team spirit

A 270-page thumbnail draft of my new all-ages book was completed today. About three months’ work versus two years spent on the thumbnails for HABIBI. For the new project, I scored a new $50 drafting table so that the vintage table HABIBI was drawn on can have company. That’s cartoonist buddy Farel Dalrymple in the photo joining me for a day of drawing.

Also noteworthy is that HABIBI has been honored with two Eisner award nominations! The award’s namesake is the late, great Will Eisner. Check here for the full list of categories and nominees.

This week, I’ll be at Calvin College in my home-state of Michigan for the Festival of Faith & Writing. This includes an exhibition of original art open to the public on Friday, April 20th at 6:30pm.  The show runs for a week after; M-T 9am-5pm, W-F 9am-9pm, Sat 10am-4pm.

Concerning travel, I’m considering over a dozen invites from all over the world, but the only ones confirmed for now are A) Calvin’s Festival of Faith & Writing, B) the Saló Internacional del Còmic in Barcelona, Spain; May 3-6, and C) the Skirball Cultural Center in LA accompanying their Women Hold Up Half the Sky exhibition; 8pm on May 10th. And I hope to make it to this summer’s San Diego Comic-con!

12 thoughts on “team spirit

  1. Congratulations on your two Eisner nominations! I wouldn’t be surprised if you took them both home.

    I can’t wait to see what this all-ages, antler-girl story is all about. Will it be in color?

  2. Craig: Congratulations on the Eisner nominations — WELL DESERVED.

    You are the last man to have personally received an Eisner Award trophy from Will Eisner himself — in 2004, for Blankets — just months before Will Eisner died. So in a very real sense, Will was “passing the torch” on to you, for you to carry comics forward on high. You certainly have done so, and may you continue to do so!

  3. Congratulations on the Eisner, it is more than deserved.

    I have to say that Habibi was one of the most beautiful and amazing story and graphic novel I have ever read. I am very excited about your new one and can’t wait for it :)

    I hope you can soon come to Montreal so I can have all my copies of your books signed.

  4. I’ve just started reading your work – so far I’ve read Blankets and Carnet de Voyage. It feels a little tame just to say “thanks”, especially considering how frequently you mentioned the pain drawing caused you in Carnet – but – thanks. Your work – your stories – are gorgeous. I’m really really glad to have found them.

  5. i´m so poor… will you come to spain again next year? come to andalucía!! the religious festivities are worth seeing (semana santa, el rocío) but also the pagan ones (carnaval, horse racing on the beach of sanlúcar), or maybe you can find some inspiration in our wines hehe… by the way congratulations!

  6. Craig, I just finished reading Blankets. Thank you. It was nice to meet you at the Faith and Writing Conference. Hope you are having a wonderful day.

  7. Craig,

    My brother attended the April 20 exhibition and loved it.

    He got me a copy of Habibi for my birthday which you signed for me and even gave me a little “happy birthday” message. :)

    I’ve thanked my brother, but I just wanted to thank you personally as well. Keep up the great work!

  8. Great talk @ the Skirball tonight: eloquent, revealing, illuminating. Mich and I were glad to be able to make it!

    Sorry we couldn’t stick around to talk. I felt like a blundering ox, cutting in front of everybody to say hi.

    PS. I had to make trouble with the political question. Sorry! Can’t wait to teach HABIBI when my “Arabian Nights” course comes around next time. :)

  9. I just ran across your work today, for the first time. I saw some excerpts from Habibi and I love it! I’ll be buying it soon. Of course you’d probably guess I have been a Will Eisner fan since I was a kid and I love how much your work reflects Eisner’s style and the graphic novel which he pioneered. In my opinion it shows a great deal of respect, love and admiration for Mr Eisner from you. Cheers!

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