#21 – Blankets by Craig Thompson

It’s really only the last few years I’ve been getting in to reading graphic novels — especially memoir variety (it’s weird to me that they’re not called graphic memoirs. Oh well). Persepolis was the first I’d ever read, not counting lots of comic strips as a kid, plus Tintin.

Blankets takes the prize for the most amazing art of any I’ve read. The story is simple: boy who isn’t sure what he believes meets girl who isn’t sure she’s all that into him at Christian camp. And the plot…that’s about it, really.

But the the interaction between text and images — and even the white space — really transforms a simple story into something more.

It’s hard to describe, but graphic novels are definitely changing the way I think about the printed page.

Extra Credit

Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel. Also a stunning graphic memoir.

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#30 – Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

I begin the book countdown with a must-read: Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi’s account of growing up in Iran — and elsewhere — during the Islamic revolution.

Did this book give me a complete understanding of the intricacies of Iranian politics? No.

But one image from this book will always stay with me: little Marjane in her headscarf and homemade “Punk is not ded” jacket.

Punk Is Not Ded!
Maybe I had this jacket.