The fact that you take the time to do every page number by hand, along with the fact that you appreciate the importance of drawing speech balloons and text directly onto the page, is one of the reasons you are the best.
There seem to be plenty of people willing to half-ass a whole graphic novel by throwing digital text onto the page in a horrible font, so you should know (and I’m sure you do) that there are many people out there (myself included) who really, REALLY appreciate that you work this way, and have been inspired to do so too.
Shoot! These are gorgeous! Those page numbers alone are magnificent
I second everything Corban said—one thing we all love about your work is how genuine it is. You’re not trying to get away with anything to crank out a product, but you’re dedicated to the story and that makes all the difference.
What’s the page in the top left? Is it all writing?
Also: do you scan all your pages, or do you have someone that helps you?
beautiful… I love how it seems like emergent patterns within your hand-rendered lines begin to appear. much like commenter #4 says, the fact that you pour yourself into every aspect of your work, down to these page numbers, completely preserves and enhances the integrity of it. your obsessiveness, care and detail is utterly inspiring. thank you Craig!
You really don’t see this type of commitment any more, so much of what is being produced today is mediocre and its acceptable. That’s why I love seeing things like this, its inspiring and its motivating to actually see someone do things that take a little more time and effort because in the end it shows up as good work. nice job mate.
Congrats Craig! Can’t wait to read the book. A deep thank you and many moments of manly admiration for having the commitment and focus to produce a book of this size and (it seems like) ambition. Looking forward to reading and re-reading.
whoa!! that’s a LOT of numbers! I so love these behind-the-scenes moments… just to see the kind of time and effort that has gone into Habibi, into each of the dots and curves and forms, and each of the page numbers… thank you, Craig, for sharing this with us
I’m beginning to make my first graphic novel. I have the idea, currently outlining it and doing character designs. I guess I’m curious if you have any advice. Like, on paper, tools to use, etc.
I also was curious what do you do if you’re stuck on a picture and it won’t turn out right. I struggle with poses and such and wanted to know what you do. Thanks. I have more questions, but I guess I’ll stop while I’m ahead.
Hi Craig, don’t know if you read these but… worth a try.
I bought Blankets a few years ago and my boyfriend and I both loved it. Then he moved to Switzerland for an indefinite period and we would send our copy of Blankets back and forth with love notes written in the margins. He moved back, and we’re getting married this month and I was wondering if there’s anywhere I could purchase a print or doodle of yours to give to him as a wedding present. If not, thanks anyway, I can’t wait to read Habibi!
Beautiful work! A bit off tangent from the textiles you have going on in this post, but…do you know how I can get a hold of an Italian version of Blankets? I’ve been trying to search for it through the internet but all has failed thus far. Please help! Grazie