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'Blankets' sells out of first printing

Official Press Release

[Craig Thompson and Chris Staros]The heat is on. Top Shelf's Chris Staros is shown here at Wizard WorldChicago handing a $20,000.00 royalty check to BLANKETS creator, CraigThompson. If you haven't read BLANKETS yet, you'd better grab a copynow. While the book goes into a second printing this week, this newprinting will, in all likelihood, quickly evaporate as well.

If you've missed out on the buzz, here's what people are saying aboutBLANKETS:

"… a rarity: a first-love story so well remembered and honest that itreminds you what falling in love feels like. … achingly beautiful." --Time Magazine (8/25/03)

"Thompson manages to explore adolescent social yearnings, the power ofyoung love and the complexities of sexual attraction with a rarecombination of sincerity, pictorial lyricism and taste. His exceptionaldrawings balance representational precision with a bold and wonderfullyexpressive line for pages of ingenious, inventively composed andpoignant imagery." -- Publishers Weekly (8/18/03)

"Blankets is a great American novel." -- Andrew D. Arnold, Time.com

"This book is a masterpiece … people will be discussing it in the samebreath as A Contract with God, Maus, and Sandman. … It's the first trulygreat graphic novel of the 21st century, and I assure you that my ownwords don't do it any sort of justice." -- Vroom Socko, aintitcool.com

"I thought it was moving, tender, beautifully drawn, painfully honest,and probably the most important graphic novel since JIMMY CORRIGAN." --Neil Gaiman

"Blankets officially confirms Craig Thompson's place in the world ofgraphic novels as one of the true greats." -- Brian Michael Bendis

From the author of the critically-acclaimed and best-selling graphicnovel, GOOD-BYE, CHUNKY RICE comes BLANKETS. Wrapped in the landscape ofa blustery Wisconsin winter, BLANKETS explores the sibling rivalry oftwo brothers growing up in the isolated country, and the budding romanceof two coming-of-age lovers. A tale of security and discovery, ofplayfulness and tragedy, of a fall from grace and the origins of faith.A profound and utterly beautiful work from Craig Thompson. -- $29.95(US), 592 pages, ISBN 1-891830-43-0

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