Synopses & Reviews
Craig Thompson the award-winning creator of Blankets and Good-bye, Chunky Rice spent three months travelling through Barcelona, the Alps, and France, as well as Morocco, where he was researching his next graphic novel, Habibi. Spontaneous sketches and a travelogue diary document his adventures and quiet moments, creating a raw and intimate portrait of countries, culture and the wandering artist. Not to be missed!
"'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' navet 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.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"[A] beautiful and substantial travelogue...[that] paints a compelling portrait of the artist as a successful, if lonely, young man. And [like Blankets] it too is one of the books of the year." Sean Collins, Comic Book Galaxy
"[W]hile Carnet De Voyage is a very different book from Blankets, I still think it's brilliant. It is an honest and engaging journal....[D]espite the disclaimer at the front of the book, this is the next big book from Craig Thompson. (Grade: 10/10)" Randy Lander, The Fourth Rail
"[A] quirky narrative that not only follows Thompson to various foreign places, but also delves deep into his psyche....[I]t resonates with the same honesty that made Blankets so compelling." David Walker, The Willamette Week (Portland, OR)
Craig Thompson spent three months traveling through Barcelona, the Alps, and France, as well as Morocco, researching his next graphic novel, Habibi. Spontaneous sketches and a travelogue diary document his adventures and quiet moments, creating a raw and intimate portrait of countries, culture and the wandering artist.