Habibi

Wow.

I wanted to read this for a very long time and I’m so pleased that it was completely to my satisfaction. It was beautiful, exciting, educational. And with about 700 pages, really not ‘just a quick comic’.

But what is it about? Where to start. It’s about two people that society has rejected, about the creation of the Quran and the science that came with it, about being on the fray while living in dreams and myths.

From time to time, especially during the darker, more confusing moments, it reminded me of the¬†Sandman Chronicles. In those, there’s beauty in darkness as well, situations that leave you feeling a little bit unhinged.

If you are looking for a beautifully drawn book that will affect you and tickle your mind, this is for you.

Habibi, Craig Thompson, Pantheon 2011

Jar of Fools

I’m still a beginner when it comes to graphic novels, picture stories, illustrated stories for grown-ups or however you want to call it.

I started out with The Sandman Chronicles (beautiful, sad, terrifying) and ended with Saga (beautiful, hilarious, uncomfortable). Just like with “ordinary” comics, it’s hard to know where to start.

I picked Jar of Fools because of the cover and discovered it to be a picture story a few seconds later.

The story is sad, without color, with color, and a pale hope for something better. It’s appealing; find it and read it.

Jar of Fools, Jason Lutes, Faber and Faber 2008