Welcome to Comics Are My Religion, a look at theology through the lens of comic books. There are some basic ground rules about engaging in respectful dialog about religion in this column. There be spoilers ahead, so beware!
When I first picked up Craig Thompson’s Habibi, I fully intended on writing a whole column on it. However, I realized that such a book cannot be written about, but rather should be talked about. So I enlisted the help of my friend A. David Lewis to chat with me for a special edition podcast on Habibi. Dave is the writer of such graphic novels as The Lone and Level Sands, which I covered last month, Mortal Coils, and Some New Kind of Slaughter, the co-editor of Graven Images: Religion in Comic Books and Graphic Novels, and PhD candidate at Boston University. He also gives us a glimpse of the new project he’s working on called Chain World: A Freeform Comic Book Experiment, which you can learn about on Kickstarter.com or at the upcoming site the-tome.com.
We only hit the tip of the iceberg with this book, but I hope it gives you some insight into what Thompson is doing. Enjoy the podcast!
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