Blankets by Craig Thompson

Blankets: A Graphic Novel: Thompson, Craig: Books

Rating: 5 out of 5.

How satisfying it is to leave a mark on a blank surface. To make a map of my movement–no matter how temporary.

‘Blankets’ is a memoir-based graphic novel by Craig Thompson. It involves the author’s coming-of-age story, his relationship with his brother, and the account of his falling in love. It is well executed in terms of illustrations. It’s colorless, but the panels are exceptionally beautiful. The story in itself is also very engaging. I was left wanting more once I finished the book and found myself researching the author and his work.

It’s one of the must-read graphic novels, which you should pick up if you are trying to read more of the genre. From the story front, it was breezy. I did, however, feel that the character of Raina was a little off track. Whenever I was reading, her actions were very calculated yet very unpredictable. It felt odd while reading. Later, I got to know that there were some parts of the book where the author has fictionalized the story. Which made more sense to me. Nevertheless, it didn’t deter me from liking this book. It didn’t bother me much.

There are few pieces of Raina and Craig, which are nothing short of magic. The one with the blanket and the tree on the wall was brilliant. There are multiple places where Craig used his art as a metaphor to explain his feeling, like the tree on Raina’s Wall, which transpires to something so beautifully tragic in the later parts that left me in awe.

Marks On a Blank Surface: Craig Thompson's Blankets (2003) | by Joshua  Grasso | Medium

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