About the Gilmore Hotel
Whatever happened to the Sixties?
Well, it headed north from California to the Central Oregon Coast for one thing, invading The Gilmore Hotel - “The only flop house with an ocean view and a waiting list.”
The invasion of Newport’s Nye Beach is led by a blonde drop-out debutante named COLUMBINE and her mentor JACK PATCH, or is it the other way around? And MARINA, tired of cowboys, who comes from Montana to try fishermen. BALZAC is late-night father-confessor to them all.
Cameron’s characters are part of the wave of flower children seeking real forests and rivers and life at earth’s edge.
Tightly packed within the book’s pages is something new in the Graphic Novel format. In varied styles, Cameron demonstrates the form’s versatility. “Graphic novels are storyboards,” he says, “they’re movies on paper.”
Almost a century ago, the Gilmore Hotel was a landmark for luxurious living at Nye Beach in Newport, a small town on the Central Oregon Coast. By the 1960s, the hotel provided low-cost housing for fishing and service workers, and retirees. These are their stories—from the Gilmore Hotel’s last days—told by one of its residents in the style of a graphic novel, with real and surreal texts and cartoons.
One more thing. In 1987, the Gilmore once again became an elegant destination resort when it was reborn as the world-class Sylvia Beach Hotel by two ladies named Gudrun (Goody) Cable and Sally Ford. They keep the old charm intact.