Handknit Heroes #1

January 22nd, 2009 by

Handknit Heroes #1
Handknit Heroes #1 has arrived… I can’t wait for #2! I first heard about this concept from the creator, our very own Stephanie Bryant (aka Mortaine). Stephanie is an old friend who has carved out a career as a professional writer, always finding new and interesting ways to ply her trade, most recently supporting her lifestyle as a traveling writer/ knitter, writing out of an RV with her husband. I received issue #1 in the mail with a nice press kit, announcing that she has turned her idea into a real published comic book with story and art… and knitting pattern!

The story has 4 main characters; a mom and her teenage twins, and one of their friends. Unbeknownst to each other, they all have developed powers. In this first issue, some of them start making connections, but it is clear that there is much more to come. I really enjoyed the art, which evoked the cuteness and angst inherent in teenage years. There was one panel I loved where mother and son sit eating ice cream together, separated by secrets, but sharing the same method of holding their spoons.

I had an unfamiliar feeling while reading this- wanting to knit something. I’m sure it will pass soon, but I’m impressed that it’s even possible. I had noticed the design as soon as it appeared in the story, thinking it was cute and functional (I hadn’t noticed that it was also featured on the back cover). I like the way that the piece was integrated into the story and the art, and the charming instructions and description of the designer in the back.

I am putting for my subscription as soon as I get paid, so that I don’t miss the next issue. For now, this book is only available on the comicknits website.

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4 Responses to “Handknit Heroes #1”

  1. Stephanie Says:

    Thank you so much for the review. But I have a correction! While subscriptions are available through the website, you’ll also find it in many fine yarn shops all over the country, from Alaska to Texas and, yes, Minnesota! You can find your local shop here: http://www.comicknits.com/locate/

    And you *totally* need one of those scarves. It’s a very easy pattern to knit– no increases or decreases or anything funny. Just knit and purl.

  2. Susie Says:

    Sweet! I will check this out soon. I bet Irene would love it too.

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