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Carnet de Voyage

Craig Thompson

A beautiful new edition of the long out of print classic – mixing travelogue, memoir and how-to draw insight – with 30 new pp from Craig’s return trip over a decade later.

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In 2004, on the back of the international success of Blankets, Craig Thompson set out on a tour across Europe and Morocco, promoting foreign editions of his book and researching his next project.

Carnet de Voyage is the gorgeous sketchbook diary of these travels. From wandering around Paris and Barcelona between events, to navigating markets in Fez and fleeing tourist traps in Marrakesh, we see glimpses of each place, rendered in Thompson’s exquisite ink line.

While desert landscapes and crowded street scenes flow, the sketchbook is packed first and foremost with people – other travelers passing through, friends and lovers he meets along the way and old friends and other cartoonists that weave in and out of Thompson’s life.

Carnet de Voyage is a casual yet intimate portrait of a celebrated cartoonist at a moment between his two seminal works – Blankets and Habibi.

Critic Reviews

Beautifully captures the emotional topsy-turvy of travelling alone . . . Thompson is a master sketcher.

Critic Reviews

'A swiftly compiled record of his travels in Europe and Morocco (where he researched his long-gestating graphic novel “Habibi”). The sketchbook-cum-travelogue is quite a dreamy object — it doesn’t use many separated panels, and drawing often fills the page, black crosshatched edges feathering and dissolving into the ragged white surround. Like others of its type, the book encourages the eye and mind to wander. This is travel in its exploded view.’

New York Times
Critic Reviews

‘Well worth going along for the ride.’

Strong Words

Craig Thompson’s previous graphic novels include Goodbye, Chunky Rice, Blankets, Carnet de Voyage and, most recently, Habibi, an Observer Graphic Novel of the Month and a New York Times bestseller, which was described by Neel Mukherjee as ‘a landmark publication’. His work has received four Harvey Awards, three Eisner Awards and two Ignatz Awards.

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