cover love: blankets |

Okay, folks, confession time. I’m not exactly proud of this, but I’ve never read a graphic novel.* Please don’t judge me! Because as soon as I get my grabby hands on Craig Thompson’s Blankets, that’s all going to change, I promise.

This particular Cover Love post is interesting in the fact that the author is also the illustrator. Which I find mighty awesome, if I say so myself. I dare you to visit Craig Thompson’s blog and not get lost in all of its pages, clicking on post after post, ogling all of that artistry. And what’s more, he’s included a few pictures of the German production of Blankets.

Among a few texture-rific specialties, it’s got subtle spot varnish, one of my favorite things to fondle touch on a book.

Regarding the US cover, Blankets has a face that stills you with its emotional tone. To me, the two characters on the cover don’t seem to be holding each other in a romantic embrace – they’re out in the middle of nowhere, holding still in a forest of snow. They seem lost in each other, but…they seem so sad.

A sample from the inside:

Oh, and a few other people had some nice things to say about Blankets, too. And it’s won multiple awards in both visual and literary realms. No big deal.

Yep, I think I’m ready to cut my teeth.

*This is kind of a lie. I read half of Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 1. Long story.