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The Genius Behind ‘Blankets’ Competes for a Grammy Award

A few months ago, I kicked off my almost-weekly Comics Page feature with a look at the treasure trove of art and music that is Doot Doot Garden, the blog home of my pal Craig Thompson, nee of the classic and award-winning Blankets and, in my opinion, his even awesomer memoir, Carnet de Voyage. Seems my pal may have to make room for another award, however, not one of the comics variety, according to a recent news piece in The Oregonian.

Craig was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Recording Package category for his groovy design work on the Portland indy band Menomena’s latest album, Friend & Foe. (Listen to Wet and Rusting from the new album.)

By the way, Craig accompanied Menomena on their European tour, creating some truly amazing impromptu sketches during their sets, as you can see in the YouTube video below.

For those of you who haven’t been lucky enough to have your copy of Blankets, Goodbye Chunky Rice, Carnet de Voyage or anything else signed and sketched by Craig, you may wince after watching this very short YouTube video about what he does with the art he makes during Menomena’s shows.

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