City Of Crocodiles - Interview with Knut Larsson
Published 2/14/2014 12:00:00 AM by Glenn Carter
KL: Well, I'm an artist, comic book creator and recently also a filmmaker. I like good coffee, beautiful books, old films and Märklin trains.
B: City of Crocodiles - what was the inspiration for it and where did the idea come from?
KL: For many years I had an idea of an unhappy love story. But I didn't get it right. Then by accident I read about a German opera called Die Tote Stadt (The Dead City). And suddenly all of the pieces fell in place. And then the crocodiles came and that changed everything. Because when you put crocodiles in a city things will happen. I loved creating that world.
B: Can you tell us about some of your other comics/graphic novels and what inspired you to go into comics?
KL: I've always read comics ever since I was a kid and read Tintin. And I've always been drawing. But in my teens I was more into film and painting. I went to film school but it felt almost impossible to get the fundings for the films I wanted to do. So I turned to comics and there I felt a huge creative freedom. And then I did my first graphic novel "Canimus" in 2001. "Canimus" is a different world than "Crocodiles...". But that's what I love, creating worlds.
B: Borderline Press is also publishing your compatriots Kanarp & Edenborg's Hunger House - is there a burgeoning comics scene in Sweden or is this just a coincidence that we've found two superb books at the same time from the same country?
KL: Well the comics scene is quite lively now compared to Sweden in the 90's when I started out. And I think it's thanks to many factors. But one important is the Comics Art School of Malmö that opened in 1999. I worked there as a teacher ten years ago. If you want a good comics community it's important to have a good school.
B: What other things 'turn you on'? Music, film, sports?
KL: I love film. And last year I made my first short film. It's called ”Hypnagogia – Send me the pillow that you dream on” and it's 29 minutes. It's about a young woman ending up in a dream institute. And it's not animated so working with cast and crew was new to me, but very fun. Making comics can be really isolated. The only guy you meet is your publisher when you start making the book and when it's ready. And a book can take years to make.
B: What are your plans for the future?
KL: I'm working on a new graphic novel. It's based on a sci-fi epic poem by Harry Martinsson called Aniara. Earth is evacuated and the spaceship Aniara with 8000 emigrants is heading for Mars but gets off course. And they just keep on going into deep space for 25 years… Also I'm doing the last details on my film before sending it out in the world.