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LA Pix 6

posted on August 6, 2020

My recon mission to LA included a hike into Bronson Canyon to find the cave entrance used in the film The Phantom Empire. Crankshaft and Funky are engaged in a bit of a crossover at the moment with The Phantom Empire being shown at the Valentine last week in Crankshaft, and Jeff from Crankshaft seeking out the entrance to Murania (which many of you sharp-eyed readers out there in reader-land have already noticed was misspelled in today’s strip. Rest assured, however, that it will be correctecd for The Complete Funky Volume ? when the time comes) in the canyon in Funky. Jeff will even bring back a souvenir rock that resembles the cave entrance. I just heard from a reader whose husband was a sound mixer for these Fred Ray movies, once again showing what a small world we live in.

LA Pix 5

posted on July 29, 2020

The name that I gave to the studio lot in Funky was Hollywoodland Studios. It’s not widely known, but the famous Hollywood sign in the hills actually started out as Hollywoodland. It was the name of and an advertisement for a development that was being built at the time. When I learned about that while I was in LA doing my research, I decided to bring it back for the studio when Lisa’s Story would be filmed.

La Pix 4

posted on July 8, 2020

Here’s another batch of reference pix from the Lisa in Hollywood story arc.

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