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26th-Nov-2007 03:50 pm
Robin McKinley gets a letter from one of the trogs.

Admittedly my favorite in this category still has to be Scott McCloud's handling of a letter he got in response to Zot! #30, lo these many years ago...

Dear Respondent,

Yay! Cartoonist Scott McCloud beautifully celebrated the wonder of nostalgia in "Autumn," Zot! #30's feature story. What a delightful relief from the disturbing trend other recent issues have shown.

It was like reading a Ray Bradbury story, only better. Unfortunately, more recent issues of Zot! have degenerated into an organ for effete liberal notions ("notion" suggests more of whim than a true idea); an early example being a sympathetic attitude toward the perversion some call homosexuality but which true culture (the distaff editor is probably acquainted with Freudian cum Marxist philosopher Herbert Marcuse's distinction in Eros and Civilization) names sodomy.

Such secular humanism (godlessness) gave me pause: should I continue buying Zot!? Then "Autumn" came out and I could only reaffirm a continuing enjoyment of the series. I just hope the story portends a departure from past excesses. Past nonsense.

Of the various comics I bought the month "Autumn" came out (Denizens, rip, Raw, Flash, Love & Rockets, Groo, Spirit, Mr. Monster, Calvin & Hobbes, Lone Wolf & Cub, Border Worlds and Homicide) Zot! #30 stood out as the definite best.

at which point he continues into his analysis of #30 and everything he liked about it, all in the same pompous tone. And yes, I've left off the name since it was 17 years ago after all and we were all young and stupid once (would that Google would show me the same courtesy...).

In what is probably the most ironic timing ever, this letter was duly printed in the back of issue #33, further along in the sequence where Zot is marooned in Jenny's universe, going to her high school, each issue being from the point of view of one of Jenny's various high school friends.

#33, titled "normal", was Terry's story ... the one in which she comes out.

Scott's reply, in its entirety:

Thank you for writing, David. I'm glad you enjoyed issue #30.
Sorry to see you go.

Of course, Cat Yronwode (the editor) couldn't leave well enough alone, adding the following note:

Eclipse doesn't publish any comics about spinning, so we don't have a "distaff editor."
Maybe you're getting us confused with McCall's Needlework.
27th-Nov-2007 01:02 am (UTC)
I would pay good money for a comic about spinning. Sadly, I suspect Q and I and a handful of our friends would be the sole target market.
30th-Nov-2007 04:18 am (UTC)
If I can find an artist, you're on...I have a character and a world I've been wanting to write for years. :)
27th-Nov-2007 01:39 am (UTC)
Why would someone like that read Love and Rockets?

Some day, I'll get to read the rest of Zot! I hope.
27th-Nov-2007 06:57 am (UTC)
Never read it when it was first published, but it's supposed to be reprinted in full by Harper Collins next year. Based on these anecdotes alone I consider it worth the cover price.
27th-Nov-2007 07:26 am (UTC)
That was my first thought... they read L&R and they find a coming out story offensive?! Were they just looking at the pretty illustrations?
27th-Nov-2007 03:43 am (UTC)
Whoa, I didn't know Robin McKinley had an LJ! *Friends it* And re: that letter writer, wow, what a jerk!
27th-Nov-2007 03:51 am (UTC)
i remember that! autumn was just amazing. up until then, i'd been thinking "oh, man, this zot stuck in jenny's universe thing is going to be LAME LAME LAME!" and then #30 was incredible. (rumor has it they wanted to put in a scratch and sniff card that smelled like burning leaves)

also, man, zot #33 was one of the awesomest comics ever. as soon as i read it, i wanted to take a copy and go back in time and give it to myself when i was about 14.
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