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October 26, 2004

Blankets Wins Dutch Award

imageAccording to a post by journalist Peter Breedveld's on the message board of comics magazine The Comics Journal, multiple Eisner and Harvey Awards winner Craig Thompson added to his haul by winning a Dutch comics award, "the Stripschappenning for the best foreign literary comicbook" for his book Blankets.

Breedveld was nice enough to unpack the news via an e-mail:
"The award Thompson got is yearly. Every year an organisation called the Stripschap -- until about ten years ago the most important comic strip organisation in Holland -- gives a kind of achievement award to a Dutch comic creator... and several awards to albums in different genres (best children comic, best foreign children's comic, best literary, best foreign literary, best adventure and best foreign adventure). These awards are a kind of medals. They are awarded at the Stripdagen, the 'Comic Strip Days' which are held, since last year, at an archeological themepark in Alphen aan de Rijn called Archeon."

Breedveld also stated the award for Dutch comic this year went to Mark Retera for his daily newspaper srip about "a nerd called Dirk-Jan."

Thompson's lushly illustrated story about adolescent relationships won several awards and sold thousands of copies for publisher Top Shelf, making its author perhaps the first break-out alternative comics star of the under 35 set.
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