Story Structure in Graphic Novels — Blankets
Blankets, by Craig Thompson, is an excellent example of three-act storytelling in the graphic novel format. From beginning to end it has one theme, one protagonist, and one dramatic intent: to tell how Craig matured from boy to man.
I don’t know if he found the three-act story structure intuitively or if he had any writing assistance along the way, but the end result is a fine piece of traditional three-act writing.
According to this blog post on his website, the entire manuscript was written and thumbnailed in an “initial thumbnail draft” before it was drawn allowing him to edit over 100 pages out of his final manuscript. For those of you who are anxious about committing ink to paper before the story is ready, look to Blankets as a good example to follow.
To see how Blankets works as a three-act story, visit here: Blankets Story Structure.
(Spoiler Alert: If you have not read Blankets, yet, I will be discussing the entire story.)