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Blankets

An Illustrated Novel
Thompson, Craig, 1975- (Book - 2003 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Blankets


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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.

Authors: Thompson, Craig, 1975-
Statement of Responsibility: by Craig Thompson
Title: Blankets
an illustrated novel
Publisher: Marietta, GA :, Top Shelf,, 2003
Characteristics: 582 p :,chiefly ill. ;,25 cm.
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Report This 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.

Report This 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.

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

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

Report This Apr 21, 2012
  • JuniperAvenue rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved this book! It is the first graphic novel I've ever read. As both a parent of a school-aged boy and a sunday school teacher, you can bet I'm going to be a lot more mindful about how I fulfil these roles. Although Blankets is labeled a "teen" novel, I think it's more important for adults to read. Be careful how you speak to teens, and how you answer their questions! How often are we guilty of hindering their faith?

Report This Apr 04, 2012
  • BrokenSignal rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Just a Beautiful piece of work, i was hooked instantly, a must read for all!!!

Report This Feb 29, 2012
  • careinseattle rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I also loved this book. It grabbed me from the first page and I read it almost straight through. So much resonated with me, even though my experiences and upbringing were nothing like the narrator's.

Report This Feb 28, 2012
  • DeltaQueen50 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Blankets by Craig Thompson was one of those books that I couldn’t leave alone. I kept picking it up and absorbing another few pages until I had gone though the whole 582 pages. A wonderful depiction of the intensity of first love, but also his poignant description of his relationship with his brother, along with his curiosity and questioning of fundamentalist religion have all been blended together to make a very readable story. His honest portrayal of growing up in rural Wisconsin, from playground bullying, being a social outcast, and his reference to a molesting babysitter all touched the heartstrings. But this wasn’t just a dark story of teen angst, there were many light hearted moments, and one scene in particular that had me laughing out loud. With beautiful and atmospheric drawings and a wonderful story, Blankets is truly an expressive piece of art that evokes in the reader a strong feeling of time and place. A memorable read.

Report This Aug 31, 2011
  • NGarcias rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love, love, love this book. My husband is an avid graphic novel reader and this was my first one. From the art, to the story, to the composition of everything...very lovely book!

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Sexual Content: masturbation, kissing, sex

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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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  • 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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