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A comic about a poem in Kalevala which I made half for my own pleasure (always wanted to comic Kalevala), half for a thing..! I don't know if it makes it there, but I'm tired of waiting for a reply so i'll shove it here hurf durf

So, this is the battle between Väinämöinen and Joukahainen. Sadly all the versions on the internet are from the popular edition of Kalevala, which has been censored and molded from the original texts.. I'm reading a non-abridged Kalevala, which isn't as widely known, so this version of the comic might be strange for those who've only read the widely spread edition of Kalevala.

Here's the entire popular edition Poem if you feel like reading it.. [link]

However, since I will NOT translate this (my shoddy english is not enough to do justice to the beautiful language here) my version in a nutshell is as follows:

Young Joukahainen and Old Väinämöinen, both powerful shamans, are traveling a narrow road, and happen to bump into eachother.. they can't pass eachother, unless the other gives way to the other. (In some texts, Joukahainen actually deliberately bumped into Väinämöinen, because he wanted to challenge him.) They refuse to give way, because they're so proud, so Joukahainen suggests a singing competition.. Väinämöinen agrees, and Joukahainen sings of all the things he knows, mountains, birds, fishes.. Väinämöinen gets FURIOUS, because HE WAS THERE WHEN ALL THOSE THINGS WERE BORN, HOW DARE YOU!!! Then he sings Joukahainen into the swamp, trapping him in and not letting him go. (Our national hero is basically a huge dick full of himself, it's great.)

Joukahainen panics and doesn't want to drown into the swamp, and he begs Väinämöinen to let him go, promising him gold, horses.. Väinämöinen is rich though, so he doesn't care much. He doesn't let him go until Joukahainen promises him his sister, Aino.

Joukahainen leaves, humiliated and crying. He weeps all the way to his mother's and father's house, because he's ashamed that he promised his only sister to an old man. His mother is pleased though, because Väinämöinen is rich, powerful, and wise, and who wouldn't want a dude like dat in their family.

All's well that ends well..? Not really, if you know what's going to happen to Aino later on. :C

This was made entirely with a Jetball streamer.. so there was no sketching or planning whatsoever, which makes for some HILARIOUS mistakes to tell all your kids about! Feel free to crit anyways, though.

Kalevala © Winland
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Okay so since you asked for a critique I'm gonna give it a go. So, you mentioned that you did little to no preparation of the lines before starting inks, it's a very good talent to have to make your first lines smooth and good-looking. What that tells me is that you're incredibly comfortable in your style, which I've been a fan of for a long time now. I don't think i have to critique the beauty and mastery of the art, because I think I've long said my peace about how much I like it.

But let's get down to specifics, the detail in the piece is nice, all the little lines really come together to make a very effective picture. I did notice the 'mess-up's you mentioned, like V's steed's legs, and other such small things. Though like I heard you say, you're quite good at making your mistakes sort of not matter. the overall picture is never really all that effected by it, though I did take away from the impact. You probably already know this, but if those mistakes were fixed, it would only be another detail to wow your audience instead of sort of 'background noise' lines.

also, the panel before V starts yelling at J (where he says '...') feels kind of weird, because he only looks kind of annoyed at what J sang, and then suddenly flips. I might've suspected maybe more surprise or more of a hint of anger in his expression before he starts yelling. It sort of gives the feeling that he's being fake-mad, if his first reaction was just mild annoyance (which might be true to the real story XD) but if that wasn't what you were going for, I'd be more wary of making the character's feeling consistant.

It's hard to critique much else because of how beautiful the whole thing looks. I really wish you'd get published and famous so that I could buy your stuff over here too. But as far as overall impact, this would've been a really cool comic to see some watercolors on. But then again, that would only just be adding to what already works really well. As well as other people, I'd be interested in seeing more. Your synopsis was enough for me to follow everythign that was going on in the comic, and I'd like to see what happens to Aino.

Anyway, always a pleasure to see more comics from you!
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TrekkieGleek Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
Mahtavaa työtä! Tää on se kohta Kalevalasta, jonka muistan parhaiten. Kuvitus on kyllä kans aivan omaa luokkaansa, jos saan sanoa ;)
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muura Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
Kiitän suuresti : 3 
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TrekkieGleek Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
Ei tartte kiitellä^^
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Wolframclaws Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Mahtava kuvitus! Tuo fontti tuo oikein sen oikean tarunomaisen tunnelman. :)
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muura Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
Kiitos kovin :3 sitä oli kivaa väkertää
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PadraicBenedictus Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't speak Finnish, but I am familiar with Kalevala's story. I absolutely love your style. Väinämöinen looks almost exactly as I have imagined him. Also, I like the effort you put into writing looking nice. It really fits into composition.
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muura Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ah thank you so <3 How nice to hear non-finns loving Kalevala!
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Ilartist Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No huhhuh. Täähän on ihan pirun hyvä.
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muura Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hii, kiitos.
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HappyEndingInc Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
Kartoin tätä aika kauan, kun tuo thumbnail ei tehnyt tälle oikeutta, mutta tämähän on upea! Aivan mahtava!
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muura Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Kiitän suuresti!
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salmon-sushi Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
by the way...
can I please borrow your Joukahainen's character design?
just the face & hairstyle
for comic project that I'm currently working on
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muura Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
I'd suggest you use the image you get of him when you read Kalevala, I am using my own hearts contents here, most absurdly speaking, so I'd love to keep my babies all for myself </3

But thank you, I'm pleased that you like Kalevala!
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salmon-sushi Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
oh..okay then
thanks anyways :)
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salmon-sushi Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
aah..my favorite part in Kalevala!
thank you for making its comic :)
the expression is really good, especially Joukahainen's
he really looks like a bad ass here :p
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Allatwan Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god, this is so freaking AWESOME! Reminds me of our own epic songs, gathered in the Barzazh Breizh! :D I am SO going to try and get this book- sadly, I have a feeling no translation will be as beautiful as the real poems :(
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muura Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
That is the sad thing about folk lores, nothing can beat the original.. good luck for finding it though, I`d be superflattered if you read it!
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Allatwan Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:) Thanks! I shall consider that a quest! XD
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Lemuzaurio Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
This is so awesome, I wish I could understand all that russian-mumbo-jumbo
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muura Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
It's finnish goddamnit XD
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Lemuzaurio Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
Ok, but I don´t understand that either xD
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Takiouttio Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I may not be able to understand the words, but you've managed to tell the story wonderfully without them. Lovely work.
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aivotalien Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
I LOVE this. :D
Kalevala is one of my favourite books, I was really disappointed when I found out that the Norwegian translation is almost impossible to find.
It would be awesome if you made more Kalevala comics.

Also, your style is really cool.
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muura Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
Someday I WILL make some more!
Uwa thank you for your nice comment.
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skortbulb Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Love the framing. Especially the part where the wiz is lifting the guy out of the water.
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Charanty Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
I like Väinämöinen) He's awesome)

Well, as far as i know Russian edition of Kalevala isn't a "cut one" and also it was translated in such an amazing way that original rythm wasn't lost.
If to speak about rythm it reminds me of "Slovo o polku igorevom".

I wish somebody could make Russian myths into such a great comics with a good style. (I mean normal myths not this shit with talking fish and all like that).
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muura Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh, thank you! And I'm also glad that you have a good translation *3*

All I know is Babayaga from you guys, haha
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Charanty Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010
Yay)))

Yes, but actually she's Baba Yaga.
Well, actually we have a lot of stories but mostly they're adapted for children. If you want some nonadapted things you should search for author named Afanasiev (if i'm not mistaken).
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Kowa025 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
Tunnustan olevani kova kalevala-obsessoitunut, ja kun tällaisia sarjiksia lukee niin ihan syke nousee.

Ensinnäkin kehuskelen tyyliäsi piirtää. Jokainen kuva on yksityiskohtainen ja hieno, varjostukset ja tussaus, ihan kaikki on juuri sellaista jota katselen mielelläni.
Aihe on kerrassaan hieno. Väinämön reagoinnit, erityisesti vihaiset ilmeet ovat hienosti toteutettu ja Joukahainen vaikuttaa ulospäin juuri sellaiselta nokkavalta nuorukaiselta joksi hänet kuvaillaan.

Haluaisin kehua tähän vielä kaikkea muuta hienoa mutten vaan osaa. Upea sarjis, tee ihmeessä lisää!
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muura Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Professional General Artist
Voih!!!! Ihan oma sykkeenikin nousee kun tällääsiä kommentteja saa. Varsinkin kun on toveri Kalevalaan rakastunut.
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monkeyeye Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010
oiii tää oli hieno setti, todella hienosti toit tuon kalevalan fiiliksen kynänjälkeen kaikilla tekstuureilla. Noiden kirjainmerkkien piirtämiseen meni varmaan ikä ja aika. D: Tykkään tasapainosta taustojen ja taustattomien ruutujen välillä, ja mahtavat versiot molemmista hahmoista. Ui ihana hirvi Väinämöisen reen edessä!
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muura Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Professional General Artist
Jostain kumman syystä uppouduin niitten piirtämiseen siihen malliin että aikaa ei tuntunut kuluvan tippaakaan X'D Joku maaninen kohtaus oli kun piti tiukassa deadlinessa tehdä!

Kur sur!!!
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kokkoroo Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Student
Hahaa piirrä Aino.
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muura Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
Multa taidettiin joo requestata jatkoa tähän.. juuri Ainon tarinaa! Ehk pitäis joskus
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kokkoroo Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Student
:-----------D I know one Aino who would be very amused.
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muura Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thehe!
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tear-house Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
OH MY GOD, I LOVE KALEVALA SO MUCH!
I can't understand the text(i'm brazilian)
But i've read the poem in english, and i loved!
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muura Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
That's so cool to hear!!! <3<3
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miss-Bigelow Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
FFFF-- I'm having a language nerd meltdown...I have no idea how to speak read or even just pronounce any of this, but it's all sooo beautiful, including the lines and panels!
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Aki1no1yuki Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Our language is beautiful? I feel extremely flattered. If you want to know how the tempo goes go here [link] and click the Poetry example, that's how you sing the poem parts in Kalevala, but not the actual language though. We don't sing it. ^^;
Someone should teach you how to read/pronounce it, even though it's one of the hardest languages in the world. For example we don't put words in front of other words to change the meaning, we just change the word itself. Kissa = cat kissalla = the cat has. Let's put for exc. kissalta kissalle = from cat to cat. It's hard to remember all the names of the word categories... So many... I think I got something wrong though when I translated the words... -.- As you noticed it's a tad bit hard to teach something so complex as "bending" words. Here's one site that tells you how to pronounce it [link]
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robotverve Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
Your linework and character designs are always so impressive. I especially love the last panel on the first page. Awesome stuff
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snartha Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
This is beautiful!! I love that last panel. XD Also Joukahainen's face when he's promising his sister away, like he really doesn't care at this point, anything to get him out of trouble!
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backoncemore Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
i cant read it. this sucks, ahah
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muura Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
Haha yeah.. but don't feel bad, even finns have trouble understanding it!
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backoncemore Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010
:D
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MissusHow Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Student Artist
your line quality is so fabulous. :)
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Voodoorabbit Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
i don't know what it says but i love the lettering o_o I could understand the basics story through the images nontheless even before i read the summary in your comments dfslj

and that small stippling on the clothes is so cool omg
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muura Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
Ahhhh uh eh it's definitely a good sign if everything's readable even if the language is not understandable <3 thank youu <3
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Anniina85 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010   Traditional Artist
ah, mä niin rakastan tätä<3 tekstuuri on nam, tässä on just sellanen rujo säkkikankainen kalevala-fiilis. JouJouJoukahainen on nii reppana : D
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muura Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
Joo halusin hänestä sellasen kakkanaaman tehdä kun hän on mun lemppari kuitenkin <3 reppanat on niin moe <3
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