Archive for December, 2014

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This is a preview from RETROFUTURE 8, the interview with Ellinor was made about a week ago to go with the final issue. Enjoy!

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I guess it all started in the Spring of 2012. I don´t recall the exact date but I do remember that I found you on Internet. But you lived in Stockholm, not here in Jämtland. I thought that I had found a local gal, but you had moved…

– Yes that is correct but I have been living in Jämtland for 20 years before I decided to move so I still see myself as a local girl because it is still “home”.

Is it fair to say that RETROFUTURE was an unknown publication to you at this time?

– Yes, it was.

What was your initial reaction to my suggestion, I guess a Wild West job is quite unusual to say the least in this day and age?

– I got really surprised but I found it very interesting. So, I thought… let´s go for it!

Are you into Western films or books or anything like that? Riding?

– I remember watching many old western movies with my dad and a big bowl of popcorn when I was a little girl, I only got to see him at the weekends so it brings back a lot of happy memories. I have also watched some new western movies lately but the old ones is definitely better.

From my end, I recall that you seemed to be a very positive kind of person, and I knew that you were a rocker. And indeed, it turned out to be an easy going kind of affair. You did some shopping for the character in Stockholm.

– Yeah… Rock is my kind of music and always has been. I guess that also have something to do with my father, I was raised to be a rocker to make it short. And when I discovered your magazines I realized we had something in common. I got really excited to work with you and it was something I have never done before. And of course it was so much fun to go to the stores and collect the things that we needed to make it work.

We also agreed on the name of the heroine together – I thought that Tornado Blaze was a great name.

– Yes, Me too… It was spot on. It sounds cool and it is a funny coincidence that I am kind of a tornado in private as well.

What did your friends think about it at the time?

– My friends thought it was cool and they were really excited to see the result. They all got a copy each. My colleagues called me “cowgirl” for a long time… but of course they got a copy as well. It was very appreciated!

We had the photo session in Östersund on July 30 2012, and I guess we spent about three hours all in all, including the main session at Jamtli and the shorter trip down by the lake. What do you recall from the day?

– It was so much fun. I thought it was amazing… the weather that day was perfect and the places we we were shooting at was gorgeous and really appropriate for that time in the story. I enjoyed every second of it. It was funny to go in to the character and to improvise. I really appreciate all the help we got from my mother Lise Nordbakk and Johan Ängeflo as well, they did a great job indeed! Thank you my dear ones!

I recall that the sun was going down but that we actually got some really nice shots because of the angle of the sun, like the ones of your shadow against the side of a house – the Lucky Luke type shots – I loved those. And the colors were stronger, it looked great.

– Yes, It was a wonderful day. It was a great idea! By the way… I love Lucky Luke… Icing on the cake!

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I still had to write the novel at the time but when I did it turned out to be a spin-off to the Montana Blue thing, and I think that was exciting.

– Me too… The fact that Tornado Blaze got trained by Montana Blue at a young age and they have fought together and they meet again under other circumstances to battle. Smart move!

The 28 page Tornado Blaze edition with the first part of the novel was printed in March 2013 and was handed out for free in and around Östersund around that time, 1.000 copies. What was your take on it? Did you get any kind of feedback?

– I don´t remember but it was a lot… I still have some copies at home and every now and then people has been asking for them. It is a strange feeling to think about so many people having the magazines in their homes. And also to see yourself in a magazine like that, but it is a nice memory to keep. They say that I looked really good, cute and sexy and that the character suited me well. And lots of other nice things… I feel really flattered!

The novel was completed when the main edition of RETROFUTURE 6 came out in the Fall, and this issue sported yet another Tornado Blaze cover. I think this was a great cover, you were really cool on that magazine.

– Thank you! I am happy about it. It is a good thing being a make-up artist in these occasions. And the outfit turned out great. We did a really good job to put it together I must say…

I heard people talk about you, they often asked me how I could find such beautiful models. It was obvious to me that RETROFUTURE has gained notoriety because of the novels and these covers (including the Dakota Jane & Montana Blue projects). In any case, these two magazines went out in about 1.900 copies around Jämtland. The long wait was over, Tornado Blaze was all over the place now.

– That is so cool… I am amazed about this project. It is pure passion. I feel honored to be a part of it.

Then we had the Purple edition of RETROFUTURE 6 (the 100th publication) in June 2013, which sported a story about these novels with a very cool image of Tornado Blaze. Again, another 1.000 copies went out – including 100 to Sioux City for the Deep Purple & Tommy Bolin festivities there in August – I got a lot of good feedback around this time for sure.

– Well… That is just awesome!

Hundreds of copies went out around the time of the Deep Purple party at Jane Doe in November 2013 and to me that period symbolized the beginning of the end. The time had come to wrap things up eventually. In the end, was it a positive thing for you?

– Yes and no… I mean, it must feel good to have completed it all but at the same time I would like to see more of it. And I would love to work with you again. It was such a blast.

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When I look back on Tornado Blaze, I think it was totally worth it. It cost me an arm and a leg to do it, but it was a great thing to have done and I am very pleased with this being part of the RETROFUTURE saga. You were the perfect Tornado Blaze, nobody could have done it better.

– Yeah… Good thing it was worth it…. I am glad you survived! Thank you for your kind words. Makes me really happy to hear!

As for the shots we took down by the lake, I still might use one of these for a one-off publication called Swedish Preppers later on (possibly in 2016). You have seen a suggestion for a cover. Do you have an interest in those kind of things?

– Absolutely… I thought it looked great. Bring it on!

We have to wait and see. This interview will be added to my blog Trinkelbonker. Do you have anything to add to this interview?

– This was such an amazing experience. I am so glad I took the job. And I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again. So if you ever need me in the future, just give me a call. I really must say I admire your passion for all the things you do, it is so brave to follow your dreams and make it happen, I really hope that people understand and appreciate the effort you put into it. I am definitely looking forward to the next magazine, should you do it. And to all the readers out there; thank you so much for all the kind words and support, I hope you all enjoyed it! Me and Tornado Blaze surely did!

Mike Eriksson (2014) – RETROFUTURE (c).

Outstanding memoars (2)

Posted: December 30, 2014 in Books

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I raved about the first volume of Swedish Publisher Hans Hatwig´s memoars on this blog a couple of weeks ago and I´ve now read the second part of “Miljardären som visste för mycket” (Premium Publishing, 2014). If the first book was incredible (and it was), this one will blow your socks off! Nothing had prepared me for a journey like this. I bought these books because I have a deep respect for his legendary career in magazine publishing and I really wanted to know more about that. Well, that´s all included (in great detail), but alongside this life he lived another that, on occation, is like reading a script for an episode of The Saint (starring Roger Moore). Foreign agents (DDR), old Nazi organisations that kept pestering him because of material that his mentor John Henry-Sager had had in his posession since the end of the war and that Hans had gotten himself involved in because of his friendship with the man.

This mess leads to a meeting between Hans (going back to West Germany on behalf of Sager) and Albert Speer in the hope that Sager can finally return the material to “the rightful owners”, hopefully without any further duress. It just goes on and on, the secret side of Hans personal life due to his friendship and loyalty to Sager keeps coming up although he´s not all too happy about it. I can see why. Would you be a happy man if you got into your car in the morning to find a stranger (in this case a Nazi) in your backseat? Hans got a stroke that day, life was certainly not a walk in the park.

In the end the material was handed back (this is so big that it will astound you, but I´m not here to ruin your reading experience) and Hans is later invited to Linz to observe a secretive funeral. Now, this story kind of blindsided me, I had not expected this twist in a million years. On top of this, I knew as I read these books that we had an interview coming up for the final issue of RETROFUTURE (which I´ll take care of next week), so Í had plenty of thoughts going through my mind (I´ve figured it out though, I´ll review the book and concentrate my interview on magazine publishing, which is our common love).

Lets be clear about one thing. This book is going to be debated for years to come (foreign editions will come up, I´ll keep you posted). This is a powdercake waiting to go off. So I´ll have my say here. I´ve met Hans a couple of times and when I was a young lad running a fan club for Deep Purple in Sweden, I chatted with him on the phone occationally (in the hope of more Purple in his POSTER magazine), and he has always been a very nice man. Not many people in his position would have bothered, I realize that now. I also know people who worked with him for years, that never ever said a bad word about him. Having read his memoars now, my gut feeling is that this is just an honest blokes book about his life and that it just happened to be a little stranger than most because of the eccentric Sager.

People will have strong opinions about some of the contents of these books. All I can say is, I like this guy. He´s the real deal.

Nice Claudia Schiffer cover

Posted: December 29, 2014 in Magazines

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Bought the new issue of Italian publication Grazia (issue 50, 2014) with Claudia Schiffer in sexy garb on the cover. Looks a bit like Brigitte Bardot in her heyday, not a bad thing. I´ve never seen an issue of this magazine before but it´s pretty good. I can see a few articles inside that I would have loved to read, had I known the lingo. I bet Santa likes this, eh…

Cover shot by Adam Whitehead (as far as I can tell from what I see inside).

The time for nostalgia is now

Posted: December 27, 2014 in Comics

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2015 is around the corner but I doubt that we´ll see a new comic book title for adults – the Swedish scene is as dead as it gets. And still, the MAD books we see around Christmas seems to work just fine. I have to wonder if a return of the old Comics title could perhaps work now? This was an album series that started life in 1970 and existed for about half the 70´s. Big in format (35 x 25 cm), 146 pages – it was a collectors dream (even back in the day). But now, decades later, after not having seen any of this stuff in print for years, how could it not look real good for an adult should it appear again?

Flash Gordon, Prince Valiant, Mandrake – the list of comics that could be used is endless. The prospect of seeing Battler Britton and Tex Willer in print again makes me drool, and a title like this could well be the answer. So come on, let´s see a revival of Comics again, The Big Book of Comics.

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I should have picked up on this and mentioned it last month. Steve Morse has now been a member of Deep Purple for 20 years – his first show with the band took place in Mexico City in November 1994. This guy brought peace and stability into the band. Cred.

The magazine you see here is DEEP PURPLE FOREVER 32, published by me in February 2003. It was the final issue and the first issue of SLICE had already been printed. Busy days.

Greetings from Sweden

Posted: December 23, 2014 in General, My photographs

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Christmas is here and I want you all to have a good one – Merry Christmas everybody!

I took a snapshot and created this image, feel free to use it.

Good vibes

Posted: December 22, 2014 in Classic Rock, Cool stuff, Deep Purple Family, General

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A couple of mates stopped by today and handed me some Christmas gifts – chocolates, a Tommy Bolin t-shirt and a Tommy Bolin CD (“Live In Miami at Jai Alai – The Final Show”).

Thanks guys!