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, Comics, Fiction, Young Adult, 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...
  • 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 ten or twenty 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 s...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Whitney Atkinson
    I just read this in one sitting. Incredible. First graphic novel i've given 5 full stars to.
  • 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 ....
  • 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 c...
  • Algernon (Darth Anyan)
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • ☽¸¸.I am¸¸.•*¨ The ¸¸.•*¨*Phoenix¨*•♫♪ ☾
    I loved every minute of this touching, heartwarming story! The growing path of a man, from his childhood years to adulthood, so similar to anyone's but also unique: trauma, friendship, relationship with the family, religion, and the first love. Beautiful.The artwork is stunning too.And many parts felt beautiful on a literary level.I'm glad I read this story, it will stay with me for a long time.
  • Warda
    Blankets: constant clean slates. A renewal of life. Feeling renewed. Starting over.I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up this graphic novel. I knew that it was loved by many and that was as far as my knowledge went. Once I cracked the book open, the bleak tone of the story hit me within a few pages. It was depressing. Lonely. Insecure and full of doubt. It’s somewhat of a coming of age story where the main character has been brought u...
  • Ines
    This graphic novel is a real beauty !! I read it together with my teenage daughter and closing the book we both had a lump in the throat..... I would have liked to enter in the book and scramble with tenderness those two children, I found myself kidnapped in following their growth, melancholy in the face for their pain and mistreatment, happy for the first positive encounters and ecstatic for the first true tenderness of love with a girl.However,...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • Calista
    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 ...
  • Stacey (prettybooks)
    Blanketshad 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 re...
  • 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 of ...
  • 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...
  • Ylenia
    3.5 stars
  • Karima chermiti
    Poignant, real and sad, Blankets is a touching story about the complicated nature of siblings love and the tragic beauty of first love and first heartbreak. At night, lying on your back and staring at the falling snow, it's easy to imagine oneself soaring through the stars I think what I love about Blankets the most is how effortless it was at making me feel all the feelings the characters were experiencing, the loss they feel, the despair and ...