Doot Doot Garden: The Blog of Craig Thompson
Doot Doot Garden: The blog of graphic novelist Craig Thompson
quadrinhos October 16th, 2009

BRAZIL WAS AMAZING. The Portuguese word for comics – quadrinhos – apparently translates to “little frames”. Here’s cartoonist twins
Fábio Moon & Gabriel Bá interviewing me on stage at the FNAC in São Paulo. And a tiny view from the hotel outide the FIQ comics festival.

The twins have one of the coolest studios in the world. Spent a rainy day there drinking lots of coffee
and nerding out over life and comics, along with Vasilis Lolos and Becky Cloonan and Dark Horse editor Sierra Hahn.

frame 1: photographer Parada towering over editor André and actress Carolina. frame 2: translator Érico and me. frame 3: publicist Renata
and marketing director Joana. frame 4: cartoonist Rafael Grampá and Carolina outside a gallery showing cartoonist Rafael Coutinho’s paintings.

OBRIGADO to fans, friends, and my publisher for being such generous hosts. I’ll miss you all!

33 Responses to “quadrinhos”

  1. Jordi Says:

    seems you had a good time there!

  2. Daniel Poeira Says:

    More like “little frames”, not boxes :)

  3. Arthur Says:

    My girlfriend and I loved the chat at Fnac — and your autograph is the coolest ever, we’ll treasure it forever.

  4. craig Says:

    obrigado, Daniel. I’ll fix that note…

  5. lili Says:

    wished I had a studio like that, looks like a perfect nest. cool atmosphere

  6. Érico Assis Says:

    It was fantastic to have you here, mr. Thompson. Hope you come back and visit the rest of the country (hopefully, for a promotional tour of Carnet de Voyage or Habibi, wink wink).

  7. Gabriel Says:

    Belo Horizonte = Nice Horizon
    have a nice day Craig! ^^

  8. Cardoso Says:

    TOWERING: the only truly adequate verb to describe the mere existence of Parada. Thank you for that insight, Craig.

  9. Delfin Says:

    As I said there, was amazing to meet you, Craig. Hope you and Sierra had a wonderful trip and come back soon! When the interview is online, i’ll let you know (certainly with the Darth Vader cameo)!
    Ce ça!

  10. Amanda Grazini Says:

    Couldn’t go to the FNAC panel!
    Hope you come to Brazil again so I can get my Retalhos signed!

  11. Shiau Says:

    I loved to meet you, Craig!!
    The chat at FNAC was great!
    I hope you come back more time! :)


  12. Brão Barbosa Says:

    How I said, It was nice meeting you! The FIQ 2009 woldn’t be the same without you!

    I’m working on the comic I told you, about child sexual abuse! Hope to show you soon!

    See ya!

  13. Fabio Cobiaco Says:

    Sure we will miss you too!
    We’re waiting for you to share the studio with us. Hahaha!
    Um grande abraço!!!
    Fabio Cobiaco

  14. Giulia Says:

    The FNAC chat was wonderful, and it was great meeting you! We’re already waiting for you to come here again 😀

  15. MOISES PRADO Says:

    Hi Craig! It’s Moises Prado (Mouses) from Belo Horizonte,
    remember me? I was one of the last guys on the line, the one with Wolverine’s beard! :)

    How are you doing? How was it in São Paulo , it wasn’t better than Belo Horizonte , was it? Here it was so great! There’s no way to be better! 😀
    I met the twins Moon and Bá in the FIQ one day after you. They’re really great, as well as Grampá is, I agree with you.

    I’ve just begun to read Blankets and I already can say it’s fantastic, it’s so fascinating in the beginning, congratulations. When I finish I’ll write you again, ok?

    So that is it. We’re waiting for your next time here in Belo Horizonte , our city loves you…

    Oh! I almost forget…
    Your blog is great, it’s not just to say, I really liked it!
    Well I have a blog too:
    It’s in Portuguese, but there are some texts and poems in English too, as the last one…
    If you have a little free time visit it. I’d love your visiting; you’re always welcome there.

    Good Bye! Thanks for all friend, until the next time!…

    PS: My e-mail –

  16. willymj Says:

    So cool… I can only dream of great that trip must have been.

  17. frank h. Says:

    a nice experience – thanks a lot for shearing, C.

  18. Meesimo Says:

    Such great company you keep! Lots of inspiring folks in these pics. Cheers!

  19. Rafael Albuquerque Says:

    Hey Craig! Huge pleasure meet you and Sierra in Belo Horizonte! Hope we can hang out soon!


  20. amelia Says:

    I’m reading lots of junk while I wait for Habibi, but just stumbled onto Jeff Lemire’s Essex County Trilogy – holy shit – if you haven’t already done that, take a look-see… He keeps blowing my mind – a lot like my fav g-novelist! I don’t want to finish it because then the magic will stop for a time – exactly how I felt my virgin tour through Blankets back in 05!! Mr Garcia once said “magic is what we do. Music is how we do it.”. Magic is certainly what you do too, but drawing and writing is how you do it. Nothin’ left to do but smile, smile, smile! Cheers – and keep us posted! :)

  21. izas Says:

    rainy days are the best to drink coffee and talk about whatever

  22. gustavo duarte Says:

    Hey Craig.
    Very nice to meet you bro.
    I hope you enjoy our country.
    Thanks for the sympathy!
    Best wishes for you and Sierra.

  23. Raul Andreucci Says:

    I just can’t believe you came to Brazil! I bought BLANKETS (RETALHOS) last saturday and read it all in a blink of an eye! I loved it! Then i started researching about you and find out this website (or blog). I was wondering how could I reach you some how. I have a wonderful tale (conto, in portuguese,,, i don’t know if i did the right translation) that i would like to show you. I think you’re going to love it – hope so. How can i send it to you? Best wishes and thanks for BLANKETS. Oh, yeah… I am from São Paulo, Brazil.. In case it wasn’t so clear… See ya!

  24. Ana Amelia Says:

    Hi, i’m also surprised that you came to brazil so recently… i’m from são paulo, and i read yesterday night your blankets – i could not sleep till i get it finished ! just loved it very much. i study autobiography in master degree and i’ll certainly mention your work on my research – as well as persépolis, fun home, epileptic and other great autobio-comics. cheers.

  25. Jack Says:

    After seeing what you’ve posted of Habibi on here, I must say I am VERY excited. I love that you don’t put it in volumes/issues. I admire that you want it to be one work. On one of the pages you showed on here, there is a man dumping small rodents for alligators. Are you vegetarian of vegan? It won’t make a difference to how much I enjoy your work, but I’m curious
    Much love,

  26. Rodrigo Febronio Says:

    Hey, Craig! I made an interview with you for my TV Show “Banca de Quadrinhos”. Was a huge plesure to meet you. You can see the interview right here: (at 1’00”)


  27. Mariana Says:

    I absolutely loved your book, and loved meeting you here in São Paulo!
    And I’ll make a portrait of the drawing on my book!!

    Can’t wait for Habibi!
    And thanks again for all the great moments you gave me with “Retalhos” =)

  28. Christophe Says:

    Hello Craig,

    Fantastic dessinateur et conteur. WOUAW ! BRAVO !
    As I was reading ‘Blankets’, I thought about another person, Michel Rabagliati, who is too a graphic novelist.
    Have you ever read his books ? His ‘heroe’ is Paul.
    Thank you so much for the incredilicious time we passed reading your books (Sorry for my bad english) !

  29. JG Says:

    Craig, will you please be in touch. I’d like to know if you have any original artwork for sale.

    Many thanks,

  30. Eleandro Says:

    Oh My God!!
    I lose your interview in Sao Paulo!!! :(

    I have just finished to read your book “Retalhos” (portuguese transalation) and for me this is
    really wonderful book.
    I did a great job. It will became my favorite book.

    thanks for your works.

  31. Francisco, like Sao Francisco Says:

    It’s was such a pleasure to meet you at FIQ. I just loved Blankets! Best wishes from the guy from the north!

  32. VG Says:

    In fact the word “quadrinhos” refers to comics in Brazil, whereas in european portuguese (Portugal)the word used for comics is “banda desenhada” a translation from the french Bande dessiné.

  33. Craig Thompson Says:

    […] buddies Fabio Moon, Gabriel Ba, and Murilo Martins are visiting Portland for ICAF (International Comics Art Forum). If this post […]

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