A Strange Creature by Henry
in May 2004, I received the following email:
name is Henry Aesoph and I am an 8th grader at Coupeville Middle School
in Coupeville, Washington on Whidbey Island. The school is participating
in an annual "Job Shadow Day", in which students spend about
four hours with someone who works in a profession that the student
wants to pursue.
would love working with you because I love drawing horribly malformed
animals and flora, and I love your comic, "Zed".
responded that I would be happy to do it. And so, on Friday, May
21st (2004), Henry's parents dropped him off at my house which also
happens to be my studio. The captive youth spent a few hours looking
over my shoulder while I was working on my latest projects. He got
a sneak peak at some of the pre-production artwork I'm currently
doing for Disney and Cartoon Network as well as a special preview
of my upcoming book Odd Numbers.
seems determined to have a career as an artist and his work looks
couple of weeks after our meeting, Henry sent me the following email,
which convinced me that he was really jazzed by the whole experience
Sorry that this
message is horribly belated, but I just wanted to thank you for
letting me "Shadow" you. Of course, it was so much more
than a "shadow"; working with you was one of the most
amazing things in my life (also the fact that you gave me a signed
ZED volume 1 was really quite undeniably cool). Enclosed as another
form of thanks is a little drawing I did on Photoshop [posted
above] - hope you enjoy it.
huge masses 'o thanks,