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4.05  ·  Rating details ·  83,152 ratings  ·  5,810 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 18th 2003 by Top Shelf Productions (first published July 1st 2003)
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Leksi As a young adult, I found Blankets to be a great read because of my curiosity towards life's "big questions" and how other people deal with them.…moreAs a young adult, I found Blankets to be a great read because of my curiosity towards life's "big questions" and how other people deal with them. Thomson's brushstrokes are absolutely gorgeous, and he captures the rush and restless torment of being young and in love with nothing but honesty. However, along with that frankness comes lavish yet dismissal towards teenage romance, concluding it to be merely lust. This dismissive tone continues throughout the portrayal of religion as well, which may be trying for someone who is early in their development of their views on spirituality. Yes, there is nudity, with some of the scenes that go along with it beautiful, yet others grotesque. Please, flip through a bit of the novel before handing it to a teenager, especially to anyone younger than sixteen. (less)
Julie Strømsvold Not really. I found this book perfect for that age, as it raises a lot of questions people at that point in their life ask, and shows the author…moreNot really. I found this book perfect for that age, as it raises a lot of questions people at that point in their life ask, and shows the author character going through them. We had this in our high school library, which was where I discovered it. It left a lasting impression with me in the best way possible, for being deep, beautiful and honest. Though to be fair I live in a country that considers nudity no big deal, and I've grown up with the frame of mind that hiding unsexualized naked bodies from children, especially teens, is unnecessary and perpetuates body shaming. I didn't even remember there being nudity in this until I reread it recently, so clearly that part didn't leave any lasting damages. (less)

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Seth T.
Jun 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, bookclub
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'
Feb 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
David Schaafsma
Every year I teach this book in my YA course it comes up as one of the top three favorite texts in the course. I might go so far as to say it is one of the top five or ten graphic novels of all time. Powerful, gorgeous, touching, expressive, it’s among other things a meditation on first or young love, with sweeping and /or anguished art accomplished in the romantic tradition, with all the emotional highs and lows of young love. Thompson’s story might be described as autobiographical fiction; set ...more
Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
Jan 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Whitney Atkinson
I just read this in one sitting. Incredible. First graphic novel i've given 5 full stars to.
Oct 24, 2007 rated it it was ok
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


...come l'anima racchiusa nel mio corpo da bambino potesse essere trapiantata nella sua grottesca controparte adolescente


Raccontare il crescere, da bambino diventare adolescente, raccontare il diventare.
E raccontare il silenzio.
Silenzio pieno di pensieri, ma forse anche più di emozioni.
Che diventano mie, che sono mie, le mie che avevo a quell’epoca della vita, che in verità è uno stato dell’essere.


Molto bello.
Molto molto.

Tenero, struggente, divertente, romantico,
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Contrary jerkoff party of 1? I’m here I’m here! While a 3 Star rating is most definitely a perfectly fine rating – in this case I am one of a handful amongst my friends who dared to not give 4 or 5. Allow me a moment to ‘splain myself. If I were judging solely on the artwork I would break the GR rating system and allot Blankets 10. I mean seriously it begins right at the cover . . .

Palm Springs commercial photography

Très belle! And for those of you who have developed
Paul Bryant
Nothing like reading a 580 page book in two and a bit hours to make you think you’ve had a productive day. It probably took Craig Thompson 10 years of hard graft, and after two hours I just snap my fingers & say yeah, loved that – next!

Wow, I wish I could steam through non-graphic novels at the same speed – imagine scything through The Brothers Caramel or Moby Duck or Remembrance of Things Past, cutting through swathes of these vast 19th century hulks like a hijacked speedboat through a pub
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, comics

It's beautiful!


A quilt made of memories, bad and good, side by side sketches about growing up in a small town in Wisconsin; about sharing a room with a younger brother; about surviving school days with merciless bullying; about finding solace in religion; about a boy who meets a girl; about disfunctional families and people with disabilities; about being an artist and about the power of imagination, about the purity of first love reflected in the purity of snow; about losing your religion and
Jan 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I first read about Blankets in an article on the history of graphic novels, where it was mentioned as one of the signature examples of the form - along famous works such as Art Spiegelman's Maus (Interestingly, Spiegelman liked the book, and sent the author a congratulatory letter after publication). Blankets was offered as an example of a serious and important work, which helped define the term and give it meaning and significance - by telling a mature and largely autobiographical story it help ...more
Mar 07, 2011 rated it liked it
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 i
“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”).
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 18, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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.
Wow. Every bit as earthshaking and meaningful as Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, this graphic novel by Craig Thompson published in 2003 by Top Shelf is one thoughtful Americans do not want to miss. Christian evangelical notions of life on earth and what comes after are a huge part of the narrative of our nation. Even today when our population is more diverse than ever, the history of these core beliefs within our citizenry continue to affect the direction of our politics. ...more
Dave Russell
Aug 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
"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
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fugaci impronte sulla neve

"Quello che sto cercando di dire è che ogni cosa ha una fine. No..."fine" è una parola troppo delicata. Ogni cosa deteriora...e allora perché farla incominciare?"

Cos'è l'amore? E come possiamo identificarlo e imprimerlo indelebilmente in qualcosa da ammirare e rimirare, finché la sua essenza non si dissipa con il passare del tempo?
L'amore non è solo la meraviglia del momento o la perfezione catturata in un attimo; non è Gesù che guida i fedeli e sorride
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: Κόμιξ
Το "Blankets" τού Κραιγκ Τόμπσον (Craig Thompson) είναι μια αυτοβιογραφική ιστορία και συνάμα μια ιστορία αγάπης.

Παρακολουθούμε τον ήρωα παιδί να μεγαλώνει με τον μικρό αδερφό του σε μια θρησκόληπτη και αυταρχική οικογένεια που από την μία αδυνατεί να υπερασπιστεί τα δύο παιδιά και από την άλλη τους εμφυτεύει χριστιανικές τύψεις για πράγματα που δεν θά 'πρεπε.

Έρχεται λοιπόν η στιγμή που ο έφηβος Κραιγκ συναντά σε μια κατασκήνωση ένα ιδιαίτερο κορίτσι που γίνεται η παρέα του και που αργότερα θα κ
David Yoon
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's the semi-autobiographical story that starts with Craig from his childhood, sharing a bed with his brother huddled against the cold of Wisconsin winters. It's a bed that is both a battleground and a life raft.

It mirrors his relationship growing up in the Christian faith, the child of devout parents. Christianity is a refuge against the small-town bullies but becomes something he has to wrestle with in the throes of young love when he meets Raina.

It's such a particular Western story. While
Vitor Martins
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015, comics
Peguei esse quadrinho pra ler sem saber nada a respeito da história e acabei me identificando demais com o protagonista. A arte é MARAVILHOSA, o texto levanta reflexões muito importantes sobre a influência da religião nas relações familiares.

Só achei o final meio anti-climático mas como se trata de um quadrinho auto-biográfico, é complicado esperar um final mirabolante, já que o autor estava narrando a própria vida. E às vezes a vida acaba não nos dando o final feliz e perfeito que a gente quer
The Fizza
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
Trina (Between Chapters)
Rating Edited on 12/26/15. Am upping my rating from 4 stars to 5 stars because this was the first book I read this year and after 12 months it still stands out to me as a powerful and lingering story despite the open ending that originally caused me to knock a star off. One of the BEST graphic novels I've ever read. Highly recommend.

First book of 2015!

Beautiful artwork and touching story.
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Peter Derk
Jan 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
I thought this book was so well done. It sets a mood and the setting tells the story as much as the words do. Most of the story is told in a blanket of snow. It stirs and moves me. I thought the love story was so well done and Craig was very honest about who he was and what he went through. His sadness comes through the pages.

I was in a cafe reading this and burst at laughing at the pee-pee wars. That was too much. There is nudity and it fits in the story well.

I also grew up in a community that
Apr 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Stacey (prettybooks)
Blankets had been on my wishlist for years. I knew it was a coming-of-age story, but I wasn't prepared for how gritty it could be. The story of young Craig Thompson and his little brother was both bleak and poignant. The story becomes more hopeful as Craig grows older and falls in love for the first time. Even though the religious aspect was a little too heavy for me, Blankets is full of lovely cinematic panels and gorgeous illustrations.

I also reviewed this book over on Pretty Books.
Tori (InToriLex)
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I was excited to be blown away by this because of all of the booktuber's who have recommended this. This was a sweet story about coming of age. first love and grappling with Christian beliefs. However I was underwhelmed and wanted more to be explained.  Craig explores the pivotal experiences and memories that have shaped his life. I was happy to learn more about him, but the emotional turmoil and angst of adolescence was not well communicated through his
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels

This book started out so deep and sad, I was not even 20 pages in and I had already tears in my eyes.
Going into this I was hesitant for reasons I don’t even recall, but Blankets really hit home for me.

It’s an emotional story following the lives of two brothers from childhood to adulthood. I was so into the story that I barely noticed the hours going by and I managed to finish it in one sitting. The storyline goes through different times without ever seeming abrupt, it had the perfect flow. And
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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.

“How satisfying it is to leave a mark on a blank surface. To make a map of my movement - no matter how temporary.” 266 likes
“Maybe I'm sad about wanting you. I'm not too comfortable with wanting someone.” 109 likes
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