As 2011 draws to close, ComicsAlliance has assembled its annual list of the best comics and graphic novels of the year with the help of our editors, writers, and readers. Like any list, it is naturally subjective, but we've packed it chock full of eleven comics that have awed us, excited us, and entertained us over the last 12 months and books that we're passionate about recommending. Read about #11-9, #8-7, #6-5, and now #4-3 in our Top 11 Comics of 2011.
Two larger new editions of Craig Thompson's autobiographical graphic novel Blankets came out yesterday from Top Shelf, reprinting the Eisner Award-winning book about Thompson's first love as a young man from a deeply religious family. Thompson newest work, the much-anticipated Islamic-lore-inspired Habibi, hits stores in a few week from Pan
Upcoming: Craig Thompson's Habibi finally has a firm release date. Final cover artwork isn't set, but $29.95 will score fans 672 black and white pages surrounded by a clothbound hardcover with stamped gold foil come September 20.
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Paul Gauguin loved keeping the women in his paintings mysterious, and Craig Thompson has taken a similar approach to "Habibi," his famously anticipated graphic novel follow-up to "Blankets." 2010 is supposed to be the year that he finally wraps his new project for Pantheon Books, though, and the tale inspired by Islamic lore and Arabic calligraphy will have at least one panel descended from Gauguin's late 19th Century painting "Manao Tupapau