the blog. When that's all done we will post a handy cbr version collecting all of them, and naturally provide means to get the actual (though Greek) physical edition if anyone feels up for it. Hopefully it'll also be out and about by that time. Then if Johnny feels up to it we might do all my odds and ends comics I've done during that period (hence the name of the blog) which vary wildly in format and length. Who knows, the blog might even catch up to my then current comic activities! One can only dream!
That's it for now! Rather naturally by the time anyone stumbles on to this message there'll be a boatload of comics to read above, so feel free to read the archives and let me know what you think in the comments!