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The best part of being a comic fan in today’s modern world is the availability at which you can find them. Whether on your phone, tablet, monitor, or print copy, due to the internet culture that we’ve embraced finding the perfect comic has never been easier. As for comic creators, these avenues and outlets allow them to connect with an audience they might have never been able to reach. I bring this up because without the internet, I’m not sure I would’ve found the greatness that is Blindsprings, by Kadi Fedoruk.
To call Blindsprings just a fantasy comic, is like calling Daredevil just a blind guy. Sure, on some fundamental level this comic fits within that genre, but it’s done in a way that separates it in a special way. The story follows a young (well, sort of) girl named Tamaura, who’s forced to make a deal with the Spirits of the Forrest to save her sister and herself from a devastating war. They promise to keep her and her sister safe, in exchange Tamaura must stay with them for three-hundred years.
At some point after Tamaura’s pledge, a young man with the best of intentions, but not the most intelligence, finds her in the forest. Convinced Tamaura needs saving, he forces his heroics upon her thus breaking the contract made with the Spirits.
While that’s the basics, what I haven’t mentioned is the absolutely addictive nature this story had on me. I read the first few pages over the course of a few minutes. What came next were three missing hours, a hundred plus pages consumed, and a deep desire for more.
The world of Blindsprings captivated me. The people, places, lore, history, all of it connected with me in a personal way. Tamaura is this innocent character, with nothing but good intentions at heart. The people who’ve taken her in want to protect her even though it’s dangerous to do so. Her connection to both the old world, and this brand new culture, creates a wonderfully enjoyable tension. As if that’s not enough, Kadi’s artwork is beautiful. Her style gave me this childlike feeling as I read each page. Then, there’s the magic of Blindsprings, which takes everything to another level.
Something that’s important to me in fantasy is the set of rules upon which magic is used. For instance, in Dr. Fate, the Helmet of Fate must be worn in order to gain Dr. Fate’s powers. Without the helmet, the magic of Dr. Fate can’t be tapped into. In Blindsprings this rule is found through the use of rune-like symbols that are used to access magic. Through these runes all sorts of magic can be cast, yet it seems that casting magic isn’t so favorable to everyone. People can have their ability to use, and even see, these runes taken from them, sealed away forever.
Possibly my favorite aspect of the magic in Blindsprings is the color and whimsy in which its visualized. It seems like Kadi purposefully chose a more muted palette for the world, so that the magic stands out all the more. Every single time magic enters a scene, a sense of life erupts off the page. Kadi treats magic so well it feels as though it’s an actual character in the story.
Beyond the immersion and captivation Blindsprings had on me, the story is the cause of my vanishing time. As one question was answered two more developed, and while that might sound frustrating, it’s a necessity in storytelling. It drives the story forward, resolving and unraveling simultaneously.
In my opinion Blindsprings is simply too interesting and beautiful to pass up. I highly recommend giving this comic a try. With a wonderful archive for binge readers, and updates three times per week (Tues, Thurs Sat), you may suddenly find yourself enraptured by the world of Blindsprings.
You can find Blindsprings HERE.