by Craig Thompson

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Named one of Time's top 100 Best Young
Adult Books of All Time!

"...A rarity: a first-love story so well remembered and honest that it reminds you what falling in love feels like. ...achingly beautiful." - Time

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.

592 pages, Blankets may well be the single largest graphic novel ever published without being serialized first.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781891830433
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Publication date: 08/18/2003
Edition description: Not Appropriate For Children
Pages: 592
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 2.10(d)

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.

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Blankets (New Hardcover Edition) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 105 reviews.
zonde More than 1 year ago
In this graphic novel Craig Thompson has managed to make some of the most relateable characters I have ever read. Mostly the story of a first love from beginning flirtations to a bitter end, the story also takes you through the progression of mind and memory and how we become who we are. While reading there are a range of emotions that you go through and in the end you close the book and think about your own progression and growth. From the moment I picked the book up I did not want to put it down. The pictures and text work fantastically together. I stayed up all night to finish it. I recommend it to anyone who has ever questioned life, religion, love,or themselves and other; or anyone simply looking for an amazing work of art to read and revisit over and over.
sliprockdoc More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing: "footnotes" section should be read many times to appreciate his message. This could be used in a freshman philosophy class as a way of introducing the study of philosophy. Exceptional. Haunting. Can't stop thinking about it. Beautiful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that Blankets was ok, probably because I'm a little young. I also read it in one day, becuase it was so hard to put down. It was a little graphic, but beyond that, the story is beautiful and Craig and Phil as children are so innocent. It makes you think, and makes you find the meanings behind each picture. I got into graphic novels when I read this book.
DandyDan More than 1 year ago
Unlike many works of fiction that give you exactly what you want, this graphic autobiography speaks about life like it really is. A recommended read. For those of you Milwaukeeans there is a very recognizable frame about 3/4 of the way through!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brilliant realism. It is one of the few graphic novels that really made me look at my life and think.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a powerfully written, beautiful, touching book. I absolutely recommend it. Difficult to put down, not a moment without interest. A love story that makes me feel optimistic about love and life in general.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Truly a work of great story telling and great art. The story would connect with anyone because they are universal stories of growing up. The author is careful to make the characters full-realized,personal people and not just symbols or caricatures of coming-of-age stories, the dialog is very personal and reads like it was taken directly from a diary, and sometimes borders on poetry. The drawings are absolutely beautiful and really carry weight and meaning in them. This is the first graphic novel i've ever read and it really drew me in.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Truely the best graphic novel i have ever laid my eyes on. Great day-dreamy visuals while getting the point across more than clearly , as most everyone can realte to the tribluations and real life heartaches that craig thompson has expressed. truley moving and painful , this novel hides nothing about how harsh the real world is and how your experiences during your youth can affect the rest of your life. I read this novel in about 3 hours , and spent many more admiring the visuals. I look foreward to reading many more , surely great , novels and works from Craig Thompson. Highly recommened for everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book !! I read this book in 2hrs ! I love the honesty and I definitely related to his story. I have experienced the same feelings in regards to christianity. I have also seen how judgemental some 'christians' can be and how confused it can make you feel,especially when you are young. The illustration is beautiful- Craig Thompson is definitely gifted and I'm so happy he continued to draw eventhough people throughout his youth discouraged him. I look forward to more from him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the most powerful, moving novels I have read in a long time. The visual stimulation adds an incredible amount to the feelings of pain, suffering, love, etc. the protagonist experiences throughout life. I was crying before the second chapter began. Definitely a great read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is just about the most moving book i have ever read! i have yet to find a novel i enjoy more then blakets. it shares the life story of the author craig thompson and his childhood struggles of being molested and unloved, romance with raina, to his confusion about religion and what to do. the only part about this book that i didnt enjoy was the choice craig made to do without God. that was a terrible choice because without God we can do nothing! it was a little graphic so i recomend it to those older teens.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Blankets is one of the most moving novels I have ever read. Thompson's insights into teenage love, the pressures of school and religion are dead-on. He captures his experiences with amazing artwork that will touch you deeply. A work of genius.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nearly 600 pages long, but took me only 2.5 hours to read. That's how good it is! Granted, I will read it with more visual depth the second time around, Blankets is a truly remarkable graphic novel of heart-breaking proportions. From first love to childhood traumas to sibling squabbles, Craig Thompson captures the innocence that everybody inevitably loses. An extraordinary feat by one whom most would label as 'simply a comic book artist,' Thompson puts faith into artists capturing novels with pictures.
stipe168 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
a touching novel about the bonds of brotherhood and the anguish of love. Craig writes an autobiography of tremendous proportions, reaching deep inside his soul to show all of his mopey shortcomings.
-Eva- on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I must admit that Thompson's obsession with religious texts and sin is quite alien to me - the extent of my family's moral teachings were something along the lines of "think before you do" so Thompson's guilt-trips didn't have much to offer me personally. That said, I did come away with quite a marvelous picture of first love - a flashback to the time when love would take over your entire being and permeate every single thought and emotion in your body. Not that I miss that kind of (slightly insane) devotion, but us was nice to visit Craig and Raina and take part in their magical moments.Blankets is a memoir, but it reads like a confessional, if not indeed an exorcism - Thompson's apologies for the times in his life when he was not enough to protect his loved ones: his brother, Raina, or himself. Because the narrative is so truthful, the ending is not a shimmering paradise (which would make for a trite story), but it does give room for optimism and hope for the future.
sumariotter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm on a graphic novel kick and I enjoyed this one. It's a very interesting window into growing up in a fundamentalist Christian world and he really captures the essence of first love. The drawings are beautiful, especially his drawings of Raina, his first girlfriend. It looks like a thick book but it is actually a quick read.
-Cee- on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Graphic novel (autobiographical) of growing up, young love and questioning the faith of parents/adults. This is the kind of book that might remind you of your own childhood and teen years. Great artwork. Thompson gives us a thoughtful look at the young perspective of adult problems. He remembers being a kid can be tough, lonely and painful. He learns adulthood adds responsibility for yourself and others and begins to realize that being a Christian is more than being judgemental. You don't just follow blindly... you question, doubt and make your own mark. I think what I like about graphic novels is you don't get bogged down in the author's ramblings which can sometimes be a pleasure or many times be boring in lengthy, wordy novels. The pictures and space between words - especially in this book - give the reader the freedom to indulge in his own interpretations. It's a refreshing occasional change of pace.
veranaz22 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very artistic and simple coming-of-age story. Being a graphic novel, it is very easy to finish the book in one or two sittings. I've never read other graphic novels by him, but this title makes me want more. Placing his other works on my wishlist.Four out of five.
DargavilleLibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Deceptively simple coming-of-age-story told with a deft touch.Beautiful portrait of small town life...relatable and extremely readable.
pandawnmonium on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this several times while in high school. I loved the way it was written, and enjoyed the bittersweet feelings of long-distance love that you feel as you read through his innermost thoughts.
mjspear on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Who knew a 'comic book' treatment of a first love could be so moving? Thompson does a boffo job of showing the fear, joy, and compulsion of teenage romantic love. Paralleling the hormonal hijinx is the sensitive portrayal of a love between two brothers. Characters are literally and figuratively well-drawn; even the secondary persons (adults, siblings) have emotions and motives not easy to dismiss. Thompson's initial embrace of (fundamental) Christianity and ultimate rejection of same is treated carefully but the very faithful will likely be upset.
pokylittlepuppy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I heard about this book so much when it came out, and nearly read it so many times. Whenever Chris went to the bookstore I'd end up picking it up and reading a little bit, and finally he bought it for me. This was actually more than five years ago, but somehow I only just read the whole thing now.I'm glad I did, as it was pretty well what I expected: a romantic, navel-gazey memoir with a couple lovely themes. I really liked the way it hung together. At times the attention to detail is beyond overindulgent, and I kind of smirked at more than a few purplish phrases. Oddly, the extremely simple and straightforward dialogue is much, much nicer than the inner narration, which sometimes tries too hard to sound lovely. It's somehow satisfying just to see two regular-kid characters say how much they want each other. I like when Raina says about love, "We have the same disease. It's bad, isn't it?"The book covers a lot of territory: falling in love, ending love, siblings, strength in and losing of belief. It was a good time to read it. It's in some ways a bit overly knit-together, but still is very honest. ¿You know, sometimes you look at me with longing, even though I¿m here with you.¿ I'm rounding down because I'm not sure it would be especially rewarding to reread entirely, but the main declarations of feeling do have a hold, I think. Sometimes you need a reference point.Special compliments to the illustration of the dinosaur diorama at the Milwaukee Public Museum on page 557. If you've ever been there, you know the one.
ShaneCasebeer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Q: 5P: 3Comments: Thompson's coming of age story about sibling rivalry, romance and questioning his fundamentalist upbringing.
Carmenere on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As little kids, Craig and his younger brother Phil reluctantly shared a bed and ¿a blanket. Although they often fretted about sharing sleeping accommodations they found a common ground with their blanket. It provided warmth in the winter when their room was frigidly cold and a diversion on sleepless nights when it provided their imaginations with boyhood fantasies. As time progresses, the boys find new and differing experiences and become strangers to one another. Craig, often the misfit among his peers, connects with another lost soul and fall, in what they believe to be, love. Once again, a blanket will have special meaning for him.I enjoyed Thompson¿s artistry very much. It is very obvious to the reader that these brothers love each other very much and it is just as obvious that Craig and his girlfriend, Raina, are struggling with their personal lives, the place religion will hold in their lives and their plans after graduation. This is a storyline that many a high school student can relate to. Again, Thompson draws Raina so beautifully that the observer knows that she holds a special place in his life.
jolerie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After reading several positive reviews from other LT members about Blankets, I decided to read my very first graphic novel and boy was I impressed. I was impressed with the calibre of story, of the visual appeal, and the fact that 500 pages was easily devoured within one day. There is something about combining the written word with page after page of visual images that is pure magic. The imagination does not need to exert itself as your eyes can see and interpret all that the author chooses to convey.Blankets is one man's sojourn in discovering the joys and pains of family, the heartache and the gut wrenching temptations of first loves, but most of all it is a diary of his struggle to find faith, God, and realizing that sometimes all the pieces fit together and other times they are scattered and senseless. This was my very first foray into the world of graphic novels, but it definitely won't be my last.