Tommi Musturi

Cracking @ Lisbon

I’ll be travelling to Lisbon for an exhibition of ‘CRACKING’ in gallery / store Tinta nos Nervos. The exhibition will present piles of serigraphy and risography and two series of paintings… and all the books available of course. We’ll have the opening on Saturday 6th of November at 4pm. Welcome!

In addition I’ll be having a MasterClass lecture in ArCo – Centro de Arte e Comunicação Visual on Friday 5th of November 4.30PM–. I’ll be talking about my own work. exceptional storytelling and the reasons behind ‘style’.

See you there!

October 8, 2021, 7:45 am
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Panel discussion from BOOKED art book fair @ Konttori, Helsinki, on ‘Visual Artists’ Pathways to Book Publishing’ with Juliana Hyrri, Emmi Valve, Sami Nyyssölä and me. Sorry, this is for now in Finnish. Will post later a version with subtitles if such comes out.

October 4, 2021, 7:57 am
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BOOKED is a new art book fair held in Hesinki 1.–9.10.2021.

I will be talking in a panel ‘Visual Artists’ Pathways to Book Publishing’ with Juliana Hyrri, Sami Nyyssölä and Emmi Valve on Wednesday 5–6 pm (Finnish time, +3h UTC/GMT). The talk takes place in Cable Factory’s Konttori space (Tallberginkatu 1) and it can be seen online via Facebook @ MUU Gallery.

There’s a festival book store at the Cable Factory as well and they’re selling ‘Cracking’ (image) and recent Futures along my old titles as well.

The talk is free of course – welcome!

More on BOOKED’s extensive programme.

World Wide Zoo
September 28, 2021, 2:11 pm
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Some Commodore 64 pixel and PETSCII graphics I did for fun for our World Wide Zoo -event held 25th of September – an online C64 party with playful competitions. Just FYI, C64 has a fixed palette of 16 colours that you can’t change. PETSCII is a text graphic mode using 255 fixed charset with one global colour and one colour per 8×8 px character. Added animations so you can see how these were made, pixel by pixel or char by char. I’ve done stuff for C64 since 10 years old as a hobby. While in the past these were done on the real breadbox with a joystick (and one undo), these days I’m using mostly PhotoShop, a cross-platform tool Multipaint or Marq’s PETSCII editor. Zooparty is an association we’re running to support C64 demoscene in Finland and internationally. We’re arranging events and publishing SID music and printed stuff.

Future retailer update
September 8, 2021, 10:52 am
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After a month from the release of Future#7 the post office just might have done their job and I can finally say that the mags along with earlier issues should be available from the following retailers:

Analph (SUI)
Atomic Books (US)
Birdcage Bottom Books (US)
Chili Com Carne (POR)
Domino Books (US)
Fantagraphics Store (US)
Floating World Comics (US)
Fortepressa (ITA)
Gosh! (UK)
Hole Hand (NED)
Huber Editions (FRA)
La 5e Couche (BEL)
Lambiek (NED)
Laukontorin antikva (FIN)
Push My Buttons (SWE)
Quimby’s Bookstore (US)
Risma Bookshop (ITA)
Sticky Institute (AUS)
Turun sarjakuvakauppa (FIN)

You can order issues #1–7 from me as well, 6€ / pcs or 60€ for the whole 10-issues subscription. Just PM.

August 30, 2021, 9:36 am
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Available now or soon from La 5e Couche (in French), Fantagraphics Books (in English), Fortepressa / D’Editore (in Italian), Chili Com Carne / Tinta Nos Nervos (in Portuguese), Lystring (in Swedish), Cult Pump (in Danish) and Zum Teufel (in Finnish). 132 pages and around 200 images in big size (24 x 34 cm), featuring article & commentary on all the works. You can get the Finnish edition from me as well, just mail me if interested.

August 17, 2021, 10:30 am
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Future#7 is now available for orders. There are three issues to go after this and the series is complete. The storylines are getting bit twisted so stay tuned for surprises.

This costs 6€ shipped worldwide and you can as well subscribe to the whole 10-issue series (60€). Just mail me.

I’ll update later on the retailers who have this available – if you bought older issues in your local store you’ll most probably find this there bit later as well.

Cracking / Future#7

The printers just gave birth to these two:

CRACKING is a 132-page picture book collecting my drawings, sketchbooks, illustrations, paintings, pixels +++ from the past ten years. Big size full colour burst with ca. 200 images. Includes an article ‘Emptiness to emptiness’ that collects my thoughts on working on the borderlands of art. Thanks to everyone who’ve helped and worked with the book – there are numerous of you. I started to work on the book ca. 18 months ago so this has been a mid-length marathon. Happy to have this out.

FUTURE#7 is Future: rich getting poor, cities decayin into dust, earth rotating still, life ending mostly, diamonds melting, future hardons and all that. After this there are three issues to go which I’ll try to get all out during 2022.

Get these both (including shipping) for 30€ in Finland, 40€ in EU and 50€ in the rest of the world. Or if you want just Future that’s 6€ worldwide incl. shipping (subscription to all 10 issues 60€). Note that I’m selling the Finnish edition of Cracking meaning the article and liner notes are in Finnish. It’s 97% just images though.

With Cracking I encourage you strongly to support your local dealers. The book is or will be out soon in seven languages:

Portuguese: Chili Com Carne / Tinta nos Nervos
Danish: Cult Pump
English: Fantagraphics Books
Italian: Fortepressa / D’Editore
French: La 5e Couche
Swedish: Lystring
Finnish: Zum Teufel


Pod cast in iron
June 14, 2021, 1:57 pm
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Mikko Levón visited the village of Siuro last week and we spent the early morning hours chatting on this and that in our dear old Koski-Baari. You can listen the talk from the ‘Levonille lasken luojani’ -podcast #170. Sorry, this is only available in Finnish. Meanwhile, you can as well listen to it as alien birds singing.

The Thick Book of Kuti – Exhibition
June 9, 2021, 8:33 am
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We’re having a relatively big exhibition of Kutikuti in Haihara Art Centre (Tampere, Finland). The show includes around 100 works from more than 20 Finnish contemporary comic artists. It’s free to enter and open until 28th of June 2021. Go and see if you’re around! Poster image by Esko Heikkilä.

Thanks to Tampere City and The Arts Promotion Centre of Finland!