Gina, Rabby and Cary are back in The Cloud 109 chatroom after an encounter with some particularly nasty steel toothed mini zombies.
Interesting aside for those of you interested in the provenance of the characters that appear in this ongoing epic. The character of Duke is modelled on a one time band mate of younger son Tom's, Mr Jimi Riddle, whose outfit The Riddles were an overnight sensation with bookings at the best London garage band venues, a tour of Sweden looming and talk of a distribution deal with Rough Trade Records.
Sadly they proved too much of a handful for their relatively elderly managers, whose memories of the punk era were at a variance with the hyper confontational stance of Jimi and Co, who would subject their audience to varying degrees of abuse according to their mood.
Managerless, carless and abandoned in the wasteland of chavtown on sea a.k.a. Hastings, Jimi with admirable chutzpah took himself off to London's East End and cobbled together another troupe of minstrels with no less a figure than Pete Doherty's very own Drew McConnell, filling in on bass for Tom whose attention was by this time otherwise engaged with a pink haired burlesque dancer over in Brighton. Jimi's still working on the grand project as I type and I can only wish the guy every success.
While we're on the subject of graphic novel character sources; Tintin's distinctive quiff was modelled on Herge's brother Paul, whose upward rise through the Belgian Army was tempered by the frequent ribbing he was subject to, often being referred to as Major Tintin. To counteract this lamentable state of affairs Paul Remi adopted a distinctly austere military haircut and took to wearing a monocle much in the manner of Erich Von Stroheim. The resultant new look was however mercilessly lampooned by Herge via the appearance of Colonel Sponz in "The Calculus Affair".
The best fantasies always have a deep rooted resource in the here and now.
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