The work of Craig Thompson (b.1975) is influenced by his childhood spent in a fundamentalist Christian family in rural Wisconsin. He notes his access to popular culture was limited mainly to newspaper comic strips, which has been a major influence on his artistic style throughout his career.
Blankets details his internal childhood struggles with his strict Christian faith, his interactions with his family, and experience with first love. The candid publication received numerous accolades, and Thompson received Harvey Awards for Best Artist and Best Cartoonist.
Thompson followed up with Habibi, an award-winning graphic novel that details the relationship of two lovers through the lens of Islamic culture.
Illustrations by Craig Thompson
Thompson, Craig. Blankets. Marietta, GA: Top Shelf Productions, 2003.
Thompson, Craig. Carnet de Voyage. Marietta, GA: Top Shelf Productions, 2004.
Thompson, Craig. Good-Bye, Chunky Rice. Marietta, GA: Top Shelf Productions, 1999.
Thompson, Craig. Habibi. New York: Pantheon Books, 2011.
Thompson, Craig. Space Dumplins. New York: Graphix, 2015.