Six Questions for Johanna Schlogger

Schlogger: GehirnfürzeJohanna Schlogger Baumann is a freelance comic artist. In 2012, her blog schlogger.de was nominated for the Sondermann Comic Award. One year later, Schlogger (born 1986) was awarded the Lebensfenster Prize for graphic blogging. Baumann is studying for her M.S. degree in media and communication and currently commutes between Freiburg and Hamburg.

Your comic “Danach” (i.e. afterwards) arose as a bachelor’s thesis project at the Hochschule für Medien- und Informationswesen (i.e. university of media and information sciences) in Offenburg and was published by Panini Verlag. The book deals with break-ups. Do women break up differently from men?

Schlogger: danach In the past I though men broke up more straightforwardly than women. But by now, gender roles have blurred so much that one can’t say that any more. Both may be afraid of being alone and women can switch partners just as casually as one might perhaps stereotypically expect of men.

You produced the annual calendar “2013, Fuck Yeah!” in just a few weeks – with works by 26 comic artists. How did this come about?

The lure of the project was first of all that one has an attractive object that one can fill with many different artists. Second, calendars are easier to market than a comic volume, because everybody “needs” a calendar and one can set it up or hang it on the wall in a nicely illustrative way. I think the calendar is a real success and look forward every 15 days to the new sheet (there are two illustrations per month). I’m about to send inquiries to my colleagues about “2014 Fuck Yeah!”.

Diashow Schlogger

How do you go about working?

I do rough layout sketches on paper and then draw only digitally with Grafiktablet. One big advantage is that one can make corrections much faster. But that can also be a major disadvantage: if you can always immediately reverse everything you never learn to draw a straight line, because you just keep trying until it comes out right by accident.

What’s important in drawing?

I’ll have to think about that. I don’t think I can give you a general answer, since everybody has his or her own style, or can discover it. To me, a precise emotional expression in the figure is important - and for that you often need large eyes. On the other hand, my drawings aren’t all that spatial, realistic or heavy on background, others can do that better!

Where is the “art of perception” to be found in drawing?

Schlogger: Gehirnfürze. I think that the art isn’t necessarily to be found in perception, but in the further processing. Most artists have spontaneous trains of thought – what I call brain farts – but only a few bring these thoughts into graphic form. The appeal to women readers is in their reaction, “Oh yeah, I know that feeling.”

You’re also working on films in which a figure must be drawn and changed over and over again. Is that fun?

Phew, I must honestly say that I don’t like that work much at all. But the end product is all the more impressive: the figure can speak, walk or hack a platypus out of a freezer. Anything is possible!

How did you get your pseudonym “Schlogger”?


Rieke Harmsen conducted the interview.

Copyright: Goethe-Institut e. V., Internet-Redaktion
August 2013

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