Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Swedish novel makes its comic book debut.
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