The Southern California Drive-in Movie Society has something truly special planned for San Diego drive-in fans on July 26. Author Michael San Giacomo will be at the South Bay Drive-in that night, along with members of SoCal DIMS, to talk to drive-in enthusiasts and sign copies of his new book, a graphic novel entitled Tales of the Starlight Drive-in, recently published by Image Comics. San Giacomo recruited 23 artists from around the world to provide the visual backdrop for 32 separate stories, all set in a mythical upstate New York drive-in. The scope of the stories illustrates the history of this one drive-in (and, by extension, all drive-ins) as they moved from their peak popularity (about 11,000 screens) to the currently depleted, but still vital 400 screens nationwide. San Giacomo, a reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and a drive-in worker in his youth, has designed the stories to stand on their own. But when read together, they form an epic novel that will cheer the souls of drive-in lovers everywhere.
San Giacomo will be attending the South Bay Drive-in on the last weekend in July with Tales of the Starlight Drive-in in conjunction with his San Diego Comic Con appearance and would love the opportunity to interact with as many of you who are interested in preserving the spirit and the popularity of drive-ins as is possible. The Southern California Drive-in Movie Society feels connected with San Giacomo in his purpose and is honored that he is joining with us in pursuit of our mutual purpose of spreading the word about the glories of the remaining drive-ins in the United States, while promoting the fascinating new literary experience he has created for those of us who hold a special place in our hearts for the drive-ins of our youth. Please join us at the South Bay Drive-in in San Diego in welcoming Michael San Giacomo to yet another special Southern California Drive-in Movie Society event!