If you saw my post from yesterday, you know I was slightly concerned about the potential implications of the latest Zen Pencils comic. I felt that it seemed to imply something negative about cosplay, fandom, or "escape" in general.
Well, I emailed Gav Aung (a.k.a. Zen Pencils), and he responded! Here's what he emailed to me:
Thanks for the post and feedback. It's funny, some people have said it's their favourite comic and some have said they hate it! For the record:
- The comic is not criticising fandom, rather the opposite - it's meant to show how fandom can help one cope with difficult situations. If I have to explain it panel by panel, then I've obviously failed as a storyteller and need to get back to the drawing board!
He also gave a shout-out to my post in the comments section of his website:
It might also be worth noting that Zen Pencils has depicted cosplay in other ways as well.