IA – Habibi Signing

Craig Thompson appears at Iowa City Public Library on Sunday, September 25th from 2:00pm – 5:00pm.

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Iowa City Public Library
123 South Linn Street, Iowa City, IA

 

NYC – Habibi Signing

Craig Thompson signs at the Strand on September 20th from 7:00PM – 8:00PM

Acclaimed graphic novelist and two-time Eisner-award winning author of the autobiographical graphic novel Blankets (one of Time Magazine’s 100 Best English Language Graphic Novels Ever Written) returns with a parable about our relationship to the natural world, the cultural divide between the first and third worlds, and the common heritage of Christianity and Islam. Sprawling across an epic landscape of deserts, harems, and modern industrial clutter, Habibi tells the tale of Dodola and Zam, refugee child slaves bound to each other by chance, by circumstance, and by the love that grows between them. Habibi follows them as their lives unfold together and apart; as they struggle to make a place for themselves in a world (not unlike our own) fueled by fear, lust, and greed; and as they discover the extraordinary depth—and frailty—of their connection.

Not only is it a “lushly epic love story that’s both inspiring and heartbreaking,” but Publishers Weekly starred review also affirms that “the gorgeous Arabic ornamental calligraphy makes each page an individual work of art.”

Buy the book or a $10 Strand Gift Card in order to attend this event. Both options admit two people.

The event will be located in the Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.

The Strand
828 Broadway (at 12th St.), New York, NY 10003-4805

OR – Habibi Signing

Craig Thompson signs on Tuesday, September 27th at 7:30pm!

Since the enormous success of his 2003 classic, Blankets, fans can finally celebrate a new graphic novel from Craig Thompson. Set in a world of deserts, harems, and modern industrial clutter, Habibi (Pantheon) tells the story of Dodola and Zam, child slaves bound to each other by chance, circumstance, and love. More than just a love story, though, Habibi explores our relationship to the natural world, the cultural divide between first and third worlds, and the common heritage of Christianity and Islam.

Powell’s City of Books
1005 W Burnside, Portland, OR 97209

ON – Habibi Signing

Craig Thompson appears on Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 at the Toronto Underground Cinema, 186 Spadina Avenue, Btwn Dundas & Queen
Doors Open at 6:30pm, Event starts at 7pm sharp
Admission: $10* or Free with Purchase of Habibi

Press Release:

Craig Thompson’s long-awaited, highly anticipated follow-up to BLANKETS is will make its debut on September 20th, and just 2 days later he’ll be in Toronto to celebrate!

Please join us in welcoming Craig Thompson to Toronto to launch HABIBI, a sprawling and epic love story that is sure to be one of the most-talked about books of 2011. Thompson will be giving a presentation from HABIBI that will take us behind the scenes of its gestation and creation, and he will then be interviewed on stage, with a moderated Q&A and a signing to follow. This will all take place at The Toronto Underground Theatre, an exciting indy theatre and event space on Spadina between Dundas and Queen.

Admission to this event will be $10, or free with the purchase of Habibi at the event or in advance of the event at The Beguiling Books & Art. Those purchasing the $10 Admission will be given a $10 gift certificate for The Beguiling, good until September 23rd 2012. Tickets for the event and pre-sales of HABIBI will both go on sale Tuesday, August 16th, at 11am, in-store only. We will be selling HABIBI for $30 Canadian.

The Beguiling is proud to team with Random House Canada to present this event.

About HABIBI:
Sprawling across an epic landscape of deserts, harems, and modern industrial clutter, Habibi tells the tale of Dodola and Zam, refugee child slaves bound to each other by chance, by circumstance, and by the love that grows between them. We follow them as their lives unfold together and apart; as they struggle to make a place for themselves in a world (not unlike our own) fueled by fear, lust, and greed; and as they discover the extraordinary depth—and frailty—of their connection.

At once contemporary and timeless, Habibi gives us a love story of astounding resonance: a parable about our relationship to the natural world, the cultural divide between the first and third worlds, the common heritage of Christianity and Islam, and, most potently, the magic of storytelling.

NYC – Habibi Signing

Craig Thompson signs on Tuesday, September 20 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm!
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Press Release:
Celebrate the release of the new book HABIBI with creator Craig Thompson (Blankets, Good-bye, Chunky Rice) at Midtown Comics Downtown!HABIBI will be available at all three Midtown stores on September 20th. Purchase is required to attend signing.

HABIBI is a deeply romantic story that explores and celebrates the beauty and cruelty, the complexity and depths of the Islamic world. Craig’s stunning artwork is matched by the haunting stories of his characters’ lives. Set in a mythical Middle East, at once contemporary and timeless, HABIBI is a parable about our relationship to the natural world, about the cultural divide between the First World and the Third World, and about the common heritage of Christianity and Islam. The magic of storytelling allows us to see the fragility embedded in cruelty, to understand how beauty can preserve us from destruction and how love can save us from loss of hope.

Midtown Comics
64 Fulton Street, New York, NY

MA – Habibi Signing

Craig Thompson discusses and signs his long-awaited graphic novel at the Brattle Theatre (40 Brattle St. Cambridge, MA 02138) on Wednesday September 21, 2011 at 6:00 PM!  Hosted by the Harvard Book Store. Tickets go on sale September 1st! ($5 click the link)

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Press Release:

Harvard Book Store is thrilled to host Harvey and Eisner Award–winning graphic novelist CRAIG THOMPSON for a discussion of his newest work, Habibi, an Arabian Nights–like love story.

Sprawling across an epic landscape of deserts, harems, and modern industrial clutter, Habibi tells the tale of Dodola and Zam, refugee child slaves bound to each other by chance, by circumstance, and by the love that grows between them. We follow them as their lives unfold together and apart; as they struggle to make a place for themselves in a world (not unlike our own) fueled by fear, lust, and greed; and as they discover the extraordinary depth—and frailty—of their connection.

Craig Thompson’s previous graphic novels include Blankets (for which he received three Harvey Awards for Best Artist, Best Graphic Album of Original Work, and Best Cartoonist; and two Eisner Awards for Best Graphic Album and Best Writer/Artist); Goodbye, Chunky Rice; and Carnet de Voyage. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

“Thompson’s first graphic novel in seven years is a lushly epic love story that’s both inspiring and heartbreaking, intertwined with parables from both Islam and Christianity. Sold into marriage as a young girl, Dodola endures life as the wife of a scribe until she’s captured by slave traders and brought to Wanatolia to be auctioned off. But before she can be sold again, she escapes, taking with her an abandoned toddler named Habibi. The pair runaway to the desert, taking refuge in an abandoned boat, where they survive for nine years, with Dodola teaching Zam the ways of the world through stories from the Qur’an and the Bible. When Zam is 12, he secretly follows Dodola and realizes that she has been prostituting herself to passing caravans in order to acquire food. They are separated when Dodola is taken against her will to become part of a sultan’s harem, leaving Zam alone in the desert. Six long years pass as the two struggle to find their way back to each other and, overcoming enormous odds, eventually end up far from the ancient desert landscape in a contemporary metropolis that underscores Thompson’s subtle ability to blend the timeless and the current. In addition to richly detailed story panels, the gorgeous Arabic ornamental calligraphy makes each page an individual work of art.” —Publishers Weekly (starred)

 

Alternative Press Expo (APE) Announces Special Guests for 2011

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Press Release:

Alternative Press Expo (APE) Announces Special Guests for 2011

Beaton, Clowes, Thompson, Tomine, and Wheeler Headline the Indie Comics Show

San Francisco – Coming off its biggest year yet in 2010 with attendance topping 5,500, the Alternative Press Expo (APE), returns to San Francisco this fall at The Concourse Exhibition Center. The Expo, taking place Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2, will again feature the expanded Exhibit Hall and additional programming tracks that debuted in 2010.

Five special guests have already signed on for the show: Kate Beaton (Hark! A Vagrant!), Daniel Clowes (Wilson, Mister Wonderful; courtesy Drawn & Quarterly), Craig Thompson (Blankets, Habibi), Adrian Tomine (Optic Nerve, Scenes from an Impending Marriage), and Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man, I Thought You Would Be Funnier).

“Interest in APE has never been higher as evidenced by our growing attendance and roster of exhibitors,” said David Glanzer, APE’s director of marketing and public relations. “This year’s terrific mix of special guests really helps us continue that momentum as one of the ‘must-see’ independent comics shows in the nation.”

APE showcases the best in alternative and small press comics, with an Exhibit Hall packed with cutting-edge creators featuring their comics, books, zines, original art, hand-made items, and much more. Further details on APE 2011, including a complete list of exhibitors and the full programming schedule, will be announced closer to the event.

 

About Alternative Press Expo:

Alternative Press Expo (APE), the country’s largest alternative and independent comics convention, is part of Comic-Con International (CCI), a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms. The organization achieves its mission primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. In addition to the San Francisco-based APE each fall, CCI organizes San Diego Comic-Con each summer (the world’s largest comics convention of its kind) and San Francisco’s WonderCon each spring. On the web: Comic-Con.orgFacebook.com/APExpoTwitter.com/APExpo.

 

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