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Blankets Paperback – 18 Aug 2003

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Product details

  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Top Shelf Productions; 01 edition (18 Aug. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891830430
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891830433
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 5.3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Craig Thompson is a cartoonist and the author of the award-winning books Blankets, Carnet de Voyage, Good-bye Chunky Rice, and Habibi. Thompson was born in Michigan in 1975, and grew up in a rural farming community in central Wisconsin. His graphic novel Blankets won numerous industry awards and has been published in nearly twenty languages around the world. Thompson lives in Portland, Oregon. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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The drawing in Blankets is so awesome it makes me want to weep. There is such a surety to Thompson’s line that is perfectly balanced with a fragility, a supreme sympathy for what he’s drawing; imagine Modigliani drawing comics and you’re getting close. This means that Thompson’s panels are full of a sensitive confidence that is mind-blowing. The writing is fantastic too, and Blankets is a richly veined voyage of (self) discovery in which Thompson explores themes of family structure, first love and religious observance with a tenderness and a self-effacing charm that is uniquely beguiling. There are numerous passages which are hypnotically, breathtakingly beautiful; passages that leave you spell bound and utterly in thrall to the visions set in ink before you; passages that will break your heart; passages that will make it sing.
Blankets sits right up there in the pantheon of greats, is on my top shelf with Chris Ware’s 'Jimmy Corrigan', Daniel Clowes’ 'Ghost World', Chester Brown’s 'I Never Liked You', Dylan Horrocks’ 'Hicksville' and Seth’s 'It’s A Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken'. What more recommendation do you need?
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`Blankets' is a graphic novel but it also feels like a fully built novel. I am not saying that I don't think the two can co-exist but it's rare when they have this effect on me personally. There are two strands running through `Blankets'. The first is the tale of two brothers Craig and Phil and their childhood in the strict, highly religious and rather scary family home in Wisconsin, the second of two young people falling in love for the very first time. In a way it's like two separate coming of age (a subject I am not normally a fan of) events and times in one persons formulative years.

What impressed me first of all was how Thompson manages to interweave these two strands in a way that isn't confusing. He doesn't need to insert `flashback' or `present' and `past' the pictures paint it all clearly (excuse the poor terminology) and what illustrations these are. I definitely wasn't expecting to have an emotional connection with this book. I thought I would be entertained and pick it up now and again. Instead I read it in three sittings, I was hooked. The pictures convey, as do the choice wordings throughout, the emotions of both growing up in the severity that Craig does and how he feels when love first hits.

The second thing that impressed me was how Craig covers a lot of modern subjects that are quite tough just in the written form (not that I am saying one medium is better than the other). Through `Blankets' Thompson encapsulates a world which at varying points features mental and physical disabilities, religion, sexuality, child abuse, depression, divorce, families and most of all love. It really has left me wondering if you can call a graphic novel epic, if so then `Blankets' is indeed a modern epic. I would be surprised, but pleasantly so, if there were any graphic novels that can better this on both artistic and emotional levels.
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I loved this book , I am very new to the world of graphic novels, having not even read comics as a child I can't pin point the reason I decided to buy it, but I am so glad I did. The art work is as you'd expect fanatastic, but what is really beautiful is the story - such a touching and honest tale about innocence and love. If you are looking for a place to begin reading graphic novels I can not think of a better book to take that first step with.
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I have tried to write a reveiew that would do the power of this work justice. I did not have the words.
All I will say is that my Mother, who never reads comics or graphic novels, was moved to tears several times whilst reading Blankets after I recommended it to her. Powerful stuff that is heartwarming, endearing, funny and beautiful.
Apparently already on it's 3rd printing I cannot urge you to buy this book enough. Mr Thompson, I thank you.
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I read this book in one sitting, and then started it again straight away. Craig Thompson's 'Blankets' is basically the story of his first love. For me the best way to describe what I like most about this book is to remember when I fell in love. My mother would ask me what I liked best about her. Being young and embarressed about having a serious girlfriend, I'd simply reply 'everything'.
I see this book as a catalogue of every last thing that makes you do stupid things for someone you barely know, but can't stop thinking about.
The chapters describing his home life and relationships with his family and the church could easily have been my own upbringing.
In short, this book is beautifully drawn and I suspect that anyone who has fallen in or out of love will be able to apply the story to their own life and experiences.
This book has the capacity to make you weep but also to fall off your chair laughing out loud because Thompson is describing something very similar to something you yourself once did.
Highly recommended for anyone that has loved and/or lost
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I'm a comic book fan of the capes and spandex variety. I just like big whoosh bang explosions and flying people silhouetted against the sky. But every so often, when trawling around the internet, I'll hear lots of good buzz about a comic that involves nether guns nor implausibly built women. Blankets was one such publication. I heard wonderful things about it, people raving about it, so I bought it. And it was all true.

It's a fantastic book, told with subtlety and tenderness. The burgeoning relationship of the main character is beautifully real, pulling no punches and taking no shortcuts, showing us anew the teenage infatuation that we have all experienced. The art is also of a very high quality, on certain pages creating some truly arresting images, as the conflicts in his head spill forth onto the page.

If I'm brutally honest, it was a little quick to read, as the art takes centre stage, but I'm sure I'll come back to it again and again. AAlthough, it has to be said, it probably would have been made slightly better with some spandex SOMEwhere.

But this is recommended. Highly.
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