NBCBC #8 Blankets by Craig Thompson

Blankets by Craig Thompson
Revisiting the themes of deep friendship and separation Thompson surveyed in Goodbye Chunky Rice, his acclaimed and touching debut, this sensitive memoir recreates the confusion, emotional pain and isolation of the author's rigidly fundamentalist Christian upbringing, along with the trepidation of growing into maturity. Skinny, naive and spiritually vulnerable, Thompson and his younger brother manage to survive their parents' overbearing discipline (the brothers are sometimes forced to sleep in "the cubby-hole," a forbidding and claustrophobic storage chamber) through flights of childhood fancy and a mutual love of drawing. But escapist reveries can't protect them from the cruel schoolmates who make their lives miserable. Thompson's grimly pious parents and religious community dismiss his budding talent for drawing; they view his creative efforts as sinful and relentlessly hector the boys about scripture. By high school, Thompson's a lost, socially battered and confused soul-until he meets Raina and her clique of amiable misfits at a religious camp. Beautiful, open, flexibly spiritual and even popular (something incomprehensible to young Thompson), Raina introduces him to her own less-than-perfect family; to a new teen community and to a broader sense of himself and his future. The two eventually fall in love and the experience ushers Thompson into the beginnings of an adult, independent life. Thompson manages to explore adolescent social yearnings, the power of young love and the complexities of sexual attraction with a rare combination of sincerity, pictorial lyricism and taste. His exceptional b&w drawings balance representational precision with a bold and wonderfully expressive line for pages of ingenious, inventively composed and poignant imagery.

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  • Giuseppe V.

    Sorry for not showing up last night! got caught up with some freelance and then realized I had some other obligations! Happy holidays to everyone and see you beautiful people at Sandman brunch!

    December 21, 2012

    • Giuseppe V.

      Also, sorry for all of those exclamation marks.

      December 21, 2012

  • Nicole G.

    This is one of my favorites, and I've been meaning to join you guys for months now, but I'm working tomorrow. Mind if I stop by at 9?

    December 19, 2012

    • Jeff D.

      Sure! The discussion usually wraps about 9ish but we stick around for a while after for drinks. Join us!

      December 19, 2012

    • Nicole G.

      Cool. In the meantime, you guys should listen to this cool collab: http://tracker.bandca...­

      December 19, 2012

  • Mike

    I saw $14 copies at Forbidden Planet on Saturday.

    October 24, 2012

  • Jeff D.

    I just saw a used copy at The Strand for $15.

    October 23, 2012

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