i’m gonna be the man who’s havering to you

On Monday, the sixth chapter of HABIBI saw completion. Each time I finish a chapter, I print and bind a set of photocopies for easy reference &
editing. And I tally the page count, which now reaches exactly 500! Already the stack of photocopies on flimsy paper is catching up with BLANKETS.

It’s an important mark in the book’s production. The end of the second act. On to the third and final act – the last three chapters –
and fortunately they’re all shorter than the bulky hundred page chapters that filled out the middle of the book.
I’ll be leaving on a trip on the fourth of July to visit family in Wisconsin and tinker with some rewrites on the book’s finale.
And as noted before, I’ll be in Chicago for the American Library Association’s annual conference giving a talk with Neil Gaiman and Terry Moore
about censorship in comics. “My These Novels Certainly Are … GRAPHIC!” Monday, July 13, 1:30 PM at McCormick Place.
Looking forward to your comments and updating you when I return!

47 thoughts on “i’m gonna be the man who’s havering to you

  1. Fantastic going! Is there any hints as to how you’ve gotten the story for Habibi together? Is it a story you came up with all by yourself, or is it a well known oriental fairy-tale? I’d be interested in informations about that part of the process. Good luck with the next couple of pages, I’m very anxious to see the finished thing. The previews so far do look stunning.

  2. It looks AMAZING, Craig, I cannot wait to read it.

    Have a good trip and oh! I love that song from the Proclaimers too.

    (just to be the man who walked 1000 miles to fall down @ your door)

  3. hope you have a good holiday. i cannot wait for this book to come out. any chance you’ll be doing a book tour with habibi to denver? haha i would love to meet you.

  4. This looks super-awesome–can’t wait. I’m also delighted to hear you’ll be at ALA–I can’t make it this year, but we librarians eat you up nom nom chomp. Have fun!

  5. +6= …
    love your sense of humour craig.
    those watery frames look lush. blankets continues to nourish me.

    just wanted to wave at you from england. xx

  6. That’s awesome. It’s like you’ve got your own personal pre-editions of the sections of the book all printed up. I may have to use that idea! It’s just nice to have stuff properly put together in a book for easy storage and reference, isn’t it? For the rest of the book, good luck from England.

  7. You know, I just discovered your blog and it’s awesome! So packed with nice information and work.

    And I have to say that after finishing reading Blankets (it just got released here in Brazil backed up with a lot nice reviews about it) I started drawing with more enthusiasm once again.

    Keep up the good work Craig, I’ll be following.

  8. Hi Craig hope you are well.

    You’ve been producing in a good ritm I see that Beja didn’t got you sleepy eheh.

    Looking forward to see that finished

    Be cool, have a good work


  9. I admire your commitment to complete such big projects
    I hope this one is even better than Blankets.
    And I’m curious to see the amount of copies you are going to sell 🙂
    I’m sure this will be a big event, and I hope all the hard work you’ve done really pays off for you!

  10. oh my goodness, Habibi you are looking as gorgeous as ever! Craig, I feel faint. & there’s so much more awesome to come!

    I wish I weren’t out of the country, otherwise I’d fly to Chicago to hear you, Neil and Terry talk. good luck, and have fun!

  11. Good work! I like how you bind the work-copies for chapters as you go, it’s a good idea. Looking forward to the new book!

  12. Congrats Craig! Five fucking hundred pages! Perfect timing to take a break and return to your Midwestern roots, eh? Can’t wait for the third act to be finished so that we can finally enjoy your opus. In the meantime, let’s play when you get back to P-town.

  13. I cannot wait to read this book, I recently took a trip to Morocco, and spent 10 days exploring the country and this book looks stunning

  14. I wish I was able to attend “My These Novels Certainly Are … GRAPHIC!” Let’s show it via webcast. That’d be great!

  15. Everything you’ve shown us so far looks fantastic, Craig. Can’t wait to see it all (but nevertheless *will* wait.

    In other news, Ivy and I saw The Proclaimers live a couple of times in Boston. They argued on stage a lot the second time. They’re hot-heads!

  16. Congratulations on finishing 500 pages of what will surely be beautiful artwork. I just have to say you are a big inspiration to me. I wish I could attend “My These Novels Certainly Are … GRAPHIC!” in Chicago, but I’ll be stuck at my job in Kenosha, WI. Anyway, I look forward to seeing the completed book.

  17. Congratulations on reaching 500 pages! I can’t wait until the finale. I’m really a big fan of your brush strokes, they’re so rich with details and expression. May I ask how you know the arabic words? Did you do an Arabic course or consult someone?

  18. Wow, what a tantalizing stack of chapters and congratulations on that page count! If it ends up even bigger than Blankets, so much the better!

    The ALA talk sounds like it will be really interesting.

  19. Cher Craig,

    Nous organisons au Brésil un Festival International de la Bande Dessinée. Je souhaite vous inviter. Le blog n’est pas le meilleur moyen pour l’invitation. Nous sommes en rapport avec votre éditeur au Brésil (Companhia das Letras).

  20. Ha, first time posting. 🙂

    The book looks amazing. I’ll definetely pre-order it. Any ideas on special editions, or any treats for pre-orderers?

    BLANKETS just came today with the mail (I only borrowed it when I read it a couple of months ago), and I’ve stayed in bed for two more hours just to read the first 140 pages again… if there’s one book that I’ve ever had the feeling as if it sort of “came to me”, then this has been the one. It has been very reaffirmative, both in personal matters (‘Raina’ is quite a spitting image of my “n”) and for me as an artist to follow my own ideas and go my own way.

    Whenever you happen to come to Berlin for some kind of event or something, make sure to announce it. 🙂
    Also, are there plans for the panel on censorship in comics to be recorded/broadcasted over the internet?

    Have a nice day, and keep up with the good work.

  21. Craig,
    Good God, Man! You’re a genius! Can’t wait for Habibi – already planning to take a personal day – sending the kiddos to daycare and just devouring your newest multi-sensory world. Just read David Mazzuchelli’s book Asterios Polyp – have you seen it? It was mind-blowing – I think Scott McCloud would approve (even if it is in color . . .) Of course, nothing compares to you! Be well – nurse that hand!!

  22. Dear Craig, congratulation to finish these 500 pages, which I would be very curious to read it, if the book is planned to translate in French. I’ hope for a lot of success in this new book.

    Forgive my English language

  23. wow congrats! I really adore your work and keep being amazed by every update! wish you eternal health and happiness, so you can do things you like all the time! greetings from bandung, indonesia.

  24. Craig-

    It’s always inspiring to pop in and see a new post about your next project. Just wanted to drop you a line to let you know that your work means a lot to an awful lot of people. I was also really inspired by your very interesting and open interview in the Comics Journal, especially the parts regarding your craft and storytelling approach. Anyway, as I embark full time on my first long-form comics project this year, I will continue to draw inspiration from your example.

    All the best.

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