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.”
This is my beloved Mike Campbell crane doing a “takeoff” run. It was done nearly thirty years ago in Jim McLean ‘s animation class. It is very very rough and you can still see a hitch where I didn’t quite match it up at the end before it re-loops, but I think for a first try at complete straight ahead animation with no knowledge of inbetweens, it’s pretty darned good!
(it’s also a lot of fun to pause it to see my individual drawings)
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.