And now, as those British guys say, for something completely different. It is difficult to find truly original comic books, but I think this has never been done before: Handknit Heroes. Teen superheroes in fabulous handknits! Ana and Alex are the twin offspring of Jen, the single-mom owner of a yarn store. They join up with their friend Sue to, yes, fight yarn crime!
Naturally each rather spendy issue includes a pattern for something knitted — a feature that slows down the publication to a quarterly schedule. But this is a feature, not a bug — on the home page are guidelines for submitting your own pattern! The conceit is so attractive (at least for a certain subset of the comic book audience) that nobody will notice that as comics these things are not going to be of the caliber of Marvel or Image. I foresee that it’s going to be difficult to find enough yarn-related plot to keep the pot boiling. And there is an inherent difficulty in depicting knitted items in comic book form, because the art cannot go into the proper detail for us to appreciate the stitchwork — photography is the only acceptable method. These fundamental problems will, I fear, make Handknit Heroes a short-lived project. So we must enjoy this while it’s available!
Look at a sample promotional adventurelet here (good heavens, they got Lion Brand Yarn to run it — I bet that’s a first!) and get a pdf of a pattern to knit or crochet your own superhero mask here. The comics themselves are available at select yarn stores around the nation — not in comic book stores.
A short story has just been added to my Bookshelf: