an end to all wars

Fábio leaves today, so we committed to one last posting between last-minute visits to Powell’s Books and Voodoo Donuts.
Instead of more outdoor adventures, we spent most of our time nerding out with Portland comics folks, including a Dark Horse-centric BBQ
at Tim & Carli’s. (We also ate lots of good food during the visit.)

So there you go. A message of peace! Safe travel to Fábio. And to his twin brother Gabriel on his way to Bolivia today. Watch for the
collected trade of their DAYTRIPPER. Thanks to Tim & Carli for the BBQ. Hope to see more of my international friends soon!

25 thoughts on “an end to all wars

  1. Hey, I’m sorry but I have an unrelated question/comment.

    Lately I’ve been thinking about getting a tattoo, and I thought it would be really cool if you could maybe design it for me? In Carnet De Voyage I remember you talking about your fascination with drawing trees and that’s what I want. I’d really appreciate it if you’d just take the time to hear me out on this one, but I don’t want to make you feel pressured or anything/be a burden.

    If you’re even remotely interested, I’d greatly appreciate it. If you want to, you can just email me at Then I can like give you a better idea of what I’m talking about.

    Thank you so much for your time, and I love your work.


  2. Indeed, not much of a war at all. I was expecting some sort of outrageous comic struggle for the fates of the blargs! But to no avail. Friends leaving is always sad, but now with the internet, it’s not hard to keep in touch.
    And, of course, something philosophical; we expect none the less from the author of BLANKETS, even if it comes from his friends. 😀 I’ve only been following your blog for a while (for shame!), but it seems your style has changed a bit- and you seem to keep making yourself look stranger, when you’re no really that strange at all. xD

  3. Hi fellow Michigander,

    I live in CA now and am starting this fall at UCLA in their MFA in Screenwriting program. More than any other book, I’d love to try to adapt “Blankets” into a feature screenplay. Even if it’s just for class, I don’t care. I think it’s a beautiful story (visually and thematically) and I think given the right hands, it could be another “Persepolis.” Just wanted you to know your work is moving people and spurring them on to write other stories, similar to your own.

    I had an 84 year old guy in my church read “Blankets” and we had coffee and talked about it. He absolutely loved it. He said it captured his youth to a tee. I smiled and thought, “I should just share this with Craig, even though I don’t know him.” So there you go. I hope that makes you smile.

    Much love,
    Kalamazoo/Gull Lake-native here…

  4. Hey Craig (Mr. Thompson?)

    I like the message. Do you feel like God has been trying to tell/teach you anything else lately? Or, is the whole God speaking to you thing not really part of your life anymore?

  5. I was sent to Portland for work…pretty lost there…my only friend, a bird I met in Hawthorne bridge… ended in Powells…remembered you were from Portland and looked to see if there’s anything new (I love your work, but don’t keep on track)…nothing new…I get Carnet de Voyage… and see you also seem to converge to birds (and kittens) in your solitude… 🙂
    I loved Chunky Rice and Blankets, and was a little reluctant to read Carnet de Voyage (had it in my hands in Fnac-Madrid a couple of times but didn’t decide myself) being more of a travel diary. But… I TOTALLY LOVED IT. That mixture of tenderness, humor (I laughed aloud a couple of times yesterday in my way back, sorry, I feel identified with certain situations)… the drawings (oh… how you catch the Morrocan atmosphere…the Maroqui buddies cudling…).
    Thank you so much. Keep drawing and writing!

  6. CRAIG! I don’t know if you have seen Blankets re-titled but you made it to the Better Book Title List:

    They re-titled “Blankets” into “She’s Just not that into you”

    It’s good for a chuckle, anyway.

    Maybe 1/3 of the way down.


  7. I don’t know where to write this… Anyway… nice work and nice blog =)
    I just read Blankets and it’s amazing…
    You could finish drawing the naked woman… as a child I always stopped because I felt embarrased hehe…
    Keep up the good work ^^

  8. Dear Craig,
    I´m a big fan. I´ve discovered your wonderful art this year. I hope that all your novels can be published here in Brazil.
    My best regards,
    Ju Teófilo

  9. Hey there! I don’t know how much influence do you have upon those stuff and all, but I’m asking it here anyway.
    Is there any specific date for Habibi to come out?
    Will Habibi be translated to Slovene?

  10. I did not hear of you until about a week ago, sitting in a lonely Borders aisle with my backpack and a copy of Blankets. Upon opening it, I was sucked in and proceeded to read the entire book in one afternoon! Needless to say, I was hooked.

    Its neat that you mentioned the twins, I am a huge fan of Gabriel Ba’s work with Darkhorse Comics!

    Well, here’s to you and the wonderful stories and artwork you have contributed to my life.

  11. Not meaning to spam, but I thought you’d like to know I based one of my “books that moved me” vignettes (assigned in my Creative Writing 2 class) on Blankets.
    I hovered about the graphic novel section of the library, inquiring amongst my peers a good read. They simultaneously grabbed for a two-inch thick autocomic, Blankets. I now understand why. I sat cuddled in my blankets as this man’s soul reached out and touched mine through his words and drawings, his heart bled out in ink for the world to see. It is the only book to have actually altered my view of life and people, and I have read it four times now. This author is the only one I will travel miles for to get my soon-to-be purchased hardcover of the book to get signed.

  12. Ditto to what Jordi and Amelia posted. We’re all so excited for you and Habibi and it’s nice to know I’m not the only one checking every day, just in case something big has happened 🙂

    In other news, I just finished reading Aaron Renier’s “Spiral Bound” and “The Unsinkable Walker Bean”. What amazing books Aaron’s made! And it’s cool to know that you guys grew up together. I was reading in an interview with Aaron that you were the dog in Spiral Bound to show the similarities in your drawing styles.

    I hope all is well and I’m more excited than ever to hear what’s going on with Habibi and everything else you’re doing.

  13. Hi Craig,

    I have re-read “Carnet” in the last few days and thought I would check if Habibi had been published while I was doing something else! It is very near as far as I can gather. Very exciting!

    I don’t know if you know of Michel Rabagliati’s “Paul” series of gaphic novels? I am from Quebec like him so love remembering my country in his drawings (I now live in the UK). His work is similar to yours in its mixture of humour and drama, it is very personal and his drawings are fantastic too.

    Good luck with the final bits of Habibi and I hope your tour after the publication will lead to “Carnet 2” as I enjoyed this as much as Blankets. Thanks!


  14. Craig,
    I’m sitting at Stumptown in Portland. I have never been to this city before…I’m from Charlotte, NC. The other day I went to Powell’s and having read Blankets, I decided to buy Carnet de Voyage (even though I used to work at the biggest comic book store in Charlotte. Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find). It must’ve been kismet because learning that you live in Portland and reading your travels, it was like I was meant to read it here.

    It connected to me on a strong level. I lived in Lyon for a year and travelled all over Europe and even Morocco. If only I were as talented and eloquent as you, I felt like Carnet could have been written by me. The part that stuck out to me the most was the quote “So easy to love a place on the day you’re leaving.” I’m purposely not going to go in depth about how close this line hits to home simply because of the fear of bastardizing the experiences I had that it relates to.

    I don’t normally leave messages like these but I just felt there were too many coincidences in how I came to read this and in the stories themselves to go unnoticed and unremarked. Thanks for your willingness and expertise to offer these stories to the world.

    I hope you make it to Charlotte on your tour for Habibi!


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