Ginseng Roots Gets Two Eisner Nominations

The Eisner Award Nominations have been announced and we are beyond thrilled to learn that Craig Thompson’s Ginseng Roots series has garnered two nominations!

Without further ado, the nominations are:

  • Best Graphic Memoir: Ginseng Roots, by Craig Thompson (Uncivilized)
  • Best Writer/Artist: Craig Thompson, Ginseng Roots (Uncivilized)

Congratulations Craig! The series began in 2019 and so far, eight issues have been released, with issue #9 on deck to come out this fall. If you are just hearing about Ginseng Roots the easiest way to catch up is to pick up the first 6-issues as a set:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | | Powells

You can also subscribe to the full series here:

Or if you have the first few issues already, you can subscribe to the 2nd half of the series:

Here is a little bit about the series:

From ages 10 to 20, Craig Thompson and his little brother Phil, toiled in Wisconsin farms weeding and harvesting ginseng. The medicinal herb fetched huge profits in China and funded Craig’s youthful obsession with comic books. Comics in turn, allowed him to escape his rural, working class trappings.

For the first time in his career, Thompson is serializing his story. Part memoir, part travelogue, part essay—all comic book—Ginseng Roots is a sweeping narrative that unearths surprising connections between 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 is a cartoonist and the author of the award-winning graphic novels Blankets; Good-bye, Chunky Rice; and Habibi. He was born in Michigan in 1975 and grew up in a rural farming community in central Wisconsin. Blankets won numerous industry awards and has been published in nearly twenty languages. Thompson lives in Portland, Oregon.

Congratulations to all nominees! Click here for the full list of nominees.

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