Nat: Erin Lefler, what is one of your most memorable experiences meeting a fan at a comic convention?
Erin: This is one of my favorite questions I’ve ever been asked. I have to say it was back at the last Ace Comic Con event that was held in 2019. This girl came over to my table and she was kind of just hanging in the back since I had a crowd around my booth, and my manager noticed this and asked her if she wanted to take a look at one of the books since people were blocking a path to them. She just looked up and locked eyes with me, so I smiled and waved at her, and she got this huge smile across her face and she starts tearing up.
Seeing this I’m worried, because I don’t like to see anyone cry! So, I tell my manager I’ll be back, and I walked out around the booth to go over to her and make sure she’s okay. I walked around to her and tap her on the shoulder and she turns around to look at me and I said to her “ I just wanted to make sure you were ok, I saw you were crying and I hate to see anyone cry!” And she looks at me and I see her hands are literally shaking and she very quietly goes “I’m just really excited to meet you and I didn’t think you’d be this nice…. Can I hug you?”
I’m not going to lie; I was taken back. Because it’s something that seems so normal to me to do is just to show kindness to people, my parents always raised me as a kid to be that way and it’s just something I constantly strive to make sure I do throughout my adulthood. (But again, not everyone is like that to people who like their work. The way that Everyone treats each other is different!) So, I quickly said yes, and she literally latched on to me in the tightest hug; and she was just crying, repeating how happy she is.
The next day an older woman comes by, and I’m eating my lunch so I’m a bit pushed back from my booth and my manager is handling the booth so I can eat. The woman comes up to my manager since it’s kind of a lull in the crowd and she asks if I’m there/if I’m busy, and he turns to look at me to see if I wanted to keep eating. I decided to put my salad down and go talk, because if someone wants to talk to me, I’d love to talk to them as well!
She looks at me and goes “I just needed to come up and meet you. I can’t thank you enough, my daughter was so nervous to meet you yesterday…” (she had told her mother apparently she had cried when she saw me) “…and she gets so nervous, but you made her feel so welcomed. As a mother that just means the world to me, and I just knew I had to meet the person who treated my daughter so kindly.”
Honestly, I haven’t been able to forget that because not only was that girl one of the sweetest girls I’ve ever met; but it also reminds me that showing kindness to everyone can really go a long way to make a lasting impression and impact on someone.
Nat: All I can say is Awww. Thanks for caring about your fans as much as they care about you. Last but not least, is there anything you want your supporters to know about what Princess Erin Lefler is doing now and her plans for the future?
Erin: Well currently besides my usual licensed work and fanart I create in my free time, I’m a deep in the process of a new project that not only am I Producing, but also Hosting as well; which is a lot, but I love the process so much. I can’t wait to share this project with everyone. I’ve put my all into it, and I feel the message of it is so important, I just can’t wait to share it with you.
As For the future, I’m up for whatever changes life is going to throw at me. 2020 has really taught me to adapt and grow with the tide changes and I feel I’ve definitely come out of it so far, a lot stronger. I’d love to start some full-time work on a full-length feature animated film, or at an animation studio, but whatever life has for me I’m excited to experience it! I’m sure it’s going to be amazing!
Stay abreast of what Erin’s doing by following her on Twitter, @Butternutgouach and on Instagram, butternut_gouache. For more interviews with some of your favorite convention guests, check the Comic Con Addicts website and FB page regularly.
Nat Niemi is an award-winning writer and a dreamer with introvert opinions (the kind that sound loud in her own mind). She has written unnoticed books, unnoticed screenplays, and a million grocery lists greatly appreciated by grocery stores throughout the Atlanta area. Nat is also one of the Executive producers and writers of the upcoming comedy web series, “Bad Practice.”