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Craig Thompson Talks With Marcel Theroux

Posted: January 10, 2012

Don’t miss the first Comica Conversation of the New Year! Later this month, the American graphic novelist Craig Thompson is in London to promote Habibi, one of the most acclaimed graphic novels of 2011, seven years in the making and published in Britain by Faber & Faber. He is doing regular comic-shop signings at Forbidden Planet (20th), Gosh! Comics (21st) and Mega City Comics (24th). Craig has kindly agreed to do one ‘live’ speaking engagement for Comica Festival. For this UK exclusive event on Monday January 23rd, Craig will give his illustrated talk and presentation about the ‘making of’ this remarkable book, giving rare insights into his research and process.

After this, Craig will give an in-depth interview about Habibi and his other graphic novels, including the much-loved autobiographical story Blankets, to Marcel Theroux, the novelist and broadcaster who reviewed Habibi on BBC2’s The Review Show. The evening concludes with a Q&A session with the audience followed by a book signing and sketching session, organised in association with Gosh! Comics.

This Comica Conversation, supported by Faber & Faber, is being held at the St Albans Centre, Leigh Place, Baldwins Gardens, London EC1N 7AB (see here for map). The closest tube stations are Chancery Lane, Holborn and Farringdon. Doors open 6.45pm for 7pm start. Numbers are limited so please be sure to book your tickets now for what is sure to be a sell-out evening - tickets cost £8.00 from We Got Tickets.

And one last incentive - Faber & Faber have generously given us a copy of Habibi and Craig Thompson will pick out one ticket holder on the night to win it. So book now and see you there!

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