Apart from Blankets, he has only released one other major work of fiction. His third, Habibiwill be released this Fall. His art is gorgeous and his brushline expressive. He treats personal topics with a sense of both whimsy and honesty.
Publication history[ edit ] In lateThompson began work on the graphic novel, which was published three and a half years later in Craig is the main character, who is depicted from childhood to young adulthood.
Craig is a talented artist and devout Christian. At a Baptist Christian winter camp he meets a girl from a similar background named Raina who becomes his first love.
Like Craig, he likes to draw, and the first portion of the story details their childhood together, though they later drift apart. Their adventures are also recalled at least once in each chapter throughout the book.
Craig's first love, a Blankets craig thompson Christian whom Craig first meets at a church camp. Like Craig, her family is not well-off financially, and her parents' divorce causes her stress.
She also takes care of her mentally disabled sister and brother. Although she believes in God, she does not believe as strongly as Craig does. Craig's parents are strict, devoutly religious Christians who are not very tolerant of liberal Christianity.
Raina's father is a man who is loyal to his own beliefs and is hoping to salvage his relationship with his wife. Raina's mother has no interest in repairing her relationship with her husband, and is trying to move on.
Both she and her husband leave Raina to take care of her adopted siblings, as well as her niece. Raina's adopted sister and brother, both of whom are mentally disabled. Ben is a far more quiet and collected person, whereas Laura is far more energetic.
Raina's sister and brother in law.
Synopsis[ edit ] Childhood scene in Blankets in which Craig and Phil find a pair of animal skulls. Blankets chronicles Craig's adolescence and young adulthood, his childhood relationship with his younger brother, and the conflicts he experiences regarding Christianity and his first love.
Though written chronologically, Thompson uses flashbacks as a literary and artistic device in order to parallel young adult experience with past childhood experience. Major literary themes of the work include: Craig begins by describing his relationship with his brother during their childhood in Wisconsin.
They have devoutly religious parents. Thompson also depicts a male babysitter sexually abusing both Craig and his younger brother, Phil.
Craig suffers harassment from bullies at school and at church. Through his teen years, he continues to find it hard to fit in with his peers, but at Bible camp one winter, he comes to associate with a group of outcast teens which includes a girl named Raina, who develops an interest in Craig.
The two become inseparable, and continue their relationship through letters and phone calls. They arrange to spend two weeks together at Raina's home in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Despite growing closer during the visit, the two return to their separate lives, but Raina eventually decides to break off the relationship. They maintain a friendship for a time, talking on the phone with diminishing frequency and increasing inanity.
Ultimately, Craig tells Raina that their friendship, too, is over. Craig then destroys everything Raina had ever given to him, and every memento of their relationship, except for the quilt she made. He stores it in the attic of his childhood home, and moves out to start his own life elsewhere.
Craig comes to terms with religion and spiritual identity while away from his family, and confides in his brother that he is no longer a Christian, but still believes in God and the teachings of Jesus.
He returns to his childhood home after several years, seemingly a different person.
Reception[ edit ] Craig Thompson sketches Raina in a copy of the book at a September 20, book signing at Midtown Comics in Manhattan. Blankets received considerable attention in the comics and mainstream book press; it was extremely well received and eventually won numerous awards see below.Craig says it is a bed, not a boat and that Phil should just go to sleep.
Craig steals the blankets. Phil begins to complain about Craig hogging the blankets and about the fact that Craig is also taking up more than his share of the bed. Critical analysis by Karlen Nurijanyan. The autobiographical novel, Blankets, written by Craig Thompson portrays his childhood, his initial love, and adulthood in a Christian timberdesignmag.com book is composed of visual images that accentuatethe messages of the author.
Craig Thompson - Blankets read online. An amazing and beautiful graphic novel memoir First published in , Blankets is an amazing and beautiful graphic novel written and illustrated by Craig Thompson, American graphic novelist famous for his works such as Habibi and Good-bye, Chunky-Rice.
Blankets by Craig Thompson The Author Craig Thompson was born in Traverse City, Michigan in and raised in rural Marathon, Wisconsin in a fundamentalist Christian household. Craig Thompson is a cartoonist and the author of the award-winning books Blankets, Carnet de Voyage, Good-bye Chunky Rice, and Habibi.
Thompson was born in Michigan in , and grew up in a rural farming community in central Wisconsin/5(49). Craig Thompson's second graphic novel, the page mammoth Blankets, swept the field's awards, taking three Harveys, two Eisners, and two Ignatzes.
More than a decade later, and buoyed by his.