Chapter eight and everything else! Almost seven hundred pages! Thank you, blog-readers, for all your support.
Thank you, too, for your patience during the blog’s summer hiatus. I was waiting for finality to post. And secretive of process
(to avoid spoilers) as we neared the finish line. Plus, there were some summertime distractions; including, but not limited to:

There’s still plenty to keep me busy in the upcoming months. Edits / redraws / design / production / getting the book to press.
I’ll keep you all posted. Below, a basic cosmetic edit: fixing unclear reading order. Can’t wait to meet all of you on the promotional tours!

133 thoughts on “IT IS FINISHED!

  1. How wonderful!!!! IIt must feel great to actually finish something. Of course, I look forward to reading your epic.
    I loved Blankets; it was inspiring and moving, as I am sure ‘Habibi’ will be.

  2. HUUUGGGE congratulations, Craig!

    I can’t imagine how great it would feel to finish something so massive! That’s an amazing accomplishment, and I can’t wait to read it.

    I’m so happy for you.

  3. Amazing, Craig! congratulations! I cannot wait to read and admire it! And I had a question, how did you approach researching? Like, the type of clothing, style of houses, language and so on. I assume you did a lot of research during your travels, but how exactly did you go about it?

  4. What an awesome feat! Good to see its not all work – no play. Summertime Distractions = Water! So I’m guessing the Winter distractions will be of a different theme?

  5. Congrats, remember first reading Blankets like it was yesterday. Thank you for your beautiful work and I can’t wait to read and see Habibi.

  6. NO WAY! HA HA HA! Man, I’m so happy for you. That river dancing looks pretty wild, too 🙂

    You can count on me to be present at as much of the promotional tour as possible, but for now I’m going to go spread the good word!

  7. Hi Craig! I am so glad you’re finally finished! I look forward to Hababi for it’s story and artwork to admire. Your artstyle is an influence on a comic I am working on now. Can’t wait for it, hope it can come out by this year in stores!

  8. yeaiyeee!!! this is GREAT news… i’ve been waiting, waiting, waiting… and though there’s some more months of actual waiting, it’s Great to hear that the book is complete… CONGRATULATIONS!! Hope someday your tour would bring you to India too!

  9. Hey Craig, you deserve many handshakes, high-fives, fist bumps, pats on the back and any other congratulatory gestures you can think of. I am in awe of your work ethic, dedication, and integrity. I really look forward to getting the book and seeing the kind of beautiful art all those great characteristics have transformed themselves into this time.

  10. We’re happy for you Craig. And it’s such wonderful news for many thousands of your dedicated fans around the world.
    If you come to Europe – and i suppose you – I will be there.

    Best of all from a most dedicated fan in Denmark,


  11. Hell yeah! I didn’t think you’d have it done by now. You must have worked constantly to get those last two chapters done.

    Well done, man.

    Hope you’ll be visiting London.

  12. Big Congratulations Craig 🙂
    I’m so happy it’s over! As always, can’t wait to read it!

    P.S. River dancing looks like fun! Like a variation of walking on water 😉

  13. It is a good day for us readers !
    Can’t wait for it to cross the Atlantic, and hoping you’ll come back to Toulouse to promote it !

  14. Yay, that wonderful news! I’ve been checking your blog every few days to see if the announcement had been made. =) I’m very excited and anxious to obtain my copy once it’s in print. Again, congratulations on all of your hard work!

    Seattle, WA

  15. I knew it was going to be THIS post! Wonderful, wonderful news!
    I suppose it will not be difficult to see you in France soon. I hope that Angouleme will welcome you properly and that I will have the chance of meeting you. Congrats!

  16. Congrats! Please don’t spoil anything and keep previews of stuff to an absolute minimum; I want to experience this fresh on the day it comes out Also, please book a visit in Atlanta for your tour. Now get back to work!

  17. Congratulations Craig. I’ve been reading this blog for a long time and I can’t wait to finally see what you’ve been working on all these years.

  18. Craig, congrats and I’m glad you had some sumer fun too.

    will you let us know the best way (FOR YOU) to buy it when it is available? eg. through you directly, through a retailer but through a link from you, or, ask our local comic shops to carry it, etc.


  19. Fantastic! You are insane and amazing! Can’t wait to see the finished copy one of these days. Now, how long will it take for your hand to uncramp?

  20. Congrats, Craig! This is probably the most anticipated book in my life. 😛
    I remember walking into my local comic shop a few years ago to pre-order this, because I heard a rumor saying I could, and having the clerks look at me COMPLETELY confused.

    I can’t wait!

  21. Oh man, I’ve been checking this blog every couple of days for three years, this is the greatest of news. Can’t wait to read it.


  22. Great news! Are you planning visiting Madrid?
    Congratulations, i can see in your blog the drawing of Habibi is getting better. I love it.

  23. Yay! Many congratulations! I can’t wait to see it when it’s totally finished!

    Your “summertime distractions” photos cracked me up, especially the riverdance. 🙂

  24. Congrats Craig! Seeing the little process examples you posted on this blog, looks like a master job. I´ll buy the spanish version when is out, no doubt.


  25. can’t wait to hold a copy of Habibi in my hands. congratulations …

    hope you’ll make it to Germany some day, I’ll sooo be there.

    one question: I’m currently sketching the basis for a somewhat bigger graphic novel myself. How many pages (sketching & writing, not inking or colouring yet) would you think are a reasonable amount of work? seems to take forever, I never get over 3 pages a day …

  26. congratulations for the work, Craig! I live in Brazil and I am both happy and sad with them their release, because this takes too long to get this news out, and get quick, comes with an absurdly high value in relation to the original price. anyway, I’m waiting anxiously for this release, after all it is a work of talented craig thompson! a hug, man!

  27. Dear Craig Thompson, I wish you a good tomorrow (September 21th). You have a big friend of your art (me) here in Wolkersdorf near by Nuremberg (or better: near by Erlangen, where you’ve been years ago). With Leonard Cohen’s words: “I greet you from the other side of sorrow an despair …” (Hear the song on his new DWD “Songs from a Road”.)

  28. Happy birthday Craig!
    Congratulations on finishing! Can’t wait to read it already.
    Hope you get to have a break before you start with the edits

  29. I always tell myself I’m going to respond to your posts, but always shy away from doing so. I figured I’d make an exception as it’s your birthday (and I hope it is wonderful!) and that the book is finally finished. (Congrats!)
    Knowing that it’s that much closer to landing in my hands is the greatest news I’ve heard in a long time.
    As an aspiring illustrator, your work is my biggest drive to keep moving forward. Thank you for that.
    All the best!

  30. I cannot wait to hold Habibi and marvel at every intricate line and delicate swirl your hands have created.
    Oh yes, I’m sure the story will be wonderful, too!
    Many Happy Returns!

  31. Hooray! Way to go on wrapping it up! I CANNOT wait to buy my copy. I hope you come to Atlanta, I would love to meet you and thank you for creating stories that remain with me. Happy birthday, and bon chance with the editing/production process.

  32. WOW!!! I am so happy! Congratulations, Craig, it will be mine as soon as you publish it!
    Probably it’s a stupid question – and there are a few chances you will read it with all these comments above – but… is there any possibility to see you in Italy?

  33. Craig, I’m just so happy for you. It’s not easy to keep up the motivation and move on with such a large project.
    Take a deep breath and dive in the nearest river 🙂
    Hope to see you in France soon(er or later) 😉

  34. Everyone hugs you, here.
    It’s nice to hear that you’ve finished this. Reading and following your adventures here, is exciting and motivating. And now,
    waiting to read the creature.

  35. HooRay! I have been eagerly awaiting this book. I can’t wait to read it! It will seem almost as personal as blankets felt because i’ll remember everything going on while checking up on it. You are awesome! Congrats

  36. I saw Craig doing sketches of Habibi and have the (golden) opportunity to talk to him about the project during his stay in Brazil for the FIQ 2009.

    I am certain this is going to be a HUGE work of art. And not only because of the size, for sure.

    Keep the good work, Craig. Peace.

  37. Craig, Congratulations!
    I am so looking forward to reading Habibi! When does it come out?

    Enjoyed reading all your books.. I must say, amazing work!

  38. Hello Craig,
    I am french run a comic art gallery for 4 years in Paris. i like very much your work and I would like to show it. I already work with famous artists : Lorenzo Mattotti, Nicolas de Crecy, Blutch, Munoz… If you are interested just contact me !
    Best regards

  39. Hey Craig. Greetings from the UK. I’m sure you’ll post a list of your promotional tour. I will travel to London if that is the only stop you can make. Please consider Portsmouth. I so desperately want a first editon for myself and 10 other first editions as gifts. Will Habibi be out for Christmas?

  40. Bout frickin time, Chuck. Jeez, I remember you showing me and Evan early roughs like years ago. Anyhow congrats, bro! cant wait to see.

  41. Hi Craig,

    I’m an editor for The Other Journal, an online publication about the intersections of theology/culture, and we would LOVE to interview you and promote your new work. Please email me if you are interested!

    Peace to you,

  42. Hi Craig,

    I’m a comic book writer from India and a HUGE fan of Blankets. Recently, my friends had a very ‘surreal’ Blankets experience and I’ve written a comic script about it which I’d like to show you… and if you’re okay with it, I’d like to self-publish it. It’s a short 12-page incident… and ‘Blankets’ plays a very critical role in the story. Could you tell me an email address i could email this script to, so that you could take a look at it?

    thank u!!


    Pratheek Thomas
    Bangalore, India

  43. Hi Craig! Jordi again. Just to tell you that this post is more than one month old and we need a new one please! We know you are busy but… 🙂

  44. Pretty much in love with everything you’ve done. Can’t wait to see the new work. Would love a pen pal (I write amazing letters), but not presumptuous enough to think you’ll write. But, a girl can dream, right?

    Congrats on your new project. Can’t wait to read it.

  45. our parents founded the church you write about in Blankets. My friend Barb Wennmacher suggested i read it… not realizing the connection. I have been able to share ‘Blankets’ with many of my Oregon friends (which is where i live now as well) and tell them, “see… i’m not making this shit up… oh.. and this book is great… ”
    anyway, i look forward to Habibi and i thank you for encapsulating your piece of the truth in such an approachable medium.

  46. hi craig, i’m an actor from brazil and i’ve been reading blankets again these days. the first time i’ve read it was in 2007, when i was 17, and now that i’ve been reading it again, i can recall precisely the places where i had been while i was reading it – reading it all over the places – and the (many) feelings i had had when i read it the first time back then. your graphic novels were an important part of my days… of my life… of me. now that i’ve been reading some of your works again, i realized how much i had missed it. how much they mean to me. how much i like it. thank you very much, craig.

  47. yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

  48. It’s time to come to France,or to send some fresh news!!congatulations my friend,sure habibi have grown as a beautiful babe!!!can’t wait to see it…are you gonna be in angoulême this year!plein de becs de toulouse

  49. Congratulations Craig!!!
    Good, very good news 🙂

    I can’t wait to read it, and I hope that you could visit Madrid in your promotional tour 😉

  50. Craig, I’ve been eagerly anticipating “Habibi” since it’s first announcement. Can’t wait! “Blankets” is one of my favorite stories, and it’s the book I gift most often, just ahead of “A Canticle for Leibowitz.”

  51. Yay! Congratulations Craig! I’ve been waiting for this! I hope you’ll visit the Philippines for a promotional tour. I can’t wait to see the actual book and read it!

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