WPR Interviews Craig Thompson

“Graphic Novelist Craig Thompson's "Ginseng Roots" Start with his Central Wisconsin Childhood” / Wisconsin Public Radio / Rob Mentzer / November 9, 2019

In his autobiographical graphic novel "Blankets," Craig Thompson writes about the hours he spent as a child drawing with his brother.

"An entire day would be consumed by drawing, interspersed with fits of running around outside expending our energy," one panel reads. "Those were the only wakeful moments of my childhood that I can recall feeling life was sacred or worthwhile."

"Blankets" is a coming-of-age novel, and it tells an unvarnished story of Thompson's time growing up in Marathon City, Wisconsin. It’s about Thompson’s strained and sometimes painful relationship to his family’s evangelical Christianity, and about the isolation of being an artistic kid from a working-class background in the 1980s and '90s. But it’s also, as in that panel, about his love for comics...

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