Fun facts (2)
Although our director and photographer Drew Mcarthy appears in the photo, the name of the doctor that appears in chapter 2, is a nod to the “god of manga” Osamu Tezuka. At the time of writing a unmemory, we were very impressed by reading “The Book of Human Insects” one of his first graphic novels for adults. The protagonist, Toshiko, is a lonely fatal woman willing to let the world give her everything she wants. Her ability to imitate allows her to cling to talented people and extract from them all that she cares about. An insightful inspiration for our character Debbie.
In the same chapter, the name of another doctor appears on the bracelet of the patient with anterograde amnesia: Dr. Yoshimi. In this case, the name is a reference to one of our favorite albums: Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots by the Flaming Lips.
Eddie Coyle / Sammy Jankis
Eddie Coyle names a mysterious character throughout the unmemory tale. His role is inspired by Sammy Jankis, a character from the movie Memento who also suffers from the same type of amnesia as the protagonist and who ended up accidentally killing his girlfriend. In the film, the story of this character allows us to open the theory that Sammy Jankis does not exist and is an invention of Leo Shelby who would explain that it was actually he who killed his wife.
In the same way, Eddie Coyle, whose name is taken from the novel “The Friends of Eddie Coyle” by George V. Higgins of 1970, plays that role throughout the story of unmemory. Although the death of his girlfriend can only be guessed if you open door 221-B (a nod to Sherlock Holmes) of the Palace Hotel in Chapter 6. To achieve this, you have to choose your disguise carefully.
“The Friends of Eddie Coyle” was also a source of inspiration in the narrative style. Critics say that this fabulous crime novel had influenced Quentin Tarantino by the way the story is told and describes the characters only with the use of dialogue. During the first sketches of the story, unmemory was written like this, like a dialogue between characters, but finally, we had to discard this narrative tool because it compromised puzzle design.
In chapter 2, Eddie Coyle’s phone number appears written down on a hidden page of the notebook where the protagonist takes notes. Using the mobile phone in that chapter you can call him directly. Spoiler: he will probably never answer you. If you notice, his number 43473323 becomes “He is dead” as you dial the numbers on the cell phone. A good clue as to his whereabouts.
Star Wars is a special reference for us, especially for its ability to transport us back to the years when we were children. Han Solo was also our favorite perhaps because of his cockyness and ironic lines. Serendipity made us find what his business card would be like and we found it so funny we decided to include it in unmemory. By the way, if you call the phone that appears (using the cell phone from chapter 2), Han Solo himself will answer you.
The Killer Kitten's Comic
The story behind this comic is quite peculiar. As you may have guessed, comics and graphic novels have been a major source of inspiration for us. In this case, we wanted to use a real comic to build the DEBASER puzzle.
Since we didn’t have the budget to hire Frank Miller, we searched for some references we liked in old comics and found a 1947 Simon Templar comic. It was perfect, the story of The Saint, a classy thief who robs the rich, was perfect for us to establish a parallel with the Killer Kittens. And so we did. For a long time, The Saint was included in chapter 2 as part of the DEBASER puzzle. However, weeks before launching, some friends warned us that this comic might not be in the public domain (despite the fact that the website defines it as such) and that consequently, we would not have the rights to use it. After thinking about it internally, we decided to change it and make our own KIller Kittens comic. From the skilled hand of Toni Benages came these wonderful drawings, halfway between Brian K. Vaughn’s Paper Girls and Daniel Clowes’ Ghost World. Better impossible!
By the way, the title of the first issue of The Killer KIttens comic is also a small tribute to one of the first memes we were ever engaged with: All Your Base Are Belong To Us.
Church of The Flying Spaghetti Monster (again)
Since we first heard about it in Boing Boing, we have always been fans of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and Pastafarianism. So much so, that being aware that its inclusion in the story was an anachronism, we decided to include the reference as a fake advertisement. Try calling. Maybe you’ll talk to God.
The Eye Of The Beholder
On the last page of the comic, there is an advertisement for a telescope. The ad is true, but the telescope’s name “The Eye Of The Beholder” is taken from Marc Behm’s crime novel. Its protagonist, Joanne Eris is a femme fatale who was very insightful to build Debbie’s personality.
In that same ad, you can see some figures in red. They are dancers, a nod (another one) to Sherlock Holmes’s Dancing Men mystery. To know what these dancing figures say, you just have to use the decoder in chapter 8.