Self-Conscious Orientalism in Craig Thompson’s Graphic Novel Habibi

Editor's note: A longer version of this post is available on Tasnim's personal blog.Craig Thompson’s graphic novel Habibi took 7 years to complete and is close to 700 pages. The result is described on the book’s website as “a parable about our relationship to the natural world, the cultural divide between the first and third worlds, the common heritage of Christianity and Islam, and, most potently, the magic of storytelling.” Set predominately in the imaginary Wanatolia, Habibi tells the stor … [Read more...]