Blankets by Craig Thompson
Top Shelf Productions, Marietta, 2003
Winner of the Eisner, Harvey, and Ignatz Awards for Best Graphic Novel and Best Cartoonist.
Borrowed from the library.
I really though I had read this before. After looking at it in the library I realized I hadn’t. I am so glad I brought it home.
Blankets is an autobiographical novel that tells the story of Craig Thompson’s growing up in an fundamentalist Christian family. Simply told and beautiful drawn in black and white, it revisits childhood memories, sharing a bed with his younger brother, the horrors of certain punishments, being an outsider at school and at church, the experience of first love.
Blankets tells the story of a young person’s struggle with belief and guilt, the questions many ask themselves about faith, family and individuality. Thompson’s artwork, sometimes earthy, sometimes dreamlike, adds great emotional depth to this story. It is an unusually honest portrayal of teen fear and loneliness, as well as the passion felt with first love. I found the ending quite beautiful.
The only graphic book I can compare it to is Stitches: A Memoir by David Small, another wonderful book. Here are some links to some great reviews of Blankets. Please visit them. (If you have reviewed this book let me know and I will add your link.)