Doot Doot Garden: The Blog of Craig Thompson
Doot Doot Garden: The blog of graphic novelist Craig Thompson
clunkerz March 7th, 2010

Thank you, readers, for sticking with my bimonthly updates. Today’s theme is sloppy collage!

Sorting through my flat files for contributions to the upcoming NeoIntegrity Show at MoCCA – NYC,
I excavated these random CHUNKY RICE related scraps.
1) The “clunk” spliced off the last page of original art, slathered with “brush test” doodles.
2) The French translation key from the first ever appearance of CHUNKY.
3) Crumpled vellum-overlay pencils for the 3rd through 5th editions’ cover art.
4) The super-limited edition CHUNKY RICE necklace made by my friends at Studio Acorn. (Less than a dozen in circulation)

17 Responses to “clunkerz”

  1. Will J Says:

    Hi Craig,

    I’ve been a big admirer of your work ever since I read Blankets. It was so moving that after I finished, I went and read it again that same day. Good Bye Chunky Rice and Carnet were also wonderful reads.

    I’m glad you’re keeping a blog. It’s such a privilege to see your progress and other tidbits. Best wishes with completing Habibi! I’ll be waiting patiently for it.

  2. amelia Says:

    Gearing up to teach Eisner’s trilogy next week – kids are reluctant his year it has coincided with his tributary “week” in the past. I love to check up on you and see your creations – new and old alike. Think Habibi!! Happy Spring!!

  3. Christina Says:

    I love these posts showing the steps to the final product!

    I wish there were for of those chunky necklaces available. :(

  4. jess smart smiley Says:

    Ha ha! These are great! I wonder if you can share anything about the upcoming “Kissypoo Garden” from Top Shelf?

    Also, I’ve been keeping a set of money aside for the last few months to get “Habibi” the nanosecond it comes out. I don’t think I’ve done that, since I saved for my first skateboard as a kid!

  5. izas Says:

    :O
    i love the necklace!!!!!

  6. Jordi Says:

    luckily your updates are not on a bimonthly rate, but they almost are. you must be working really hard!

  7. Nathan Lo Says:

    I absolutely love that necklace.

  8. Armour Says:

    Ha ha! These are great! I wonder if you can share anything about the upcoming “Kissypoo Garden” from Top Shelf?

    Also, I’ve been keeping a set of money aside for the last few months to get “Havibi” the nanosecond it comes out. I don’t think I’ve done that, simce I saved for my first skateboard as a kid!;

  9. jess smart smiley Says:

    comment #8 sounds all too familiar…

  10. Ann Says:

    Hi Craig,
    My name is Ana Rita. I´m Brazilian and a big fan of your work.
    Who introduced me to your drawings was my boyfriend. He gave me the book Blankets in the last Christmas and I fell in love, both the illustrations how the story.
    My boyfriend, like me, is a great admirer of your work.
    I would ask you, if you could, to draw me and my boyfriend. I would love to give this drawing as a gift a year of dating to him, because I know how much it would mean.
    I am willing to pay for their work, unless it is an absurd price of course.
    I wait a response.

    Thank you.

  11. draingirl Says:

    I like collages and your work.
    Read blankets in no time.

  12. Jullie Says:

    Hi Craig! Huge fan of your works here. I’ve watched your interview in Belo Horizonte. I loved Blankets, it’s nothing but hugely beautiful. I’ve catched myself acting like the story sometimes. Some doubts and fears are universal, aren’t them? Hard not to see yourself identified.

    Thank you for the beauty and awesomeness of this work.

    A brazillian friend,

    Jullie Utsch

    PS: Hope you don’t mind my poor English skills, though :)

  13. Fotini Says:

    I want this little necklace so bad :)

    “Chunky Rice” is really special to me – a few pages from it helped patch things up after a very long and bleak time with two of my best friends in the world. I owe you one Craig :)

  14. jess smart smiley Says:

    Hey Craig, I’m not sure how else to get in contact with you, so I apologize for messaging you via your blog.

    I just finished my first graphic novel and it’s getting published by Top Shelf next year. I’m wondering if you’d be willing to take a look at it? It’s an easy read and a lot of fun and it would mean so much to me if you were able to read it.

    Let me know. Thanks, Craig!

  15. calanda Says:

    Chunky Rice is cute… yes, but he is more than just a green stuffed animal! He isn’t human, although his reflexion are deep, showing a desire to find the place he belongs, inside and outside. Why isn’t he human? Because he is a turtle of course, and he is innocent! I think his vulnerability and his honesty reflect what we humans often are missing… not in terms of talking it out openly, but confessing it inwardly-personally… Chunky Rice is alive in the story and he even means something special to somebody, but he is also not, meaning he isn’t materialized in this world, the paper doesn’t make him alive, it is the story… therefore, why do people want him physicaly, to hold him, to show him, to look at him, if they would just see a cute art of him, but not Chunky Rice.

  16. calanda Says:

    sorry… just what I wanted to say is, that art indeed is expression, it is vivid, and it is alive… it is so beautiful, Chunky Rice is so beautiful, that it would take something of its beauty, if Chunky Rice would become a random “nice-blingbling-metal-thing” to buy…

  17. Naima!!!! Says:

    Hi-ho
    I was thinking of you, and remembered you had a blog, and so here i am reading it… I can’t wait to see more! It looks promising. and it’s quite fascinating to see the process too, you know?
    Hope you’re well me friend
    Nx

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