Blankets is a story of self-discovery behind a mask of religion and limited possibilities. As a coming-of-age autobiography, the book tells the story of Thompson's childhood in aEvangelical Christian family, his first love, and his early adulthood. However, the story also relates to other cultural and emotional issues not entirely directed at Thompson that can be placed in a moralised viewpoint.
Meet Asterios Polyp: middle-aged, architect and teacher, aesthete and womanizer, whose life is upended when his New York City apartment goes up in flames. He leaves the city and relocates to a small town in the American heartland. But what is this 'escape' really about? As the story shifts from present to past, the pieces of Polyp's life come together and we meet Hana: a sweet, smart, first-generation Japanese American artist with whom he had made a blissful life. But now she's gone; what has happened to her? Mazzucchelli's extraordinarily imagined world of brilliantly conceived eccentrics, sharply observed social mores, and deftly depicted asides on everything from design theory to the nature of human perception becomes a masterpiece: a great American graphic novel.
- Issue #Asterios Polyp TPB (one year ago)