One of my favorite graphic novels of all-time is Blankets by Craig Thompson. It’s a fully realized coming of age story about childhood, religion, first love, and heartbreak. It’s artwork is truly amazing, and the story itself really hit me hard the first time I read it. Ismo Santala writes a good review of it for The Modern World.
[T]he dramatic tension in Blankets lies between the simplicity of its storyline and the means of its expression, its elaborate form. This form is achieved by Thompson’s black-and-white line work; clear and lively with a brilliant sense of perspective and composition, it consistently underscores both the clarity and ultimate hopefulness of the story.