Blankets and Habibi creator Craig Thompson has announced his return to comic books with Ginseng Roots, his first serialized story.
Releasing bimonthly, Ginseng Roots mixes autiobiographical elements from Thompson's time working as a ginseng farmer with stories of the history of ginseng.
“For a decade of our childhood, [my brother Phil] and I toiled in Wisconsin farms,” said Thompson on his blog. “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.”
Ginseng Roots will begin in spring 2019, from publisher Uncivilized Books.