“If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, then eight. Then sixteen. Then thirty-two.
Eventually one discovers that it is not boring at all.” –JOHN CAGE.

30 thoughts on “tedium

  1. 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.

    Please keep up the excellent work!

  2. Shoot! These are gorgeous! Those page numbers alone are magnificent ๐Ÿ™‚

    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?

  3. your meticulousness astounds me. i don’t know if i’d ever have the patience to do anything like this. great job! looking forward to it.

  4. “do you scan all your pages, or do you have someone that helps you?”

    Jess, what you don’t know is that Craig doesn’t use scanners, or, indeed, a printing press. He draws each and every copy of his books by hand, individually. What you see here is just him practicing.

  5. 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!

  6. jess, sara was just kidding ๐Ÿ™‚

    he does scan his drawings, just imagine how crazy would it be if every copy of habibi was hand made ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Jess, the page in the top left is Arabic.

    Craig, I was wondering if there is Arabic in Habibi? And if there is, how did you get the exact translation to what you wanted to say?

  10. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. I finished reading Blankets in 1.5 days and I loved it to bits. There are so many things I want to ask…Anyway,
    I’m going to find all those other graphic novels written by you and read them all.

  12. 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.

    Thanks Craig.

  13. its very pretty but id prefer u to spit out books like they were pancakes instead of these decennial masterpieces…. quantity=hooray!

  14. Hi Craig, donโ€™t know if you read these butโ€ฆ 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 weโ€™re getting married this month and I was wondering if thereโ€™s anywhere I could purchase a print or doodle of yours to give to him as a wedding present. If not, thanks anyway, I canโ€™t wait to read Habibi!

  15. Stunning work. I love the patterns, but somehow I find just the repeated numbers almost as intriguing.
    Also Michelle, your story/idea is wonderful.

  16. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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