creationism

Just home from Kentucky (not Ohio, after all) and grateful to bike around peaceful Portland again.
While in Kentuck’, my bro and I made sure to sample local culture, including the Creation Museum – a gigantic museum which presents Biblical theory as factual science. It’s like a Right-wing Christian Jurassic Park with animatronic dinosaurs frollicking alongside Adam and Eve.
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Above: A collaborative sketch by my brother and me, humans and dinosaurs coexisting, Noah’s flood separates the continents,
and real-life kids voyeuristically study Adam and Eve’s intimate bath.

Below: Here’s a glimpse of Eden from the pages of HABIBI. Not an especially interesting page, but I happened to scan the in-progress pencils.

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26 thoughts on “creationism

  1. Good god damn, Craig, I’m always amazed with how good a self-editor you are, when I see your roughs, and then the changes in the finals.

    You know what I never got? Why creationists feel the need to aknowledge that dinosaurs existed at all. I mean, they don’t believe in geology, mineralogy, astronomy, large swaths of physics, and large swaths of biology, not to mention patches of bacteriological science, and more. So why do they feel the need to believe in and justify paleontology? Why’d they pick that one field of science to go “okay, I accept this is true”, and then no others? That always stumped me.

    I say, if someone can look me in the eye and say there are no stars more than 6000 miles away, they can also say there are no dinosaur bones, and all the ones we see are fabrications by atheists and devil worshippers.

  2. What do you like about Portland? I’m considering moving there..
    I love the detailed border in that page – it’s one of the things you do that sets your work apart.

  3. Matthew > Cuz they just wanted to try and convince us they were all herbivores… even the T-rex.

    That’s like, even better than denying their existence πŸ˜€

  4. Hi Craig,

    Love the blog! I just got done reading “Blankets” after I saw it at a Barnes & Noble on the way to the airport. It was amazing. I read it cover to cover. Just wanted to stop by and say i’m now a fan.

    M!

  5. I love that adam and eve are still caucasian.

    I’ve been wanting to see some before/after stuff from your work, and its amazing. I can barely make sense of it all. I ‘m patiently waiting for Habibi, and this just made it slightly easier.
    thanks.

  6. I finished “Blankets” and now I’m all warm and fuzzy (not to be tremendously cliche). I fell in love with the story and your art in general. When not heart clutching, I was laughing hysterically, having been raised in a strict Christian home and being terrified of hell and sin. You’ve made a new convert–to your work that is! Thanks!

  7. Thanks so much for the peeks at Habibi! Anxiously awaiting it.
    +++

    Adding to the Creation Museum Adam/Eve chatter:

    It turns out that the actor who played “Adam” in one of the Museum’s video exhibits also had previous scantily-clad/somewhat pornographic jobs

    http://www.wtol.com/Global/story.asp?S=6627249

    Tee-hee, God has a sense of irony.

  8. Craig, your drawings make infinitely better arguments to the existence of Transcendental than those museum exhibits…

    Kris – that’s so hilarious!

  9. I’m with Alex – creationism is freaky. I’d like to say “you say tomato, I say tomato, let’s call the whole thing off” but teaching kids to reject whole swathes of science is pretty scary stuff.

    Your drawings, on the other hand, are beautiful. Through reading this blog I’m starting to understand why it takes so long to create a graphic novel like Habibi. Good luck with things. πŸ™‚

  10. Hello Graig,

    I was reading a bio about you.
    Is it right that you were born on the 1rst januray 1975 ? Because, if it is true, you’re older than me by 1 day πŸ˜€

    (It is written here : http://www.bedetheque.com/auteur-8430-BD-Thompson-Craig.html)

    I really like your drawing, if you’re searching for a colorist, I’ll be glad to collaborate with you… πŸ™‚

    I went to Angoulème too, this year on january (to meet some friends there)… And I was so sorry that I didn’t know you before reading “Adieu Chunky Rice”, I could have met you there… πŸ™‚

    Are you going to make some promotion in Paris, in France ? (It’s were I live). With the pleasure of meeting you…

    Miss Ngam.

  11. Hello from Turkey!
    I just read a few chapters of Blankets and I’m already looking forward to Habibi. Your comics are a really original combination of images & words. Also I think I see similarities to Will Eisner (panel transitions & shadows).
    Thank you for drawing (knowing that you would draw anyway)…
    Baris

  12. Craig I just wanted to say that I have recently read Blankets and I think it is fantastic!! I’m taking a course on graphic novels and have read many, but few spoke to me the way that yours did, so I just wanted to say thanks for that and I can’t wait for Habibi!! – Cara

  13. You know, biblical literalism didn’t rear its ugly head until 1910 with the publishing of a series of essays called “the fundamentals: a testimony to the truth.” Before that people generally had the good sense to read the bible as an allegorical guidebook.

    I love how the woman is wearing clothes next to what I assume is a baby Tyrannosaurus, insinuating that Eden is closed for business, yet carnivorous dinosaurs are apparently still on good terms with the human folk.

  14. I’m just going to echo all of the above; I’ve been a fan of your work for a long, long time (but just got hip to the fact that you have a blog…) and I’m so excited to see these beautiful sneak peeks of Habibi– I can’t wait to see it in print!

  15. ugh… i am so embarrassed that this place is about 15 miles from where i live. makes me want to barf.

    also, i grew up in a rural area in ohio and was in high school in the early 90s like you. i can commiserate…

  16. Drew – I totally agree, i live only a couple miles away, i think it is an embarrassment for the whole region. As if kentuckians weren’t already thought of as backwards hillbillies.

  17. It never ceases to amaze me that people readily mock what they do not understand. Do some research on creation model science before you draw too many conclusions. While many Christians have lost their faith due to the teachings of evolution theory, no scientist who has been convinced of the truth of creation has ever gone back to believing in evolution … that’s a 100% success rate, in my book.

    If you’re embarassed by alternative views, challenging dogma, or standing up for and presenting evidence for what you believe, then America may not be the best place for you. There are thousands of museums that proclaim evolutionist theories as fact; I’m glad to see that a couple exist that are brave enough to stand in the face of powerful propagandists and ignorant mockery.

  18. Hey Craig,
    a big hello form a fan in England, love you work mate, its fantastic, every time I get a bit lost with my own art I go and read Carnet or Blankets and I can get back on track, I just cant wait for Habibi.

    also just a note on that “museum”, I’d heard about it on the news over here a while back but I thought it was some kind of joke. It makes me sad to be a regular sane guy with a background in Geology whilst also being a Christian. for me there are no questions about science and religion, they sit hand in hand.
    Big props to you man, I hope you make it over to the UK sometime.

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