Sunday, November 22, 2009

Oi, comics nerds!

Having been through a bit of a comics drought because Lincoln doesn't believe in culture, my friend pointed me in the direction of Jamie McKelvie's Phonogram and by jove! What a corker! Based on the idea of phonomancers and retromancers, Rue Britannia follows the quest to track down the spirit of Britpop, interveaved with the Manics-obsessed ghost of a girl that isn't actually dead. Lots of fun for the Britpop survivor, although I'm enjoying the follow-up collection of stories set over one night in one indie night: Phonogram The Singles Club. Indeed, I'm developing a major crush on Seth Bingo and his trusty be-bobbed sidekick, Silent Girl.

I've also recently discovered Adrian Tomine (very Dan Clowes) and Scott Pilgrim is very good fun: soon to be a film thanks to Edgar Wright, of Spaced and Shaun of the Dead fame. Anyone got any recommendations?

Our new PC won't let me add a pic, so click here to see McKelvie's blog:


saneshane said...

just skip to track 2 - how strange.

I remembered you talking about this before.. but then forgot the name of it...

when I get some money again these are on my wish list.

I'm going through Bill Sienkiewicz 'stray toasters' at the moment.. it's not right, in a good way.. but probably more visually orientated....

have you read 'Tell Me, Dark'
quote: "Tell Me, Dark is a shadowy, tight, fast-paced story, told in small chapters, and gorgeously painted by Kent Williams. It tells the story of rock star Michael Sands's return to London after several months stateside recovering from an apparent suicide attempt on a nationwide tour. He comes back unsure of how he wound up in the Thames River; all he knows is he didn't jump-and that he needs to find out what happened to his love...."
(by Wagner, Williams, and Rieber)

beautiful art again..

TracyK said...

Hey, now that's synchronicity again! I've heard of Stray Toasters, but haven't seen it, will look it up. And Tell Me, Dark (ooh, nice punctuation!)sounds perfect, Ta Shane!

Captain Raveman said...

Tribute to Swells mixtape by Akira The Don:

Akira The Don – Steven Wells (He Was The Greatest)
Akira The Don – Steven Wells’ Intro
The Clash – Carreer Opportunities
Daisy Chainsaw – Love Your Money (Akira The Don’s Sweet Nas Remix)
Atari Teenage Riot VS Slayer – No Remorse (I Wanna Die)
Seething Wells – The Drug Squad
The Prodigy VS PWEI – Their Law (Akira The Don’s DHR Remix)
Shampoo – Trouble
Akira The Don – Ultimate Trouble RMX ft Shampoo, Carter USM, & Whylout?
Akira The Don ft Whylout? – BOOM!
Elastica – Connection
Sleeper – Inbetweener
Akira The Don – Shopping For Guns ft Sage Francis, Sleeper & Babybird
NWA – Straight Outta Compton
Aphrodite VS NWA – Dopeman
Steven Wells – Romance
The Manic Street Preachers ft Traci Lords – Little Baby Nothing (Akira The Don Remix)
Bis ft Public Enemy & Technotronic – Eurodisco (Akira The Don Remix)
Akira The Don – Steven (You Eat Meat) ft Sandy Shaw
Daphne & Celeste – Ooh Stick You!
The KLF VS Extreme Noise Terror – 3AM Eternal (Live at the Brit Awards)
Chumbawamba – Give The Anarchist A Cigarette
Chumbawamba – Tubthumping
Kylie Minogue – Better The Devil You Know
Seething Wells – Tetley Bitter Man VS Godzilla
The Beautiful South – Liars Bar
Monty Python – Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life
Akira The Don – Tits Out Teenage Terror Totty

Blimpy said...

Sounds intriguing -will check it out!

TracyK said...

Give The Anarchist a Cigarette! Blimey!

Blimpy said...

I'm trying to download Phonogram to see what it's like, but failing!!

Shoey said...

Wot, no Atilla the Stockbroker?

TracyK said...

Some pages available from the latest issue here Blimpmeister:

Blimpy said...

@tracyK - cheers, I'm d'ling issue 3 (for sampling purposes only, mind...)

Blimpy said...

Does she wear the beret cos she like the Long Blondes a lot?

TracyK said...

And she mostly speaks in LB quotations too. If you find that charming, you'll quite possibly really dislike Penny, as you are meant to. I think it's a small work of quiet genius, myself.

steenbeck said...

Loved the drawings, TracyK, and I'm trying to catch up with the story. I think I might be too dim to catch a lot of the references, but it's compelling anyway.

Thanks for posting the link.

TracyK said...

Not dim, I guess Steen, it's very very specific to a time in music: the comics come with a glossary of references, which is also very funny.

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