Tag Archives: craig thompson

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day tomorrow! We’ve got some early reviews today and while you wait for that, here’s some comic news and other reviews from around the web!

The Outhouse – With Ginseng Roots, Craig Thompson Moves To Serialized Comics – Should be rather interesting.

The Outhouse – Hellboy Director Neil Marshall Says “More Violent And More Bloody” – Really excited for this one!



Comic Attack – Infidel

Talking Comics – Smooth Criminals #1

Newsarama – Uncanny X-Men #2

Carnet de Voyage Book Release & Artist Talk with Craig Thompson on April 28

Join Craig Thompson to celebrate the release of a new expanded edition of Carnet de Voyage, a unique insight into an acclaimed cartoonist’s travels through Europe and Morocco.

Riding the international success of Blankets, Craig Thompson sets out on a tour across Europe and Morocco, promoting the various European editions of his book and beginning research for his next graphic novel, Habibi. Carnet de Voyage is a gorgeous sketchbook diary of his travels as he finds intellectual and spiritual stimulation during the day-to-day work of being an author. From wandering around Paris and Barcelona between events, to navigating markets in Fez and fleeing tourist traps in Marrakesh, we see glimpses of each place, rendered in Thompson’s exquisite ink line.

While desert landscapes and crowded street scenes flow across the pages, the sketchbook is packed first and foremost with people—travelers passing through, the friends and lovers he meets along the way, distant figures of old friends and other cartoonists who freely weave in and out of his subconscious. This expanded edition also includes a new epilogue drawn from his most recent European book tour, including several familiar faces and Thompson’s reflections on keeping a sketchbook. Carnet de Voyage is a casual yet intimate portrait of a celebrated cartoonist at a moment between works—surprisingly open and candid in his observations and revelations.

WHO: Craig Thompson
WHAT: Carnet de Voyage book release and author talk
WHEN: Saturday, April 28, 5-7pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St. Portland, OR 97209

Friday Flashback Review: Habibi

With most of the world powers at odds today with their citizens, the ugly head of “nationalism”, has creeped its way into most of the world’s conscience. As it has become increasingly more difficult, to tell whether a person’s good intentions can be separated from their political ideology, the world now mostly has ignored those less fortunate. Where once the world’s most powerful countries, were asked more often, whether they should intervene, most earliest in anyone’s mind who is living now, is America was going to intervene in World War II, it was never a question, “if”, but a question “when”.  The harsh truth is that world lacks the most basic of human characteristics, empathy.

The current xenophobia plaguing the ecosphere truly disregards the words left under the feet of the Statue of Liberty and attempts to invalidate immigrants and their descendants. It also leaves those who are refugees that have been persecuted, hunted, maligned and invalidated by the countries they came from, as now most of the Western world, is no longer a place for safe harbor. This is the very reason, why especially the Western world, should at least try and understand why people leave their homeland and why those flee when living there becomes unbearable. So, when I heard about Craig Thompson‘s epic story of two former slaves, Habibi, I was not only drawn to the art and premise but found it to be necessary reading into today day ad time.

In this story, we meet Dodola and Zam, two refugee child slaves, in a world stuck in time, where harems still exist, slavery is a common as buying stocks and anyone who is a woman or who possesses melanin, are devalued and considered less than a man. We follow these characters from toddlers to young adults, as the suffer and fight through a life of hurt for both. When the world becomes too much, they find comfort in each other, alleviating each other’s pain and sacrificing for each other, at times, to their own detriment, for shelter and sustenance. By the end of this epic, your heart more than embraces these characters, you wish for their prosperity, as the life they have lived would break most people, but makes these two stronger.

Overall, a story that affected me in the heartfelt of ways, as living in today’s climate, and being the son of immigrants, I hope and have been taught to be empathetic to those less fortunate, but as the book shows me, there is definite room for improvement. The story by Craig Thompson is masterfully told, meticulously detailed, and well-researched in Islam and Third world culture. The art by Craig Thompson is too much for words, as his sequential art is both beautiful and surreal, as there are times when it feels like a dream. Altogether, a book that proves necessary reading when love for your fellow man has become a rarity.

Story: Craig Thompson Art: Craig Thompson
Story: 10 Art:10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy NOW!!!

Preview: Jim Henson’s Labyrinth Artist Tribute HC

Jim Henson’s Labyrinth Artist Tribute HC

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Artists: Michael Allred, Mark Buckingham, Jonathan Case, Katie Cook, Benjamin Dewey, Cory Godbey, Gustavo Duarte, Faith Erin Hicks, Mike Huddleston, Frazer Irving, Rebekah Isaacs, Joëlle Jones, Roger Langridge, Tula Lotay, David Mack, Dave McKean, Steve Morris, Dustin Nguyen, Ramón K. Pérez, Eric Powell, Aaron Renier, Jeff Stokely, Craig Thompson, Jill Thompson, and more!
Cover Artist: Steve Morris
Price: $24.99

In the 30 years since its original release in 1986, Jim Henson’s timeless fantasy film Labyrinth has captured the minds and imaginations of authors, artists, filmmakers, and fans across the world.

In honor of the film’s 30th anniversary, return to the world of Labyrinth and see the beloved characters, imaginative locations, and unforgettable moments as realized by a collection of uniquely original artistic voices in an unprecedented celebration.

Features illustrations and testimonials from comics luminaries and newcomers alike, including: Michael Allred, Joëlle Jones, David Mack, Gustavo Duarte, Ramón K. Pérez, Dustin Nguyen, Mike Huddleston, Jill Thompson, Mark Buckingham, Tula Lotay, Faith Erin Hicks, and many, many more.


National Book Festival – Today is “SciFi Fantasy & Graphic Novels”

The National Book Festival is this weekend in Washington, DC. The show is put on by the Library of Congress and really does have something for everyone. With 200,000 people expected for the two day event (dwarfing the major comic conventions, take notice publishers!). Today is “SciFi Fantasy & Graphic Novels” day with numerous writers and creators.

When it comes to comic books two are on tap to attend.

Raina Telgemeier
Presents – 2:45 pm – 3:30 pm
Signing – 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Critically acclaimed comics artist Raina Telgemeier grew up in San Francisco, then moved to New York City, where she earned an illustration degree at the School of Visual Arts. She is the creator of “Smile,” a graphic memoir based on her childhood, which was a New York Times best-seller and winner of the Will Eisner Award for Best Publication for Teens. Telgemeier also adapted and illustrated the graphic novel versions of Ann M. Martin’s “The Baby-Sitters Club” books, which were selected for Booklist’s Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth list. Telgemeier co-wrote “X-Men: Misfits,” which was a New York Times best-seller, and her latest graphic novel is “Drama” (Scholastic).

Craig Thompson
Presents – 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
Signing – 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Craig Thompson’s first graphic novel, 1999’s “Good-bye, Chunky Rice,” debuted when he was just 23. His sophomore effort, “Blankets,” won numerous industry awards and has been published in nearly 20 languages. His latest graphic novel, “Habibi,” was praised in a starred review in Library Journal, which said, “The exquisite beauty and deep magic of this Arabian Nights-style love story cannot be overstated.” Thompson has received four Harvey Awards, two Eisner Awards and two Ignatz Awards – all given in recognition of outstanding work in the graphic arts.

A “Revival” in The Walking Dead

Preview of new series to run in issue #99

The upcoming Image Comics series REVIVAL has a much different take on the undead from that in THE WALKING DEAD, but their two worlds will exist under one cover as a preview of REVIVAL #1 will appear in the next issue of Robert Kirkman’s bestselling phenomenon.

A three-page preview will be published in THE WALKING DEAD #99, following up on the five-page teaser from Image’s Free Comic Book Day giveaway to give readers an extended look at the debut issue of Tim Seeley and Mike Norton’s “rural noir” series. Set in rural Wisconsin, REVIVAL looks at what unfolds in a small town after one day when its dead return to life.

Unlike the cannibalistic, shambling undead of THE WALKING DEAD, however, the dead in REVIVAL look and act much as they did when they were alive. But as Officer Dana Cypress discovers, they aren’t completely who they used to be.

REVIVAL will debut on July 11, 2012 with covers by Jenny Frison and Craig Thompson. A monthly, full-color comic book, each issue will be $2.99 and available same-day on digital platforms.


Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visitwww.imagecomics.com.

Around the Tubes

The weekend is here, yay!  Now, some news you might have missed to keep you busy during the day.

Around the Blogs:

The Hooded Utilitarian – A Conversation about Habibi’s Orientalism with Craig ThompsonA really good interview.

Bleeding Cool – Alan Moore Reacts To Frank Miller – “We Have Diametrically Opposing Views”One of these things is not like the other.

BET – Black Women Get Serious About ComicsInteresting…


Around the Tubes Reviews:

CBR – Uncanny X-Men #2

Around the Tubes

I just feel like I need to plug it once again, if you haven’t yet, check out Sunday’s GP Radio with special guest Ron Marz.  It was a hell of a show.  While you’re listening to that, here’s the news you might have missed.

Around the Blogs:

CBLDF – Craig Thompson Helps CBLDF Bring in $4,700 During APE! – Fantastic to see a great cause to bring in some cash (it’s not easy to do that right now in this economy).  See below how you can help.

CBLDF – CBLDF Auctions Heat Up – Pony up some cash for a great cause….

Con Coverage:

MTV Geek – Mark Hamill and New-Gen Team Up at NYCC

The Beat – NYCC: White Space announces featured attendees: Doctorow, Sullivan, Tanz, Mason

Around the Tubes Reviews:

ICv2 – The Book of Human Insects

Giant Fire Breathing Robot – Creepy Archives, Volume Eleven

MTV Geek – Dark Horse Advance Reviews: Joss Whedon’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 #2 & Tom Morello’s Orchid #1

Around the Tubes

Bookmark and Share

It’s a new Wednesday and that means a new release of number ones from DC comics.  You’ll probably want to get to your local comic book shop, there’s a good chance there’ll be a rush for these as well.  While you wait for your comic book shop to open up, here’s the news you might have missed.

Around the Blogs:

The ComiChron – Full August 2011 comics sales estimates now online – Congrats to DC, but one month isn’t a recovery.

Con Coverage:

Spandexless – SPX Pulls: Mini Comic Roundup 1

Spandexless – SPX Pulls: What Had Happened Was… I and III, Domitille Collardey

CBLDF – HABIBI by Craig Thompson, SPX Exclusive Edition

CBLDF – SPX Raises $12,500 for CBLDF!

Spandexless – SPX Pulls: Luci’s Let Down, Marjee Chmiel & Sandra Lanz

Publishers Weekly – Small Press Expo Gets Bigger Despite Earthquake

Around the Tubes Reviews:

IGN – American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest #4

Publishers Weekly – Comics Reviews: August 2011

Small Press Expo 2011

Bookmark and Share

Small Press ExpoWith such huge names as Chester Brown, Craig Thompson, Matthew Thurber and Sarah Glidden to name just a few, this past weekend’s Small Press Expo, held each year just North of Washington, DC continued to show off why it’s one of the best comic book shows in the nation.  The intimacy of the setting and quality of not just the guests, but also the panels makes it one of the few conventions in which you can shake hands with your favorite writers and artists but also be educated along the way.

This year continued the convention’s growth seeing record crowds that cause traffic jams in the aisles on Saturday.  But the best part of the show was watching comic book fans buying books from independent creators trying to get their materials into the hands of fans.  Much of the work here you won’t find at comic book stores and you’d have to dig on the web.  This is one of those few opportunities where you can really see true independent artists and talk to them directly.

What’s great in this setting is the fact that you indeed can talk to the creator of the book you just purchased.  It’s more than just simply getting an autograph or a sketch after handing over your money, you also get a chance to pick their brain or hear them directly tell you about their work.  There’s a connection that’s often missed at larger shows where an assembly line mentality takes over to turn and burn autographs to get through the crowds.

Even after the show door closes you’re able to head to the hotel bar and continue the schmoozing with fans, publishers, artists and writers well into the night.  It provides an experience like no other show I’ve been too.

The buzz of the show was BOOM! Studio‘s first ever attendance with the focus on their BOOM! Town and kaboom! line of comic books.  Roger Langridge was their to represent his new graphic novel The Show Must Go On which is being published but the company.  Some questions were raised if this set a bad precedent, but their being there was not only appropriate but welcomed.  There’s numerous types of “small press” and “independent press” and BOOM! absolutely qualifies.  Many of the artists and writers who attended have had books sold by major publishers like Vertigo, and there was no question as to their right to attend.  Overall, it seemed to be more about snootiness and taste than an actual issue.  Here’s hoping BOOM! will be back next year.

While my pile of books wasn’t as big as last year, there’s some quality material here (and at the show in general).  I walked away with numerous ashcans left out on tables for free, but also purchased were:

  • Freedom – Seamus Heffernan debuted his Xeric Grant backed comic book at the show.  It explores a world in which the British won the War for Independence.
  • Forever Winter – There’s those comics you hold in your hand and have to get, this was that one.  It started off as a webcomic, the art is solid and haunting with what looks to be an excellent story about serial killer and the backdrop of a world of dark clouds and endless snow.
  • Americans UK – The crazy series’ latest issue was at the show for purchase. Not only did I grab it, but also a dirt cheap t-shirt with the comic’s logo.
  • American Terrorist – The full graphic novel will debut at New York Comic Con in a month but the sketchbooks that give you a good taste of the comic were on hand for purchase.
  • A Home for Mr. Easter – Brooke A. Allen’s comic about a young girl who finds the real life Easter bunny is cute, funny and a great read.

The worst part now is it’s another year until we get together again.

« Older Entries