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An Illustrated Novel

Thompson, Craig, 1975-

(Book - 2003)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Diamond Comics Distributors
- At 592 pages, Blankets may well be the single largest graphic novel ever published without being serialized first. - Wrapped in the landscape of a blustery Wisconsin winter, Blankets explores the sibling rivalry of two brothers growing up in the isolated country, and the budding romance of two coming-of-age lovers. A tale of security and discovery, of playfulness and tragedy, of a fall from grace and the origins of faith. A profound and utterly beautiful work from Craig Thompson. - The New Printing corrects 3 small typos, widening the spine graphics, but otherwise is identical to the first printing.

Baker & Taylor
Loosely based on the author's life, chronicles Craig's journey from childhood to adulthood, exploring the people, experiences, and beliefs that he encountered along the way.

Publisher: Marietta, GA : Top Shelf, 2003
ISBN: 1891830430
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC GN FIC T
Characteristics: 582 p : chiefly ill. ; 25 cm.


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Oct 10, 2014
  • mclarjh rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

The story didn't interest me, a mature adult, but a teenager or young adult may find the coming of age subject more interesting. Easy to read, despite its long page count.

k spl peeepz get ready for those heat stringz to get pulled all over with LAUGHS SPRINKLED all around - never sentimental actually quintessential reading for those seeking premium graphic novels meant for teens to adults but not too old sike but no

Jul 24, 2014
  • ehm_chen rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Gorgeous drawings, really clever visual segues. As I read it, it was painfully clear that the author had poured his heart and soul (and thousands of hours) into its creation. Reading / seeing this is like reading someone's teen diary, so it's a bit melodramatic and angst-ridden; I almost felt a bit embarrassed at times. The religion aspect was far darker. And I felt slightly squirmy about how he aired some family dirty laundry — and yet he dedicated the book to them "with love". Overall, a quick read with lots of interesting and lush imagery with a dollop of self-indulgence thrown in.

Jul 07, 2014
  • pagetraveler rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

If you've never read graphic novels, this would be a good one to start with.

Jun 22, 2014
  • liveandlearn50 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is the first graphic novel that has kept my attention. It has lovely illustrations and tells of the author's spiritual journey.

Dec 27, 2013
  • danielestes rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I fell in love with Craig Thompson's Habibi (2011) when I read it over a year ago, and I can't believe I waited this long to check out Blankets. this is a gorgeous work of art that's full of imagination and youthful pathos. It's also the publication that put Thompson on the map as a graphic novelist, winning him fans, critical acclaim and accolades along the way. Right from the beginning you can see that Thompson is a gifted artist and storyteller. In his own words (from an interview): "I was reacting against all of the over-the-top, explosive action genre—I guess alternative comics have been doing that, for a while. But I also didn't want to do anything cynical and nihilistic, which is the standard for a lot of alternative comics."

Blankets is autobiographical, the author's own spiritual journey from teenager to adult in the wintry upper Midwest. Reading it—or better yet, experiencing it—is like being present in a shared dream, floating along from one moment to the next. By the book's end I was so inspired that I wanted to drop everything and go write my own story as a graphic novel. That is the power of this book.

Ugh. Cringe-worthy account of an an angsty teen who finds first love at Bible Camp. The much-ballyhooed romance is as substantial as a soap bubble. The art is of a piece with the story: Thompson has perfected Will Eisner's flowing line and use of negative space, in service to the same maudlin sensibility.

Sep 16, 2013
  • bandblair rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Beautiful illustrations and a very interesting story.

Nearly 600 pages long and yet I read it in a matter of hours. It is so engaging, and flows so incredibly well, that you won't even care that it is so thick. Do not be daunted by the book's size: this is a great work of art.

Jul 26, 2012
  • Violet_Butterfly_31 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Superb. One of the best graphic novels I've ever read.

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Dec 18, 2008
  • DavidB rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“The kingdom of God does not come visibly, nor will people say ‘Here it is’ or There it is’, because the kingdom of God is WITHIN and/or AMONG you.”


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