Carnet de voyage

by Thompson, Craig, 1975-

Format: Print Book 2018
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - Graphic Non-Fiction PN6727.T48 Z46 2018x
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor - Graphic Non-Fiction
Call Number  PN6727.T48 Z46 2018x
Cooper-Siegel Community Library Graphic Novel GRAPHIC NOVEL 92 THO
Location  Cooper-Siegel Community Library
Collection  Graphic Novel

A unique insight into an acclaimed cartoonist's travels through Europe and Morocco

Riding the international success of Blankets , Craig Thompson sets out on a tour across Europe and Morocco, promoting the various European editions of his book and beginning research for his next graphic novel, Habibi . Carnet de Voyage is a gorgeous sketchbook diary of his travels as he finds intellectual and spiritual stimulation during the day-to-day work of being an author. 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 across the pages, the sketchbook is packed first and foremost with people--travelers passing through, the friends and lovers he meets along the way, distant figures of old friends and other cartoonists who freely weave in and out of his subconscious. This expanded edition also includes a new epilogue drawn from his most recent European book tour, including several familiar faces and Thompson's reflections on keeping a sketchbook. Carnet de Voyage is a casual yet intimate portrait of a celebrated cartoonist at a moment between works--surprisingly open and candid in his observations and revelations.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "After the success of the autobiographical Blankets BKL Je 1 & 15 03, Thompson spent two months in Europe on a publicity tour, with a side trip to Morocco to research a future project. In his preface to this sketchbook-diary of his travels, he warns that it isn't his next book but just a little snack. Thompson's snack is more substantive, however, than most comics artists' main courses. He dashes off wonderfully expressive and evocative drawings of France, Barcelona, Marrakech, and the Alps, even after he loses his pens and has to buy cheap, secondhand felt-tips. He presents an earnest but self-aware account of the first exposure of a self-styled bumpkin lad to exotic locales with a facility that belies his youth and effectively depicts solo-traveler's woes both familiar-- loneliness, insomnia, diarrhea--and particular--career-threatening arthritis aggravated by nonstop drawing. The melancholy of Blankets is here, too, for Thompson's lover had left him just before he departed. His consequent moments of self-pity are a bit self-indulgent, but they go with the territory of diary keeping. --Gordon Flagg Copyright 2004 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: ""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' na?vet? 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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Thompson, Craig, -- 1975- -- Travel -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Cartoonists -- United States -- Biography -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Cartoonists -- United States -- Diaries -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Voyages and travels -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Europe -- Description and travel -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Morocco -- Description and travel -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Autobiographical comics.
Travel writing.
Nonfiction comics.
Comics (Graphic works)
Graphic novels.
Publisher Montreal :Drawn & Quarterly,2018
Edition New expanded edition, First Drawn & Quarterly edition.
Language English
Description 250 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
ISBN 9781770463080
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