Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Opening the Elf~Fin™ Conversation

We received this lovely letter from a reader – Pamela from Tasmania – a few weeks ago, who has given us permission to reprint it online (some identifying private information has been blocked out).

While we're not going to give away any upcoming plotlines, we will say that Pamela is very switched on. We're both of the mind-set that comics need to be explored. We usually have at least two sweeps through a comic when we're reading them—we read the words first and skim over the images and then on the second reading, focus and dissect the images and skim over the words. We can see that Pamela has done the same with the Elf~Fin: Hyfus & Tilaweed PREVIEW. There is lots of information embedded in the images if you care or have the time to look for it. Here are some examples of what Pamela's discovered ...
"I've read it several times, and will quite a few more, I suspect. Each time I catch something I didn't see before. So many little details – from the colour co-originating fin-webbing between the fingers ... [to] the colour changes to Hyfus' tail when his sea-seer power kicks in ... and many others.

The scene of the poor little sea-horses that were simply in the wrong place and the wrong time was quite heart-rending...

I really liked the gradual page by page darkening of the panels as afternoon progressed into evening, the greyed-out pages at night, and the golden quality of the morning light.

I thought it interesting that while Hyfus appeared in the glow of light, the Council members are situated entirely in the shadow (enlightenment against ignorance?) ...

Pamela also posed many questions about the Shuddering, the giant rock faces in the opening pages and questions about Fillayne's partner who "disappeared". Some of these questions will be answered (partly or in full if they don't amount to spoilers) in our first ezine which is going out at the end of this month. If you want to subscribe and learn more insider's information about Elf~Fin, then just CLICK on the SUBSCRIBE image on the right hand side-bar of this blog and then opt into our e-mailing list.

Oh ... and Pam, we love your letterhead with your own version of a merman.

Thank you for delighting us with your letter.

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