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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  49,543 ratings  ·  3,109 reviews
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.
Paperback, 592 pages
Published August 5th 2003 by Top Shelf Productions
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Seth Hahne
Craig Thompson, for all the lack of works in his bibliography, is one of the best creators working in comics today. Apart from Blankets, he has only released one other major work of fiction. (His third, Habibi , will be released this Fall.)

Blankets by Craig Thompson
[The cutest of meet-cutes.]

There are any number of reasons that Thompson's work should be lauded. His art is gorgeous and his brushline expressive. He treats personal topics with a sense of both whimsy and honesty. He writes true experiences, even when they'r
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Rainbow
This pushed so many of my personal buttons that it's hard for me to think clearly about it. Heartbreaking. Lovely. Couldn't put it down once I started.
Jace
Mar 11, 2008 Jace rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics
Having produced this illustrated autobiography of his formative years, Thompson certainly deserves credit for an ambitious undertaking. His illustrations are the shining accomplishment of this book; cartoony, yet humanly realistic, they exude a youthful enthusiasm. Definitely a memorable drawing style, it almost makes Blankets worth a read in-and-of-itself.

Though well intentioned, I felt that the "plot" of Blankets fell short of what it promised. The bulk of the story revolves around the author
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Kat Stark and the headless Ned


This was a little piece of treasure, but that ending...I didn't like that ending. I feel like a little part of me is missing and I really wanted a better conclusion to this coming-of-age story. I don’t even know what to feel right now!!

This is the second biggest graphic novel I've ever read. At almost 600 pages you would think that it doesn't get bigger than that. And in a way it doesn't because the other one was around 1,000 pages and it was The Walking Dead Compendium...which consists of a shi
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oriana
book #12 for Jugs & Capes!
review #8 for CCLaP!

I joke about this a lot, but it’s true that in some ways, in the squishiest little corner of my mushy little heart, I am still a teenage girl. My favorite TV show, ever and still, is My So-Called Life. I have read Margaret Atwood’s Cat’s Eye probably thirty times. I still listen to Fall Out Boy, for fuck’s sake! I listen to other music too, obviously, hipster fabulous bands you’ve never heard of (I live in Brooklyn, after all), but something in
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Rauf
Feb 27, 2010 Rauf rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: The melancholics
Here are seven lines from Blankets that pretty much sums up the story:

1. I couldn't fathom that the soul trapped in my child body would be transplanted to its grotesque adolescent counterpart.

2. But in that little pathetic clump of blankets there was comfort.

3. We both knew that nothing existed for us outside of the moment.

4. Maybe I'm sad about wanting you. I'm not too comfortable with wanting someone.

5. Shame is always easier to handle if you have someone to share it with.

6. How satisfying it
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Dave Russell
"Desire is sad."
--W. Somerset Maugham, "Rain"

When I was a kid one of my friends invited to go to some church event retreat thingy. My dad, a mildly avowed, atheist wouldn't let me go. I've often wondered what he thought would have happened and what would have actually happened had I gone. Would it have been the opposite of one of those memoirs that get published with alarming frequency, about the person who suffers under the pressure of a strict religious upbringing and later discovers atheism o
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Jo
“How satisfying it is to leave a mark on a blank surface. To make a map of my movement…no matter how temporary.”

and because I couldn’t decide between the two….


“At night, lying on your back and staring at the falling snow, it’s easy to imagine oneself soaring through the stars.”


Initial Final Page Thoughts.
Those last 3 pages, wow.

High Points.
Craig.Snow. Brothers. Church camp. Patchwork. Under the pool table. Cubby holes. Identity. Faith. The future. First loves. Doubt (“It’s reassuring”).
And,
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Greg
A few years ago when part of this book was in the McSweeney's Graphic Novel issue I really liked it. I remember it being on of the stories that made me want to go out and by the book. I didn't go out and buy it though because it was just too damn expensive for me, sure the book looked nice but spending thirty bucks on a graphic novel that I'd read in an hour or so didn't seem worth it.

Now I have finally read it. If I had rated Blankets as soon as I finished it I would have given it four stars.
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The Fza
A few years ago I was lent a book called "Blankets" which I read on the 5 hour trip back from New York City on a Sunday. Now to say the 600 pages just few by would not be an exaggeration. I was done with the book before we hit the Massachusetts border. I knew very little about the book, save for the blurbs on the cover, nor had I heard of it's writer/artist, Craig Thompson, before. But my friend, a struggling journalist living in Queens, told me that 'Blankets' was a semi-autobiographical graphi ...more
Carmen
Oct 19, 2014 Carmen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People with interest/experience with born-again Christianity
Recommended to Carmen by: Book Store
This book is an autobiographical account of Craig's coming to terms with his faith and reconciling it with his sexuality.

Being raised in a born-again family - which is well-portrayed in this book - is not a foreign concept to me. I've spoken before about how damaging the church's messages about sexuality are. We always think of women being oppressed, repressed, damaged, and unhappy as a result of this message, but as I wrote in my review of TAKE MY HAND, men and boys are very hurt and damaged as
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Jeff
Nov 19, 2007 Jeff rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like pretty smells.
So I used to collect comics, the capes kind. Every week, every Wednesday afternoon, I’d find myself at some comics shop buying Iron Man, and The Fantastic Four, and Superman, and Batman, and other kinds of men, all wearing tights and capes, and it took me a few years, but eventually I realized superhero comics are generally boring. I once read an interview with Brian Bendis (current comics scribe wunderkind) and he said, “Comics are all second act.” Meaning there is no third act. No one ever die ...more
Damecatoe
I can’t recall where I heard about this graphic novel, but I put it on my Amazon wishlist and dad got it for me for Christmas.

I took it with me to my prenatal checkup on Tuesday, and I’m glad I did, cause I sat in the waiting room for 40 minutes. During that time, I got so far along in the story that I decided to finish it in one day. I wish I hadn’t. If I hadn’t taken it to bed with me, I could have gone to sleep at least one day loving the story. Instead, I went to sleep saddened.

The main char
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Melki
The philosopher Pat Benatar once claimed, "Hell is for children", and indeed, Craig Thompson's young life was overrun with glimpses of that fiery underworld. Bullies, religious zealots, scary cubby holes, and a baby sitter who liked to do naughty things...just a typical day for Craig and his brother Phil. It was not a warm and snuggly existence.

His teen years were not much better, as he fell headlong into love and experienced a crisis of faith. And all the while, there was that nagging worry tha
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Conrad
Being able to relate to something is the most boring reason to like it, but it's just as true and honest as any other, and this reminded me of my own childhood so intensely that I fell in love with it within the first three pages and loved it until the last one. It is not a great book. It is not terrifically well-written. I don't care, though, because it's like someone transcribed a few moments that I thought I was the only observer of. Of course, there are millions out there who agree with me.

C
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Peter Derk
Okay, I read this quite a number of years ago. I didn't review it at all because I didn't have much good to say about it. But just recently I was asked to say a few things because this book, which has become a darling of sorts, doesn't get a lot of one-star reviews.

Like I said, it's been awhile, so I'll do my best. But everything will probably be based on how I remember FEELING more than anything.

This came out in 2003, so at that time I was just starting college. I think I would be just about th
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أحمد جمال سعد الدين
أجمل جرافيك نوفيل قريتها في حياتي.
عمل بديع بكل معاني الكلمة. يمكن قريتها من 4 أو 5 سنين ، وبرجع لها كل فترة. وهي كانت السبب الأساسي في اهتمامي بالعالم دا الحقيقة، وكلمة "عالم" دي مقصودة تماماً في الواقع، بعيداً عن السلاسل التقليدية، وعوالم الأبطال الخارقين، التي تنتمي إلى نفس التوصيف. كما أنها تتضمّن أجمل قصة حب قريتها على الإطلاق، اعتقد إن دا بالتحديد راجع لكونها بتدور في فترة زمنيّة محمّلة بقدر ثقيل ومرهق من المشاعر، نهايات المراهقة وبداية الشباب. فترة وسخة الحقيقة، لكن تذهب بالعقول من فرط جما
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Teresa
May 02, 2011 Teresa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Teresa by: Nick Kives, rhea mac
I was set to give this 3 stars, but then the final chapter, especially the last few pages (which satisfied my writing heart) turned it into a 4 for me. Early on, while reading, I was reminded of Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, and I was craving some of that book's humor (even if it is dark), which there is really none of here, until the lightness near the end that had me smiling. The illustrations are well-done in advancing the story, but I wondered while reading if the book, though a very quick ...more
Lauren
No book has ever come so close to my own story... it really left me in tears because I knew *exactly* what the author was writing about... if I could draw worth a dime (and had the guts to talk about my past like he does), my graphic biography would look very much like this... That was [is:] my family - just replace the little brother with sisters and the landscape to New Mexico. That was me at fundy church camp. That was me fighting over the bed covers with my little sister but then crying when ...more
MJ Nicholls
I notice it’s been almost a whole year since I read my first graphic novel (Asterios Polyp on April 21 2011), so it’s fair to say I haven’t exactly immersed myself in the genre. Heh heh. My second graphic novel was an arbitrary grab at the library and was one of the few non-superhero-based entries on the shelves. Or perhaps the only non-superhero entry would be more accurate. What is with these people? You can’t be Batman, and drawing a superhero version of Batman will not bring you closer to th ...more
Anila
In eight words:
Deeply disturbing.
Brutally honest.
Absolutely fascinating.
Wonderfully drawn.
Peter
Feb 19, 2013 Peter rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone Everywhere
I would like to run up to your face screaming about how you must read Blankets, but would become embarrassed as I approached and in the end merely whisper.

Blankets is not the most original of stories. No story about a romance between two teenagers can be. The sad fact that art has tried to capture this part of life so often is that, no matter the specific horrors of Craig Thompson's experience, it reads as art about life trying to imitate art. If it were a movie, it would bomb. If it were a book
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marissa
I started reading Blankets huddled up in bed while I was stuck at a friend's apartment, snowed in; it was really the perfect circumstance given that the story starts with Craig (the character) and his younger brother Phil in bed. And frankly, those were the best parts of the book in my opinion, Craig's recollections of his childhood.

Because once he grew to teenagerhood and met the love of his life, Raina, the book became all about their True Love Completely Unlike Love Anybody Else Ever Has Ever
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Jeremy
Unless it comes with a device that magically produces a boundless supply of delicious cookies when I verbally specify into a tiny speaker what kind I want, I seriously doubt that I will ever read a better graphic novel than "Blankets".

Does it help that I came of age during the '80s with a fundamentalist Christian family in a small town? It certainly enhanced my enjoyment, but judging from the reviews I've seen here and elsewhere, a scant, detestable few have failed to find anything of value in
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matt

Ever read something which reminds you so precisely of your childhood that you don't even relate to the book itself you relive the memory as an emotion directly? When you read something that describes exactly how you felt in a given context in a particular moment or moments in your 'one wild and precious life'? (Not a quote from the book here, but a good one nonetheless, and one which seems to be made appropriate by having read this)

Since it's a graphic novel I can also say that, since I always i
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Jasmine
Dan savage talks a lot about the fact parents have a right to be lied to. They look at their children and they see something and whether or not it's true they have a right to expect the child to keep up that perception. At least that's always what I've done with my mom.

But that is a two way street. Children have the right to be lied to too. I mean we have a right to not know our parents have sex. we have a right to not know that our parents constantly hate each other and wish they weren't toget
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Nicky
So you’re walking down the street and see a pet store. You think to yourself, “I’m so not in the mood today.” You walk in anyway because you’re bored, but you’re not going to buy anything. The last thing you need right now is a dog. You have enough bills as it is. You don’t even like dogs that much anyway. All of these puppies can suck it, seriously, because your heart is impervious. Then you see a little French bulldog sitting in his cage. He makes eyes at you — and guess what? — you die. It’s ...more
Leslie
Apr 06, 2008 Leslie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: contemplative types who had to go to church camp
Recommended to Leslie by: Kateri
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is a beautiful and true depiction of first love. One of the best of its kind, I think.

Thompson has said that he wrote and illustrated this - the longest graphic novel to date - in order to describe what it feels like to sleep next to someone for the first time ... a simple goal that he accomplishes with almost heart-breaking tenderness.

The novel's structure seems to me very important. After the first chapter establishes his isolated, rural, fundamentalist childhood, Thompson crafts all of t
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Eddie Watkins
I haven't read many graphic novels, and the ones I have read are in no danger of supplanting (word) novels in my life. There's always something missing, perhaps a level of difficulty in the reading of them that simply doesn't allow them to get deep enough inside me to cause any changes. But saying that I do think Jimmy Corrigan is fantastic, and Blankets is very good. But still, my giving this 4 stars is in no way comparable to the 4 stars I would give to, say, Faulkner's The Hamlet.

I recently r
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Imogen
This is a hard book to write about. I'd read Goodbye Chunky Rice a few years ago, but this sat on my shelf for a long time because it's so much goddam book- it's over six hundred pages. But it's actually a pretty quick read; it's like the reverse of Jimmy Corrigan, at least in terms of graphic density. Though not so much emotionally.

Maybe it's because I was a churchy kid in junior high and the first part of high school? Or maybe because I was hella grungey in a rural (ish) high school, I don't
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Craig Ringwalt Thompson (b. September 21, 1975 in Traverse City, Michigan) is a graphic novelist best known for his 2003 work Blankets. Thompson has received four Harvey Awards, two Eisner Awards, and two Ignatz Awards. In 2007, his cover design for the Menomena album Friend and Foe received a Grammy nomination for Best Recording Package.

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“How satisfying it is to leave a mark on a blank surface. To make a map of my movement - no matter how temporary.” 151 likes
“Maybe I'm sad about wanting you. I'm not too comfortable with wanting someone.” 63 likes
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