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Some newcomers to this year's Chicago Fest for Beatles Fans
[Posted by Jude Kessler on Friday, 08/14/09 7:22 pm] [Full Blog] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

I've found some new friends this year in the Chicago Fest for Beatles Fans giant Beatles Marketplace room.

Hal Pollock's just-released children's cartoon book, Meet the Brittles, chronicles the entire story of The Beatles, using Scouse monsters in Beatle suits to play the roles of John (Riff), Paul (Lefty), George (Mojo), and Ringo (Sticks). Pollock's work, a rhymed poetry-story features 80 Beatles songs in the narrative and moves the story along at a fast and interesting pace.

Hal Pollock

Children of all ages will love the adventures of the cleverly drawn monsters, created by none other than Beatles-guru, Anthony Parisi and John Beukemann. The book, the first of five in a series by Pollock, is a crowd-pleaser. You can check out th book at

Another newcomer to the Chicago Fest this year is talented artist, Russell Walks, who has spent years doing artwork for the world of science fiction. "But I was always a huge and devoted Beatles fans, " Walks commented, "and on the anniversary of John's death, 2008, I started thinking about how I could use my art to commemorate him, to honor The Beatles."

Russell Walks

The result is a stunningly-produced new book called The White Album, in its first edition. The collector's coffee table book is unique. Walks went to 12 noted artists and asked them to pick their 3 favorite Beatles tunes to illustrate. Photographer Paul Michael Kane chose "Why Don't We Do It In the Road?" Cartoonist Jamie Snell chose "I Am the Walrus." And classic pin-up artist, T. C. Cor selected, "Tomorrow Never Knows." Each lent his or her own insightful interpretation to The Beatles lyrics, and the result is a book of 36 new works of art that are provocative, thoughtful, and lovely.

And that's it for me for Friday night! Stay tuned, more reports coming up!

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