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Thursday, 12 February 2015

WOW. This I Consider A Recommendation!


I am a big fan of Finnish-Suomi creator Pekka A. Manninen as I think everyone knows.  Well, as I receive copies of his Kapteeni Kuolio (Captain Gangrene) books and Sarjari comic I like to return the favour.

One book I sent him was The Cross-Earths Caper and being a busy man he only got round to reading it recently.  This is from his letter to me:

"Well, I did indeed manage to find time to read The Cross Earths Caper...and I loved the character interactions...to me those things are the best bits in a super hero narrative...the feeling that these are a bit dysfunctional persons trying to maintain friendships with other eccentrics.  But normally there isn't  too much of this in a story...you, though, you give that in spades.  Lorry loads...and there is the pronounced sense of fun, too.  The cover was really bold design.  I keep telling people that a cover could be anything at all....but nobody listens.  But really why can a record cover be anything under the sun and the cover of a comic should always be like...a cover of a comic?"

And glowing comments on Some More Things Strange & Sinister -it may inspire an upcoming Captain Gangrene story.

This morning I was ready to announce that I was fully retiring from comics.  I was reading Pekka's letter just as I was typing up the announcement.

One could get quite emotional.  Kind words from Finland's finest!

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