From ages 10 to 20, Craig Thompson (the author of Blankets) and his little brother Phil, toiled in Wisconsin farms. Weeding and harvesting ginseng—an exotic medicinal herb that fetched huge profits in China—funded Craig’s youthful obsession with comic books. Comics in turn, allowed him to escape his rural, working class trappings.
Now, for the first time in his career, Thompson is working in serial form, in a bimonthly comic book series. Part memoir, part travelogue, part essay—all comic book—Ginseng Roots explores class divide, agriculture, holistic healing, the 300 year long trade relationship between China and North America, childhood labor, and the bond between two brothers.
Craig Thompson Announces First-Ever Serialized Series "Ginseng Roots"
Nov 26, 2018
Craig Thompson, the award-winning graphic novelist behind Blankets, Good-bye, Chunky Rice; and Habibi has announced his first ever venture into a serialized comic book series.
Coming to comic shops in Spring 2019 is Thompson's Ginseng Roots, published bimonthly from Uncivilized Books.
The solicitation courtesy of the publisher: