Blankets by 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.

Details Blankets

Release DateAug 18th, 2003
PublisherTop Shelf Productions
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fiction, Graphic Novels Comics

Reviews Blankets

  • Seth T.
    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.) [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 ho...
  • Rauf
    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 h...
  • Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
    Rating: 3.5/5 stars
  • 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 sto...
  • Whitney Atkinson
    I just read this in one sitting. Incredible. First graphic novel i've given 5 full stars to.
  • Jace
    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...
  • Orsodimondo
    NON RIUSCIVO A CAPIRE......come l'anima racchiusa nel mio corpo da bambino potesse essere trapiantata nella sua grottesca controparte adolescenteRaccontare 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. Bello. Molto bell...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: 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 ....
  • Algernon
    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 th...
  • 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 h...
  • 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. Identit...
  • Carmen
    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 ...
  • 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 a...
  • Maciek
    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...
  • Trish
    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 citizen...
  • 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 ...
  • Φαροφύλακας
    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 υπερα...
  • Carmine
    Fugaci impronte sulla neve 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 al buio della tua cameretta; forse non è neanche la profondità che lega due persone nella condivisione di un frammento d...
  • 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 ...
  • David Yoon
    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 R...
  • Vitor Martins
    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 vi...
  • 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.
  • 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. A...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Tori (InToriLex)
    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori LexI 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 o...
  • 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 ال...
  • Ylenia
    3.5 starsI will be totally honest with you. I read Blankets while I was having a nervous breakdown (TMI but whenever I'm on my period I want to cry for every single fucking thing that happens to me).So, while I was trying to finish the last 50 pages or so I was also trying not to panic and semi-sobbing.Not in the right mood to read but I finished it anyway.This is why I feel like I didn't understand the message of this stunning graphic novel (THE...
  • Nat
    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 with...