20Q: Christoph Niemann

20 Fun questions with illustrator Christoph Niemann.

From the Series

1. What would you like to have written in your obituary?

He was finally relaxed enough not to care what they would write in his obituary.

2. How do you deal with failure?

First complain, then soldier on.

3. What would you save from your burning house?

First the people, then the art.

4. Who in the world, dead or alive, would you most like to have dinner with?

My wife.

5. What's one thing that you haven't done that you would still really like to do?

Go by ship from Europe to New York and stand outside when entering NY harbor underneath the Verrazano bridge.

6. What advice would you give wannabe screenwriters?

When the audience doesn't laugh it's not funny.

7. What always makes you laugh out loud?

At least one New Yorker Cartoon each issue (which is A LOT!).

8. What's the one gadget that you can't live without?

2H Pencil.

9. Winter or summer?

Both terrible: I am all for spring and fall.

10. What items would you put in a time capsule?

Interviews with people who have suffered from war and oppression, so future generations finally have a chance to not repeat all those mistakes over and over.

11. What is the question you ask yourself the most?

What's for dinner?

12. Which animal do you most identify with?

Sorry: homo sapiens.

13. What's your favourite film?

The Clock (the artwork that won the Golden Lion in Venice last year)

14. What is your present state of mind?

Exhausted but rather happy.

15. What is something you know you do differently to most people?

Estimate time properly.

16. Which superhero do you most identify with?


17. What qualities do you most admire in others?


18. Are you a morning person?


19. What does water taste like?

Cold: great. Warm: weird..

20. What's the most adventurous thing you've ever done?

Drawing while running the Marathon.

Niemann also has a new book out - Abstract City. Read our post about the publication here.

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