Exclusive | Andrew Robinson’s Character Sketches From ‘The Fifth Beatle’

Take a look at Andrew Robinson's early artwork of Ringo, Paul, George, and John, as well as 'The Fifth Beatle' himself, Brian Epstein!

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

In 2013, Dark Horse Comics released The Fifth Beatle: The Life and Times of Brian Epstein, a graphic novel by writer Vivek J. Tiwary, and artists Andrew Robinson and Kyle Baker. The story was based on the real life of Brian Epstein, who was one of the key figures behind the rise of the Beatles: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.

This week, Dark Horse is releasing an expanded edition The Fifth Beatle in paperback. And if you don’t know who Epstein was, Dark Horse’s description sums it up well:

“Brian Epstein overcame great obstacles–he was a gay man in a time and place where homosexual acts were deemed a felony in the United Kingdom, Jewish at a time of pervasive anti-Semitism, and he hailed from Liverpool, at a time when it was considered just a dingy port town. Although Epstein helped spread the Beatles’ message of love to the entire world, he died lonely at the young age of thirty-two, consumed by his own staggering ambition, with no succession plan for the pop culture sensation he helped cultivate.”

To mark the occassion of the new edition for The Fifth Beatle, CraveOnline is proud to exclusively debut Robinson’s character sketches for Brian, Paul, Ringo, John, and George, which he initially drew on pages of Tiwary’s script.

Brian Epstein designs Robinson Paul & Ringo designs Robinson George & John designs Robinson The Fifth Beatle Expanded Edition cover

Related: Read Our Review of ‘The Fifth Beatle: The Life and Times of Brian Epstein’

In support of The Fifth Beatle’s new edition Tiwary will be appearing at the following bookstores for signings and discussions.

Wednesday, October 26

Barnes & Noble

150 E. 86th Street

New York, NY 10028

7:00pm

Thursday, October 27

Barnes & Noble

Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street

Boston, MA 02119

7:00pm

Friday, October 28

Comicazi

407 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144

4:00-6:00pm

Sunday, November 6

Booksy Galore

67 Westchester Ave.

Pound Ridge, NY 10576
2:00pm

Thursday, November 10

Barnes & Noble

7851-L Tysons Corner Center

McLean, VA 22102
7:00pm

Friday, December 9

Barnes & Noble

210 Commerce Blvd.

Fairless Hills, PA 19030

7:00pm

What did you think about the character sketches from The Fifth Beatle? Let us know in the comment section below!

Photo Credits: All images provided by Dark Horse Comics