Alternative Press Expo: Craig Thompson

Graphic NovelsAPE will host Craig Thompson as a special guest on October 1-2, 2011.  Craig is probably best known for his semi-autobiographical tome “Blankets.” Published in 2003, the book still holds value as one of the best graphic novels of the previous decade.  Works based on personal experience can be  a dangerous thing. Some people’s stories aren’t worth telling, frankly. Others are exploited and morphed into something bombastic. But when they do work, the readers transcend into the artistry of the creator’s story as if it was personal to them too.

Some other semi- and fully-biographical/autobiographic works that we really like:

  • Harvey Pekar’s “Our Cancer Year”
  • Art Spiegelman’s “Maus”
  • Joe Sacco’s “Palestine”
  • Marjane Satrapi’s “Persepolis”
Craig Thompson graphic novelsBack to Craig. This month, his new graphic novel, “Habibi,” is set for release. The story is loosely based on Muslim characters in a mystical present day. Harmonizing elements of both Christian and Muslim origins, the story sweeps broadly through themes relevant to today’s world but also takes time to build around a young couple dealing with ordinary struggles.
Critical reviews of the 672 page book have been positive. The calligraphy for which the book has been noted has called out for particular praise.
If you are going to San Francisco, be sure to put flowers in Craig’s hair. Perhaps he will sing you a song or at least sign his name in a flowing, organic, Koran-inspired kind of way.
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