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Craig Thompson (1) (1975–)

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Verk av Craig Thompson

Blankets (2003) 5,157 exemplar
Habibi (2011) 1,945 exemplar
Good-Bye, Chunky Rice (1999) 920 exemplar
Carnet de voyage (2004) 733 exemplar
Hellboy: Weird Tales, Vol. 1 (2003) 288 exemplar
Space Dumplins (2015) 260 exemplar
Hellboy: Weird Tales, Vol. 2 (2014) 184 exemplar
Ginseng Roots 1 (2020) 8 exemplar
Conversation #1 4 exemplar
Ginseng Roots #01 2 exemplar
Ginseng Roots #02 2 exemplar
Doot Doot Garden (2000) 2 exemplar
Bible Doodles 1 exemplar
Ginseng Roots #12 1 exemplar
Ginseng Roots #11 1 exemplar
Ginseng Roots #10 1 exemplar
Ginseng Roots #09 1 exemplar
Ginseng Roots #06 1 exemplar
Ginseng Roots #08 1 exemplar
Ginseng Roots #07 1 exemplar
Ginseng Roots #05 1 exemplar
Ginseng Roots #04 1 exemplar
Kissypoo Garden (2007) 1 exemplar
Ginseng Roots #03 1 exemplar

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(No plot summary here, just my thoughts.)

I don't know. This book was exciting to start, but the further and deeper I got into it, I felt confused and uncomfortable. Honestly, the academic side of me feels as if I should reread parts of this to understand it more thematically, but I kind of...just...don't...want to. I'm over this.
I try to keep an open mind in my reviews, however, in this one I'm just going to say this flat out:
I didn't like it. That statement isn't based on the art/plot/character/etc, but in the same way someone might say they don't like a certain food. "Habibi" just wasn't for me.

First of all, this book is 80% drawings of boobs. And that's not to say that *boobs* are the problem-not at all! The problem is there just seems to be little or no purpose to having so many of them drawn in so many ways on SO. MANY. PAGES. Literally every other page there are boobs and the main character herself is topless for most of the book. The boobs don't drive the plot forwards at all- they are largely there for the sexualization of the women characters. Again, I don't have a problem with the nudity, but there needs to be a purpose for it, especially in a graphic novel where most of the reading is visual.
One of the major themes of this book is sex and sexuality- Dodola, the main female character, is sold and raped at a young age. She sleeps with passing men in exchange for food and water. She is later part of a sultan's harem. She is raped again. And although this is part of the story, all of it begins to feel very uneasily sexualized, almost lingered upon simply for the sake of the visual. [I just saw another review where someone called it very voyeuristic, and that's eerily correct. I agree.] I don't think there was a single female character in here that wasn't abused/naked/miserable for all of their arc.
The male main character, Zam, also has a storyline that leans heavily on sex/sexuality, and where that thread went just seemed to ramble on and not add up to much. There are people he encounters who he is told to stay away from because they are "whores", and these characters suffer the brunt of the abuse in that plot. It just began to feel uncomfortable, and not in a way that books are supposed to sometimes feel uncomfortable.
As a reader and a writer, I know not every story is going to be happy or feel-good. Life has uncomfortable moments and books reflect life. "Habibi" isn't meant to be a happy-go-lucky novel. But it really evoked a strong sense of unease- I felt as if I had to tell myself "It's okay, it's just fiction, keep reading" for parts of this. But fiction has a strong impact, and it lingers with you, and this wasn't a story I cared to really remember.

Moving on: the setting/world was so CONFUSING. Everything is built up in a world that feels very Middle Easter, almost Biblical, and then WHAM! There's a Jeep?? And people wearing sunglasses?? And dump trucks?? Oh, but wait, now we're back to camels and tunics and clay jars of water? Oh wait- now there's a FREAKIN PLASTIC WATER BOTTLE COMPANY??!?
I gave up on trying to understand if this was supposed to be a fictional world or a blending of a urban/desert Middle Eastern city. The geography made no sense. The world was confusing.

Also, some of the side characters and scenes were just gross. This is a very biased thing, but they just made me feel sick. The fisherman character, Noah, in the later parts was just incredibly creepy to me. His mental state was really disturbing and I almost stopped reading. It's not a dramatic part of the book, I just simply didn't like it. Same for the short little man in the harem, most of the eunchs, and nearly every main male character.

I think the strongest part of "Habibi" was the art style itself- there were some lovely pages, mostly when Dodola was telling Bible stories or parts of the Quaran. There's a delicate intricacy to the pages that is atmospheric and luring. The artwork is really what's getting most of that second star rating.

Read this if you want. It has a couple small nice moments. The art is good. But it's just not the greatest graphic novel out there.
… (mer)
 
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deborahee | 111 andra recensioner | Feb 23, 2024 |
Dopo aver letto “Blankets” e “Habibi”, due capolavori assoluto del fumetto mondiale, all’inizio la lettura di “Polpette spaziali” di Craig Thompson mi ha un po' spiazzato. In realtà avendo letto “Addio Chunky Rice” avevo avuto l’occasione per approcciarmi ad una visione diversa dell’autore, semplice, per bambini. E, riflettendoci, ma solo dopo aver terminato la lettura di questo libro il filo conduttore di Thompson, l’amore e le relazioni affettive, rimane, anzi per certi versi si consolida. L’edizione della Rizzoli è di quelle importanti, carta di ottima qualità e foliazione ampia. Elementi essenziali per dare spazio al disegno dell’autore ed allo splendido colore di Dave Stewart. La storia parte in un mondo del futuro con diversi richiami a Star wars anche se tutto appare disordinato, di una povertà assoluta. Violet, la protagonista, è una ragazzina semplice ma spigliata. La madre fa la stilista ed il padre il camionista spaziale e ambedue lavorano in maniera precaria. Il mondo è già andato a rotoli e il problema sono le balene spaziali e le distruzioni che continuamente provocano in giro per l’universo. A seguito dell’ennesimo episodio il padre di Violet parte per una missione segreta ma la bambina lo segue in un lungo viaggio durante il quale incontrerà Zaccheus, una zucchina arancione, ed Elliot, un piccolo e colto pollo, figlio di uno scienziato che ha liberato la specie dalla sudditanza alimentare nei confronti degli uomini. Inizia così una lunga avventura che si concluderà con la liberazione di un cucciolo di balena da parte del terzetto e al ritrovamento del padre di Violet. Tutto finirà, chiaramente benissimo, anche perché questo è un volume pensato fondamentalmente per i bambini. Una storia semplice ma veramente godibile.… (mer)
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grandeghi | 12 andra recensioner | Feb 14, 2024 |
I read this book as I was searching for banned comics. The book is really a work of art, showing us the situation of women in the present world. Women are sold as slaves, and people are indifferent. Some of the graphics were very violent. But still, it has depth and compels us to think about how we can make our kind better. People should understand each other. Dodola’s character is that of a strong woman who fights for her existence. Zam’s story was also a shocking one. Although the book is on the violent side, it still has an appeal. I liked the storyline, especially the climax. Definitely, 5 stars for the book.… (mer)
 
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Sucharita1986 | 111 andra recensioner | Feb 12, 2024 |
Blankets è il secondo libro che leggo di Craig Thompson, quindi posso affermare con cognizione di causa che, al di là del suo talento, ha un modo di raffigurare le donne che mi mette tremendamente a disagio e mi impedisce di simpatizzare con le sue storie.

È un aspetto che ho trovato molto più marcato in Habibi – l’altra opera di Thompson che ho letto – ma anche Blankets non scherza: Raina, l’interesse amoroso adolescenziale dell’autore, viene spesso raffigurata in pose conturbanti oppure come una sorta di angelo pronta a mostrare una via verso la purezza alternativa a quella predicata in chiesa.

Sono abbastanza convinta che queste raffigurazioni siano proprio il frutto dell’educazione fortemente cristiana e sessuofobica ricevuta da Thompson (e che in parte ci viene raccontata proprio in Blankets), ma nessun ragionamento razionale riesce a scacciare via il senso di disagio causatomi dal vedere il corpo di Raina disegnato in quel modo.

So di essere in netta minoranza, visto quanto è piaciuto e piace questo libro, data anche la sua capacità di raccontare i turbamenti adolescenziali e la classica storia triste di chi cresce in un ambiente fondamentalista, ma Blankets non ha proprio colpito niente in me. Sono però contenta che alla fine Thompson si sia allontanato da quell’ambiente tossico e abbia trovato la sua strada. Anche se disegna i corpi femminili in maniera inquietante.
… (mer)
 
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lasiepedimore | 242 andra recensioner | Jan 12, 2024 |

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