The Thread That Binds (Webcomic)
The Thread That Binds is a new webcomic from Noel Arthur Heimpel about queer magic bookbinders, found family, and healing.
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THE THREAD THAT BINDS
The Thread That Binds is a fantasy comic about the healing power of connection, particularly in the midst of change and grief.
Amane Sol has just achieved her life’s dream—being accepted as a magical Bookbinding apprentice at the Eternal Library, which houses copies of all the world’s books—when her plans are altered by the death of her would-be mentor, Head Librarian June Suregrove. Amane has a million questions about her new life: Do books have souls? Where will she fit into her newfound library family? Was June's death actually an accident, or is there something more sinister at hand? Her adventure at the Library is only just beginning...
A story both joyful and touching, The Thread That Binds explores the many different ways we connect with one another in body, mind, and spirit. Featuring a fully queer cast, many asexual- and aromantic-spectrum main characters, and a culture where gender isn’t even a thing (as well as cultures where it is). <3
The Thread That Binds updates one chapter every 3-5 months, with each chapter averaging around 40 pages long. Follow along on Patreon for the most news and updates on the comic! Otherwise, please follow me on Twitter or Instagram for more info & notifications.
CHAPTER ONE PREVIEW
Specific content warnings will be given at the start of each chapter. General content warnings for the comic include:
Mention and discussion of character death (past death, not shown on-page)
Depiction of grieving (for a spouse/parental figure/mentor)
Emotional and spiritual abuse from friends & family
Allusions to experience of emotional child abuse (not shown on-page or in detail)
Discussion & depiction of anxiety & PTSD
THE THREADBOUND ORACLE
The Thread That Binds will also have a companion project called The Threadbound Oracle, a 50-card Oracle deck designed by me which Amane uses frequently throughout the course of the comic! The real deck will also feature the characters themselves as the subjects of the cards. Click here to see all the cards so far.
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*Age at the beginning of the comic, during present timeline
**The culture Mairead was raised in has no concept of gender, and no words for bi/pan/homo/heterosexual/romantic (Amane’s does, hence why her bio says pansexual), so Mairead’s orientation is best described simply as allosexual and alloromantic as it seems inappropriate to apply any of those words. Allo = not ace or aro.