Here's a typically gorgeous piece from Craig Russell, from Night Music, a collection of short stories that was one of the early publications from the late, great Pacific Comics, coming out in 1979.
In 1996, Craig did a similar story with Neil Gaiman, One Life-Furnished In Early Moorcock, that like this one was, in part, about growing up loving the worlds of fantasy and science-fiction.
That's the thing about Russell, he really means it. Pretentious? I guess, but he can get away with it.