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Author/writer Jens Ganman called for a rally in support of freedom of speech in my hometown Östersund today. Hundreds braved the cold and made their way to the Town Square to show support. Guitarist Michael Mojo Nilsson was there as well, meaning that two writers that are featured in my (soon to be) last issue of RETROFUTURE was on that stage today.

I´m proud of you guys, and of the people that showed up.

(My images)



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!


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.


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!

Text & images by Mike Eriksson (2014) – RETROFUTURE (c).



Here´s another RETROFUTURE 8 preview, this is the centre spread of the magazine (sort of a poster if you like). The final issue will sport an interview with Tornado Blaze model Ellinor Nordbakk and I´ll present it on this blog as well. For those of you that don´t know, Tornado Blaze was a Western Heroine that I created back in 2012, and a two part novel was printed (more details in the My Western Gals category on this blog).

About 75% of the new issue is all done, one more session with the last bits in mid-January or so and I can send it to the printers. Full details on January 1 on this blog.

(My images)


I decided to quit my hobby – creating magazines – last week. This means that RETROFUTURE 8 will be the last publication and that I´m now in the process of putting the final details for this issue together. This means taking ideas that existed for later issues and bringing them into this one, and it also means axing the remaining pages of the Montana Blue comic in print. The rest of that will be published later on by other means. Or rather, the complete project will be released elsewhere some day. The cover I had prepared for RETROFUTURE 8 has been dropped as well, but used in an experimental kind of way alongside a shot of my model Nina posing as Montana Blue (as seen above, I really like this image). This issue will be out in 2015, details will be available on January 1 on this blog. All good things eventually comes to an end and this will be it. 102 magazines is not that bad.

I have added a category for this issue on this blog today.

(My western image)

There will be a 4 page piece on David Coverdale in RETROFUTURE 8 next year, with some nice stuff from the old archives. I quite enjoyed working on this, there is nothing wrong with a bit of nostalgia and RETROFUTURE is certainly the right place for some of that. The new issue is slowly building up and I like what I see. Loads of great stuff and a very interesting mix, as usual.

I love this hobby.


Got a call from an artist called Anders Ek (born in 1952) yesterday who wanted me to see his painting of Storsie, so I payed him a visit. He is a painter and last year he created this work, based on what he saw down by the lake in Torvalla as a boy in the mid 60´s. He is no longer sure about the exact year, but the 1964-1967 period should be correct. He lived with his family in a house not far from the lake at the time and used to play down by the shore all the time. One day, he suddenly saw the back of something rather big about 20-25 meters from the shore, swimming from left to right (towards the town of Östersund). It rose two to four dm above the waters surface and the part that he could see was two to three meters long. The skin looked dry, as if it (or the back) had been above the surface for some time. The animal was in no hurry but moved fast enough to create waves that hit the shore where he stood. After the sighting he excitedly told his family about what had happened but they did not believe him. However, a local newspaper did report (the next day) that two witnesses had seen this animal from a location a few km away at a workplace by the shore in the village of Optand, probably some time before the animal reached his location. This report should still exist in archives which will put a date to this.

Anders has had this painting on display and intends to sell it. He wants it documented before he parts with it as it might well end up in private hands. He would prefer it to end up so that the general public can see it though. This painting is not the only one that exists, a handful of artists has seen Storsie over the years and painted what they have seen in the lake.

This will be in print in RETROFUTURE 8 next year.

(Image of said painting by me)


The history that surrounds Storsjöodjuret (The Great Lake Monster, also called Storsie outside Sweden) is long and full of interesting moments. In 1894, a local push to capture one of these animals created headlines. King Oscar II was interested in science and enjoyed to support expeditions and he actually put some money into the project. What happened next is quite interesting. For years, people tried in many ways to capture or kill an animal. One method was floating barrels with specially designed hunting equipment underneith. On one occation, witnesses saw a barrel disappear below the surface for about a minute. Upon investigating the equipment afterwards, they found scrapmarks in the metal, like they had been in contact with teeth. Eventually, all these barrels in the lake became a problem as accidents with local shipping started to appear. Steamer Carl XV was seriously damaged in a collision in 1899.

The hunt went on for about a decade. In 1897, Oscar II visited Östersund. In 1888, a professor from Uppsala was sent to the lake to investigate (payed by newspaper Aftonbladet). He wrote a series of articles that proclaimed that, in his opinion, the animal is real.

Hunting equipment from the day can still be seen at a local museum called Jamtli, but people have largely forgotten all about it. It is an interesting chapter in the history of this phenomenon though, and therefore I have decided to include an article about what happened and the Kings interest in RETROFUTURE 8. I feel that this needs to be highlighted again.

So work has now begun on the next issue.