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    • CommentAuthordot_xom
    • CommentTimeJun 18th 2009
    KID-WITH-KNIFE backup=the funniest thing i have read in weeks.

    I second this. That Mystical Machine Gun line was a slice of fried gold.

    Another fine, fine issue, guys. I have to try to read Phonogram last when I pick up my comics, because everything in the week, no matter how good, tends to pale in comparison.
    • CommentAuthorbuzzorhowl
    • CommentTimeJun 18th 2009
    Have only read the A-side story so far--read it this morning while getting ready for work, a page at a time while brushing my hair and such--but loved it. Can't wait to get home and read the rest of the comic.

    While I was opening the store this morning, I was walking around muttering, "Why, It's The Most Evil Woman in the World. Isn't that amazing!" under my breath, and chuckling to myself. Excellent bit, that.

    Also, though, I feel like the whole Emily Aster story just leaves me with more questions than answers. I hope we'll see more of her soon.
    • CommentTimeJun 18th 2009
    I want McKelvie to draw Kid's roof mounted gattling gun in a future issue.

    My sister keeps asking me what the forst series of Phonogram is about, I'll let her read the Kid b-side as a teaser...
    • CommentAuthorAnanzitusq
    • CommentTimeJun 18th 2009
    I cannot wait for KwK's A-Side in issue 7, what about everybody else?

    It should be really curious because Kid isn't a phonomancer, so his take on the evening is going to be interesting.

    Has anyone noticed the meta-plot yet? I remember reading that by the 3rd or 4th issue you'd be able to see the larger story arc play out.
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    i think PULL SHAPES was first for a reason and that we havent seen what happens next on purpose as well.

    beyond that, im just enjoying the awesomeness
    • CommentAuthorAnanzitusq
    • CommentTimeJun 18th 2009
    Jah. Oh shite, ya know I never thought to think that this is going in chunks either.
    Issues one through three were "act one" then so on and so forth.

    I need to go back and re-read issues one and two now.

    I know that Indie Dave's quest is taking place after the events of series two, mainly because of the release of CONTROL, and Emily is still the persona in control unless I'm totally missing out on the subtext going on in that B-Side.
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    We would spend any lottery-income frivolously

    Re: Early Industrial. I agree they're interesting actually, and could totally support a story. Britpop was a bit of a stretch too, y'know? At least for part of the audience, the exploration is the point.

    Re: Indie Dave's quest. I'll admit in advance, we're cheating a little with Indie. The strips aren't strictly speaking in chronological order - it's just in the order which makes most sense in terms of the emotional beat of it. 1 and 2 were in 2006, and in time order. 3 is in 2007. 4 is in 2006 and before Singles Club happens. 7, if it happens, is... oh, you'll see.

    (So, yes, Emily is still in control in 2007.)

    Glad people are digging the series. We're having a lot of fun.

    • CommentAuthorAnanzitusq
    • CommentTimeJun 19th 2009
    This ride continues to be worth more than the price of admission.
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    KwK needs a spin-off series. That b-side was genius.
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    He's the lead in issue 7. Which is fun, shall we say.

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    @kieron- what other book did you have out this week that mckelvie was talking about (or is this some joke i didnt get?)?
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    • CommentTimeJul 1st 2009

    Re: Early Industrial. I agree they're interesting actually, and could totally support a story. Britpop was a bit of a stretch too, y'know? At least for part of the audience, the exploration is the point.

    Kieron, glad you agree that there's some value to the idea. I just think we have a VERY rich musical heritage here in the UK, with some very interesting individuals and ideas attached to it. Would be amazing to see early industrial mentioned, even just in passing... as you say, the exploration is the point.

    To be totally honest, when I first came to Phonogram I thought much of it would go right over my head, especially in terms of the Britpop / indie references. It's not really my scene so I half expected to be a little lost. However, the central ideas and concepts behind Phonogram are universal to music lovers. For that reason I found myself connecting with The Singles Club.

    Very glad the good people at Page 45 pushed the book so hard! Their Comic book of the month club is an invaluable source of good new reading material.
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    the central ideas and concepts behind Phonogram are universal to music lovers

    thats why i love it. im a huge music geek, but know very little about most of what is referenced in this book. its also why i love all the backmatter, because i devour music journalism. oh whats this in my man ourse? the new issue of MRR? exactly.
    • CommentAuthorAnanzitusq
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd 2009
    Well folks, issue 4 is out today!

    Did the first read, and loved it thoroughly. The double page splash towards the end was gorgeous and really worked for me, especially after reading Kieron's essay at the end. Also, I thought it was a great touch having Seth and The Silent Girl remove the boarders of the comic panel, really drives the point home in a subtle manner.

    Of course, as the resident fan of Indie Dave, this issue's B-Side with him was awesome. Really great to see the amount of character development he's undergone since volume one.

    I'm thinking of giving a copy of the first volume to a professor in the fall. I'm taking a graduate course called "World Wide Weird" focusing on the use of magical realism and/or "weird" elements in fiction. So authors like Lethem, Borges, Murakami, etc. I think it'd be interesting to get his opinion and also see what we could possibly do with it in class.
    • CommentAuthordot_xom
    • CommentTimeJul 23rd 2009
    Hands down, one of, if not the best single issue I've read in ages. That last bit just expressed what I honestly think every music lover feels. And, if being the best single issue I've read in ages wasn't enough, the "Atomic" page was easily my favourite comic page of possibly ever.

    The best Phonogram issue ever and probably my favourite comic of the year, this.
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    i was a little worried upon first flip through when i saw the format...but it worked. and it worked well once i realized what was being portrayed really.

    i cant kiss this books ass enough.
    • CommentAuthorAnanzitusq
    • CommentTimeJul 23rd 2009
    I'm just sad I don't know anyone whose going to comic-con that could get me a t-shirt and an issue of the fan magazine!
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    there were no t shirts i guess? and i got A COPY OF THE ZINE HEADING BACK TO ME!
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2009
    Am I the only one to get the Dexy's joke? Please tell me I'm not or I'll have to post a certain album cover that you really don't want me to post.