Space Dumplings

eyebrow fairy

One last SPACE DUMPLINS event on the docket: Free Comic Book Day at the Federal Bar in North Hollywood, Saturday, May 7th. This is a fundraiser for LA Children’s Hospital, LA+USC Children’s Hospital, City of Hope Children’s Cancer Unit and Elizabeth’s Canvas organized by Blastoff Comics.
After that, I’m moving on from “all-ages” to work again on “serious”, “literary”, “adult” “graphic novels”.
In the meantime, the release valve for my silly, cartoony energies is a platform of spontaneous, collaborative animations cooked up with my little brother, Phil, called TRACTORBEAMS. Check out the soft launch at instagram and  (“TV”, not “.com”… couldn’t get that one.)

Fans of BLANKETS may recognize “Eyebrow Fairy”…

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home from europe


Thank you to everyone who made it to the events in France, Belgium, Germany, UK, Corsica, Italy, and Spain. Over 22 cities in 45 days. Promotional tour is complete; Now it’s time to push my baby from the nest and let it fly on its own. More importantly, time to get started on something new.


Thank you, too, for the piles of great fan art. Here’s a couple of samples: Leonardo D’Angeli (above) and Mar Mascaró (below). Oh, and at the very top, Veronica Carratello in Milan and Inigo from Bilbao.


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almóndigas del espacio

Grazie to all the fans who made it to the Italian events, which wrapped last night in La Spezia.
See below, tour dates for this week in SPAIN.

12th of April, Tuesday: MADRID. 7 pm. Presentation/signing with Pedro Monje at Ciudadano Grant Bookshop, Miguel Servet 21

13th of April, Wednesday: BILBAO. 7 pm. Presentation/signing with Koldo Azpitarte at Joker Bookshop, Euskalduna, 7

14th of April, Thursday: BARCELONA. 7 pm. Talk with Pepe Gálvez at Gigamesh Bookshop, carrer de Bailèn, 8

15th of April, Friday: BARCELONA. 7 pm. Presentation/signing with David Fernández at Norma Cómics Bookshop, passeig Sant Joan, 9


Photo of Jannel, Anna, Chiara, Giulia (Emma not present?) my stage interviewers at the talk in Mantova at Sala Deli Stemmi (in cooperation with Festivalletteratura di Mantova).


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polpette spaziali

Currently stationed at the beautiful Bastia BD festival in Corsica through Sunday the 3rd.
Here’s updates for my POLPETTE SPAZIALI tour in Italy.

4th of April, Monday: MILAN. 6pm, SUPERGULP.

5th of April, Tuesday: BOLOGNA Children’s Book Fair.

 6th of April, Wednesday: BOLOGNA, 3pm signing at Accademia delle Belle Arti.

7th of April, Thursday: RIMINI. 5pm presentation at Sala del Giudizio Museo della città
(in cooperation with MDL Festival).

8th of April, Friday: TORINO. 9pm presentation at Circolo dei Lettori.
(An incredible experience for HABIBI tour.)

9th of April, Saturday: MANTOVA. 4:30pm presentation at Sala degli stemmi
(in cooperation with Festivalletteratura di Mantova).

10th of April, Sunday: LA SPEZIA. 6pm presentation at Spazio 32.

After that, Spain!


(Photo of my collaborator, Edmond Baudoin, in Bastia)

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dumplins paris to london

TONIGHT, March 21st, 6:30pm, in London, find me at the BRITISH LIBRARY (96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB) in conversation with Paul Gravett. A signing and presentation. Wednesday, starting at 5pm, a signing and “director’s commentary” at ORBITAL (8 Great Newport Street, WC2H 7J).
Merci to all who made it to my French events, including Lyon, Annecy, Grenoble, and Paris. Pictured, the bustle of Salon du Livre in Paris and the spring-time bliss of Annecy, overlaid with Zacchaeus fan art by soon-to-be-eleven-year-old Alanis (Lyon).
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architectural spaces for dumplins

Danke schön to my German publisher Reprodukt (along with the organizers, performers, and moderators) for hosting amazing events in beautiful spaces, like the Library Luisenbad in Berlin.

germanydumplinsPictured above, young fans at Museum Angewandte Kunst – the Applied Arts museum designed by Richard Meier (known for the Getty in my current hometown LA). The museum was kind enough to host a daytime event for kids, and an evening lecture for adults.  (Photo from Heiko Schmelz.) And then the impressive nine-story City Library in Stuttgart, where we did an evening lecture. Next stop, France!

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gummi schlümpfe

One week into Euro tour, my schedule is packed but flowing smoothly. SOLD OUT at our first event for the Dutch edition in Leuven, Belgium.  Gummi schlümpfe by candlelight and illuminated store poster in Berlin. Some tour events (especially Italy) are still evolving, so keep an eye here for updates.
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dumplins euro tour

Thanks for your patience. Finally, here are the dates for my European book tour,
March 5th thru April 17th, 2016. Check in locally, as some details may evolve…


 9th of March, Wednesday: LEUVEN. Het Besloten Land.
10th of March, Thursday: ANTWERP. FNAC (17:00 to 18:30).


11th of March, Friday: BERLIN.  Library Luisenbad, 17:30.
12th of March, Saturday:  Comics und Graphics , 16:00 – 18:00.
14th of March, Monday: FRANKFURT.
16-18:00 – Signing at store T3 Terminal Entertainment
20:00 Museum Angewandte Kunst (Applied Arts)
15th of March, Tuesday: STUTTGART. Wittwer bookstore event.
20:00 Stuttgart city library.


17th of March, Thursday: LYON. L’Experience bookshop.
18th of March, Friday: ANNECY. Momies Folies bookshop.
19TH of March, Saturday: GRENOBLE. Momies Folies bookshop.
20th of March, Sunday: PARIS BOOK FAIR.


 21st of March, Monday: LONDON, British Library, 18:30 – 20:00.
23rd of March, Wednesday:  Orbital Comics, 17:00 – 19:00.


30th of March to 4th of April, CORSICA, France. BASTIA BD FESTIVAL.


5th thru 7th of April, Tuesday – Thursday: BOLOGNA. Bologna Children’s Book Fair.
7th of April, Thursday: – RIMINI – Mare di Libri Festival
8th of April, Friday: – LA SPEZIA – Fondazione Carispezia.
9th of April, Saturday: – MANTOVA – Festivaletteratura.
10th of April, Sunday: TORINO, Italy. Circolo dei Lettori.


12th of April, Tuesday: MADRID, Spain. Ciudadano Grant bookshop.
13th of April, Wednesday: BILBAO, Spain.
14th of April, Thursday: BARCELONA, Spain. Gigamesh bookshop.
15th of April, Friday: Norma Comics.


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rad snow

This snow sculpture of Radcliffe perfectly merges SPACE DUMPLINS with BLANKETS and CARNET DE VOYAGE. The sculpting is courtesy my friends and translators, who hosted me at that chalet in Argientières in the French Alps in 2004. (Thank you, Laetitia, Frédéric, Anne-Julia, Walter, and kids!)

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In less than a week, I leave for a 6 week book tour in Europe. Details coming soon!



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2016 prospects

radcliffe deux

HAPPY NEW YEAR, Dear Readers! Thanks again for supporting the debut of SPACE DUMPLINS! Not yet sure what projects are forecast for 2016… been tinkering with a sequel to DUMPLINS… gathered two months of travel drawings & notes with Edmond Baudoin… and scheming of collaborative animations with my little brother, Phil from BLANKETS! More soon! Hugs, Craig

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