This term, I honestly have enjoyed the lectures. I enjoy learning about the form of comic books, I enjoy discovering new writers/artists and I love analysing graphic novels. I took some notes in the lessons about what types of graphic novels to read as I know that there are some particular types that would inspire me for my own practice. I love the idea of publishing my own graphic novels some time in the future!I’ve read several ones that are new to me recently, but one that stood out to me was called “Habibi” by Craig Thompson.
To be honest, I cannot possibly put into words how beautiful this novel is. The storyline is set in a fictional Islamic country and follows a young Arab girl named Dodola who is born to a poor family and is sold into marriage as a child. Her new husband, a calligrapher, teachers her to read and write before he is killed by terrorists who kidnap Dodola and sell her into child slavery. There, she saves Zam, an abandoned infant boy who is about to be killed by terrorists because he is too young to be useful and more crucially, black.
They escape to the desert where Dodola raises Zam for several years, by feeding him food in exchange for prostitution with travellers. The two children eventually become separated for a number of years and the book follows them finding each other again.
Apart from being an enchanting, beautiful story, it focuses on many other issues such as racism, classism, sexism, identity and poverty. At over 600 pages of finely detailed drawings, I could literally drool over the pages forever!