Alex Krokus is an illustrator and animator living in Brooklyn. Check out his latest film with Krystal Downs and follow him on Instagram (@alexkrokus).
I came across your work through a zine my friend bought at the Silent Barn in the beginning of March. On the first page was a note about the time those comics were written, when you were living with eight other people in Bushwick and working in a cheese shop and how you never intended to show anyone these comics. Can you talk more about this period in your life? Do you ever miss it? And what made you decide to eventually publish those comics?
Life is pretty different now. I work from home pretty regularly as a freelance animator with two other friends. Sometimes I work on-site in a studio but most of my time is spent at home. I usually draw a comic every couple of days, which I feel I’ve gotten much better at.
Many of your comics center around a longing for simpler or bygone times – the joyousness at being off the grid for a day, or talking to an older man who says even as an adult, he still feels like he “only knows a bunch of children.” What are some of the other themes you try to communicate in your work? What inspires you?
This sounds cliche but I draw a lot of influence from my friends. I’m really happy with the social circle I’ve made for myself so a lot of my recent comics are just trying to capture those “nice moments” in four panels.
Did you always want to become an illustrator and animator?