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!