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Title:
Carnet de voyage / Craig Thompson.
ISBN:
9781770463080
Edition:
New expanded edition.

First Drawn & Quarterly edition.
Publication Information:
Montreal : Drawn & Quarterly, 2018.
Physical Description:
250 pages : black & white illustrations ; 19 cm.
Abstract:
A follow-up to the award-winning Blankets depicts in strikingly detailed black-and-white graphic artwork and first-person reflections the acclaimed cartoonist's travels through Europe and Morocco, where he had remarkable cultural, intellectual and spiritual encounters while making new friends and researching his next novel, Habibi. --Publisher
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A unique insight into an acclaimed cartoonist's travels through Europe and Morocco

Riding the international success of Blankets , Craig Thompson sets out on a tour across Europe and Morocco, promoting the various European editions of his book and beginning research for his next graphic novel, Habibi . Carnet de Voyage is a gorgeous sketchbook diary of his travels as he finds intellectual and spiritual stimulation during the day-to-day work of being an author. From wandering around Paris and Barcelona between events, to navigating markets in Fez and fleeing tourist traps in Marrakesh, we see glimpses of each place, rendered in Thompson's exquisite ink line.

While desert landscapes and crowded street scenes flow across the pages, the sketchbook is packed first and foremost with people--travelers passing through, the friends and lovers he meets along the way, distant figures of old friends and other cartoonists who freely weave in and out of his subconscious. This expanded edition also includes a new epilogue drawn from his most recent European book tour, including several familiar faces and Thompson's reflections on keeping a sketchbook. Carnet de Voyage is a casual yet intimate portrait of a celebrated cartoonist at a moment between works--surprisingly open and candid in his observations and revelations.


Author Notes

Craig Thompson is a cartoonist and the author of the award-winning books Blankets ; Good-bye, Chunky Rice ; and Habibi . He was born in Michigan in 1975, and grew up in a rural farming community in central Wisconsin. His graphic novel Blankets won numerous industry awards and has been published in nearly twenty languages. Thompson lives in Portland, Oregon.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

"They say `Wherever you go, there you are....' I thought with Morocco, I'd be setting out on some exotic adventure, but it turns out I'm just a simple, quiet fellow." So writes Thompson in this travel sketchbook chronicling two months of wandering through Africa and Europe, sometimes as tourist, sometimes as a famous cartoonist on tour. Rather than a narrative follow-up to the award-winning Blankets, this diary reveals both Thompson's creative strengths and weaknesses. Although more or less spontaneous, the book still shapes the material into something of a narrative, the continuing themes being Thompson's self-conscious love of beauty, his sense of isolation and the gradual physical deterioration of his hands due to arthritis and over-drawing. Thompson is honest enough to confront his own self-absorption (he makes constant references to his own whininess), but this recognition reveals that Blankets' na?vet? is more studied than it first appears. Many of the elements that made Blankets so successful are here, not least among them Thompson's incredible, lush line-work and telling detail. Every person he meets is captured with a keen eye and a lively brush, and entries such as one recounting his fascination with Gaud!'s architecture in Barcelona, or a day spent with fellow cartoonist Blutch discussing artistic muses, are both thought provoking and touching. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


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