Dear Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez, and the good people of IDW Publishing:
I want to thank you for creating, drawing, and taking a chance on a story about a family that is dealing with tragedy in a magical world. This series opened my mind to what is possible in comics, and made me appreciate the value in having a story with a set beginning, middle, and end. While I would have loved this series to go on in perpetuity, it was clearly in the best interest of the Locke family to bring their story to an end (I am not sure they could handle more).
At times this series made me laugh, at times I cried, and at times I felt genuine fear. From the first issue I was drawn in by the fine art of Rodriguez, and instantly felt compassion for those involved in the story. Sure it was easy to hate Sam Lesser, but the way Hill made you feel sorry for him was simply stunning. Luke Caravaggio was similar, in that it was easy to be repulsed by the vile things he did, but the writing of Hill really painted him as a sympathetic being.
I fear that Hill and Rodriguez set the bar too high for other individuals in the comic industry. This is a series that I always use to welcome new individuals into the world of comics. It speaks to what a powerful medium this is and I wish more creators took advantage of it.
All of this reminiscing has made me a little misty. Something tells me if you used the head key to open up my melon you would see the Locke Family going on adventures. I feel like I am saying goodbye to a friend, but at least it is on his or her own terms. I will look back with fondness on our friendship, and wish you nothing but the best in the future.
Cheers and thank you so much for sharing this with us,