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Blankets (2003)

by Craig Thompson

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Loosely based on the author's life, chronicling his journey from childhood to adulthood, exploring the people, experiences, and beliefs that he encountered along the way.
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    Hibou8: Two very good graphic novels that deal with coming of age.
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    American Jesus - Book One: Chosen by Mark Millar (Percevan)
    Percevan: Both comic books are about coming of age and a boy's relationship to Christianity. They are both thought-provoking, but in different ways.
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    Born Again by Kelly Kerney (Percevan)
    Percevan: Both books deal with coming of age of after rigid fundamentalist christian upbringing, but in different formats: a girl's thought provoking fictional story in a novel (Born again) and a beautiful graphic novel with the autobiographical story of a boy (Blankets).… (more)
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    MarcusH: While The Underdogs is not a graphic novel, Markus Zusak does create a series of somewhat autobiographical coming of age tales similar to the story told in Blankets. Zusak's prose is poetic and creates images through words as Thompson creates actual images.
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Art style was a bit meh. The back and forth nature of flashbacks was overly confusing. I frequently didn't know which character was which due to style and/or dialogue. There's a lot of big topics here about sexual abuse, domestic abuse, violence against children, emotional manipulation, problems with institutional religion, homophobia, the American education system... It's a lot. But I don't find the way it's told compelling, and I can find things on it written elsewhere. Also the fact that it's got a quotation by Joss Whedon on the back saying "it's one of the greatest love stories" REALLY turned me off. ( )
  AnonR | Aug 5, 2023 |
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Blankets è il secondo libro che leggo di Craig Thompson, quindi posso affermare con cognizione di causa che, al di là del suo talento, ha un modo di raffigurare le donne che mi mette tremendamente a disagio e mi impedisce di simpatizzare con le sue storie.

È un aspetto che ho trovato molto più marcato in Habibi – l’altra opera di Thompson che ho letto – ma anche Blankets non scherza: Raina, l’interesse amoroso adolescenziale dell’autore, viene spesso raffigurata in pose conturbanti oppure come una sorta di angelo pronta a mostrare una via verso la purezza alternativa a quella predicata in chiesa.

Sono abbastanza convinta che queste raffigurazioni siano proprio il frutto dell’educazione fortemente cristiana e sessuofobica ricevuta da Thompson (e che in parte ci viene raccontata proprio in Blankets), ma nessun ragionamento razionale riesce a scacciare via il senso di disagio causatomi dal vedere il corpo di Raina disegnato in quel modo.

So di essere in netta minoranza, visto quanto è piaciuto e piace questo libro, data anche la sua capacità di raccontare i turbamenti adolescenziali e la classica storia triste di chi cresce in un ambiente fondamentalista, ma Blankets non ha proprio colpito niente in me. Sono però contenta che alla fine Thompson si sia allontanato da quell’ambiente tossico e abbia trovato la sua strada. Anche se disegna i corpi femminili in maniera inquietante. ( )
  kristi_test_02 | Jul 28, 2023 |
Dalla coperta di Linus a quella di Todd ed infine a quella di Craig...

Dal film L'attimo fuggente (Carpe Diem):
Todd: La verità è una coperta che ti lascia scoperti i piedi
Keating: No, non ci faccia caso, continui con la coperta, mi parli della coperta.
Todd: Tu la spingi, la tiri e lei non basta mai, anche se ti dibatti, non riesci a coprirti tutto...
Keating: Non ti fermare.
Todd: Dal momento in cui nasci piangendo al momento in cui esci morendo, ti copre solo la faccia e tu piangi e gridi e gemi.
[le risate si spengono]

Di notte,
quando stai
sdraiato a
pancia in su
e guardi la
neve che
scende, è
facile imma-
ginare di
librarti in
volo tra
le stelle.


E la neve caduta
accolgie la neve che
cade e le sussurra


...ogni cosa


...e allora
perché farla


Sì, appunto, un bel ADDIO è sempre quello che ci vuole... ( )
  NewLibrary78 | Jul 22, 2023 |
This wasn’t my favorite graphic novel. I appreciated how raw and real it was. It was really sad yet seem to end on a hopeful note. The art was beautiful though. ( )
  TimeLord10SPW | Jul 4, 2023 |
Author/illustrator Craig Thompson takes us on an autobiographical journey through some of the defining coming-of-age moments in his child and teenage years. The main storyline of the book focuses on Craig meeting a girl at church camp around his senior year of high school, falling madly in love, and going to stay two weeks with her family. But there are also snippets of a storyline from when he and his brother were much younger.

This was such a lovely, tender, and heartbreaking story to read. Thompson does an incredible job of illustrating these compelling and often introspective moments of his childhood, and I could really feel the emotion coming off of the page. So realistic and relatable, I feel like I know these characters (and occasionally were some of these characters growing up). I love the moments when Craig plays with the medium, allowing moments of fantasy to reinforce the thoughts/feelings of the characters.

The only thing I didn’t like was the lack of full closure at the end. I get that’s how life is, and this just a snippet in his own, but there are things I still would have liked to known (including a very dark moment that was never explained) ( )
  Reading_Vicariously | May 22, 2023 |
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Blankets is an attempt to rejuvenate such well-trod themes as social isolation, religious guilt, and first love; the vitality of which has become too frequently obscured by countless hackneyed dramas and endless clichés. Toward the very end of this “illustrated novel,” Craig notes, while walking in snow, how “satisfying it is to leave a mark on a blank surface.” In Blankets, Thompson does just this: through daring leaps of visual storytelling, he makes wonderfully fresh marks upon a surface long worn blank.
In telling his story, which includes beautifully rendered memories of the small brutalities that parents inflict upon their children and siblings upon each other, Thompson describes the ecstasy and ache of obsession (with a lover, with God) and is unafraid to suggest the ways that obsession can consume itself and evaporate.
added by stephmo | editNew York Times, Ken Tucker (Sep 13, 2003)
...credit writer-artist Craig Thompson, 27, for infusing his bittersweet tale of childhood psyche bruising, junior Christian angst, and adolescent first love with a lyricism so engaging, the pages fly right by.
I would be unlikely to share Blankets with someone who told me they wanted to understand comix. Instead, I would give it to anyone who told me they wanted to read a book that made them feel transcendent, sad, generous, hopeful — but above all, to truly feel something.
added by stephmo | editPowells.com, Chris Bolton (Aug 23, 2003)
Part teen romance novel, part coming-of-age novel, part faith-in-crisis novel and all comix, "Blankets" is a great American novel.
added by stephmo | editTIME, Andrew Arnold (Jul 11, 2003)

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Thompson, Craigprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Assis, ÉricoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
David, AlainTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dohmen, ToonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fliege, Claudiasecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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