For me, the books that really made an impression on me in high school were Pascal’s “Pensees”, (Pensees means thoughts in French) C.S. Lewis’ “The Screwtape Letters” and of course, Dante’s “Inferno.” As you can see, all share a fundamental source in philosophy while the author employs a good bit of imagination. While writing light-hearted comics is something that I prefer, presenting the aspect of critical thinking is important to me also.
One of the goals I’ve set for “Suits and Guarders” is to infuse literature into the comic strip in order to spark an interest. Thomas, being the brainy one, is usually the person I plant the seeds with along with Arnold, Jonathan or Bernard. There are many ways to influence learning, so why not through comics? As long as I give authors their credit, then I shouldn’t have to wonder in what level this cartoonist will dwell or how bad he will have it!