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Awards

Winner of the 2004 Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album–New
Winner of the 2004 Eisner Award for Best Writer/Artist

Staff Pick

This coming-of-age memoir is told as much through the crisp illustrations as through the text. Thompson's voice and drawings are sweet without being sappy, and despite its unconventional format, Blankets is a very honest, relatable account of falling in love for the first time. This book is unusual among memoirs and also among graphic novels; most graphic novels are several short comics collected in one volume whereas Blankets was written and published as a standalone piece.
Recommended by Miranda B., Powells.com

Review-A-Day

"It's a fast read, but Blankets is worth revisiting, if only to luxuriate in its astonishing imagery and pick up all the details you missed the first time when you were too eager to find out what happens next. Thompson's layouts are intricate and organic; instead of the rigid six- or eight-panel pages of standard comics, he varies the shape, size, even the borders of his panels, frequently achieving a collage-like effect that would simply be impossible in any other medium. Like the best comix stories, Blankets emphasizes the medium's exclusive strengths. Thompson's illustrations pack more beauty and power than much prose or poetry, and the frozen images allow the reader's gaze to linger, to examine, to climb inside the picture in ways that film cannot." Chris Bolton, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

From the author of the critically-acclaimed and best-selling graphic novel, Good-Bye, Chunky Rice, comes Craig Thompson's all-new masterpiece. Blankets — the most anticipated graphic novel of the year — is already being regarded as THE defining moment of this comix generation.

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.

Review:

"[A] rare combination of sincerity, pictorial lyricism and taste. His exceptional drawings balance representational precision with a bold and wonderfully expressive line for pages of ingenious, inventively composed and poignant imagery." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"[This] eagerly awaited follow-up [to Good-bye, Chunky Rice]...is more ambitious, more accomplished, and more accessible....[A] genuine graphic novel, with a universal appeal..." Gordon Flagg, Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"Blankets is one of the most ambitious original graphic novels ever produced in the medium....More importantly, though, [it] is a poignant document of lessons in discovery and self-realization both universal and enlightening." Peter Siegel, www.artbomb.net

Review:

"[A] masterly telling of a moving, deeply human story....More accessible than Chunky Rice, this is highly recommended for adult collections." Library Journal

Review:

"I thought it was moving, tender, beautifully drawn, painfully honest, and probably the most important graphic novel since Jimmy Corrigan." Neil Gaiman, award-winning writer and creator of The Sandman

Review:

"Blankets officially confirms Craig Thompson's place in the world of graphic novels as one of the true greats." Brian Michael Bendis, writer and creator of Powers and Fortune & Glory

Review:

"In this book, Craig Thompson emerges as a young comics master. In the purest narrative form he tells a highly charged personal story, crammed with pain, discovery, hi-jinx, penance, religious conviction and its loss...and along comes self-loathing. In this story of family and first love, that which goes awry in life, goes well as art. Mr. Thompson is slyly self-effacing as he bowls us over with his mix of skills. His expert blending of words and pictures and resonant silences makes for a transcendent kind of story-telling that grabs you as you read it and stays with you after you put it down. I'd call that literature." Jules Feiffer, Pulitzer Prize-Winner

Review:

"Craig has documented his youth in the most honest of ways. Not too warm and fuzzy nor too harsh and cold, showing us the insecurities of growing up in what is often a strange and sometimes painful world. The perfect marriage of words and pictures. It's as if Francios Truffaut had written and drawn his own comic with the artistry of Will Eisner. His sense of timing is impeccable, always knowing when not to hit you with a heavy hand. It's the genuine article." Bob Schreck, Group Editor, DC Comics

Review:

"[T]his book [is] indeed gifted and destined for a great future....Blankets has the thematic sophistication, emotional sweep and beauty of (visual) language that mark the best novels of any kind....Blankets is a great American novel." Andrew D. Arnold, Time.comix

Review:

"Blankets doesn't push the medium's potential forward the way Maus did....What it does do is set a new standard for longform autobiographical comics work, proving that a graphic novel can be both long and intimate, sprawling and intensely personal. (Grade: 5/5)" Alan David Doane, ComicBookGalaxy.com

Review:

"The art is more expressive than detailed and yet you never fail to see the emotion he's trying to convey....Blankets is a wonderfully expressive and touching look back at the years when every feeling we had was at its most raw, most affecting and most formative." Chris Ryall, MoviePoopShoot.com

Review:

"[A] huge step forward for Thompson's writing, showing a tremendous level of maturity for such a young creator. A great graphic novel needs to have writing and art that works well together, and that's just what we have in Blankets." Greg McElhatton, iComics.com

Review:

"[A] bittersweet meditation on family, faith, loss and memory. Thompson complements it with rapturous drawings of winter in northern Michigan and Wisconsin, a season that for all its harshness can be — like Blankets — achingly beautiful." James Poniewozik, Time

Synopsis:

Top Shelf is proud to be publishing the next big graphic novel from Craig Thompson. 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.

Synopsis:

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 profound and utterly beautiful work from Craig Thompson.

About the Author

Craig Thompson was born in Traverse City, Michigan, in 1975 and raised outside a small town in central Wisconsin. His first graphic novel, Good-Bye, Chunky Rice, won the 1999 Harvey Award for Best New Talent along with nominations for Eisner, Ignatz, Firecracker, and Eagle awards. While working on Blankets, Craig paid the bills writing, drawing, and designing comics and illustrations for Nickelodeon, DC, Dark Horse, Marvel, OWL, National Geographic Kids, and a myriad of other publications. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon.

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Lea Anna, August 30, 2012 (view all comments by Lea Anna)
An absolutely gorgeous tome of a graphic novel. This was the first graphic novel I ever read and I fell head over heels for it. It's a deeply personal autobiography that sucks you in. Thompson's illustrations are beautiful and the way he interprets the world opens your eyes. I point to this whenever people claim they "don't read comics/grapic novels" because it's the opposite of what people expect. I highly recommend it.
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aprilskiver, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by aprilskiver)
For me, this graphic novel really signified the change in the genre during the 00s from superheros only to full blown literature.
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Danielley, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Danielley)
Beautifully written and illustrated, this is the book I wish I had when I was sixteen, and is the kind of book I would want my own teenager to read as well. I literally could not put this book down.
Some of the topics may be sensitive or mature for some readers (molestation, teenage love and sexuality), and as a graphic novel, be prepared for images to accompany these topics. It is in no way pornographic, however.
Blankets is a bittersweet story of a boy becoming a man, falling in love for the first time, and struggling with his religious beliefs.
The relationship between the Craig and his girlfriend is very sweet, and thankfully very honest and healthy: something many books geared for teens abysmally fail at.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781891830433
Author:
Thompson, Craig
Publisher:
Top Shelf Productions
Location:
Marietta, Ga.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Graphic Novels
Subject:
First loves
Subject:
Graphic Novels - General
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Copyright:
Publication Date:
July 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
592
Dimensions:
9.59x6.40x1.69 in. 2.78 lbs.

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Product details 592 pages Top Shelf Productions - English 9781891830433 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

This coming-of-age memoir is told as much through the crisp illustrations as through the text. Thompson's voice and drawings are sweet without being sappy, and despite its unconventional format, Blankets is a very honest, relatable account of falling in love for the first time. This book is unusual among memoirs and also among graphic novels; most graphic novels are several short comics collected in one volume whereas Blankets was written and published as a standalone piece.

"Review A Day" by , "It's a fast read, but Blankets is worth revisiting, if only to luxuriate in its astonishing imagery and pick up all the details you missed the first time when you were too eager to find out what happens next. Thompson's layouts are intricate and organic; instead of the rigid six- or eight-panel pages of standard comics, he varies the shape, size, even the borders of his panels, frequently achieving a collage-like effect that would simply be impossible in any other medium. Like the best comix stories, Blankets emphasizes the medium's exclusive strengths. Thompson's illustrations pack more beauty and power than much prose or poetry, and the frozen images allow the reader's gaze to linger, to examine, to climb inside the picture in ways that film cannot." (read the entire Powells.com review)
"Review" by , "[A] rare combination of sincerity, pictorial lyricism and taste. His exceptional drawings balance representational precision with a bold and wonderfully expressive line for pages of ingenious, inventively composed and poignant imagery."
"Review" by , "[This] eagerly awaited follow-up [to Good-bye, Chunky Rice]...is more ambitious, more accomplished, and more accessible....[A] genuine graphic novel, with a universal appeal..."
"Review" by , "Blankets is one of the most ambitious original graphic novels ever produced in the medium....More importantly, though, [it] is a poignant document of lessons in discovery and self-realization both universal and enlightening."
"Review" by , "[A] masterly telling of a moving, deeply human story....More accessible than Chunky Rice, this is highly recommended for adult collections."
"Review" by , "I thought it was moving, tender, beautifully drawn, painfully honest, and probably the most important graphic novel since Jimmy Corrigan."
"Review" by , "Blankets officially confirms Craig Thompson's place in the world of graphic novels as one of the true greats."
"Review" by , "In this book, Craig Thompson emerges as a young comics master. In the purest narrative form he tells a highly charged personal story, crammed with pain, discovery, hi-jinx, penance, religious conviction and its loss...and along comes self-loathing. In this story of family and first love, that which goes awry in life, goes well as art. Mr. Thompson is slyly self-effacing as he bowls us over with his mix of skills. His expert blending of words and pictures and resonant silences makes for a transcendent kind of story-telling that grabs you as you read it and stays with you after you put it down. I'd call that literature."
"Review" by , "Craig has documented his youth in the most honest of ways. Not too warm and fuzzy nor too harsh and cold, showing us the insecurities of growing up in what is often a strange and sometimes painful world. The perfect marriage of words and pictures. It's as if Francios Truffaut had written and drawn his own comic with the artistry of Will Eisner. His sense of timing is impeccable, always knowing when not to hit you with a heavy hand. It's the genuine article."
"Review" by , "[T]his book [is] indeed gifted and destined for a great future....Blankets has the thematic sophistication, emotional sweep and beauty of (visual) language that mark the best novels of any kind....Blankets is a great American novel."
"Review" by , "Blankets doesn't push the medium's potential forward the way Maus did....What it does do is set a new standard for longform autobiographical comics work, proving that a graphic novel can be both long and intimate, sprawling and intensely personal. (Grade: 5/5)"
"Review" by , "The art is more expressive than detailed and yet you never fail to see the emotion he's trying to convey....Blankets is a wonderfully expressive and touching look back at the years when every feeling we had was at its most raw, most affecting and most formative."
"Review" by , "[A] huge step forward for Thompson's writing, showing a tremendous level of maturity for such a young creator. A great graphic novel needs to have writing and art that works well together, and that's just what we have in Blankets."
"Review" by , "[A] bittersweet meditation on family, faith, loss and memory. Thompson complements it with rapturous drawings of winter in northern Michigan and Wisconsin, a season that for all its harshness can be — like Blankets — achingly beautiful."
"Synopsis" by , Top Shelf is proud to be publishing the next big graphic novel from Craig Thompson. 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.
"Synopsis" by , 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 profound and utterly beautiful work from Craig Thompson.
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