A few months ago this very cool & interesting woman, Gennie Summers, contacted Judith Hunt through Judith's agent, Wilkinson Studios, remarking on on her appreciation of Judith's artwork for Evangeline.
Gennie's letter forwarded from the agent:
I am an 84-year old woman who wanted to be a professional artist, but never made it too far. I never got all the professional training I should have.
Drawing and writing became a life-long hobby. During the 50's I wrote and drew illos for 404 science-fiction stories, some of which I am now posting on the Internet, along with other art I've done.
I ran into Evangeline while reading Blogs; I remember it from years back but never really saw it before. It's just the type of thing I've always loved, sci-fi and fantasy. The art is so beautiful, I wish I had been able to develop my skills as well. I will send you an invitation to see some of what I've been up to. I would be delighted to hear from you.
Exeter, Southern MO
At first we thought that someone was pulling our leg but as it turned out Gennie Summers is very real, an artist who loves Star Trek, writes and draws comic strips that are very interestingly retro. She also does some really nice pen and ink portrait work of the Star Trek characters.
Judith's resulting correspondence along with Gennie's response (in red) :
Dear Gennie Summers,
Thank you for writing me such kind words! My agent forwarded me your letter. We thought for a moment that someone was pulling our leg when we first read it.
I guess one can never know.
My son Ben, the studio assistant and now writer of Evangeline, did a Google search and found your Picasa web album. Then we were very impressed.
Nice portraits! Ben, who is an avid fan of new and old science-fiction too, especially enjoyed your Van Trixon and MESO-The Prehistoric Planet. I believe his words were "That is so AWESOME!"
I cannot possibly tell you what this means to me! I am thrilled beyond words to know that you found my stuff even looking at.
I had to leave my formal training early and had to raise two sons alone with no assistance. It is hard to be an artist full-time when you are working to pay the bills.
I totally understand your concern over not having that education. Your work is beautiful and I think you have nothing to be concerned about. You obviously are talented and work very hard to create it.
Thank you so very much for your kind words.
I was first inspired to become an artist by the old Flash Gordon strip, by Alex Raymond. He also inspired the fantasy/sci-fi in me. I love Ricardo (?) Villagran's art, btw.
Ben would like to know if it would be okay to place your e-mail message on the Evangeline site's blog with a link to your Picasa web album?
I would be very pleased! I had intended to send you an invitation, but I had sent my email from your site and didn't write it down. I have Google web albums there, and a blog, and also a blog at MNS Live. My latest work is there. I'll send invitations; not sure if I made that public.
Thank you again for making my day!
It is YOU who made my day--and the rest of my life!
The best to you or should I say....
Live long and prosper,
That will do fine, if you don't allow my Klingon companions to know. I belong to a group called the KLINGON STRIKE FORCE. I used to run it for five years.
Thanks for the compliments, Gennie! Qapla'!*
For more great Star Trek portraits and retro scifi comics check out Gennie Summer's Google Web Album & Her MSN Blog