The Hunger House - Interview with Loka Kanarp and Carl-Michael Edenborg
Published 2/15/2014 12:00:00 AM by Glenn Carter
C-M: We met in 2007, when Loka was modelling for the cover of Pietro Aretino's Raggionamente for my publishing house Vertigo, we fell in love and got married in 2010.
Loka (born 1983) has a background in comics, having published two books earlier: To My Friends and Enemies, a collection of autobiographical graphic short stories, and Pearls and Bullets, a collection of 60 graphic portraits of historical women.
C-M (born 1967) is more of a literary person: he has written lots of short stories and some novels, the most recent one is a wild fantasy about the composer G. F. Händel that came out in 2012, My Cruel Fate.
B: Hunger House/Hungerhuset - what was the inspiration for it and where did the idea come from?
C-M: We share a love of classic ghost movies, like The Amityville Horror and The Others. We wanted to create something creepy and fascinating in the same vein, but in the form of a graphic novel. The idea came one dark winter day in January 2011, when we were out walking on an iced lake, and I improvised a tale about two sisters and an abandoned [but] very hungry house. We both like the mix of popular entertainment with its unrealistic possibilities and a deeper existential storytelling.
B: Can you tell us about some of your other comics/graphic novels and what inspired you to go into comics?
C-M: Loka is the comics person, so this is her question really...
L: I studied at the comic art school in Malmö about ten years ago. I have published four albums, the most recent one is the journalistic ABF:s Women. Nowadays, I’m studying illustration and graphic design in the Swedish art school, Konstfack. My favourite comic is Disney's Donald Duck. I started out making comics because I couldn't think of anything else to do!
B: Borderline Press is also publishing your compatriot Knut Larsson's City of Crocodiles - 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?
C-M: Sweden has seen a big boom in comics the last decade, both artistically and commercially. The strongest focus has been on autobiographical and satirical works, though. The graphic novel has just recently started making its mark in this landscape, so that might be a new trend.
B: We know that Loka is an artist and CM runs Vertigo Forlag. What other things 'turn you on'? Music, film, sports?
C-M: For Loka's part, that would be pink, fluffy things and Chihuahua puppies, and for me Victorian erotica and guns. Awfully gender-typical! But we also share a strong interest in Dostoevsky and Russian 19th century terrorists, about whom we are writing our next graphic novel, called Love and Terrorism. Actually, when we’re answering these questions while we're in Phnom Penh in Cambodia, working on the script. Loka says the book will be out in 2020, earliest.