I realized after I finished this page that the pirate looks a lot like Vekken. It isn’t, I just really messed up the character designs in this section. Note to self — go for more extremes for the minor cast folk. This particular person was actually last seen on this page here.
I’m currently writing a convention wrap-up for the Webcomic Alliance, but I wanted to share highlights here too!! So I thought I might tell you a story or two from the convention. Moments that were particularly rewarding.
The free sketches were flying all weekend, and were a great draw (pun intended) to the booth. On Sunday, a family with two young children, a boy and a girl, came up. Both were eager for a sketch. So I looked very seriously at both of them and asked, “Are you a princess person, or a monster person?” The girl scuffed the floor with her shoe and said shyly, “Princess,” the boy pumped his little fists and shouted jubilantly, “MONSTER!!!” So I set about drawing the girl a sketch of Mizha and the boy an image of Dream Eater.
The parents were getting a kick out of the whole thing, and when the boy started looking at the buttons (conveniently placed at child eye-level) their father said that each of them could have one. The boy immediately grabbed the one he wanted, but I could see the girl was having trouble. In a sudden moment of clarity I knew, KNEW which one she would like best. I glanced at the button boxes, and saw that the button in question (Moon Goddess) had gotten flipped. So, without missing a beat, I reached out and poked the button so it flipped over. Immediately her eyes lit up! She grabbed the button and immediately showed it to her folks. “This one, this one!!” I’m pretty sure my heart was about two seconds away from exploding from the adorableness.
Overall, kids were amazingly careful and respectful with my books. They held them reverently, like they were made of gold, turning the pages with incredible care. Truly, there is nothing quite like the admiration of a child to make you feel like a bajillion bucks!!
Ever had your life made better by the actions of a child?