Six years later
The Gear Quartet
I was going through my closet and found this drawing I did way back in 1988. Consider this: this drawing is farther in the past than 1969 was from 1988. I am old.
Today we posted the last episode of The Ink Panthers Show for the foreseeable future. You can listen to it here
Doing the podcast was a great experience and a heartfelt thanks to everyone who listened. You guys will always be fused the chairs of our hearts. Hopefully we’ll return in some format or another soon!
I love this image but it drives me crazy that the “Let it Be” Beatles should be before the “Abbey Road” Beatles. I’ll happily buy a print of a corrected version!
You’ll notice Paul is the only one looking down, as if at a grave. He’s wearing sandals, the way people are traditionally buried in Thailand. The car in the background is touching Paul’s head, symbolizing the head injury that killed him in that car crash in November of 1966.
Anyone who knows me knows I am a huge fan of wax museums (musea?), the creepier and wrong the figures the better!
Last night I started watching this movie called Paul McCartney Really is Dead: The Last Testament of George Harrison. It’s a “documentary” claiming to be a recording made by the late Beatle explaining how Paul McCartney died in 1966 and the Beatles subsequently covered it up. It’s an intriguing premise and one I’ve considered tackling myself in comics form.
The problem is that it’s pretty bad. It’s basically a really bad George Harrison impression read over a bunch of stills. If they had made the audio scratchy and spotty, like a secret recording it might’ve worked better and covered up how much the guy doesn’t sound like George Harrison—he doesn’t even sound like he’s from Liverpool.
The other problem is that only a hardcore Beatles fan could sit through the film but anyone who is that big of a fan (as I am) will catch the numerous errors that show up (for instance, they say he died in a car crash in 1966 and started planting clues on the Rubber Soul album—which came out a year earlier).
One thing I did like was their expanding on the tradtional Paul-is-Dead clues to shoehorn in other references (the policeman who has the Beatles come and identify John’s body is named Maxwell). Most of these new clues are pretty cornball but at least they’re putting in the effort.
Check it out if you’re a Beatlemanaic. It’s on Netflix streaming.