Girl with the Dragon Tat­too

The Swedish novel makes its comic book de­but.

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The novel is a world­wide best­seller. Were you think­ing about that go­ing into the project? Syl­vain Run­berg: No, I never thought about that as­pect dur­ing writ­ing. In 2010 I talked to Dupuis about my de­sire to make an adap­ta­tion of Stieg Lars­son’s nov­els, and they were al­ready suc­cess­ful. I al­ready had in mind what I wanted to do dur­ing this adap­ta­tion through these main char­ac­ters, Lis­beth Sa­lan­der, Mikaël Blomkvist and Erika Berger, and the themes that in­ter­ested me in nov­els: the new rise of the Far-right pol­i­tics, fem­i­nism, the me­dia. And more gen­er­ally, I write above all for my­self, with­out think­ing of the read­ers. It is for me the only way to hon­estly ap­proach a nar­ra­tive. Are there any ad­van­tages that the comic medium has over nov­els? What will the comic bring to the story? SR: First, there is a whole graphic as­pect around the city of Stock­holm, which is also one of the char­ac­ters of this story. Stock­holm is a beau­ti­ful, colour­ful city, with an om­nipresent na­ture, and I wanted to have that as­pect, in com­plete con­trast with the dark­ness of the story. I put the story back in the cur­rent Stock­holm, which has changed a lot com­pared to the time when Stieg Lars­son wrote the nov­els. And of course, there is no bud­get limit in a comic. It is also al­ways a great plus for the stag­ing choices! Jose, did you watch the film adap­ta­tion in prepa­ra­tion for the book? Jose Homs: I had read the books and had seen the Swedish films. The film ver­sion of David Fincher had not yet been re­leased; it was two or three months be­fore it was re­leased, but I pre­ferred not to see it (although I re­ally like Fincher’s movies) so as not to pol­lute the adap­ta­tion too much and be able to de­sign both char­ac­ters and sce­nar­ios in my way as I imag­ined them when I read the nov­els. The style of art uses very ex­pres­sive faces – was this cho­sen for a rea­son? JH: When I re­ceived the pro­posal from the pub­lisher to par­tic­i­pate in this project, they gave me ab­so­lute free­dom in terms of draw­ing style. From the start, it was im­por­tant to ap­proach the adap­ta­tion from a per­sonal point of view and en­dow it with per­son­al­ity to avoid do­ing some­thing soul­less. Girl With The Dragon Tat­too is avail­able now from Ti­tan Comics.

Above: Run­berg and Homs bring Larssons’ cre­ation to a new medium with the rest of the se­ries planned

Right: Homs chose an ex­pres­sive art form for his in­ter­pre­ta­tion

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