A little late but I recently attended Yaoi-Con for the second time and I have to say I had the time of my life!! All the bishops were friendly and funny as always and The Captain’s Savvy Sing-along Crew was the highlight of the first day! The organizers were courteous and friendly. And I got to make some make some new friends.
I got to just chill with a couple my closest friends over the weekend and reconnect with the awesome Dusty and Jack from Mahou Shounen Fight. I got to finally have the pleasure of meeting Owen and Suzana from Tripping over You.
I also got to meet with some of my life’s idols, Emily (Artist from Teahouse) and Alex Woolfson (Writer from Artifice and the Young Protectors) I look up to these two so much as a fellow creator and just as a person. They shared a few moments with me as a fan and I’ll be honest, I was so overwhelmed from meeting Alex I started crying. These people are amazing and they have each helped create something that has deeply touched me and others. I very much admire Emily and CC and how beautiful and dynamic their comic is but Alex’s work touches my soul. He creates stories where the fact that the main character is gay isn’t all the character is. They are fighters, survivors, people with normal problems and everyday lives. He focuses first on the person you see more than their sexuality. Sure there are a few yummy scenes for our viewing pleasure but both he and Emirain create characters you root for, you cry with, and you get angry at. That kind of sharing with your fans is a feeling I envy. They allow me to connect to them on a personal level even though they are almost strangers.
And as cliched as this sounds, this wonderful, amazing people and the stories they have created have seriously helped me through some hard times in my life when all I wanted to do was give up. And for that I am eternally grateful. So I just want to say this:
THANK YOU ALL FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART FOR SHARING SOMETHING SO SPECIAL WITH ME.
You have picked up mood and made me laugh. You have brought me to tears both happy and sad. And whenever I felt alone I could always count on you guys every week for my pick me up. You are all truly amazing and I genuinely hope that you all continue to touch other people as you have touched me.
It’s reactions like these that really make all the hard work of creating a webcomic and posting it up every week totally worth it. I do write to entertain, of course, but my personal goal is to “enrich people’s lives.” Even if it’s in a small way, like prompting a smile at the end of a long day. Hoping to make people’s lives better is a lot of what drives me.
It was a great pleasure meeting you. This was a simply wonderful note to find. Thank you so much for the kind words and for letting me know how you’ve connected with my work. :)
(P.S. For those who have not met me, yes, that is how I smile in real life.