I think I feel the loss of Tom Petty more than ever today.
Because of what might have been.
When I was a teen, we got the fan club letter several times a year, and at first when I received it it was called Popular Defective. It was loaded with info, fun stuff, photos, and, short of waiting for magazines to come out with any little article, it was what I (and, I am sure, many others) doted on for info and updates, and pictures of the band.
I know I saved mine, and I can’t find them all for some reason. But I did find the most important one.
I received a total of four copies of this issue, because whoever was running the label making machine printed out four labels for me! So here are the first two:
The other two hilariously read, “Elizabeth”, and then it was as if someone just said, “Oh, Screw it,” and labeled it “Rock Fan.”
Quickies are quick little standalone drawings of the gang for illustrating various funny scenarios, or quotes, or whatever else hops into my brain that doesn’t really fit a full cartoon format. 🙂
To see what inspired this (Tom driving us around Gainesville, Florida), take a look at this super-funny documentary from the mid-1980s. Scroll to about 2:10.
Stan voices his discontent. This is an older one, where I am still figuring out the layout.
I posted this on the Mike Campbell fanpage on Facebook and got some laughs about Tom standing on Mike’s head.
This is the first cartoon I tried to do with some sort of format; I was in a hurry so i just threw what was in my sketchbook straight into a frame and called it a day.
The backstory on this cartoon is something funny that Mike does in the Heartbreakers’ “Letting You Go” video…it’s a little toss of his head that you can tell he’s doing to be funny, trying to look all rock-god-like. The others are amused by it, too. You can watch it at the link down below. I was also still calling them “Betty’s Birds”, but I discovered that was a wedding products site or something.
To see the actual head toss, wait for the line “you’re by the fire, keepin’ warm and dry”. 🙂