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Blankets

A Graphic Novel
Thompson, Craig (Book - 2003 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Loosely based on the author's life, chronicling his journey from childhood to adulthood, exploring the people, experiences, and beliefs that he encountered along the way.
Authors: Thompson, Craig, 1975-
Title: Blankets
a graphic novel
Publisher: Marietta, Ga. : Top Shelf, c2003
Characteristics: 582 p. :,ill., b&w, ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by Craig Thompson
Contents: Cubby hole
Stirring furnace
Blank sheet
Static
I don't want to grow up
Teen spirit
Just like heaven
Vanishing cave
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Summary: Loosely based on the author's life, chronicling his journey from childhood to adulthood, exploring the people, experiences, and beliefs that he encountered along the way.
ISBN: 1891830430
9781891830433
9781603090964
1603090967
Branch Call Number: GN THOMPSON
Subject Headings: Families Comic books, strips, etc First loves Comic books, strips, etc Teenage boys Comic books, strips, etc Catholic boys Comic books, strips, etc Teenage artists Comic books, strips, etc Sibling rivalry Comic books, strips, etc Brothers Comic books, strips, etc Coming of age Comic books, strips, etc Wisconsin Comic books, strips, etc
Genre/Form: Graphic novels
Autobiographical fiction
Bildungsromans
Topical Term: Families
First loves
Teenage boys
Catholic boys
Teenage artists
Sibling rivalry
Brothers
Coming of age
Authors, American
Additional Physical Form Entry: Online version: Thompson, Craig, 1975- Blankets. Marietta, Ga. : Top Shelf, c2003 (OCoLC)606536487
Online version: Thompson, Craig, 1975- Blankets. Marietta, Ga. : Top Shelf, c2003 (OCoLC)606984302
LCCN: 2004297892
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Though the cover says: ''graphic novel'', this book clearly is quite closely based on Craig Thompson's life. It is a sensitive memoir that recreates the confusion, emotional pain and isolation of the author's rigidly fundamentalist Christian upbringing, along with the trepidation of growing into... Read More »

Loosely based on the author's life, chronicling his journey from childhood to adulthood, exploring the people, experiences, and beliefs that he encountered along the way.

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 young man questions his faith and experiences bittersweet first love in this autobiographical and groundbreaking graphic novel.


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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.

Part of the Graphic Novel Shopping Guide for Perplexed Parents of Tweens and Teens, Nov 2013 (a coming-of-age tale with romance, sibling rivalry and other stuff; both girls and boys can relate)

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.

At the beginning of the year, I was checking out the graphic novel section at Central Library Peterborough, when a young bloke approached me. “Have you read this one?” he said, and thrust Blankets by Craig Thompson at me.

I’m glad he did. I was totally sucked in to this autobiographical story. It’s a beautifully drawn (in both senses) tale of first love, religious doubts, growing up, and family relationships. It has a raw and tender honesty.

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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Sexual Content: masturbation, kissing, sex

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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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