I feel like the last person around to finally read Blankets. It got a lot of buzz a while back, but I’m just now getting around to it. I read Habibi by the same Craig Thompson and loved it, so I sought out his other works. I recently read his shorter graphic novel Goodbye, Chunky Rice and didn’t love it – It was a little strange and seemed too short. But I totally get why people raved about Blankets.
Basically Blankets is Craig Thompson’s autobiography, told in the form of one massive (550+ pages) graphic novel. It covers his childhood, his experiences being raised in a Christian household, his struggles as a teenager, and his first love. Dude has got CRAZY talent. And the awesome thing about an autobiography being in this format is that it isn’t just the author droning on about all these little details – instead the author is SHOWING us what happened, showing us conversations and feelings and it’s just so much more powerful and intimate. It appears that Thompson doesn’t really hold back anything – there were some things that were downright disturbing, and he doesn’t sugarcoat his relationships with anybody. According to Wikipedia, his parents actually didn’t talk to him for years after this book came out because it was how he told them that he wasn’t a Christian anymore. Overall, Thompson’s story is interesting and endearing.
Just like with Habibi, the art is stunning and beautiful, although the style is a lot different, of course. But look at that attention to detail! It’s just so fantastic. I took some pics of my favorite pages, you can see those below.
I highly recommend this, just as I did Habibi. You could right it in one long sitting, but I suggest breaking it up to let the story sink in, and to really take the time to appreciate the drawings. I love this big, gorgeous, detailed style of graphic novels. Does anyone know of any similar authors / artists?
Sarah Says: 4 stars