Harker Issue 10 - annotations
Vince is a regular attendee at the Whitby Goth Weekends, so I have to assume that this is fairly representative of the kind of people you'd find in a pub during such an event. Whilst I don't like to identify too closely with grumpy old Harker, I have to admit that I'd feel just as out of place as he does on the cover here...
A beautiful establishing shot here, all entirely down to Vince as this wasn't mentioned in the plotting session - a gorgeous gull's eye view of the hotel, with that bay window in the final panel being the location of Jasmine's room.
Jasmine is referring here to a very subtle scene in issue seven. I can't be more specific about it here as it would be a potential major spoiler, but when you've read the whole story, check back and you'll spot it.
The wafer thin mint Critchley mentions is the one that finally explodes the unfortunate fat man in Monty Python's Meaning of Life. Once seen, never forgotten!
The music playing in the background here is "She Sells Sanctuary" by The Cult - a personal favourite of mine, but clearly not to Harker's taste. Whitby Goth Weekend is a bi-annual get together at the town, in which hundreds of goths invade the town, enjoying all kinds of events and gigs.
This pub gag is one that Vince and I came up with months ago, and we've just been waiting for a suitable opportunity to place it. It was originally meant to go in earlier in Book Two but was squeezed out by events, so we were delighted to find space for it here.
The Sweeney was a classic 1970s cop show starring John Thaw and Dennis Waterman, known at the time for excessive violence and hard hitting themes. "Life On Mars" and "Ashes to Ashes", featuring Gene Hunt, were directly inspired by the show.
John Lennon was killed by obsessive stalker Mark Chapman in New York in 1980, outside The Dakota, just across the road from Central Park. We'll be visiting that area in Book Three of Harker, which takes place in New York.