Saturday, 28 February 2009

Who do I think I am?

(This post will be heavilly editied, tweaked, and added images and links to until it´s a biography I´m pleased with)


I´m Kim Holm, cartoonist. 

I´ve worked professionally for a few years now, barely getting by(Mostly due to my ability to live on thin air and nothingness, and sustain ever more debts). I´ve done comics and illustrations for Norwegian magazines such as Nemi, Bizarro, and Tusj, and done art for various local bands and other clients. My main accomplishment so far is the comic-book Dette Er Et Ran, which garnered some acclaim here and there. 

Now for a bit of history: 

Raised in Bergen, the most beautiful city in the world,  I was allegedly born on the 3rd of July 1980 in Kristiansand, Norway, though rumours have it that I was either found in some bushes outside the police-station, or actually raised by wolves. Personally I can´t remember much anything of my life prior to the age of 3, so I just assume I was kidnapped by aliens and that my parents are lying to me because the CIA will kill my unknown twin if they tell me the truth. 

I started drawing before I could speak, and drawing comics before I could write. But it wasn´t until I was 8 I knew that comic-books were my calling in life. 

It happened when I read my first Frank Miller comic, an issue of Daredevil where the hero played Russian roulette with the villain Bullseye, who was laying in a coma. Interspersed with the main story was a tale that Daredevil told about a young boy obsessed with Daredevil, and the troubles that follow when Daredevil befriended him and found out about his corrupt lawyer father. 

The whole tale was a typically unsubtle Miller yarn about violence in entertainment, responsibility, and the like. But for an 8 year old kid it was mind-blowing. It stirred up emotions in me that I had never before felt. And that day I knew I had to dedicate my life to create comics that could create the same revelatory emotions in other people. 

For a while I was considering a side-career as either a rock-star or a member of G.I. Joe Action-Force, but I´ve had to put those two on a shelf due to time-constrains. 

All through school I did nothing but draw or skip school to draw, to many a teachers frustration.  

They tried to tell me "You have to go to school!"

To which I replied "Why?"

"Because it´s good for you"

"Why?"

"Because you´ll need it to get a job!"

"Oh, then you´re saying it´s OK that I draw, since I+m going to be a comic-book creator?"

"NO!! You need options!" 

"Well, what can you tell me about being a rock-star or getting into the G.I.Joe Action-Force?"

"Go do your math!"

Yeah, I was an annoying little brat. 

So... At age 15 I began self-publishing my vampire-comic "Mens Gud Sover(Whilst God is Sleeping)", inspired by my own slightly less epic take on the role-playing game Vampire: The Masquerade. After a few years and 4 issues, the story had gone so far off track that I gave it up. I´m still hopefull that I will get to tell the real story one day.

After that it´s been unfinished project after unfinished project, plagued by a feeling of not being technically good enough to tell what I wanted to, and a growing suspicion against my dream of joining the commercial comics-arena. 

So after degenerating into just playing video-games, smoking and drinking, and being a lazy fuck all day, I decided to check my mail one day and found a mail from an editor of a major Norwegian publisher who asked me if I wanted to send him my drawings in case I was right for a project. And so started my professional career. Hard work, my ass!

And now I´m sober and on Crete, trying to draw my way out of the fledgling commercial career.

2 comments:

  1. Hey kudos on Gods plan man, Im with you all the way.

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