Blankets by Craig ThompsonBlankets by Craig Thompson


byCraig Thompson

Paperback | October 13, 2015

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Quaint, meditative and sometimes dreamy, blankets will take you straight back to your first kiss. - The GuardianBlankets is the story of a young man coming of age and finding the confidence to express his creative voice. Craig Thompson's poignant graphic memoir plays out against the backdrop of a Midwestern winterscape: finely-hewn linework draws together a portrait of small town life, a rigorously fundamentalist Christian childhood, and a lonely, emotionally mixed-up adolescence.

Under an engulfing blanket of snow, Craig and Raina fall in love at winter church camp, revealing to one another their struggles with faith and their dreams of escape. Over time though, their personal demons resurface and their relationship falls apart. It's a universal story, and Thompson's vibrant brushstrokes and unique page designs make the familiar heartbreaking all over again.

This groundbreaking graphic novel, winner of two Eisner and three Harvey Awards, is an eloquent portrait of adolescent yearning; first love (and first heartache); faith in crisis; and the process of moving beyond all of that. Beautifully rendered in pen and ink, Thompson has created a love story that lasts.
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 nearl...
Title:BlanketsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:592 pages, 7.11 × 9.06 × 1.79 inPublished:October 13, 2015Publisher:Drawn & QuarterlyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:177046218X

ISBN - 13:9781770462182

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of my favourite graphic novels I love the story and the way Thompson meanders through it's telling. His illustrations are gorgeous. I've always just found this book heartwarming, funny, and raw.
Date published: 2018-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful It's beautiful, sad, heartwarming, funny... Great, great graphic novel.
Date published: 2018-03-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Graphic Novel The pace is a little slow but I think that makes the reader enjoy the artwork more. It deals with some especially sensitive subjects but does so in a great way. One of the best graphic novels I've ever read. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! Absolutely enjoyed this!! Became one of my most favorite graphic novels that I've read. The art was beautiful as was the story.
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it Great coming of age story.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Raw Emotion This a great graphic novel. It is a nice break from the traditional hero/action oriented books that are typically published. The story itself is very cute and real. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading about real life experiences or wants to catch a taste of what teen love is like.
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A lovely introduction to graphic novels Sweet story with understated illustration. This was my first graphic novel and a great introduction to the form.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Devoured this book I absolutely loved this book and really enjoyed the story along with the concept of discovering ones own belief rather than what religion we are brought up as. The journey of becoming our own person is important and hard and this book shows the good and the bad.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heartfelt and memorable A slice of life about a young teen questioning his faith, finding first love, and the unknown feelings that accompany those events. Beautiful, funny, sad thus will stick with you.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Poignant and bittersweet One of those books that will choke you up a little as you can't help but feel for the main character and even the supporting cast. Well written and beautiful.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful I've never been a fan of graphic novels, but my sister gifted this book to me last Christmas and I couldn't put it down. Brought me through a wide range of emotions and I was always itching to pick it back up and read some more. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from unexpectedly great I had to read this for school and this was a book I wasn't excited to read since all the other graphic novels I read for this class have been mediocre. But, everything about this book was great... especially the art, the characters & humour.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely This is a beautiful introduction to graphic autobiographies if you've never read one before and if you have, this is a great addition to the genre.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful This was recommended to me by a friend on Free Comic Book Day. I really enjoyed this graphic novel. It’s not often that I pick up a biographical graphic novel (and some of the subject matter was a little tough to stomach), but it was a nice change from the superhero's and monsters. A pretty strong story of coming to terms with one’s faith and confronting young, fleeting love.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from painfully sincere and beautiful I read this book when it first came out and was enthralled. I've since owned it about 7 times because everyone I lend it to "loses" it. It's the authors autobiography about growing up in a bible belt community, wrestling with his faith and desire to be an artist, his first love, and childhood demons. The artwork is fantastic and will interest even those that can't stand comics. The imagery and symbolism is superb. It will make you laugh and cry. It has a sound track. It's amazing.
Date published: 2011-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brilliant This is a brilliant book. I got quickly attached to the characters and the story was captivating. A great slice of life book!
Date published: 2010-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful blankets was absolutly amazing. i loved every page and i thought it was beautifully done. it explores the good, the bad, and the ugly of not just the usual growing up, but coming of age while contemplating your own faith and wondering what the hell the world is all about. this is a must read for anyone. :)
Date published: 2008-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My first Graphic novel and I loved It!!! It was very well done! And I though my parents were strict! this was a great watch the time go by kinda read. if you don't like it in some way, there is sometning wrong with you!
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 1st Love this book is great really portrays the thoughts of a teenage boy through his first love, parties, religion and many other subjects. Loved this book, get it right now.
Date published: 2005-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I just LOVE his art! Thompson is great! When you finish reading this book, you'll hunt for his next, Carnet de voyage. His art is great and the entertaining, it`s a great change from the superhero comic book.
Date published: 2005-03-08

Editorial Reviews

Blankets is a great American novel. - Time

"Craig Thompson infus[es] his bittersweet tale . . . with a lyricism so engaging, the pages fly right by . . . It's virtual poetry." - Entertainment Weekly

" Blankets [shares] the compelling, heartbreaking story of Thompson's childhood and first love." - USA Today Pop Candy