The first one was in regards to Suburban Jungle, and contained the following:
Just a quick line to say thank you to you for indirectly hauling me out of a bit of a depressive mood. The other day found me feeling rather low with things, and at the same time trawling through a few of the last coupla years SJ archives, as it's nice to look back once in a while. There were just so many little "awww ^.^ " moments in there that I'd forgotten about, and within no time was feeling rather good with the world. *shrugs* I guess you probably get mails all the time about this sort of thing, but I just wanted to say thanks.
Sometimes it's just the smallest things that make the biggest differences.
Having been through my own depressive bouts, this was extremely gratifying. :) Knowing just what depression is like, I don't think there's anything nicer a person could say about my work than that it made them feel good with the world.
The second was about NeverNever, which is always a nice surprise. With the strip effectively retired, naturally I don't expect it to get a lot of attention.
I've been a reader of [NN] for a while now, but I wouldn't really consider myself a hardcore fan. I do, however, enjoy the strip quite a bit, as it reminds me of some of the imaginary worlds I consrtucted as a child. Strangely enough, it's also something that bridges the space between where I live now and my home country. To explain it briefly, I'm a Malaysian student in Michigan, and there's not really a whole lot here to remind me of home. Back in Malaysia, NeverNever was one of the first online strips I read, and it appealed to my love of mythology, retold in a strange, modern world. Reading the comics kind of reminds me of a time when I was younger and sillier, and I love that feeling. NeverNever makes me think of home, and that's one of the reasons why I've continued to read and reread it through the years. ... I don't suppose you'll find anyone who'll be willing to help resurrect the comic, but it still does exist, and will continue to exist as long as there are people who remember it.
Thanks for the laughs, and for reminding me of younger times.
Well, again, it doesn't get much better for a cartoonist than that. :) It's particularly nice to know that, for one reader at least, NN has appeal that endures beyond the "what have you done for me lately" feeling one gets doing comic strips sometimes.
So ... thanks, fan mail writers! You always make my day. :)