OR – Carnet de Voyage Release Party

Craig Thompson appears at Floating World Comics on Saturday, April 28th at 5:00 PM 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.

Craig Thompson is a cartoonist and the author of the award-winning books Blankets; Good-bye, Chunky Rice; and Habibi. He was born in Michigan in 1975, and grew up in a rural farming community in central Wisconsin. His graphic novel Blankets won numerous industry awards and has been published in nearly twenty languages. Thompson lives in Portland, OR.

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Floating World Comics
400 NW Couch Street, Portland, OR 97209
(503) 241-0227

UK – Space Dumplins Signing

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Press Release:

Orbital Comics is excited to welcome the phenomenal Craig Thompson (Blankets, Habibi) to the store for a very special signing on Wednesday, March 23 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. The signing will be followed by one of our famous Director’s Commentary nights with Craig talking us through his latest work, Space Dumplins.

Orbital Comics
8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA, United Kingdom
020 7240 0591

CA – Space Dumplins Signing

November 5, 2015 by  
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Craig Thompson (Blankets, Habibi) appears at Meltdown Comics on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 2:00 PM to sign his new graphic novel SPACE DUMPLINS!

About SPACE DUMPLINS:
For Violet Marlocke, family is the most important thing in the whole galaxy. So when her father goes missing while on a hazardous job, she can’t just sit around and do nothing. To get him back, Violet throws caution to the stars and sets out with a group of misfit friends on a quest to find him. But space is vast and dangerous, and she soon discovers that her dad is in big, BIG trouble. With her father’s life on the line, nothing is going to stop Violet from trying to rescue him and keep her family together.

About BLANKETS:
Blankets is the story of a young man coming of age and finding the confidence to express his creative voice. Craig Thompson’s poignant graphic memoir plays out against the backdrop of a Midwestern winterscape: finely-hewn linework draws together a portrait of small town life, a rigorously fundamentalist Christian childhood, and a lonely, emotionally mixed-up adolescence.

Under an engulfing blanket of snow, Craig and Raina fall in love at winter church camp, revealing to one another their struggles with faith and their dreams of escape. Over time though, their personal demons resurface and their relationship falls apart. It’s a universal story, and Thompson’s vibrant brushstrokes and unique page designs make the familiar heartbreaking all over again.

This groundbreaking graphic novel, winner of two Eisner and three Harvey Awards, is an eloquent portrait of adolescent yearning; first love (and first heartache); faith in crisis; and the process of moving beyond all of that. Beautifully rendered in pen and ink, Thompson has created a love story that lasts.

Craig Thompson is a cartoonist and the author of the award-winning books Blankets, Carnet de Voyage, Good-bye Chunky Rice, and Habibi. Thompson was born in Michigan in 1975, and grew up in a rural farming community in central Wisconsin. His graphic novel Blankets won numerous industry awards and has been published in nearly twenty languages around the world.

Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
323.851.7223

QC – Space Dumplins Signings

October 20, 2015 by  
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Join Craig Thompson at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly on Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 3:00 PM for a kids event to sign his new graphic novel SPACE DUMPLINS! And then on Monday October 26th at 7:00 PM Thompson will present and sign his award-winning bestselling coming-of-age graphic memoir BLANKETS and the modern classic HABIBI.

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly
211 Rue Bernard Ouest, Montreal, QC H2T 2K5
(514) 279-2221

Locust Moon Comics Festival 2015

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The Locust Moon Comics Festival, Philadelphia’s premiere celebration of comics, illustration, and the graphic arts, returns to the historic Rotunda, just off UPenn’s campus, on Saturday October 31st from 11:00 AM till 6:00 PM. This year’s guests include Craig Thompson (Space Dumplins, Blankets), Chris Claremont (Uncanny X-Men, Wolverine), Noah Van Sciver (Fante Bukowski, Blammo), David Mack (Fight Club 2, Kabuki), Bill Sienkiewicz (Moon Knight, New Mutants), Dean Haspiel (The Quitter, The Fox), Alexa Kitchen and Denis Kitchen (Kitchen Sink Press), and more to be announced throughout September.

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ATTENDEES: Pay at the door! No advance purchase required. KIDS 13 AND UNDER ARE INVITED IN FOR FREE!

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IL – Space Dumplins Signing

September 22, 2015 by  
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space-dumplinsCraig Thompson (Blankets, Habibi) appears at Anderson’s Bookshop on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 2:00 PM to sign his new graphic novel SPACE DUMPLINS!

Press Release:

Highly acclaimed graphic novelist Craig Thompson’s debut book for young readers about a plucky heroine on a mission to save her dad.

For Violet Marlocke, family is the most important thing in the whole galaxy. So when her father goes missing while on a hazardous job, she can’t just sit around and do nothing. To get him back, Violet throws caution to the stars and sets out with a group of misfit friends on a quest to find him. But space is vast and dangerous, and she soon discovers that her dad is in big, BIG trouble. With her father’s life on the line, nothing is going to stop Violet from trying to rescue him and keep her family together.

Visionary graphic novel creator Craig Thompson brings all of his wit, warmth, and humor to create a brilliantly drawn story for all ages. Set in a distant yet familiar future, “Space Dumplins” weaves themes of family, friendship, and loyalty into a grand space adventure filled with quirky aliens, awesome spaceships, and sharp commentary on our environmentally challenged world.

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Anderson’s Bookshop
123 W Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 355-2665

CA – All-Ages Comics Signing

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Comic creators Jennifer Holm (Sunny Side Up), Craig Thompson (Space Dumplins) and Judd Winick (Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth) sign at Once Upon a Time Bookstore on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 7:00pm!

Once Upon a Time Bookstore
Montrose Shopping Park
2207 Honolulu Ave, Montrose, CA 91020
818-248-9668

WI – Space Dumplins Signing

September 16, 2015 by  
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Craig Thompson (Blankets, Habibi) appears at Books & Company on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 6:30 PM to sign his new graphic novel SPACE DUMPLINS!

Books & Company
1039 Summit Ave, Oconomowoc, WI 53066
(262) 567-0106

SF – Space Dumplins Signing

September 11, 2015 by  
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Craig Thompson (Blankets, Habibi) appears at Comix Experience on Sunday, September 20th at 2:00 PM to sign his new graphic novel SPACE DUMPLINS!

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Comix Experience
305 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 863-9258

WA – Space Dumplins Signing

September 10, 2015 by  
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Craig Thompson (Blankets, Habibi) appears at University Book Store on Wednesday, September 16th at 7:00 PM to sign his new graphic novel SPACE DUMPLINS!

Press Release:

Known for his award-winning graphic novels Blankets and Habibi, Craig Thompson is going where he never has before in his first full-color graphic novel for all ages. Blasting off into a galaxy filled with strange beings and fueled by the waste of whales, Thompson’s Space Dumplins tells the story of a plucky young girl who sets out to rescue her dad after he goes missing. Put together quirky aliens, awesome spaceships, and poop jokes with witty social satire, environmental commentary, and universal themes of family, friendship, and loyalty, and its one-of-a-kind adventure already has both children and adults waiting with anticipation. As Thompson introduces the wonderfully weird graphic novel to fans of all ages, were excited to welcome him for this special reading and signing.

Craig Thompson is an Eisner Award-winning graphic novelist best known for his books Good-Bye, Chunky Rice, Blankets, Carnet de Voyage, and Habibi. Thompson has received three Eisner Awards, four Harvey Awards, and two Ignatz Awards. In 2007, his cover design for the Menomena album Friend and Foe Received a Grammy nomination for Best Recording Package. Craig lives in Portland, Oregon.

University Book Store
4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

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