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Photos: Craig Thompson's Epic New Graphic Novel 'Habibi'

In our Hot Issue, the artist and writer discusses how he drew on Islamic, Jewish and Christian tradition for his book
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Detail of Craig Thompson's Illustration
Courtesy of Craig Thompson

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Craig Thompson’s epic new graphic novel, seven years in the making, starts with a single drop of ink deep in an unnamed Middle Eastern desert, sweeping up Arabian nights, Koranic verses, Old Testament prophets and modern problems as it rolls from the Garden of Eden through dungeons and harems into the slums of a present-day metropolis, following the lives of former child slaves Dodola and Zam as they fall in love, eke out a narrow survival and try to imagine better worlds through the stories they tell.

By Julia Holmes

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