Doot Doot Garden: The Blog of Craig Thompson
Doot Doot Garden: The blog of graphic novelist Craig Thompson
great lakes luxury cruise July 15th, 2009

Fresh home from my midwest excursion. BIG THANKS to the librarians that made it to the panel and are fueling support for
graphic novels in the literary world, not to mention fighting on the frontlines of public confusion over the medium.

I’m restless to dig into work on the final chapters of HABIBI. In the meantime, here’s some treats I excavated from the ol’ cubby hole at my
parents’ house. Above: Congressman Dave Obey and Tom Cruise (yes) presenting an award to 16 year old me for a national high school art
competition
. Below: decaying childhood art (approx. age 9) and a photo of my brother Phil and I with matching bowl haircuts.

28 Responses to “great lakes luxury cruise”

  1. Brian Healey Says:

    That’s really funny! Why was Tom Cruise there? I’d love to see the art that won you the contest.

  2. Karen Says:

    Brain = EXPLODED.

  3. annet Says:

    the shirt! woah! and still this reaches ten different levels of awesome.

    it’s funny to see how similar you still look to the childhood you.

  4. John Says:

    Cool to see some surviving early art of yours. And yes, that photo is mind-blowing.

  5. Jeff Says:

    Ah yes, the dreaded “bowl cut”. I was subjected to many during my preteen years — mostly at the hands of my folks. One clear memory was of a rare barbershop cut in which it was disclosed — not by myself — that I liked sideburns (it was the early seventies). What ensued was a bowl cut with extended symmetrical elements intended to suggest sideburns but in reality resembled Basset hound ear-like appendages.

    The hor-ror, the hor-ror.

  6. Jaybird Says:

    Oh. My. Gods! That’s hillarious! (Not that i’m surprised about the award or anything, but … erm… Wow).

    I wish we could see what piece won you that award, or at least a description (if you still remember)?

  7. David Says:

    ha ha the bowl cut, I think everyone had one of those hair cuts growing up. I know me and my brother had matching ones too.

    But yeah I’m also curious to see the winning artwork that result in you and tom cruise in a photo together.

  8. Jordi Says:

    Great pics!

  9. axw11 Says:

    from what I observe you seem to be around 5′ 8” tall….

  10. Jose de Leon Says:

    Obviously, you grew taller, Craig.

  11. Hana O. Says:

    awww, I love the art from your childhood – so precious.

    the photo with you, the congressman and tom cruise is amazing! I’m dying to see the work you created for that competition.

  12. Chris Oposnow Says:

    Holy smokes! Congressman Dave Obey.

  13. M Says:

    I was just playing with the title of the post in my head, because I could just not get what it referred to, and then I realized that “luxury cruise” kind of sounds like “Look, Suri Cruise!”, and my brain replied “Yes, in teensy, tiny pre-embryo form!”

  14. Annie Says:

    that’s fantastic.

  15. Diane Says:

    Wow, even when you were a KID your art was just fantastic… and I love the fact that you share stuff from when you were young. It’s rare that we get to see the evolution of an artist from the beginning to now.

  16. daniel og Says:

    you had a lot more hair…

  17. John Says:

    Now, this probably comes off as some sort of tupid/hillariously misinformed question, but I wondered for the past few days, so I thought I’d just ask:

    what is the small re-emerging symbol in BLANKETS, which is also on the very last page? I thought it was a stylized snowflake but the more I read I realise it’s also looing like wings (angels?), and is present in the quilt and elsewhere.

    I’m currenthly thinking about getting a tattoo, and apart from this guy: http://nash.ilcannocchiale.it/mediamanager/sys.user/13993/minotaur.jpg (who’s got many, MANY different meanings for me and somehow re-emerged at various parts of my life), I thought about that little ‘snowflake’ in Blankets…

  18. Rachel WIlson Says:

    Wow, craig you are so handsome at 16! My admiration continues.

  19. Derek Says:

    You lied.

    In the graphic novel you had dots for eyes.

  20. Alex Liki Says:

    Your work is truly inspiring. I just finish reading Blankets, it’s amazing. When I finished reading it, I felt that you had reached the things you said in the last pages.Inspiring, for real. Cheers

  21. RYOT Says:

    hey craig! im live in belo horizonte – MG – Brazil and i was very happy to know you come here. \o/ im carttonist, ilustrator and animator and your work is a great influence to me. sorry, my english is terrible T_T I hope I can talk to you or get an autograph in my edition of BLANKETS \o/

  22. Dale O'Flaherty Says:

    Hi,
    I read Chunky Rice recently and I made you some fanart.
    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2440/3747651748_6534b6eefb.jpg
    I’m not sure about it, it was heavily referenced. I might do Livonia and Ruth next. That might turn out better!
    Anyway, I loved the book. Looking forward to Habibi!
    Dale.

  23. pan pan Says:

    well, who would tell shiny tom cruise that in 2009 that kid in his right would be a much more respected artist..

  24. Will Says:

    Hi Craig! Nice to meet you (well, post to you). I’m Will. Love your work! I was given a copy of Carnet de Voyage at Christmas, opened it up and there was a drawing of a girl inside which really looked like my friend. I forgot about it for ages, then when I saw her next I told her about it, showed her the book, and apparently it is her! Her name is Karolin. She was as surprised as me! We went to Saint Martins, I think you drew her then. It’s a very very good likeness, that’s all I wanted to say! Keep up the good work! Will

  25. JenWeller Says:

    I remember when I thought to myself “Whoa…Tom Cruise is short!” Now my thought is “Wow…Tom Cruise is fruitcake.” And I completely agree with pan pan about who the most respected artist is!

    So sorry to have missed the visit home. We were elbow deep in a boat project and went to Chicago to get it off our hands. Hopefully we’ll see you next time!

  26. Ashlynn Saucier Says:

    If only you could go back in time and punch Tom Cruise in the face for being a complete psychopath.

  27. Ying-Chieh Says:

    Hello! I bought and read your Blanket (Chinese version) today, I think it’s very good, and I am happy to see these 2 photos about your childhood :D

  28. Adrian Says:

    Aww you and Phil were so cute!

    I love your book, Blankets, by the way. :)

Leave a Reply