Not much has changed in the 18 years since we first stepped into The P-Nut Grill. This is where Betrice and Judy met for the first time in 1973 and it’s here that the story of Bakersfield, Earth has its origin. Now it’s years later and the place looks much like it did in the 70s. Mabel is still the owner/manager who pours coffee and takes care of her weary travelers and cast of regulars. I always liked the idea of a popular restaurant being in the middle of nowhere – which is the whole reason it’s popular: a familiar, family-like environment for people who are very far away from home and most likely have very little time with their real families.
Patrick recreated the diner that Tamra designed for our first issue, Bakersfield, Earth: Evolution which takes place in the 70s. The P-Nut’s design is a combination of all the different diners I visited while on road trips over the years as well as one particular diner in one of my favorite sci-fi movies, John Carpenter’s Starman. I remember seeing Starman in the theatres as a kid and it made quite an impression. While eating at Bowdarks Bus Stop Restaurant, Jeff Daniels’ alien resurrects a deer much to the disappointment of a local hunter who had tied it to the hood of his car. If you haven’t seen Starman, and you can look past Carpenter’s cheesy 80s score, it’s worth checking out.
Below are the pages that Tamra created.