Hiya, people! It’s Me! Mexi! Here for another Comics I Need to Read!
So, I have a lot of friends who suggest I read different webcomics because they know I read a lot of them. The comic I’m reading today is one of those comics, and one I’ve been seriously meaning to read ever since I saw the art for it. This month, I read:
Blindsprings by Kadi Fedoruk
Blindsprings tells the tale of a young princess who made an ominous pact with almost all-powerful spirits in order to save her sister’s life. However, when her contract is forcibly broken by a young Academist, she learns that the country she left behind has fallen into a terrible magical imbalance and that if she does not secure enough priestesses for the blindspring spirits before it’s too late, the magic of the land of Llyn will be completely drained.
The art is beautiful. From the almost realistic white trees of the forest Tammy once inhabited for her contract to the sigils Tammy can see with her orphic eyes, the details within the panels are wonderfully done.
The character design for the humans are adorable. The humans have this cutesy feel to them that greatly juxtaposes both the foreboding tale they inhabit as well as the spirits they must deal with. While all the humans are great, I’d say my favorite character designs come from the main, Tammy, as well as the Leader of the Wayfarers, Ember.
I love the spirit designs as well. They’re these ethereal, alien creations that feel more dark and menacing than they do helpful towards the humans who inhabit their continent. These sublime beasts are are made of shadows with clothes and masks to look human-like, made of a strangely trusting light. They’re captivating.
The coloring is magnificent. The differing kinds of magic are shown through the use of colors. A lot of the tone of the comic comes from colors. I’m not sure if any of the pages would be as impactful without Fedoruk’s choices in coloring.
Fedoruk has a way of creating an atmosphere with each page. All the panels flow with a certain tone, a palette of colors that provide the audience an idea for what Fedoruk wants the reader to understand in that page, and I find that fantastic. There’s something about that kind of organization of the page and paneling that really works.
Honestly, I find Fedoruk’s panel layouts to be very well done. She has an eye for them and knows the perfect time for a full-page splash, for smaller panels focusing in on a discussion or an action sequence, for minimalism to emphasize on a character or details to show of spells, outfits, grand spirits.
The world of Blindsprings is fascinating. I love that we don’t know everything about the world, that there is much more to explore that’s not the country who’s forgotten how to keep balance with their magical ecosystem. I like that the old ways have been lost to time and that Tammy, who is barely trained as a priestess to begin with before her kingdom fell into chaos, has to figure out how to fix everything with people who aren’t in touch with their natural magic at all.
I love the characters. While the story has an overall adorable feel to it, there are always these dark edges, and that applies to its characters as well. I like that Imogen is one of the nicest girls out there, yet she yearns for and fears the idea of removing the seal shutting off her possible orphic powers and wants nothing more to have those abilities. I like how it’s slowly revealed that Tammy has an atoner complex.
The annotations between chapters give a peek into the world of Blindsprings. I love the attention particularly to historical bias within historiography. While the writers of articles and historical columns are not given, there is a clear difference between what they write and an unbiased perspective on how events went down, who people are, how you should feel about gravers. I love the choice of showing this, the propaganda machine at work as well as the way historians, and honestly anyone who discusses the past and past cultures, talk, use othering, and view themselves as part of a more superior faction. It’s very 1800s-early 1900s anthropology.
Definitely check out Blindsprings. If you like fantasies with dark undertones, this is a perfect webcomic for you. You can find Blindsprings here.
Next Month, I’ll be reading:
Heart of Gold by Eli & Viv
You can find Heart of Gold here if you’d like to read along with me.
If you have any thoughts on Blindsprings or have a creator I should try reading, please, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Who knows? Maybe I’ll talk about your thoughts or read something by that creator!
See you next month!