Dear Blog-friends. TODAY is the official release of HABIBI. For those of you in NYC, I’ll be signing at Midtown Comics’ DOWNTOWN location
(64 Fulton Street) at noon – and then at the STRAND (828 Broadway) at 7PM. But HABIBI will be on shelves in book stores
and comics shops across the nation (and in UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, and Spain).

My apologies for the lag in updating you. I got nasty sick the week before departing for book tour and then got caught up in the whirlwind. Officially departed on September 9 — and once you’ve read the book, you’ll recognize the numeric significance of those nines. Participated in a pre-release fundraiser for the CBLDF at the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland — then recovered at a friend’s farm in rural New York state, before speaking at the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont — then continuing on to NYC. Word bookstore in Greenpoint hosted an amazing and intimate event moderated by Sarah Glidden. And then I appeared at the Brooklyn Book Festival.  Tomorrow is my 36th birthday (more NINES!) and I’ll be signing at the Harvard Book Store in Boston. Then Toronto, Montreal, Iowa City, Minneapolis, Portland, SF, Seattle, more Portland, and Europe. Hope to meet some of you along the way! x0


56 thoughts on “today

  1. Dang—you are one busy guy! I’ve pre-ordered the book and can’t wait to crack the cover 😀

    After having followed your blog for the last two years, there is a lot of excitement built up around Habibi. I have no doubt that it will be your greatest book yet and the best graphic novel of the year, if not since Blankets.

    Happy birthday—may you be granted nine lives!

  2. happy birthday craig! cant wait to read the book. =D and happy habibi release day! =D

    keep being awesome. update us when youll be coming to the philippines, yes? =D

  3. Amazon delivered my book a little while ago. Artwork and story are fantastic. Cover design makes this the kind of book you want to keep on your shelf for everyone to see.

    I am already halfway through and cannot wait to get home to finish it. Blankets kept me up until 3am.

    A lot of authors tend to have a single great book and go downhill after that. I can tell that you are not destined for the same fate. If you are ever in the Traverse City area again I would love to meet you in person.

  4. I’ve been reading this blog for 2+ years or so and am just so excited to read Habibi. Picked up my copy this afternoon and am 1/3 through already. It’s just so astonishingly beautiful. I was worried I wouldn’t be drawn in by the subject matter as Blankets and Chunky Rice just meant so much to me personally, but I have just been floored at the story so far. And the artwork – indescribable. Every page is just stunning – just want to wallpaper my entire room with it. Congrats (so far) – look forward to finishing the book soon. Also – come to Athens/Atlanta. Please?

  5. Habibi Birthday!
    Yay – another year older for all us 21st Septemberians .. Must see if I can get a copy here in NZ – probably need to order it online… 🙂

    My little girl, a big Chunky Rice fan has a birthday party as well today 🙂

    I hope the book tour will be inspiring and void of travel troubles! I’m getting my copy the day of the signing; I made a promise to myself that Habibi is my reward for finishing my PhD after seven years – which needs to be done in 2 weeks time. So I’ll hope to see you in Antwerp!

  7. This weekend I was in Berlin – and Habibi was there! In German! I thought I had missed out, now I learn it was totally new. Looking very much forward to read it.

  8. Fantastic, congratulations Craig! I can’t wait to read it, honestly.

    The bookshop Gosh (in London,UK) has just moved to Berwick street. I saw they have new copies of Goodbye Chunky Rice and the hardcover Blankets. I hope they have the hardcover HABIBI soon, I will be spending some money there….;)

  9. Received my copy yesterday. Been eagerly anticipating it. Beautiful, beautiful work. I can’t wait to dive into it.

    It was great meeting you at SPX. I wish you well for the remaining portion of your book tour, and have a happy birthday!

  10. Happy birthday Craig 🙂
    I’m waiting impatiently for my Habibi to arrive in the mail.. planning to devote a quiet weekend to it!

  11. I work at (the) independent bookstore in Tampa and just finished Habibi yesterday. I was so moved and enthralled by your beautiful work. Hope you have a safe and successful tour…come on down and say hey to your friends in the South! Cheers-

  12. Congratulations on the release and on your birthday! I look forward to seeing you in Toronto on Thursday and getting my hands on the book.

  13. Happy Birthday Craig! I got Habibi today and just from what I read so far it’s amazing! I didn’t expect the 4th chapter to be over 100 pages, but there was so much going on there and I wanted to finish it anyway. Love everything about it so far, can’t wait to see your next project!

  14. Happy birthday! I hope it is a wonderful one and congratulations on the release. I have been counting down to finally acquiring this epic adventur for awhile now. You mentioned that you might be in SF during your book tour. Any dates and locations available on your site? Take care and hope you are feeling better.

  15. Feliz Cumpleanos. Saw excerpts of your new book in Guernica Magazine and loved it. I bought “Habibi” the next day and read the entire book from cover to cover. Awed by your beautifully drawn storytelling!

  16. Congrats on thew new tome and happy birthday. I just good my copy in the mail on the day of release and I’m looking forward to finally meeting you at the Cartoon Museum in San Francisco next week!

  17. Thanks for the book. It’s truly remarkable. I like how you did not avoid the darkness in it, but how it is at some places even underlined. Both, the story and the visual art, are beautiful, stunning. Congratulation for your work, also for Blankets. I hope you visit Brussels soon, and do a signing here. Best and greetings!

  18. Felicitations!
    On attend impatiemment (le 26 octobre en France). L’annoncerez-vous quand et où (librairie) vous serez à Paris (si vous y êtes)?

  19. I finished Habibi yesterday, I couldn’t put it down. The artwork, the calligraphy, is so beautiful. And the ending is just incredible, I went back and reread the last pages over and over. The level of detail and the intricacy of the storytelling, it”s all just wow, a huge achievement, unlike anything. The images are, of course, transcendent; each page can stand alone as a work of art. This book will be remembered, much like Blankets, as one of the greatest. Keep up the good work, I can’t wait to see where you take us next

  20. Hi Craig,

    I got my copy a couple of days ago and I must say, your artwork has really evolved in a way I didn’t think was possible for someone of such craftsmanship already. Really enjoying it! (have only read the first chapter so far- it’s so yummy). I hope you’ll be giving some insight into your artistic techniques sometime!
    (saying this as a fellow obsessive inker 😛 My work:

    Also… Happy Birthday!


  21. Great meeting you at The Underground Cinema in Toronto last night. Thanks again for taking the time out to personally sign our books. The presentation and Q&A were great!

  22. JUST finished reading the book for the first time. The story is great, the art even better. I’ll wait a few days before I give it the customary second, third, fourth, etc reads in order to process all the ideas you’ve stuffed in there.

  23. Your book was in Ghent, Belgium; Three copies. And I was shocked as I have been following the whole process. It was just there.


  24. It’s ravishing! Thanks for all the heart you put into Habibi. I’m grateful that you did. You signed my copy at Word and offered advice for an aspiring cartoonist — which I took it to heart. Thank you!

  25. I am stunned on every page of “Habibi.” Gorgeous composition, lush inks when called for, sparse when not…it’s a masterwork. Like “Blankets,” it isn’t just another graphic novel, but redefines the field.

  26. Just finished reading Habibi yesterday, had to read the ending twice, the last couple pages were magnificent. That’s the way you end a story! Heartbreaking, touching, everything it should be.

    Habibi shows that graphic novels are really part of literature and not part of the comics genre.

    I’ll be reviewing Habibi in my blog this thurdday.

    Thank you!

    Teemu Salohalme

  27. what an overwhelming visual and story. love and love it, can’t stop imagining after reading it last Sunday. What a great talent, can’t wait to ready your next books 🙂

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