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    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd 2009
    Managed to pick this up today (nicely racked in the 'top sellers' section of Forbidden Planet in London it is). Fantastic seeing how the story intersects with the previous issues one, and now I'm dying to see how the others parts overlap with each other. One of my favourite films is 'Go', which does much the same thing, only with more Katie Holmes and less Britishness.

    Bizarrely, my first encounter with the music of Kate Bush was the video for 'Running up that Hill', which for some reason I will never know was shown at my local cinema as the warm-up reel before the screening of 'Back to the Future'. I suspect the damage done to my psyche was permanent.
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    I was reading through again and did anyone else notice that when Marc is talking about 'The Ban,' you can see a silhouette of a girl smoking in both his eyes? Reminded me of The Great Gatsby's cover a little bit.

    And during "Wuthering Heights", you can see a symbol on the back right hand of the (a) Goddess, and I noticed this during "She Who Bleeds For Your Entertainment" too. Is this something that will be addressed or has significance?

    Also, I was wondering, is there only one Goddess? Because it was established in the first volume that there was a primary godhead and Britannia was just one aspect of her, but what I'm wondering is
    The Goddess the only one? Is she just the goddess of Britain? Is there a Goddess for America, France, etc?
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd 2009
    I have finally ordered a copy
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd 2009 edited
    So glad the chick who used magic got her song played after all. :)

    @Ananzitusq: she is, or at least was, the goddess of Britpop.
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    I am enjoying this book more and more each time I read it. I initially entered the club for Jamie's artwork but will definitely be staying for the last song and lights up thanks to Kieron's script. I felt like I was kind of whisked along with the music in this issue but on reflection i've come to appreciate just how tight and beautifully structured the narrative was.
    Many thanks KG & JM; will be getting in early for the cheap drinks next month.
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    @Ananzitusq & thecat17: I took it that there's only the one Goddess, but she has tons of different, transitory, aspects connected to different musical genres. Britannia is/was her brit-pop aspect. The one that cursed Kohl at the beginning of Rue Britannia was her female acoustic singer songwriter aspect (and probably the one that's closest to the true Goddess, since her power is drawn from an entirely female base. Or I'm stupid). She's probably got punk, metal, emo, folk, etc aspects that we haven't seen yet.

    And flipping through 'Pull Shapes' again, I realize that Laura Heaven is in fact almost pure evil. She hides from Penny (who is ostensibly her very good friend) when she's having her emotional crisis. At the time it came off as she just needed a few seconds away from her kind of whiny co-dependent friend, but then in 'Wine and Bed and...' she's totally hitting on the guy that Penny's crushing on. I hope we don't have to wait too long before we get Laura's story.
    • CommentAuthordot_xom
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd 2009
    Brilliant stuff, guys. Just so utterly brilliant.
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    Got this today. Read it when I got home from the comic store, as soon as I finished my free comic book day pickings (which means you guys got read first out of about 25 comics that I actually paid for). Great stuff, as always. I was one of the dudes who wrote to Kieron nitpicking the specific lyrics attacked in the first Indie Dave backup strip, so I enjoyed seeing the reference and learning that I wasn't the only one by a long shot.

    But really, I'm most blown away in this one by the deep truth of the concept at the core of Marquis's story. The curse songs, and the sometimes-way-too-long period you can spend after a relationship in which your ex is almost the only thing you can think or talk about, and there are tons of records you suddenly can't listen to anymore. A girl I broke up with four years ago completely ruined Ida for me. I will be surprised if I ever play any of their records again. And that's only one--I have plenty of other stories like that. God, there was one girl that came damn close to ruining the Smiths for me, which would have been a tragedy of epic proportions. Thankfully I could listen to them again with no problems within six months or so. It was touch and go for a bit, though.

    And Kieron, if you ever drunkenly heckled me for wearing a Joy Division "Closer" t-shirt, I'd yell back, "With children my time is so wastefully spent." So there. Haha.
    • CommentTimeMay 3rd 2009
    # Ananzitusq - thank you SO much! You know how to make a girl smile :)
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeMay 3rd 2009
    What would happen if you requested the Sugarcubes? Or does it depend on the track?
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    The answer to that is in issue 4. :D
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    DavidJejune: While we haven't made anything explicit yet, this is basically the correct interpretation. That's why the Ladyfest Goddess was protective to Britannia - she' s one of her smaller aspects.

    And Laura's issue is 5.

    Ananzitusq: Re: Tattoo on hand. You're onto something, and the first to notice that I've seen.

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    I picked up this on a whim. And it was fucking brilliant. I loved every second, had to go back to the store to add this to pulls and grab the last copy of issue 1, too.

    What's the scope of Phonogram proper? I don't know how big Rue Brittania turned out to be, but is this going to be an England-only thing? Not necessarily the scope of the series, just the scope of the magic.
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    Heeeeey. :(
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    Vermilious: It's a world level book. As in, stories can go wherever or whenver we want them to and phonomancery has been practised throughout all human history. In practice, most of the stories are in the UK.

    David: Man, I got Gerard Way's name wrong in the back of PG2.2. You're in good company.


    • CommentTimeMay 5th 2009
    Well I got a copy of #1... but there were no #2s :-( So I've ordered it off ebay. Loved #1!
    • CommentTimeMay 5th 2009
    Oh, I meant to say, I *loved* that you mentioned East 17 in the back of #1. Awesome :D
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2009
    Wonders if there will be a forthcoming series taking place in the rave era...
    • CommentAuthorGeist
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2009
    Can anybody tell me if I can pick this up in melburn?? I have obviously not read it, but need something new to keep me occupied.
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    thecat: Not planned, but there was another non-Phonogram story that McK and I wanted to set there.

    Charlene: Good luck. And thanks!

    Geist: This is what Google says, but I honestly dunno.