Zig-Zagging, a Memoir: Loving Madly, Losing Badly: How Ziggy Saved My Life  -     By: Tom Wilson
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Zig-Zagging, a Memoir: Loving Madly, Losing Badly: How Ziggy Saved My Life

Health Communications / 2009 / Hardcover

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In this honest and heartfelt memoir Tom Wilson shares from his life journey and how the beloved cartoon character Ziggy helped him through some of his darkest times. After losing his young wife to breast cancer, Wilson raised their two children on his own. He chronicles his struggle with depression and doubt and how writing the weekly Ziggy cartoon helped him work through many of his questions, and became the catalyst that helped him say yes to life again.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 264
Vendor: Health Communications
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0757307930
ISBN-13: 9780757307935
Availability: Expected to ship on or about 05/24/15.

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Publisher's Description

Zig-zagging is an artfully woven collection of musings and inspirational discoveries from syndicated cartoonist Tom Wilson about the loss of his wife to cancer, his resulting struggle with faith issues, the debilitating depression he fell into, and the hope he found out of darkness—with a little help from his old friend Ziggy.

Over the years, Ziggy has established a strong, personal connection with millions of readers and fans by contemplating the complicated side of life in his simple, honest way. In Zig-zagging, Wilson candidly shares his stories as a boy who witnessed the creation of a future American icon, until adulthood thrusts him into the position of creative caretaker for Ziggy after his brilliant father, Tom Wilson, Sr., becomes chronically ill. When his wife is taken by cancer and leaves him alone to raise two young sons,Wilson must find a way to reconcile his anger with God over his devastating loss, while continuing to bring smiles to others around the world in his daily comics. It is through the process of grieving, of reaching the depths of emotional and spiritual despair, rawly exposed in real-time journal entries, that Wilson realizes the meaning of life’s journey.

The role Ziggy plays in Wilson’s transformative experience brings clarity and comfort to his creator as together they navigate the tragedies and triumphs of life. Wilson’s message is that every detour is a destination unto itself, and regardless of our plans, it is what we don’t see coming that often affects us most. Our journeys are a zig-zagging series of unexpected events and it’s up to us to turn them into meaningful destinations with a purpose. Through this book, readers will find humor, and heartache turned to hope, with a familiar and trusted friend, and discover a new one in Tom Wilson.

Publisher's Weekly

In this inspirational memoir, Wilson, author of the cartoon strip Ziggy (a job he inherited from his father), relates a life filled with wondrous memories and profound struggles. While growing up, Ziggy served as a means for father and son to “draw out our thoughts and feelings about each other.” But years later, Wilson's leg was crushed in a car accident, his wife died at age 44 of breast cancer, leaving Wilson with their two sons, and his father—both mentor and hero to Wilson—also had a serious illness. Immobilized by depression, Wilson's faith failed him, and he concluded that “the mercy of God [was] an apparent fiction.” Wilson struggled for peace and truth with Ziggy by his side. His ultimate rescuer was the gift of a journal in which he recorded his feelings and thoughts. With ideas like imagining Moses as the first Superman, Wilson delights with fresh, well-considered insights, while the Ziggy cartoons reproduced here put both the character and his creator in a moving light. (Mar.)Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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