I’ve been a spineless Mauri Kunnas fanboy pretty much as long as I’ve been aware of him. Initially familiar through his Nyrok City comics, thereafter through his annual childrens’ books.
Piitles was advertised as a labour of love. The prospect of the author’s all time favorite band getting the Nyrok treatment sounded too good to be true.
Which it was.
This isn’t actually that good a graphic novel. The story covers the band’s early days, and is mostly true to life. Which means that there’s plenty of getting started difficulties and angst and the fun bits are rather few and far between. Though occasionally Kunnas’ love and skill of absurd shines through undeniably. But mostly his love for the band and desire to do them right prevails.
The art is pretty throughout the book, and the main characters well recognizable, though occasionally it feels like a rush job.
I learned quite a bit about the Beatles prehistory. I just am not sure whether I was looking for a lecture from a dedicated presenter as opposed to a jolly good time with a comic book.
So, bitten by prejudices, I came off disappointed with Piitles.