march madness

Happy Friday, Blog-friends! Another month has slipped away since posting. A few of you asked if I’d attend ComicCon on Thursday,
and the answer is YES. Top Shelf will be debuting new editions of BLANKETS (hardcover & softcover) to match the dimensions of HABIBI.

Sechan asked about posters and prints, and though none currently exist, I promise to have some by tour time. The past few weeks have
been crazy busy with promo materials and foreign translations and tour mapping, and many of the destinations you’ve asked about — Spain,
Brazil, Toronto — are on the list. (Colombia… who knows?) Finally, some folks recognized my brief, but crazed cameo as the ringside announcer
in Menomena‘s new TAOS video. It’s directed by Alicia J. Rose who also snapped some promo photos of me, including this one in Astoria, Oregon.

That last sketch is a sneak peek of a contribution for Giant-Sized MADMAN. Thanks to you all for staying in touch!

29 thoughts on “march madness

  1. Always good to know what’s up with you! Looking forward to reading Habibi! Just a half-year away.

    Any new seeds of ideas sprouting this spring?

  2. I was just about to comment the same as Rowan – it was really cool to see Liv reading Blankets in Skins!

    James (from the UK)

    P.S. Can’t wait to buy Habibi!

  3. Hi Craig
    Knowing your (and mine) background I would think taking a photo near a ‘swill’ bucket with His name on rather a dangerous act :-)
    Thanks for your great work!

  4. Great to hear from you! Guess I’ll have to get yet another copy of Blankets to go with Habibi’s release—just the excuse I’ve been looking for 😛

    Madman is so great. Could this be his appearance as the Vitruvian Man?

    Alicia’s photos are beautiful, by the way. A great companion to your work.

  5. I have been a fan since I read Blankets last summer. I’ve read it so many times since then I have lost count. Your art style is inspirational and just want you to know that I can relate to your religious background (as if it was a mirror to mine actually). So that’s why I love Blankets so much. Please keep up the good work.

  6. Yay! Thanks for the info about the posters! I have a big blank wall in my dining room that I would love to have some of your work on!

  7. Hey Craig,

    I think your novels and sketches and even doodles are beautiful and always so powerfully substantial.

    I looked for how to contact Pantheon but couldn’t find it- please consider coming to Comic Book Jones in little Staten Island for your Habibi tour!

    Either way, I’m eagerly looking forward to when the book drops! C:

  8. I will buy the hardcover version as soon as it’s available in London :) as I currently don’t own a copy of Blankets anymore because I gave it away (I thought I’ll buy a new one anyway) but now I will get this hardcover, I was already a bit envious of the beautiful German edition! :)

    Will you be coming to London for your tour this year?
    I hope you will attend de Stripdagen Haarlem, Netherlands.(http://www.stripdagenhaarlem.nl/2010/) again next year. haha :)

  9. ps. I have recently started using Twitter a bit, though I’m not convinced. Have you seen how much is being tweeted about Blankets? :)

  10. Blankets was the first graphic novel I ever read and I absolutely loved it. Just bought your travel journal and it looks great! Looking forward to a Toronto stop on your tour.

  11. I’m currently studying in San Diego for a year on exchange from France and I’m SOO sad that I won’t be here for the Comic Con then! Please say you will come to Comic Con Paris?

  12. Can’t wait for both Habibi and the Hard Cover of Blankets. My copy has become worn out after about 25-30 readings.

  13. Hi Craig,

    I am a senior majoring in religion at High Point University in High Point, NC. For my senior seminar (a class in which I must write a significant research paper and present it) I have chosen to explore the relationship between sexuality and spirituality as it is portrayed in Blankets. So far studying this topic and digging deeper into Blankets has proven to be extremely intriguing. I have hit a bit of a snag though. I have no idea what to call the little icon that frequently appears in the book (it is on the the book’s spine, the very last page before the back cover, etc.) and I have been scouring the internet looking for a name that you might have given it, but I haven’t found anything. Do you have a specific name for this icon? There are many more questions I would love to ask you if you would be interested in it, but if nothing else knowing the name of this important icon would be incredibly helpful.

    Thanks so much,
    Chris

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