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Habibi by Craig Thompson
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Feb 01, 2012

Read in February, 2012

Craig Thompson's art in this book is really gorgeous. The story takes place in an unnamed (and somewhat timeless, mythical, and yes Orientalist) Arab state and he goes to town not only with the architecture and the settings, but also tesserated backgrounds and Arabic calligraphy.

That said, this is a long book and ultimately I felt the story was there to give him something to draw, but was not in itself that compelling. Dondola is sold into slavery and "adopts" a baby boy named Zam. They manage to escape and grow up together, but are separeted, re-enslaved, raped, mutilated... It's not a good life for them. There are some clever bits, as when Dondola changes water into gold, but ultimately the art shine whereas the story is pretty meh.
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