Strange things tend to happen at the drive-in movie, and after 53 years on the night shift, Neil, the Starlight’s quirky projectionist, can tell a lot of stories. Like that time when top-shelf mobster Jimmy the Whale showed up to see The Godfather in his armor-plated Caddy.
Michael San Giacomo will be at the Summer Drive-In on Friday, February 19th, to sign copies of his graphic novel Tales of the Starlight Drive-In, a not-so-nostalgic homage to those very special places where movie culture meets car culture. Twenty-six illustrated stories and six text stories, taking place over half a century, tell the story of American drive-ins from their mid-20th-century heyday to near-extinction. Each story stands alone while functioning as part of an overarching narrative, and each story is somehow related to whatever film happens to be showing on the biggest of the big screens.
Bullitt, Lost in America, Follow That Dream, Fargo, Love Story, and a blue movie or two all make cameo appearances in San Giacomo’s tales, which have been beautifully illustrated by 23 artists.
The author will also sign copies of his previous work, Phantom Jack, about a newspaper reporter with the gift of invisibility. — Chris Davis