|Born||September 21, 1975 |
Traverse City, Michigan, United States
Craig Matthew Thompson (b. Events 1217 - The Estonian tribal leader Lembitu of Lehola was killed in a battle against Teutonic Knights. Year 1975 ( MCMLXXV) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Traverse City is a City in the US state of Michigan. It is the largest city in the 21-county Northern Michigan region Michigan ( is a Midwestern state of the United States of America. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the A September 21, 1975 in Traverse City, Michigan) is a graphic novelist best known for his 2003 work Blankets. Events 1217 - The Estonian tribal leader Lembitu of Lehola was killed in a battle against Teutonic Knights. Year 1975 ( MCMLXXV) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Traverse City is a City in the US state of Michigan. It is the largest city in the 21-county Northern Michigan region Michigan ( is a Midwestern state of the United States of America. A Blankets is a 600-page Black-and-white Graphic novel by Craig Thompson, published in 2003 by Top Shelf Productions. Thompson has received four Harvey Awards, two Eisner Awards, and two Ignatz Awards. The Harvey Awards, named for writer-artist Harvey Kurtzman (1924-1993 and coordinated by the publisher Fantagraphics are given for achievement in Comic books The Will Eisner Comic Industry Award is a prize given for creative achievement in American Comic books It is named in honor of the pioneering writer and artist Will Eisner The Ignatz Awards are intended to recognize outstanding achievements in Comics and cartooning by small press creators or creator-owned projects published by larger In 2007, his cover design for the Menomena album Friend and Foe received a Grammy nomination for Best Recording Package. Menomena (mɨˈnɒmɨnə is an Indie rock band from Portland Oregon, United States, made up of Brent Knopf Justin Harris and Danny Seim Friend and Foe is the third release from the Portland Oregon -based band Menomena. The Grammy Award for Best Recording Package is the latest in a series of Grammy Awards presented for the visual look of an album
Thompson grew up near Marathon, Wisconsin, a "homogenous farming community", in a fundamentalist Christian family. Marathon is a town in Marathon County, Wisconsin, United States. Fundamentalist Christianity, also known as Christian Fundamentalism or Fundamentalist Evangelicalism, is a movement that arose mainly within British and  He was interested in art from an early age, and in high school wanted to become either a small-town artist or a film animator.  He attended the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County for three semesters, during which he began writing a comic strip for the college newspaper and "just kind of fell in love with [comics], suddenly. The University of Wisconsin–Marathon County ( UWMC) part of the University of Wisconsin Colleges, is a two-year campus of the University of Wisconsin System It filled all my needs -- I was able to draw cartoons, to tell a story; but I also had total control, and I wasn't just a cog in some machine somewhere. " After spending a semester at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Thompson left his hometown in 1997 and settled in Portland, Oregon. The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD is a four-year professional college of art and design founded in 1974 Portland is a city located in the Northwestern United States, near the Confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers Oregon ( is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.  He worked briefly at Dark Horse Comics, drawing ads, logos, and toy packaging for the company while working on personal projects at night. Dark Horse Comics is one of the largest independent American Comic book publishers behind dominant publishers Marvel Comics and DC Comics After developing tendinitis, Thompson left Dark Horse and devoted his time to his own work. Tendinitis or tendonitis (from the Greek Τενοντίτις 'itis' denoting inflammation or swelling used to be thought of as a painful Inflammation 
His debut graphic novel was the semi-autobiographical Good-bye, Chunky Rice (1999), which was inspired by his move to Portland and "cute cartoony stuff" from his childhood such as the work of Jim Henson, Dr. Seuss, and Tim Burton. Good-bye Chunky Rice is a 1999 Graphic novel written by Craig Thompson. For other uses of "Henson" see Henson. James Maury "Jim" Henson (September 24 1936 &ndash May 16 1990 was one of Theodor Seuss Geisel (ˈsɔɪs ˈɡaɪzəl March 2 1904 – September 24 1991 was an American Writer and Cartoonist, better known by his pen name Timothy "Tim" William Burton (born August 25 1958 is an American Film director, Screenwriter and Set designer, notable for the quirky  As a result of Chunky Rice, Thompson won a 2000 Harvey Award for Best New Talent and received a 2000 Ignatz Award nomination for Outstanding Artist. The Harvey Awards, named for writer-artist Harvey Kurtzman (1924-1993 and coordinated by the publisher Fantagraphics are given for achievement in Comic books The Ignatz Awards are intended to recognize outstanding achievements in Comics and cartooning by small press creators or creator-owned projects published by larger Thompson followed Chunky Rice with the mini-comics Bible Doodles (2000) and Doot Doot Garden (2001).
In late 1999, Thompson began work on a 600-page autobiographical graphic novel Blankets, which was published three and a half years later in 2003 to critical acclaim.  Time magazine named Blankets its #1 graphic novel for 2003, and Thompson won two 2004 Eisner Awards, for Best Graphic Album-New and Best Writer/Artist, three Harvey Awards, for Best Artist, Best Cartoonist, and Best Graphic Album of Original Work, and two Ignatz Awards, for Outstanding Graphic Novel or Collection and Outstanding Artist. Time (trademarked in capitals as TIME) is a weekly American Newsmagazine, similar to Newsweek and The Will Eisner Comic Industry Award is a prize given for creative achievement in American Comic books It is named in honor of the pioneering writer and artist Will Eisner
Thompson said that he believes Blankets was a success because he was "reacting against all of the over-the-top, explosive action genre [in alternative comics, and] I also didn’t want to do anything cynical and nihilistic, which is the standard for a lot of alternative comics. " As a result of Blankets, he rose quickly to the top ranks of American cartoonists in both popularity and critical esteem. Pulitzer Prize-winning comic artist Art Spiegelman sent him a long letter of praise for Blankets, and in mock-jealousy, Eddie Campbell expressed a temptation to break Thompson's fingers. The Pulitzer Prize, ˈpʊlɨtsɚ PULL-it-sər is an American award regarded as the highest national honor in Newspaper journalism, Art Spiegelman (born February 15, 1948) is an American Comics artist editor and advocate for the medium of comics best known for his Eddie Campbell (born 10 August 1955) is a Scottish Comics artist and Cartoonist who now lives in Australia.  Thompson followed Blankets with 2004's travelogue Carnet de Voyage, which received Ignatz Award nominations for Outstanding Graphic Novel and Outstanding Artist. Travel literature is Travel writing considered to have value as Literature. Carnet de Voyage is a 2004 Graphic novel by cartoonist Craig Thompson. He also contributed numerous short works to Nickelodeon Magazine, as "Craigory Thompson. Nickelodeon Magazine is a children's general interest and humor magazine published 11 months per year by the Nickelodeon cable TV channel "
Since late 2004, Thompson has been working on Habibi, a new graphic novel to be published by Pantheon Books, a division of Random House. Pantheon Books is an American imprint with Editorial independence that is part of the Knopf Publishing Group which was acquired by Random House Random House Inc is the world's largest English-language general trade book publisher  The book is influenced by Arabic calligraphy and Islamic mythology: "I'm playing with Islam in the same way I was playing with Christianity in Blankets," as he said in a 2005 interview. Arabic (ar الْعَرَبيّة (informally ar عَرَبيْ) in terms of the number of speakers is the largest living member of the Semitic language Calligraphy (from Greek kallos "beauty" + graphẽ "writing" is the art of writing (Mediavilla 1996 17 In its current form Islam is a religion established by Muhammad, who lived in the 6th and 7th centuries C For other meanings including people named 'Islam' see Islam (disambiguation. Christianity ( Greek Χριστιανισμός from the word Xριστός ( Christ)is a monotheistic Religion centered on the life and teachings  In May 2007, Thompson said that "About 100 pages [of Habibi] are finished, out of 600. "
In 2007, Thompson created the artwork for the Menomena album Friend and Foe, which was released on January 23 from Barsuk Records. Menomena (mɨˈnɒmɨnə is an Indie rock band from Portland Oregon, United States, made up of Brent Knopf Justin Harris and Danny Seim Friend and Foe is the third release from the Portland Oregon -based band Menomena. Barsuk Records (bɑrˈsuːk bar-SOOK is an Independent record label based in Seattle Washington, started and still managed by the members of the Thompson's design received a Grammy nomination for Best Recording Package, to which he responded, "I wanna get it! I think it would be very funny to be a cartoonist with a Grammy. The Grammy Award for Best Recording Package is the latest in a series of Grammy Awards presented for the visual look of an album . . if nothing else it helps bring attention to the band. "
Thompson is significantly influenced by French comics (bandes-dessinées) and cartoonists, such as Edmond Baudoin, Charles Berberian, Blutch, and David B. He has also acknowledged the influences of graphic artists Taro Yashima, Daniel Clowes, Chris Ware, and Joe Sacco. Franco-Belgian comics are Comics that are created in Belgium and France. Edmond Baudoin (born 1942 is an artist illustrator and writer of sequential art and graphic novels David Beauchard (born February 9, 1959) who uses the pen name David B Taro Yashima (八島太郎 (1908&ndash1994 was the pseudonym of Jun Atsushi Iwamatsu (岩松淳 Daniel Gillespie Clowes (born April 14, 1961 in Chicago, Illinois) is an Academy Award -nominated American Author Franklin Christenson Ware (born December 28, 1967) is an American Comic book artist and Cartoonist, best-known Joe Sacco (born October 2, 1960) is a Maltese -American Comics artist and Journalist.  Thompson has said that, in his composition process, pages are initially composed "in a very illegible form, a shorthand where words and pictures blur into alien scribbles[. . . ]I'm working with words and pictures right from the beginning, but the picture might not look any different from a letter, because they're just a bunch of scribbles on a page. " Then he rewrites those sketches into "a detailed thumbnail with clear handwriting, and that way I can go back and edit. " Even on his long works, Thompson drafts the entire book in ballpoint pen before beginning the final brush-inked version.