Colleen Doran is a Goddess! There, I said it.  I was stumbling through the crowded masses of San Diego Comic Con International on Friday and turned a corner and lo and behold there was a bright and shining light and the light was none other than the magnificent Colleen Doran!  I was in awe, dear reader, frozen in reverence and humility.  You see, Colleen has this amazing comic called A Distant Soil, a galaxy spanning saga that grabs you from the get go.  You can read the first issue for free at Image Comics’ website here!

Colleen was very kind in spite of my emotional outpouring about how her work positively affected my adolescence (Colleen’s characters were–and still are–far more complicated emotionally and sexually than many other characters one finds in comicdom.  They exist beyond a realm of straight, gay or bisexual, just as *gasp* “real” people do!).
So, that Friday I finished my praising of the luminous Colleen Doran and excused myself as best I could, grasping my copies of the free comic and postcard (pictured above) that she was giving to the multitude.  I walked away thinking about how amazing conventions are because you get to meet your heroes!    
After searching for a flower vendor close to the Con and failing, I returned to Colleen’s booth on Sunday.  She was sketching, flanked by her sister and mother (Who are just as beautiful and kind as she is) and she took a break to speak with me.  She sketched me a quick sketch (this post’s top picture), and signed a copy of Orbiter for me (cover pictured above), a graphic novel collaboration with Warren Ellis.  I had a great time chatting and laughing with these amazing women and am so glad I got to meet them.  

Thanks, Colleen for your gentle strength and gracious hospitality!  I hope you, dear reader, take a look at her work and become a collector of it!  Colleen has done work for many comics and companies and is well known among J. R. R. Tolkien fans for her Lord of the Rings artwork (as well as her Indiana Jones artwork, too!).  A checklist of her work can be found here!  Her blog is here!