SILENCE! podcast #6

March 14th, 2012

Behold cretins! The sixth mind-ripping installment of SILENCE! is upon us…

In this episode Lactus tries desperately to get off the smack, whilst continuing to loll about on his cosmic swank pad. Meanwhile the Beast has made some Amazing Friends. Matters takes a turn for the sobering as they discuss the sad passing of Moebius, and give an update on Brett Ewins‘ situation in Silence News. We also reveal the winner of our ‘competition’ to draw a picture of the ‘Thing’s Thing’. Then things get merry again as Lactus reveals he has read all the comics in the world due to a one-sided sponsorship deal with Dave’s Comics of Brighton. Beast sulks. The two 4-colour raconteurs then take in Action Comics, Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Fatale, OMAC, The Fairest, Age of Apocalypse, Stray Bullets, The Manhattan Projects and they both take their horrid medicine when they read Spawn issue no. 2,798,002 in the new feature You Should Have Known Better. The Beast takes a rambling digression into the career of Ralph Bakshi in the Not Comics section (so many sections!) before they delve into the upcoming releases in the Coming Attractions.

Oh yes, and Lactus misses his deadline for his Hulk song, but drops in a bit of live superhero stand-up to atone for his sins.

Could it be any better? Arguably yes, but you know what? THIS IS WHAT YOU’RE HAVING. MAN UP, GRAB YOUR EARS AND GET SOME!

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‘competition’ winning entry from Igmus:

33 Responses to “SILENCE! podcast #6”

  1. Ad Mindless Says:

    I love the look of horror on the Thing’s face

  2. Thrills Says:

    Now I’m just imagining the Thing’s piss running down the rocky cracks on his leg. Poor the Thing.

  3. igmus Says:

    I think my sketch (which was the most difficult Thing I’ve ever drawn) explains a lot about why the Thing has been so unhappy all these years. I never felt I really understood the character until now. It must be nearly impossible for him to use urinals. I imagine his willy was in that shape due to the in-built waste-disposal system of his astronaut suit on that fateful day. In some way I think there may be some Freudian lesson here in that the Thing’s thing is always rock hard, and yet the business end is always pointing in the wrong direction. That is his curse.

    Anyway, I’m busy at work this week so won’t be able to listen to the show until later. Can’t wait to find out what my prize is.

  4. Botswana Beast Says:

    It’s a topper!

    (literally, it is an issue of British kids comic Topper)

  5. amypoodle Says:

    What is that weird thing on the SILENCE! banner? Every time I look at it I laugh. Or feel fear. Anyway, it’s weird.

  6. The Beast Must Die Says:

    Three words. LATE PERIOD DITKO.

    If someone can identify where it’s from they get…some sort of prize.

  7. Gary Lactus Says:

    Would you stop it with the prizes already?! We’re not made of stamps!

  8. The Beast Must Die Says:

    I said some sort of prize. That prize might be a virtual handshake. Or it might be a special sexy dance from Gary Lactus in your living room.

    The forbidden dance.

  9. Anonymous Says:

    The forbidden dunce.

  10. themadarab Says:

    Are Zom and Amy really twins?

  11. Ad Mindless Says:

    Yes we are. Identical twins.

  12. The Beast Must Die Says:

    And it’s true that one is evil and one is good.

  13. Ad Mindless Says:

    And that one is embearded and that tother isn’t

  14. Gary Lactus Says:

    And they are nothing but human plot devices.

  15. Illogical Volume Says:

    Sexy human plot devices – if you ask them nicely, they might even lez up.

  16. Ad Mindless Says:

    Speak for yourself.

  17. Illogical Volume Says:

    Yeah, sorry, it’s me that likes to lez up. With myself.

  18. Ad Mindless Says:

    Good tines

  19. Ken Quichey Says:

    is what he’s doing now, is it?
    Is it?

  20. The Beast Must Die Says:


    no prize

  21. Igmus Says:

    It may be too late, but I’d love to hear a “You Should Have Known Better” segment on Avengers Assemble #1 by Bendis and Bagley.

    Also, not sure if everyone else here already knows about this, but Alan Moore has done another interview:

    I’m not seeing his comments get much play in the blogs this time around, so I thought I’d mention it. I didn’t read the whole thing, because it’s a bit tedious at times, but I liked when he pointed out that “nostalgia” literally refers a mental illness. I’ve been saying this for years, suffering all the while.

  22. themadarab Says:

    Hmm, this supports my hypothesis that is just a metatextual Morrisonian plot invention to justify his writing.

  23. amypoodle Says:

    You must’ve missed the bit where Lactus was kinda and Beast not at all entertained by the last Action Comics. We don’t unconditionally enjoy Morrison’s writing. You might’ve noticed that there are no annos for the aforementioned hereabouts.

  24. Illogical Volume Says:




  25. tam Says:


    I found that Alan Moore interview utterly depressing; you get the impression the DC’s cynical corporate behaviour has actually upset him to the point where he’s (understandably) slightly losing perspective on the whole grotty situation.

    Has anyone suggested to him that a great way to give the finger to DC would be by writing a couple more volumes of Halo Jones for 2000 AD? After all it’s a publication which, for all its faults, has treated his work with far more respect than DC! (plus, of course, there would be the added bonus that it might be quite a good read…)

  26. amypoodle Says:

    It’s gloriously unfinished though. How was it supposed to end. I think Beast told me once….

  27. Gary Lactus Says:

    Nah, the Beard’s got beef with Tharg too. Ain’t gonna happen.

  28. Illogical Volume Says:

    The Beard has many tangles, no doubt. Much as I’d love to read more Halo Jones, I also not so secretly love where, when and how it just stops.

  29. Tam Says:

    erm, well I suppose he could always do his (slightly less anticipated) sequel to Skizz instead…

  30. bobsy Says:

    Surprised TBMD neglected to mention the detail that the switch used to transform his roomie’s ‘swinging’ pad into a hi-tec anti-supercrime control centre is a willy-sized figurine of The Hulk (or is it The Thing? I don’t know, I’m not eight years old.)

    Just seemed appropriate, imp to mensch.

  31. Ken Quichey Says:

    Part of the impetus for Moore to stop working for IPC was that they don’t do creators’ rights.
    (Until O’Neill forced it (in what, 1980 or so?), they didn’t do creators’ credits, either, only very occasionally allowing a signature.)
    If we can hijack rebellion and force them to give all the rights to all the creators (a crushingly complex operation, even without the hijack bit), we could possibly negotiate for Halo Jones book 4 etc, but I doubt if he’s all that interested in reviving such early work, anyway.
    Personally, I like how open-ended HJ is, the rhythm has been well established enough by the end of book 3 that I can almost hear it playing on in the ether. It’s the Earthly radio edit of a 12″ that exists on planes other than this. Or summink. Oh fuck off.

  32. themadarab Says:

    Aww amy, I didn’t mean it like THAAT!

  33. amypoodle Says:

    I didn’t really think you did, but I am keen to distance this site from accusations of unconditional Moz love. Just because I enthuse about some of his (best) work (and Batman), doesn’t mean that I think everything the man writes, says and does is good, or that the rest of the Mindless crew share my enthusiasms.

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