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Taking a Hiatus to Reorient Myself

September 11, 2018

Since I began publishing the pages of The Rentboy & the Resurrectionist a few months ago, thing have changed for me, or perhaps rather within me. While I’ve enjoyed drawing new pages and keeping up with the weekly schedule, I’ve been conflicted about how to get the comic out to the world. Unlike most of my earlier comics, this one is intended for an adult audience, as it contains both graphic sex and violence, and I’m not sure if it really belongs here on, which until now has been mostly a safe and positive place for queer folks, young and old.

When I published my first gay comic, Tim, many years ago, it was with a clear goal to tell stories that gay and questioning youth could enjoy. The kind of stories I couldn’t find when I was a young. Fortunately the world has moved forward since then (in most places anyway), and the number of LGBTQI stories in comics, movies and literature has exploded, and the internet has made them easily accessible all over the world. This, I guess, along with me getting older, got me interested in telling different kinds of stories, like The Rentboy & the Resurrectionist.

On top of this comes that I’ve never really felt comfortable with marketing myself, which is probably why I’ve never made any real money of my comics. I’ve always viewed earning lots of money as an unworthy goal, and been more interested in doing meaningful and interesting work (you don’t get into animation and gay comics to become rich…trust me). It’s not the money in itself that is the end goal, but more money could buy me time to work on my comics, which would hopefully result in both more and better comics.

So for now I’m going to take a bit of time to reflect and figure out where I’m going. I’ll keep working on The Rentboy & the Resurrectionist, but I won’t be publishing new pages for now. I’ll be back when I’m back, hopefully with a clear vision for the future.

In the meantime, please head over to Buying Time: A Cyberpunk Romance, by Casey J. He’s a better artists than I, and his comic has been a big inspiration to me.

The Rentboy & the Resurrectionist – first page out today

July 2, 2018

The story of “The Rentboy & the Resurrectionist” takes place in London at the start of the 1830s.

Although the bugger act of 1533 has recently been repealed, sex between men remains punishable by death. Still this does not stop gay men from finding love at Molly Houses, and rentboys from plying their trade.

The murder act of 1752 has failed to supply a sufficient amount of “stiffs” for dissection at a growing number of anatomy schools, opening up a lucrative black market for digging up the recently diseased and selling their corpses.

The Rentboy & the Resurrectionist

My historical fiction “The Rentboy & the Resurrectionist” was planned to take of on Patreon today, but Oslo Pride got in the way (priorities), and setting up a Patreon page was a bit more involved than I had anticipated (laziness).

That said, I’m going to stick to my plan an start publishing a page a week starting from today. So click here to read the first page.

I will be moving it over to Patreon eventually, but please enjoy it here while you can.


Rudolph the Red Nosed Rentboy

December 24, 2016

Rudolph the Red Nosed Rentboy

Have a Gay Christmas, with Santa and Rudolph. 🙂

New Projects on the Distant Horizon

September 24, 2015

I’ve began working on a couple of new comics projects, a rompy  sci-fi story and a dark historical fiction. Both are in very early stages of development, so I have no idea when (or if) they’ll be out, but I’ll try to keep you up to date on my progress here.

Future condom dispensing robot.

For the historical fiction I’m approaching the writing a bit differently to what I’ve done previously. In the past, after working out the plot and characters, I’ve tended to write a full script, dialog and all, and then started on rough sketches. While it works, I find it doesn’t take the page layout and flow into account, so when I get to drawing stage, I may have trouble fitting in the dialog, getting the layout right, or getting the page breaks to fit with story. It makes sense to use a full script when there are two or more people collaborating on a comic, but since I’m doing all the work myself, I figured I could do more of the writing by drawing, not only speeding up the process, but hopefully improving my visual storytelling in the process. So this time around I’m only doing a short summary of each scene, before moving on to very rough sketches. We’ll see how it goes.

I’m planning on doing the comic in contrasty  black & white, inspired by Eduardo Risso’s beautiful comics, though my drawings are nowhere near as good as his. I have a bit of a love for open-source software, and Linux in general, so had originally planned on drawing the comic in the Gimp, using my own Gimp Book plug-in. I had even done some tests in both Krita and the Gimp, working with 1-bit, black & white, graphics, and was quite happy with Gimp. Krita is great for painting, but I found it easier to work with 1-bit graphics in Gimp.

You may be asking yourself, what are 1-bit graphics. It’s graphics where each pixel is either completely black or completely white, used mainly for print to get clean smooth lines. The problem with printing grayscale line drawings, is that the nice anti-aliasing that makes the lines look smooth on your screen, get rasterized for the printer, and make your lines look fuzzy on paper. Of course, for this to work, the 1-bit line drawing has to be of a relatively high resolution, at least 300 ppi, but preferably 600 ppi or more, so you don’t see visible pixelation in your smooth line art.

Sad best ball player

To get on with it. I bought myself a new laptop a month ago, a ThinkPad Yoga 12, and was having some trouble getting it to play nicely with Linux (admittedly mostly due to my laziness). The laptop has both a Wacom digitizer and a touchscreen, which was what was causing me trouble. So I decided to run Windows 10 on it for a while, and wait until Ubuntu 15.10 comes out in October. While Krita worked fine under Windows 10, Gimp would for some reason almost crawl to a halt when used with the Wacom pen. So I decided to take a look at the demo of Manga Studio 5 (aka Clip Paint Studio). I had used Manga Studio EX 4 previously to draw The Raft, and knew it was really the best software out there for doing 1-bit line art (yes, better than Photoshop). After a little testing, I found that it had improved a lot. For one, it had an option to make the interface more touch friendly, while still giving you access to all the features of the full interface. It meant I could comfortably use it on the Yoga, with the keyboard folded away, without really missing it. After playing around with it a little,  I decided to upgrade my Manga Studio EX 4, to 5 (or Clip Paint Studio as they’re now calling it…horrible name, I know), and am doing my historical comic using it.

As part of testing CPS/MS5EX, I did one page in a similar style to what I have planned for my historical comic. The page was completely random and nonsensical with no script or planning, and has nothing to do with the story of my historical comic, it was more about testing the features of the software, such as the perspective ruler, the pose-able 3D characters (used for the first panel), panel layers, vector layers, speech bubbles and more.

Click on the image, to view it in higer resolution.

Be careful what you promise.

As for the rompy sci-fi story, I’ve yet to decide on how to make it, but one of the options I’m looking into is stylized CG using Blender, if I can do it in a way that isn’t waaay too much work. 🙂

My Comics at Oslo City Hall Gallery

June 23, 2015

Oslo Pride started a couple of days ago, with Pride Park opening tomorrow. This year I’m taking part in a gay art exhibit at the City Hall Gallery (RÃ¥dhusgalleriet). There are nearly 60 artists participating, with everything from paintings, sculptures, photography, video art to a huge photo tapestry and, of course, my comic. I’m exhibiting my short comic Stranger Danger, which I colored for the occasion.

If you’re in Oslo, please check out the exhibit. It opens on June the 24th, and runs until June the 29th, opening hours are between 11 and 18. We also have a small “sampler” tent in Pride Park in Spikersuppa you can check out.


If you’re not in Oslo, you can still enjoy my comic online in the new updated full color version right here.

New Comic “Stranger Danger” Available Now!

August 12, 2014

Finally there is a new comic here at I just finished a short nine page story called Stranger Danger, that you can read right now!

Strnager Danger - short comic by Ragnar B.

Hopefully the wait for my next comic won’t be quite as long. 🙂

Making Comics

March 23, 2014

panels-and-gutters-sample-pageWhile there haven’t been many updates here in recent months, I’ve been busy with comics related work in the form of writing a series of tutorials on Making Comics with GIMP, and doing some major updates to my GIMP Book plug-in.

In the meantime my little 9 page comic has been moving along exceptionally slowly. I’ve pencilled all the pages, and inked two, but coloring still remains. Eventually, whenever it’s finished, I’ll publish it here on

I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas!

December 24, 2013


It’s well into the 24th, and I should have gone to sleep hours ago, but instead I sat up and drew this. I hope you enjoy it, and have a Gay Ol’ Christmas!

Status Update

August 18, 2013

I’ve moved some relevant blog posts from my old site, to here. They contain some early sketches for The Raft that I thought you might enjoy. I’ve collected these posts under the tag.

You may also have noticed that this site hasn’t been updated for almost two years. I’ve been a bit busy with life and other projects, including some open-source software development. One of the tools I’ve developed is GIMP Book. It’s a tool for managing multiple pages, such as comic books, when using GIMP.


For those of you that don’t know GIMP, it’s an open-source graphics and image manipulation program, that works on Linux, Windows and Mac. It works in much the same way as Photoshop, except that you can get it for free from

I’ve also been trying to bring an old artistic 3D renderer back to life, called Jot, by writing a Blender exporter for it. Jot let’s you render your 3D animations with a hand drawn look and feel. I’ve rendered out the status of David (modeled by gabrielmda) in Jot, to give you an impression of what it can do.

As for more comics, there just may  be some in the near future. I’m currently, albeit extremely slowly, working on a short 8-9 page comics using Gimp Book. In addition I’ve got several projects on the backburner that may, or may not come to fruition.

These include a couple of longer stories, that I may turn into either comics or novels with some illustrations (as drawing long format comics is just too much work, and I’m lazy). In addition I’ve wanted to bring Now and Then back to life, either as an animated film, as originally intended, or as a painted comics. Either way, I’m not making any promises, and it may be another year or two until sees another update.


Christmas is a Little Different This Year

December 24, 2011

Here is a little Christmas card for you, that I hope you enjoy.

Santa having fun on the beach with two friends.

As you might have guessed from the card, I’m spending Christmas in Thailand this year. Last year I was up in the Norwegian mountains with my family in -25C, and now we’re down in Hua-Hin, in +30C. Both times I caught a cold.

I must admit it feels a bit strange spending Christmas in the sun, but I think I could definitely get used to it. 🙂

A big สุขสันต์วันคริสมาสต์ to you all.

(A small disclaimer: I wanted to do detailed shading to it, but just ran out of time, and I used photo-reference completely blatantly for that picture).