tractor crossing

Dear blog-readers, Thank you for all the amazing comments. My apologies for not getting around to responding, but I’ve been focused on the new book. As even my best friends know, I’m lousy with correspondence, but maybe at some point I’ll get a handle on that aspect of blog-managing. Today, I leave for a cousin’s wedding in Ohio for four days, so I wanted to leave you with something — a handful of photos from that high school era, approximately 1993 in rural Wisconsin.


From left to right, top to bottom: My brother and I traversing the highway near our home. The view from the backyard skate-ramp (which I chose to omit from the book). (Note: yoda shirt.) My bro, our neighbor Shawn (aforementioned paper-provider), and me with cow-themed fashion. The sign for my hometown: population 1,200 at the time. An angst-ridden portrait (taken at church).

28 thoughts on “tractor crossing

  1. Thanks for keeping a blog at all! I’m just grateful that the Internet lets us have an interaction with great artists who live continents away!

  2. Craig,
    Knowing that you have inspired so many people (including me), i would have expected this blog-community to be huge.
    The way it is now, makes the huge gap between fans and you look like a 5min walk. It’s great.

  3. Don’t feel obliged to respond to comments. It’s just an enormous privilege for us to be able to read your blog—it brings us one step closer to knowing you better, even if we live half the world away (like I do—I’m in Australia, by the way, and my friends and I love your books). And anyway, I would rather that you were writing and drawing and making things rather than spending all your time responding to comments!

  4. The adam touching the udder t-shirt speaks on so many levels to me craig. My fixation on … udders… my need to touch… udders… my need to flick… udders. How come I didn’t have an udder touching t-shirt? I didn’t grow up THAT far away from you. I can’t believe that t-shirt passes over my Green Bay radar. Have fun in Ohio.

  5. These are some fabulous pictures. Its kind of nice seeing someone being okay with their past when so many of us tend to run from it. You taught me something and I thank you. And now i can totally see exactly how much Blankets was you.

  6. *Love* the snow. And the tractor crossing sign? Awesome! I could tell that it was your brother in those pictures without even reading the captions, since you captured him so well in Blankets (ridiculously awesome artist that you are!). Have a swingin’ time in Ohio–it’s a good state (I’m from there originally).

  7. Hi from Sestao, in the Basque Country (North of Spain). I´ve just read “Blankets” last week (edited by Astiberri) and really think that is one of the best comics I´ve ever read.

    In a few months here will be re-edited “Goodbye, Chunky Rice”, comic that I´m expecting with special hopes.

    Well, that´s all. Maybe my English hasn´t been good enough but probably will be better than your Spanish, ¿eh?

    Bye so. Will read us.

  8. Nice T-Shirt! The Cow tit of Michelangelo,..XD

    Looks paceful these landscape of Winconsi…
    Bye, bye and thanks for your inks and drawins.

  9. Dear Craig,

    Just want to say how beautiful is “Adieu Chunky Rice”.
    I’ve just finished to read it, (in french) and it is so lovely.
    Thank you for sharing such nice book.


  10. Its interesting seeing those images from the past. Were we ever that young? Have you seen the new Marathon sign, stealing your drawing from the yearbook? At least we know it was a great, well-executed idea.

  11. These amuse me…. and yes, I would kill for snow this winter, but it seems like Tacoma snow hasn’t learned the concept from Indiana, Michigan, or Ohio’s brand. Although this past January was almost convincing…..

  12. hey Craig, I read blankets and its probably the best thing i have ever read and I’m not exaggerating. I was just wondering if you have any pictures of raina? not to be a creep or anything, i just wanna see what she looks like.


  13. I let out a loud “Yes!” when I got to page 557 of Blankets and saw the T-Rex eating the Triceratops. You’ll be glad to know that that exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Museum has never changed, and probably never will.

    On a more serious note, I picked up your book on a whim today from the library, and read it all in one sitting. Excellent work, man.

  14. I just got your book last night as an early Christmas present from a friend in Germany who spent a year in Marathon as an exchange student. Terrible that I had to hear about it from her. Anyhoo, I sat down with it and devoured it in one sitting. I’m from Marathon, graduated a year after you and your book grabbed me and tossed me down the stairs of memory lane. It sorta hurt to hit the bottom.

    Did this book cause much ruckus in Marathon? Well, maybe if people there would read it would have, huh?

  15. As I notice now, I couldn’t picture you looking any diffrent than in Blankets with the long hair, and crooked smile. It was a fantasic book, I enjoyed it thoroughly , and I am rather excited to get my eyes on Habibi!

  16. Craig, I am a music teacher, and both my daughters had Mr. Hancock as their English Teacher. Him and I had a wonderful conversation about your novel “Blankets”. Please use my email and contact me. I would love for the opportunity to ask you a few things regarding the students I teach. Your book was life changing for me in many ways. Thank You for letting us the readers into your feelings and thoughts.

  17. Wow, love “Blankets”.
    You are a great artist, keep up the good work!
    By the way… yay, you are cute ;P (sorry for that. But it’s the truth)

  18. Hi Craig,
    I’m a professor at Shepherd University, a small liberal arts school in West Virginia. “Blankets” reminds me so much of many of my students! Any chance you would be willing to Skype into my graphic novel class and chat with them?

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