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Horribly late to the party as usual, I just finished reading Marvel NOW!'s first issue of Fantastic Four, got to the fan letter section, and something struck me. There were two letters in particular that were just so heartfelt I couldn't helped but be awed by them and proud that fan letter sections still exist. I think every title by every publisher should have a fan letter section, but that's just me. One person wrote in about how he, although being only 28, had almost the entire FF run except for three issues, but he wrote about how issue #606 touched him deeply as he lost two aunts to cancer. In this issue the team helped get a tumor out of Willie's body ( I don't know who that is so if you do please give me a brief intro) and this gave him hope that we will be able to cure cancer some day. The editor's response was very humbling as he wrote "Very sorry for your loss, Kevin- and glad that our meager efforts were able to touch you in some small way." Another fan wrote in about how he's been reading Marvel since '68 and how FF #17 made him want to write in for the first time. That's quite an accomplishment.
Another letter encouraged fans to write in just to show their support and I have to echo his sentiment. This isn't an attempt to get preachy or anything, and I apologize if it comes off that way, but everyone likes to know when they're doing a good job with something. With the digital age, this kind of feedback becomes a bit easier to do than sending in letters, unless you're writing to Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples about Saga, as they only take actual letters-this is kinda awesome, actually). On the flip side, creators should also know when they produce crap *cough* Red Lanterns *cough* Sabretooth Reborn story arc to just name two such atrocities. o_O. Jeffrey A. Brown who wrote Black Superheroes, Milestone Comics, and Their Fans s said something that we can all intuit, but have never really occurred to me. Basically he said this, "Comic fandom, unlike other types of fandom, has a more direct influence on the medium," and he of course referenced conventions as a way in which fans can directly interact with creators and thus affect the medium. Yes they right to make a living, but we also support them through our purchases and have a right, as consumers, to voice our opinions, whether positive or negative. When it comes down to it, we owe it to ourselves to help make sure that more quality comics are put out rather than unimaginative dreck. Let's set aside to write to the creators we both admire, and perhaps despise, in an effort to make the comics we love all the better.
So, what's the point of this thread, you ask? If feasible, let's use it compile contact info for titles, as well as a place where we share responses we get. If possible, let's try to use tags as that could help make finding certain books, people we want to write to or see their responses, easier to find. For starters, I'll list the e-mail FF has listed. It's email@example.com and don't forget to write "Okay to print" if you'd like it to be printed. Now that I think about it, compiling contact info could get unnecessarily crazy but let's see where it goes. If you're up for it, who are you thinking about writing? Would you have good or bad things to say? Do you talk to someone regularly (because that would be awesome to hear)?
Edit: Fixed grammar error.
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I thought it was cool of the ASM staff to end it with that kid's letter, I just thought that was cool.
@Cameron: Which letter are you talking about? The one that Chaos referred to as well or a different one?
Avengers and Uncanny Avengers has the same email as FF. All New X-Men is firstname.lastname@example.org. I think I'll write a fan letter to Uncanny Avengers.
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@Gaming Warthog: Thanks! I'll definitely be writing the crew of All New X-Men. Let us know how your letter goes. I was wondering how many titles used the same e-mail address. XD
I assume every Avengers title uses the same address considering that the fanletter pages are exactly the same in Uncanny Avengers and Avengers, same thing for Fantastic Four and FF, I found the exact letters you were talking about in my copy of FF.
@Gaming Warthog: Gotcha. I thought you were talking about a different comic's fan letter section. Sorry about that. Your willingness to write to Uncanny Avengers makes me wanna write to the creators of Storm Dogs and Thor: God of Thunder.
Morbius has email@example.com
It's okay, I didn't reach that conclusion until you made this topic. And this topic was what inspired my fanletter to Uncanny Avengers.
I got a response to my fanletter. It basically said they were happy to hear I liked the Marvel NOW launches and suggested I try out Avengers Arena. Yeah, I kind of ended up writing more to Marvel NOW as a whole instead of just Uncanny Avengers. And now I feel kind of awkward because Avengers Arena is the one series I'm cynical towards.
@Gaming Warthog: That's awesome that you got a response from them and kinda funny that they suggested you try out a series you're not particularly fond of. Heh. I wrote the creators of Storm Dogs and my patient fiancee even proofread it before I sent it. We'll see if they respond. *Crosses fingers*
That is cool you gota response. I have never received a response from a letter sent to a publisher. I was published in Spiderman, and got a response from Jonathan Hickman as well as the lady who is writing amethyst. It's funny that they took the opportunity to pitch another comic to you though...one track minds i guess.
@FAMESREVENGE: That's pretty sweet that you got a response from Hickman. He does some good stuff. Was it a fairly lengthy reply? How is Amethyst? It didn't seem like my kinda book so I haven't checked it out.
From Hickman? it was a once sentence response. The lady who wrote Amethyst wrote quite a bit though.
@FAMESREVENGE: At least Christy Marx gave you a nice response. I'm not fond of one liners but begrudgingly accept them. The same thing happened with J. H. Williams III and Paul Tobin, respectfully. Tobin was doubly awesome because he praised Juan Ferreyra in his reply.
why does Tobin sound so familiar? I can't find anything that rings a bell after searching google
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