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George Harrison’s letter to a fan called Jennie Rose (1964):

❝I went to the piano. Letters were always on the piano, which was only ever played by my grandmother. There was this white envelope. Unfamiliar writing. Postmarked York. I turned it over and there was an hotel address printed on the back. Hotel notepaper. From York. And I suddenly got this feeling. It swept over me. And my throat constricted. And my heart was pounding. I was shaking. I still hadn’t opened the envelope. Then I did open the envelope. Very carefully. Inside was one sheet of white notepaper. Was it what I thought? A letter – from George Harrison – in my hand. I opened the letter and it was from George. And it was in my hand. And this is what the letter said:

“Dear Jennie,

Thank you for writing and for all the nice things you said about the Beatles, especially about me. I hope we get to play near enough for you to come and see us one day, until then just keep playing the records.

If you really want to marry me then send a photograph, as I can’t very well say ‘Yes’ without even seeing you can I? I will see what can be arranged but I think you had better ask your parents first.

Love from

George.

X X X” (three kisses)

Well, can you imagine – can you imagine how I felt, at that age, receiving a letter from the person I thought was possible, just possibly the most important person in the whole history of the world? He had written a letter to me. With his own hand. His own pen. I read it, and I read it and I read it. And I cried and I held it to me. My Mum was delighted. I couldn’t wait to tell my friends but none of us had telephones. Even my pop music-hating Dad was enthusiastic, realising it was quite a momentous occasion. I like to believe he told his friends at work the next day, and said it in a proud kind of way.

(…) I will never forget what it was like being in love with the Beatles in those lovely, happy, hopeful times when all my life stretched ahead of me and every dream waited to come true, and my youth would last 'for eva and eva’ when everything was Fab.

(Source: “A letter from George Harrison”, My Story section, Saga Magazine.)

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Fantom’s picks from the July solicitations!

It’s a huge year for hchomgoblin and royalboiler and their whole posse. They just keep rolling out fun new stuff through September with a diverse crew of artists from around the world.

From Under Mountains #1 - Claire Gibson, Sloane Leong, Marian Churchland - September 30 (Image)

A new PoC-led fantasy series with an all-female creative team?! This is exactly our sort of jam. From Under Mountains is set in the same universe as 8house (we think?) but it forges its own path.

Plutona #1 - Jeff Lemire & Emi Lenox - September 2 (Image)

Emi Lenox’s autobiographical webcomic EmiTown is one of our favorites, so we’re super excited to see her team up with Jeff Lemire (Descender, Trillium).

Head Lopper #1 - Andrew MacLean - September 9 (Image)

Andrew MacLean’s ApocalyptiGirl is one of the best little sci-fi comics of the last year, and we loved his goofy Orc Stain-esque Head Lopper when it was self-published so we’re ecstatic to see Image pick it up for a wider release.

Island #3 - Brandon Graham, Farel Dalrymple, Matt Sheean, Malachi Ward, Amy Clare, Ludroe, Simon Roy - September 16 (Image)

Each new issue of Island brings us a bunch of new stuff to love. You should be picking up all of them, but since it’s an anthology magazine, you don’t need #1 or #2 to enjoy #3–the gorgeous cover by Farel Dalrymple (The Wrenchies) and a new story by Matt Sheean and our pal Malachi Ward (Prophet) are more than enough to make us want to jump in.

8house #4: Yorris - Helen Maier & Fil Barlow - September 30 (Image)

A new story arc with a new creative team! Australian duo Helen Maier and Fil Barlow (of the ‘80s cult comic Zooniverse) team up - “A young Baroness can see the invisible.”

Saga vol. 5 - Fiona Staples & Brian K. Vaughan - September 9 (Image)

You might’ve heard of it.

So what are you most excited for in September?