Our Story Studio houses bookshelves full of colourful and engaging graphic novels brought in by our CEO.
There is an eclectic mix of graphic novels in our Story Studio space. They are a talking point for course attendees who want to find out more about them. The team also regularly takes one they’ve spotted home to enjoy.
Every few weeks we’ll be focusing in on one of the graphics novels which line the shelves of our Story Studio, focusing on their story and sharing why we think you might like it. You can catch the latest instalment which looked at ‘Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City’ by Guy Delisle here.
Habibi by Craig Thompson
‘Habibi‘ is a celebrated graphic novel. The story is set in a fictional Islamic fairy tale landscape. A world created by Thompson in order to create the environment required for his novel. It is a mixture of the old world and the new.
Thompson describes the location of the story as a mythical landscape. He does not put a specific location on it, instead, he says borrowed elements from different geographics and use the elements he wanted to create his world.
It tells the story of Dodola and Zam, two escaped child slaves. It follows them as they grow and transform throughout their lives and their relationship with each other.
The book’s website describes the graphic novel as a love story. It also describes it as a parable about humanity’s relationship to the natural world.
It explores themes such as the cultural divide between the first and third worlds, the common heritage of Christianity and Islam.