I received a very pleasant email about a month ago, out of the blue:
I’m currently a teacher of English at Waynesburg University and a fan of comics. Right now the classes I’m in charge of are looking at the concept of “the outsider” in comics; we’re looking at differing viewpoints in books like “Holy Terror” and “Persepolis”. I recently picked up DHP #4 and absolutely loved your short story…and I was hoping to share it with my class for a discussion.
The gentleman went on to describe how he would like to use my story, and whether I would be OK with sending him low resolution files to use in his PowerPoint presentation.
Needless to say, I was thrilled. Positive feedback on my stories are always appreciated, but to have one re-purposed to facilitate a discussion about multiculturalism is awesome. I gladly provided a digital copy, as well as a copy of the shorter piece I did in the CBLDF benefit book on freedom of religion.
The reply I got was equally welcomed:
I appreciate it greatly – and more importantly, they’ll go a long way in my classes this semester. I needed something to counterbalance the astounding arrogance of Holy Terror. I think this does the job nicely.
Sometimes it’s the little things that really lift your spirits.