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Craig Thompson, Graphic Novelist


We are delighted to host Craig Thompson as he discusses and signs his sprawling new graphic novel, Habibi. As seating is limited please arrive 15-20 mins early to guarantee yourself a seat.

Praise for Habibi:

“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. A dense, swirling dervish of a tale…this will be the most talked about graphic novel of the fall.” –Publishers Weekly, starred review 

“The character depth, plot complexity, and storytelling in this lyrical, sexual, and scholarly epic would make any novelist proud…Thompson strings compositions that are often more tapestry than comics and that balance graphic design, illumination, calligraphy, and cartooning in steady alignment. It is unfair to expect two masterpieces in a row from anyone, but here Thompson sits securely in that rarefied air.” –Booklist, starred review

“Exquisite…HABIBI is a remarkable feat of research, care, and black ink, and a reminder that all "People of the book," despite the division of their individual traditions, share a mosaic of stories.” –Zadie Smith, Harper’s Magazine 

“Layered, daring, and brilliantly told—an intricate story of love, religion, desire, survival, poverty, hope. It’s drenched in metaphor and rich with double meanings. Yet for all it takes on, Habibi feels light on its feet; throughout, we feel Thompson reveling in his skills as a writer and artist. Its exuberance, even in its darkest moments, feels somehow celebratory. I’m not sure that I’ve read a better graphic novel…Thompson’s own work is manically elaborate and ingeniously laid out; he’s become expert at moving the eye through exploding, dexterous panels.” –The Millions 

Event date: 
Friday, November 18, 2011 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
4736-38 N Lincoln Ave
60625 Chicago
Habibi Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375424144
Availability: Special Order
Published: Pantheon Books - September 20th, 2011

Blankets: A Graphic Novel Cover Image
By Craig Thompson, Craig Thompson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781891830433
Availability: Special Order
Published: Top Shelf Productions - August 5th, 2003

Good-Bye, Chunky Rice Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375714764
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Pantheon Books - May 9th, 2006

Carnet de Voyage Cover Image
ISBN: 9781891830600
Availability: Special Order
Published: Top Shelf Productions - August 3rd, 2004

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