A Slice of Fried Gold

The Forgotten Parcel

Sunday, May 10, 2009

A year and a half ago, I wrote a letter to Pia Guerra. Pia was the artist for one of my all time favorite comics, Y the Last Man. This comic was important for another reason besides just being one of my favorites - it was arguably the comic that got me back into comics. No less, the letter I wrote was two and a half pages telling her my story about getting out of comics and getting back into them after someone at Bosco's suggested Y. I also happened to send a comic backboard and asked for a drawing of Yorick and Ampersand, the main character and his pet monkey.

A year and a half later, I still thought about it time to time, but I never really expected to get any response. Predictably, just when I stopped thinking so often about it, it came in the mail and my parents surprised me with it this morning. Contained in it were a handwritten response from Pia, letting me know my letter was well received and why it took so long. Also enclosed was a wonderful drawing of Yorick and Ampersand, which to me (I of the rather untrained eye) looks like it took a good amount of work. It's really hard to tell what I loved more - the letter or the piece of art. Either way, I'm taking them both in to get framed together so I can treasure them forever.

Thank you so much Pia for the truly special gift.

Closer look on drawing


Troy Olson said...

That is awesome. I'm guessing most artists wouldn't take the time to do that, so Pia just became 10x cooler in my mind.

Side Note: Y The Last Man was also one of the comics that got me back into reading after a decade long hiatus(along with Fables and Morrison's JLA and New X-Men).

David Harper said...

Fables and Y the Last Man were my two, and they created a horrible, horrible monster of a comic reader. It was seriously one of the best things I've ever received.

Bobbie said...


It is something to be treasured and definitely worth the wait. I was so impressed with her note.

Erik said...

EBAY! I can't believe it, that's awesome.

David Harper said...

Omg I wouldn't ebay it if my life depended on it! It's so precious!

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