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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Craig Thompson at his drawing table
Courtesy of Craig Thompson

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Thompson, whose acclaimed debut, Blankets, chronicled his harsh upbringing in a fundamentalist Christian home, says the events of 9/11 were the earliest inspiration for Habibi, as he set out to learn more about Islam and its artistic traditions. “I didn’t have any preconceived bad ideas about Islam, but until I started looking into it, I just didn’t know about all the connections and similarities of the ‘Abrahamic sandwich’ of Judaism, Christianity and Islam,” he says. 

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