(cross posted from my Musing of a Librarian blog)
Today I’m here to honor Zita the Spacegirl as she embarks upon her greatest adventure and journey yet…the adventure of a reader’s imagination. While Zita’s book journey is at an end, for now, she will accompany her loyal fans readers on new journeys. Journeys that they have only just begun to imagine and dream of. Zita will follow them as they explore the world around them, lending her courage and strength as they face challenges around them, and even lend her experience and skills as they journey into the great unknown. Zita and her fellow companions will keep us all in good spirits no matter where we go.
We loyal fans and readers have been lucky to be able to follow Zita’s journey, as faithfully chronicled by Ben Hatke, in webcomics, in minicomics, and in three books. We have watched as Zita has journeyed to parts unknown, to save friends, make new ones, to stop evil in it’s tract, and to find her way home…only to set off on further journeys to help us, to lend us her strength and courage as we continue our journey. Zita and her friends are beloved, not because they are superheroes with fancy gadgets and powers that we can only dream of. No…they are beloved because they give us strength and courage on our darkest days. Because we know that no matter what trouble we may be facing that we can count on Zita to stand with us and give us strength. We know that no matter what the world may look like outside, Zita will stand with us.
So let us stand and cheer for Zita and her friends! May their journeys be full of friends wherever they may go, and may their courage and strength never fail. To Zita!
In honor of the occasion I broke out my pastels to make a little fan art (once I have access to a working scanner I’ll post a better image)