Oh his blog IHateMike.com (he says mikenorton.com was taken), comic creator Mike Norton shared a wonderful story about a young reader he had met last year at C2E2 and how she returned to his table this year and made his weekend.
A year ago at the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), a 10 year old girl came up to my table and told me that she really liked my comic (The Answer!) because it was about a really smart woman who figured things out with her mind. It made my weekend, of course. I thought i was just making a goofy superhero comic.
This year, the same girl came to the table with her mother. This time, in full-on Answer! cosplay. I couldn't believe it. Her name is Rowan and not only had she not forgotten about the book (I haven't managed to put out the sequel yet!) but she was now making her own comics! (she gave me an awesome book about me and her with the Answer!, riding Battlepug, and fighting each other with cats on our heads.) I kinda get teary-eyed just thinking about it.
I didn't start making comics with the intention of influencing other people. I don't make them with a conscious idea to be inclusive to all people. I just make the kind of comics I like. But everybody IS invited. EVERYBODY.
The idea that there are Rowans out there who feel comfortable being a part of this amazing community is important. It's worth protecting. The fact that sometimes it's even an issue to some people makes angry, so I'm not going to think about that. I'm going to think about getting started on that second Answer! series. Rowan is getting antsy, I'm sure.
I am so going to go out and find the Answer series now.