Blankets: New edition of Craig Thompson's graphic masterpiece


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Craig Thompson’s second graphic novel, the 582-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 later successes (such as 2011’s seminal Habibi), Drawn and Quarterly has produced a beautiful new edition.


I don’t like to start with negative criticism, but ‘… of babysitter who raped he and his brother…’ needs a little work.


Always wanted to read this one.

Not much description here for this new edition - made me wonder why it was $24 vs $14 for the older version. The new edition is nearly the same dimensions (7x9) but like 3x heavier - must be on heavier, nicer paper?


“Blankets” is a wonderful book, but as a graphic work I think Thompson surpassed it with “Habibi.”


Habibi was certainly lovely as a graphic novel, but I found it a bit too orientalist for my tastes. I much prefer Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant:


Same here, sexist too. But Blankets was very powerful.


You should check out Delilah Dirk. It isn’t perfect, but it’s pretty great and does a better job of recreating the late Ottoman landscape. And who doesn’t love a strong woman lead with a flying boat!


A female Harry Flashman? Sounds intriguing. (Yes, I know all the things wrong with Flashman. That’s sort of the point.)


Habibi is certainly beautiful, both in its design and its drawing, but the story is not as powerful and emotionally affecting as Blankets. I don’t think Delilah Dirk, which is a cracking good read, is remotely comparable in either storytelling or draughtsmanship. It is more colourful though.

I just saw his new book in the shop at the weekend and my seven yr old needs it I think. She loves the Sardine books.


I found it less orientialist, hence, my preference. YMMV! :wink:


The website has a preview, so check it out!


I’m not disagreeing with you on that, I just don’t think they are really comparable! Habibi being a grim story of ecological catastrophe, slavery, castration, sex slavery, DD more a seashbuckling adventure yarn.

But blankets is much better, I never went back to Habibi, even though it is very beautifully drawn and designed.


“Blankets” is probably the best autobiographical coming of age graphic novel so far…


I agree. Habibi’s design is so lavish and skillful, I wish I could like it more but the story itself has too many flaws. I revisit it at times, yet it never leaves me with the good feeling that a well crafted narrative/universe leaves me with.

Blankets has very effective (even though they’re less… acrobatic) visuals and the story is much more elegant and satisfactory. Habibi seems like such a huge effort but it doesn’t come close.


I’d say it needs to be omitted altogether. Spoiler alert?


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