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...
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.