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I attended the annual Great Lake Monster (also known as Storsie) Conference tonight, and this year it was held in my home town Östersund (Jämtland County). The Conference is moved to hamlets and towns around Lake Storsjön (The Great Lake) and this was the first time I ever visited a meeting close to where I reside myself. I guess about 50 people turned up, we had about 10 witnesses telling their stories (I was one of them) and local media was there to cover the event – the journalist filmed a few interviews, I showcase one image here (bottom right) in which witness Anders Ek recalls his experience with something unusual in this lake when he was a kid (the story can be found on this blog). Photographs was on display and all in all it was a good night. Föreningen Storsjöodjuret (roughly translates to The Great Lake Monster Association) is doing a fine job.

The mystery lives on.

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It has to be said that I enjoyed RETROFUTURE 8 quite a lot, and that´s why it´s so nice that the feedback I keep hearing by word of mouth is so strong, very positive indeed. I took a bit of a gamble with this issue, it featured stuff that you could get your head chopped off for these days and I said my piece about things in general. Not the kind of thing that you see every day in this country, screwed up as it is by political correctness and fear. But I had to do it. I was bowing out after all. No time to hold back then – if truth hurts, then so be it.

As you know, I´ve handed out the RETROFUTURE magazines for free in these parts (14.000 copies, in fact) and so this final issue also represents a climax of a phase in my life as a publisher that was a bit special in that sense. I really spent the last five years of this hobby doing it all just for the pure enjoyment of it all. It also cost me an arm and a leg to do it, but at least I had quite a lot of fun and I also left a bit of a legacy behind which I´m proud of. What I created with RETROFUTURE was unique and I doubt that anybody else will ever repeat what I did in these parts. I think I´ve earned the right to be proud.

Great feedback from prominent journalists (not your ordinary leftist crowd, but really good ones including a legendary publisher – it doesn´t get any better than that you know), and that feels really good I´ve to say. The article about A4, I5 and F4 (see earlier post) went down a storm and will in fact be republished in two publications. I think that says a lot, don´t you?

The major piece on prepping was written last year but it´s all coming true now, sad as that is. I was right on the money and it´s interesting to note that quite a lot of people was drawn to that subject. I think that people know, deep down, that we´re in serious trouble now. A fact that mainstream media still ignores, strange as that is.

So here we are then, the final batch of magazines have been given out (last few hundred went to Teknikland, I hear they just blew out the door!) and so RETROFUTURE is now really a thing of the past. I shall miss it.

Had a blast though, it was a good thing.

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Midsummer has arrived and I think that this old cover of MAD (Swedish edition, July-August 1969) shows pretty much what the locals around here (in Jämtland County) are up against. After weeks of having endured cold winds and rain, we can actually enjoy the sun this morning. But if you want to take a bath in The Great Lake (Storsjön), you need to man up and be a Viking to endure the cold water. And on top of that, it also goes without saying that you also have to worry about The Great Lake Monster (Storsjöodjuret) getting too close for confort. So, plenty of obstacles, but you can always stay on land, dress funny and dance around the nearest dressed up tree, topping the day off with traditional food and eventually pass out as a result of a major intake of alcoholic beverages (still basking) in the midninght sun. I´m not kidding, the Russians could invade us this weekend and nobody would really know about it until monday morning.

I´ll actually work this weekend and since nobody in this country really wants to do that I´ll make good money too. It´s OK though, my holiday is coming up soon.

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Got this in the mail the other day, Odjursbladet 1 2015 (translates roughly to Monster Newsletter), and we´re talking about the regularly printed membership newsletter of Föreningen Storsjöodjuret (Great Lake Monster Association), still going strong after all these years. It´s a 4 page affair, with the latest sightings of The Great Lake Monster (also called Storsie), and the goings on of the Society. I thought that it could be fun for you guys to see this, and that this really is an ongoing thing.

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The image at the front of this newsletter was taken by Kjell Oskarsson last Autumn from the mountain at Frösön (the Island located opposite the town of Östersund), and it´s one of many strange photographs taken in this lake (Storsjön – The Great Lake) over the years. Is it just two waves meeting creating these movements in the water on this image, or did Kjell catch something else? We´ll never know.

It´s quite interesting though, isn´t it?

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Richard Hammond must rate well among the younger viewers of Top Gear, because we now have a brand new series of books called Mysteries Of The World from the man. I decided to check one of them out just for the hell of it (I like the guy and the subject matter is interesting as well) – “Creepy Creatures” (Red Fox) – one of four titles. 120 pages of good fun for the young boys and gals is what you get. I´m for anything that can make children interested in reading books so I´ll give my official blessing to this project.

Our own local creature, Storsie, is neglected though. Oh well…

Nice cover, by the way.

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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.

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I visited the annual Storsie meeting yesterday in a small town called Brunflo, located by the shore of Storsjön (The Great Lake). It was held by Föreningen Storsjöodjuret (roughly translates to the Great Lake Monster Association) and friends of this blog will know about their work around this lake. Witnesses talked about their sightings and interesting photographs was on display (as usual). These evenings are always quite interesting. I handed out copies of RETROFUTURE 7 and talked about my 1977 experience. I was also given a Honorary Membership Award by the association, which was nice.

There has been a few articles, including film and photographic material, in local media this summer. The mystery lives on.