announcing my next project!

GINSENG ROOTS! My next project! For the first time in my “career” I’ll be SERIALIZING as COMIC BOOKS – the form of the medium that imprinted itself on me and my little brother, Phil, as children. Bimonthly, 32 pages, debuting late spring 2019 from Uncivilized Books.

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For a decade of our childhood, Phil and I toiled in Wisconsin farms. Weeding and harvesting GINSENG—an exotic medicinal herb that fetched huge profits in China—funded our youthful obsession with comic books. Comics in turn, allowed us to escape our rural, working class trappings.

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. 

5 thoughts on “announcing my next project!

  1. BEYOND THRILLED to hear about this, Craig! Looking VERY much forward to this. Good luck but greater skill as you embark on this next chapter in your artistic odyssey!

  2. This makes me smile. But proposes quite a dilemma. I gave up on my regular Comic book store visits over a decade ago due to an increased lack of interest in the cape and cowl stuff. I’d already fell in love with a lot of the european stuff like Blacksad and Wake (French, no longer available in english. Thanks for that NBM Publishing) as my tastes were turning to more intimate stories that had a beginning, middle and an end.

    I own two copies of Blankets. My tatty soft cover for rereading and my special hardcover that no-one is allowed to touch. EVER. My copy of Goodbye Chunky Rice was purchased on a trip to Canada and i read it twice in one night in the hotel room. I awoke the next moring in such a beautiful mood that a meer glance at that book stirs my joy. I love that my copy is not the english version which has a less inviting cover.
    Though i own a copy of Habibi i must confess that i have not read it. The reason being that having read your superlative travelogue Carnet de Voyage (again, owning both a soft and hard cover copy), it seems you had such a miserble time in Morocco and in general, that it spills over into my willingness to embark on what i suspect is an emotionally murky journey. You broke (and continue to break) my heart with Blankets, and i suspect it will take no more (thank you for Space Dumplins)

    That comic book store (Nostalgia & Comics) is a train journey away. I cannot frequent any other under threat of disloyalty. An easier endeavour when a single man, but not so easily squeezed into a life filled with the roles of a husband and father.

    I will try to seek it out. In the mean time i have to choose between The Best we Could do by Bui or Daytripper by Moon and Ba. Which one will hurt me the least?

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