by Thompson, Craig, 1975-

Format: Print Book 2015
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
Available (4)
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Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale Graphic Novels GN Tho
Location  Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale
Collection  Graphic Novels
Call Number  GN Tho
Cooper-Siegel Community Library Graphic Novel GRAPHIC NOVEL FIC THO
Location  Cooper-Siegel Community Library
Collection  Graphic Novel
Northern Tier Regional Library Young Adult Graphic Novel YA GRAPHIC THOMP
Location  Northern Tier Regional Library
Collection  Young Adult Graphic Novel
Western Allegheny Community Library Teen Graphic Novel YAGN THOMPSON
Location  Western Allegheny Community Library
Collection  Teen Graphic Novel

"Quaint, meditative and sometimes dreamy, blankets will take you straight back to your first kiss. " --The Guardian

Blankets is the story of a young man coming of age and finding the confidence to express his creative voice. Craig Thompson's poignant graphic memoir plays out against the backdrop of a Midwestern winterscape: finely-hewn linework draws together a portrait of small town life, a rigorously fundamentalist Christian childhood, and a lonely, emotionally mixed-up adolescence.

Under an engulfing blanket of snow, Craig and Raina fall in love at winter church camp, revealing to one another their struggles with faith and their dreams of escape. Over time though, their personal demons resurface and their relationship falls apart. It's a universal story, and Thompson's vibrant brushstrokes and unique page designs make the familiar heartbreaking all over again.

This groundbreaking graphic novel, winner of two Eisner and three Harvey Awards, is an eloquent portrait of adolescent yearning; first love (and first heartache); faith in crisis; and the process of moving beyond all of that. Beautifully rendered in pen and ink, Thompson has created a love story that lasts.

Cubby hole
Stirring furnace
Blank sheet
I don't wanna grow up
Teen spirit
Just like heaven
Vanishing cave
Foot notes.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Thompson's graphic novel debut, Goodbye Chunky Rice (1999), was a delicate parable of loss that garnered deserved acclaim. The eagerly awaited, autobiographical follow-up to it is more ambitious, more accomplished, and more accessible. Thompson recalls growing up in a religious family in rural Wisconsin, particularly his affectionate tussles with his younger brother, with whom he shared a bed and the titular blankets. A few years later, he experiences the painful intensity of first love with Raina, a girl from Michigan he meets at a regional church camp. When the pair are separated, his loss of faith in his love for Raina presages his later loss of religious faith. The blanket motif reappears throughout the work, forthrightly as the handmade quilt Raina gives him, and more subtly as the blank sheets of paper he confronts as a budding artist. Eschewing the usual alt-comics cynicism, Thompson's evocation of high-school romance manages to be both romanticized and clear-eyed. His visual mastery shows in fluid line work, assured compositions, and powerful use of solid black areas and negative space. Weighing in at nearly 600 pages, this is a genuine graphic novel, with a universal appeal that suits it for any collection. --Gordon Flagg Copyright 2003 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Revisiting the themes of deep friendship and separation Thompson surveyed in Goodbye Chunky Rice, his acclaimed and touching debut, this sensitive memoir recreates the confusion, emotional pain and isolation of the author's rigidly fundamentalist Christian upbringing, along with the trepidation of growing into maturity. Skinny, na?ve and spiritually vulnerable, Thompson and his younger brother manage to survive their parents' overbearing discipline (the brothers are sometimes forced to sleep in "the cubby-hole," a forbidding and claustrophobic storage chamber) through flights of childhood fancy and a mutual love of drawing. But escapist reveries can't protect them from the cruel schoolmates who make their lives miserable. Thompson's grimly pious parents and religious community dismiss his budding talent for drawing; they view his creative efforts as sinful and relentlessly hector the boys about scripture. By high school, Thompson's a lost, socially battered and confused soul-until he meets Raina and her clique of amiable misfits at a religious camp. Beautiful, open, flexibly spiritual and even popular (something incomprehensible to young Thompson), Raina introduces him to her own less-than-perfect family; to a new teen community and to a broader sense of himself and his future. The two eventually fall in love and the experience ushers Thompson into the beginnings of an adult, independent life. Thompson manages to explore adolescent social yearnings, the power of young love and the complexities of sexual attraction with a rare combination of sincerity, pictorial lyricism and taste. His exceptional b&w drawings balance representational precision with a bold and wonderfully expressive line for pages of ingenious, inventively composed and poignant imagery. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Families -- Comic books, strips, etc.
First loves -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Teenage boys -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Teenage artists -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Sibling rivalry -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Brothers -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Coming of age -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Wisconsin -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Graphic novels.
Comics (Graphic works)
Publisher Montreal :Drawn & Quarterly,2015
Edition First Drawn & Quarterly hardcover & paperback editions.
Language English
Description 582 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781770462205
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