Our September 28th signing event for Habibi
was extra special as Craig Thompson drew sketches in every copy of the book he signed!
Craig is the creator of multiple award winning graphic novels such as "Goodbye Chunky Rice" and "Blankets" and the travelogue "Carnet de Voyage.” He was also nominated for a Grammy for his cover design of Menomena's 2007 album "Friend And Foe."
Five-years in the making, Habibi
is a 700-page graphic novel that Craig describes as: "At once contemporary and timeless, Habibi
gives us a love story of astounding resonance: a parable about our relationship to the natural world, the cultural divide between the first and third worlds, the common heritage of Christianity and Islam, and, most potently, the magic of storytelling.
Some praise for Habibi
Library Journal (starred review): "The exquisite beauty and deep magic of this Arabian Nights-style love story cannot be overstated. More mature and psychologically nuanced than Blankets, it's a sure bet for as many awards."
Publishers Weekly (starred review): “A lushly epic love story that's both inspiring and heartbreaking…In addition to richly detailed story panels, the gorgeous Arabic ornamental calligraphy makes each page an individual work of art.”
Elle magazine: “Habibi lifts the bar of graphic storytelling to new heights, both by the intricate, dramatic density and breathtaking scholarship of Thompson’s panels and by the sheer scale and decorative beauty of his flowing, roiling, protean style. Thompson is the Charles Dickens of the genre, able to capture all the scary, heartbreaking, brave, uplifting details of his characters’ fates while orchestrating the big-picture machinations that connect them to the lives and times of his readers…Habibi is a masterpiece that surely is one of a kind.”
Habibi is being published by Pantheon books and will be available 9/21/11.
Habibi website: www.habibibook.com
Craig Thompson’s site: www.dootdootgarden.com