Further Reading on Thompson’s Blankets/Extra Credit

Per class discussion, here are links to interviews with Craig Thompson, author of Blankets

Craig Thompson at Meltdown Comics (this is the full video that we watched a clip from).

Qulture – WEB EXTRA – Graphic Novelist Craig Thompson discusses ‘Blankets’ (another video)

Graphic Novelist Craig Thompson on Parental Censorship, Leaving Christianity, and His Epic, “Habibi” (article from Mother Jones)

Craig Thompson transcript – Contents (this is the transcript to a lengthy interview with Thompson; part 7 includes information on Raina and his source of inspiration for her character)

If you liked Blankets, you might also enjoy:

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

Marbles by Ellen Forney

Stitches by David Small

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Maus by Art Spiegelman

Daytripper by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá (apparently Craig Thompson did the introduction!)

My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf

Little Fish by Ramsey Beyer

Ghost World by Daniel Clowes

Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

Tomboy by Liz Prince

This One Summer and Skim by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki

Lucy Knisley’s books

and Lynda Barry’s books.

Extra Credit Opportunities:

1) Every semester, I invite students to submit something in response to the text that I can use for a mini-zine. There are a few ways to get involved here: you can write a mini-book review (think micro: a few sentences to a paragraph), create art (do you like to draw? Did Thompson’s book inspire you?), make a playlist for a mixtape they might have listened to in Raina’s truck, write a letter to the author or to any of the characters, write fan fiction, poetry…I’m open to other ideas, if you have them. Up to 5 extra credit points will be awarded for submission, OR you can also help me put the zine together if making content isn’t your thing but designing a layout and making photocopies and cutting/folding/distributing is. 

2) Book Club! Craig Thompson has another book called Habibi that came out in 2011. The artwork is similar as is the feel – it reads like an autobiography, but the story is set in a fictional Islamic world. NPR gave it a great review. However, some have criticized Thompson for taking an Orientalist approach, which is a word that describes how Middle Eastern people are stereotypically represented from a colonialist perspective (read: white people own black and brown people and their stories). Basically, Thompson is a white midwestern dude, and he used Middle Eastern story and art for play and to earn a profit. Is that okay? Why or why not? I’ve been wanting to read this book and would love to host a book club in my office for anyone interested. Meeting time is TBD depending on interest/availability. If you’re interested, please let me know. This would take place over several weeks, 2-3 meetings? Up to 10 points will be awarded based on attendance and discussion.

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