This is it, the final issue of Craig Thompson's epic embodying the depth and breadth of global capitalism in a humble herb. Ginseng Roots is a one-of-a-kind work that expertly zooms from the micro to the macro and then pans around the globe and tracks through history to deliver an amazing portrait of the world as viewed through the lens of ginseng production and consumption. Also included are some illustrated notes on the production/process that address the creation of the series as a whole – which include thumbnails, roughs and tests – as well as notes specifically regarding this issue's content.
And this giant 64 page, double-sized comics book is it's conclusion! We are simultaneously happy that it has been successfully completed and sad that this amazing series is now over. (But, there is still the promised collection cum graphic novel due in 2025. It will differ in some respects from this series – and will lack all the single-issue-related addenda, like "Shang Garden Bar", etc., leaving the series with its unique status – but is planned to offer additional material, so the journey isn't over yet!)