Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Tradio #4 - Blankets

Today's Tradio is Craig Thompson's Blankets.  Not about quilting as you may expect at first...which is good if you are an avid comic reader and bad if you were looking for a book about how to make a duvet cover.
Craig Thompson's Blankets is an autobiograpical graphic novel published in 2003 by Top Shelf.  It was both written and drawn by Thompson.  In it, we see a glimpse into the young life of Thompson as he meets a young lady at christian camp named Raina and we follow their relationship and how it parallels his own struggles with his christian faith.  Through both literal art and a more abstract style, we see a love story develop and how it very deeply affects Thompson in both mind and spirit.  Through flashbacks we see how Thompson got to this point in his life and how his past has shaped his present.  Family, both his and Raina's, star as the strong supporting cast of the book and help you to see how people struggle from day to day in their lives to make ends meet, take care of the ones they love, and deal with their personal faith.  I don't want to spoil a thing, but you will see relationships grow and relationships end.  You will be presented with things that make you cry, scenes that make you uncomfortable, and images that make you really think about how you view your own faith.  Not always easy, but always rewarding.

I loved this book.  The black and white line work conveys so many emotions and you get to see the stages of a relationship from beginning to end and how affecting sharing your life with another person can be.  It is a very emotional journey and be prepared to cry more than once along the way.  Till next time, imaginary readers.

Oh...and for the give one entered.  Not one person.  Having to rethink this whole thing and if it is really worth my time.

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