UGO: What's Habibi about?Okay, I think this is a sign that not all is well. The bizarre first sentence highlighted is the giveaway to the likely mistakes that'll be made. He also tells at the end that he's read the works of Karen Armstrong, shady figure that she is. So this may very well be a very bad graphic novel in the sense that it likely downplays the seriousness of the subject of the Religion of Peace.
CRAIG: For lack of better description, it is like an Arabian Knights tale of my own making. There's this harem, and there's camels and all this action but there's also a love story between a prostitute and a eunuch. There's an awful lot of Islam in it. It started with this intent to explore the beauty of Arabic calligraphy and culture and architecture and geometric design and all of that, but it's somewhat of an examination of three Abraham based religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam, and focusing on Islam.
UGO: What got you interested in that?
CRAIG: Part of it is again an extension of my Fundamentalist Christian upbringing, and I wanted to explore the core of that even more. Maybe it is also a post 9/11 sort of examination. It is also more out of shame of being American than any attack on Islamic society. My initial intent was to humanize that society by understanding it better.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
What will this graphic novel called "Habibi" really be about?
There's a graphic novel set to debut on Sept. 20, 2011 called "Habibi" that, according to what's on this page from Comics Beat, is going to be "an exploration of Islamic culture". But challenging question now: from what angle? If this interview on UGO says anything, it won't be a good one: