habibi: moving… slowly

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Everyone asks when the new book will be out. I’m aiming for 2009 which sounds forever away, but that’s a tight schedule that requires me working almost every day. This blog might be a forum for sneak-peeks — not sure how much I’m willing to reveal though…

In any case, here’s page 72. The second chapter (of nine) was completed last week.

54 thoughts on “habibi: moving… slowly

  1. i just read “blankets” last night in one sitting and it was fantastic! definitely looking forward to the next book

  2. I read Blankets just as I was falling in love for the first (hopefully only) time. It’s so honest and sincere. Everything I was feeling, mostly insecurity, was beautifully captured in your panels. It’s been such an inspirational work for me and I’d like to thank you for having the guts to bear your soul to us.

    Habibi is looking great.

  3. This will be cool to have a place to check out what you’re working on – you’re one of the best “young” artists I know, and I’m looking forward to your next book

  4. Hey Craig,

    This Habibi page looks wonderful! Hope to see you on the circuit down the road. And please e-mail Sandy and me so we can catch up with you!

    Take care!

    Wayne

  5. 2009 :((
    ca’t wait too long!
    So, Craig is there a possible of your appearence in Italian Comics festivals in 2007?
    Have a nice trip on HABIBI

  6. The page is beautiful. I too, am excited about seeing your next book. Have loved your work for years now. The line work is incredible.
    Thank you for sharing your work with us.

  7. Well, lookie lookie who’s online! Nice place your brother set up here. Reminds me a little of one of those rooms Cher likes to spend thousands decorating, and then never lives in. Hopefully this is changing?

  8. Hey, that is looking fantastic! I am impressed how you are mastering the crazy perspectives of Morroccan architecture.

    Good to see you blogging. Looking forward to reading more!

  9. The page looks great! Always good to see some craig! I’m always impressed when cartoonists are able to plan out their page schedule so far in advance. I never have any idea how much work I can do in a day till its over.

  10. Hi Craig,
    I read your interview on the daily cross-hatch, and i totally hear what your’e saying about alternative comics being nihilistic and cynical. Ive got a day-job doing clerical work. I look at tax documents all day in a financial aid office. But, surprisingly, I feel like this kind of monotony brings balance to my freewheeling artistic exploration. I would never have thought this in a million years. But I think youre right: people need to live healthy, even if it means the art-pace slows. For me, i worried that if i got healthy, i wouldnt have anything else to say. But thankfully, that turned out not ot be the case.

    keep hope alive, brother–we’re rooting for you.

  11. Already this looks so good.

    I really like that you’re able to put emotion into your work, especially when it’s outside your own experience.

    As, obviously, you’re not a pregnant woman.

  12. Awesome! Keep up the good work, and don’t be afraid to blog some more.

    Oh, and does a 2009 release date for Habibi mean that Kissypoo Garden will be pushed back to make room?

  13. Oh my Gosh, these are terrific news. I’m hopelessly devoted to your art, I spent some good cash buying your books and it was a great decision.

    Cheers from Spain

  14. Good shit Craig! Looks superb. Can’t wait for 2009.
    Regards from sunny Barcelona. It was a pleasure to meet and interview you on the comic con. Hope to see you around here soon; maybe lend you my cell phone again to call someone you met the day before, hehe.
    Abrazo!

  15. Hey! welcome to the blogosphere (as they call it!) I’m really happy to see how you share your things with your fans.
    I loved Blankets and I had so much fun reading your Carnet de Voyage. Looking forward to see mor of your works!
    Congrats and keep up the great work! greetings from Spain!

  16. Looking nice; I particularly like the balance between realism and loose enough a style to create characters that easily relay emotion. No Uncanny Valley-ing here.

  17. Hey Craig,

    Those pages look awsome. I can’t wait for this book to come out. I hope you’re doing well since I read you got really sick recently. 2009 does seem like a long time from now, but at least it gives me something to look forward to for that year already. Take it easy.

    -Greg

  18. I wanted to see what this books looks like, so thank you !
    It’s good to see that you are not taking the advantage from your celebrity just to make another book quickly and simply.
    I’m sure it will be a great one !
    I’m glad I talked to you at Angouleme’s festival this year.. ( http://lifedraw.free.fr/craigthompson.jpg )
    Best regards!

  19. It’s good to hear from you Craig!
    You fell off the map after Carnet De Voyage.
    The page looks goergeous.
    Have fun working and keep us posted :)

  20. I just read Blankets today in one sitting. It was aboslutely lovely. I am the same age as the author and I was raised in a fundamentalist Christian home as well, so I appreciated many of the aspects so well-portrayed in the book that are unique to that kind of upbringing.
    I now consider myself a Craig Thompson fan and am looking forward to reading his other works, including this new one.

  21. Dear Craig,

    Thanks for the preview. Not only does it look beautifully detailed, but I am really excited that you are telling a story from a female perspective. I think that this change is point of view will be a really interesting shift from previous work. But, as someone else said, life before work (even art). Thank you for puttng your heart and soul on the page and into the world. We are all the richer for it. God bless (however that may look).

  22. The page is beautiful. I’ve always admired the language you have created through imagery and its abiltiy to infuse each story with a subtext that spans the entire work.

    I do have a couple of questions: you’d mentioned that having Habibi done by 2009 means working every day…

    How long does it take you to get a page down?

    Do you storyboard in a more general fashion to see where you’re going or proceed more inutitively?

    Do you pencil your novels or go straight to ink? I know Carnet was a bit different because of the nature of your trip, but what about Blanket or Chunky Rice?

    Thanks for creating the blog. 😉
    bird.

  23. Hi Craig,
    I just finished devouring “Carnet de Voyage,” which I found by accident, mis-shelved in the public library (in the Historical Biography section).

    Your lines! Your gaze! Your writing! Your composition! Your storytelling! You wouldn’t imagine how much you inspire me.

    I’m going through it today and copying some of your images just for good practice.

  24. Fantástico!! es una gran noticia… espero impacientemente tu nueva obra… and Greetings from Barcelona!!

  25. A pleasure to have your blog online. It was a long time waiting since you came to Bilbao to present “Blankets”.It’s nice to see you’re on “Habibi” :)

    When you came to Bilbao you broke ground boy. Ever since the presence of authors round here has grown up really big. Thank you very much for coming it was a pleasure to share some moments with you.

    P.D.: 2009! :( We’ll have to wait then. It was said you drew more than published for “Carnet de voyage”. Will you feed our hunger with it? 0:)_

  26. So happy to find out you have a blog at last!!! Big fan speaking from Hungary.
    Blankets and Chunky Rice connected me with my younger self again.

  27. I’m sure you’ve heard it many, many times down the passage of years, but I would like you to know how much you’ve changed my perception of writing, literature in general. Blankets opened up the world of graphic novels for me (I hadn’t treaded those waters before) and I feel you have made an outstanding contribution to modern strorytelling. Your writing is beautiful and monsterous; compelling and heartbreaking. I’m sure you’ve heard it before. Repetition. But it’s good to get it out anyways.

  28. Craig, i hate you! That page looks gorgeous, you are such a wonderful, talented artist/writer. I cant wait to get this book, true joy is not in the having but in the desire…

  29. Thank you for capturing your ideas so beautifully, and for conjuring feelings I could never articulate.

    Best of luck on the new book–I’m certainly looking forward to it.

  30. I’m so excited! I still read all of your books when I feel lonely. I’m sure I’ll pee myself when Habibi comes out, too; it looks worth the wait. :)

  31. I just finished “Blankets” in one sitting and loved it! I love the way the words and art mixed together so that the edge between them was blurred. Really beautiful. I read it just after my first love ended and it reminded me of how beautiful those first days were. Thanks for telling such a beautiful, honest story.

    The preview page for “Habibi” is awesome! 2009 cannot come quickly enough!

  32. Ooh dang i just wrote a long comment and as soon as i submitted it it come up blank! Please please tell me it worked properly? I dont want to sumit it again if i dont have to! Either the blog glitced out or i am an idiot, the second option doesnt surprise me lol.

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