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Friday, 30 October 2015

Event Recap: Craig Thompson

Four years ago, Craig Thompson launched Habibi here. Last weekend we finally had the pleasure of having him back, this time in celebration of Drawn & Quarterly's reissue of what's become a modern classic, his graphic novel Blankets. Even though our street, rue Bernard was shut down for a film shoot everyone found their way here and we had a full house.

Craig gave a marvelous presentation on the making of the book and his coming of age as a cartoonist. As a kid he wasn't exposed to any television or books save the Bible, so the Sunday funnies and drawing became his refuge from the trauma of childhood. Craig was incredibly generous in sharing his experiences and inspiring for aspiring cartoonists and fans alike.

Next, he was joined on stage by D&Q's Executive Director, Tom Devlin. Craig and Tom met while candlepin bowling in '99, so they've come a long way! They talked comics for a bit before the audience joined in for a lively Q+A and Craig settled in to sign books. What a sweet night! For his next project he may be moving on from snow and sand to a surfing and drawing expedition...We can't wait to have him back! Thanks everyone for coming!

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