SILENCE! is 100 YEARS OLD*

April 8th, 2014

 

That’s right gentle listeners – in lieu of any special content, nor even the slightest effort on their parts, those two feckless podders are turning to YOU to provide them with questions for their upcoming 100th wedding anniversary spectacular.

IN NO WAY is this a copy of what other more noble poddists have done when their anniversaries have come to pass. No sir! This is 100% original thought!

So please add your questions to the comments section, or if you’re too shy email us at silencepod@gmail.com. Or shout at us on twitter, whatever you fancy. Then we will answer these questions using our very limited abilities  as part of our Centennial mega-celebrations next week.

And if we don’t get any questions we’ll just makes some up and pretend they’re from f*cking Batman or something.

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!

*Of course we’re not 100 years old, dear listeners. It just feels like it. It is of course just the 100th episode of “the world’s worst podcast” (Stan Lee), so come join us next week, and spread the word.

30 Responses to “SILENCE! is 100 YEARS OLD*”

  1. Tam Says:

    a) Whatever happened to those fantastically talented US broadcasters Danny Beastman & Gary Lactenberg? Where are they now? Also, who would win in a FAIR fight between them and Gary Lactus and TBMD?

    b) You haven’t checked the superhero answerphone for ages. Has anyone left any messages on it lately?

    c) What would you rate as the worst comic ever? (I think I have a soft spot for a spectacularly inappropriate Captain America comic when he instigated an uprising in a Nazi concentration camp…)

  2. Matthew Craig Says:

    Who writes the most exciting, satisfying, surprising or just plain best dialogue in Comics?

    ((I would nominate Chris Onstad (“Achewood”))

    When does realism in Superhero comics cross the line into a betrayal of the metaphor?

    What facet of Comics’ technical/visual language is your favourite, and has it translated into other media?

    What has been the best/worst thing to cross from comics movies into comics (and vice-versa)?

    What’s your earliest Comics memory?

    What’s your favourite piece of Comics merchandise, or “merch?”

    Do you have or have you ever had a regular Comics “routine?” A traditional snack? A traditional drink?

    (For example, I used to walk to Odyssey 7 in the Precinct Centre, Oxford Road, Manchester at the same time on New Comics Day (I think Weds/Thurs back then) and buy the same ham salad roll (usually brown) and drink (usually a carton of squash/milkshake) and sit on the same plastic bench in the covered square and read my comics, eat my lunch, and waste another tranche of irreplacable Youth. I would also waste time on Wednesdays sitting on the bench outside the comic shop in the Corn Exchange until it got blown up)

    One last question:

    What is the best science fiction in Comics?

    Not counting 2000 AD.

    AHA.

    Congratzoids on the centennipoddde. Here’s to more.

    //\Oo/\\

  3. Cass Says:

    (i) Why does Gary like the Fantastic Four so much? What run got him hooked and why does he stick with it?

    (ii) Who was more annoying on Twin Peaks: James or Josie? If you hate another character more, please discuss your reasons.

    (iii) Why don’t either of you read digital comics? (seemingly anyway)

    Thanks for 100 wonderful episodes of SILENCE!. When I listen to the SILENCE! pod, it’s like being strapped into a pod… of a roller coaster ride of thrilling comics discussion and vaguely-related admin! — Cass Sherman, Comments Thread Warrior

  4. Gary Lactus Says:

    These are all excellent questions so far. I am happy.

  5. Arch Stanton Says:

    1). Each of you seem to enjoy both mainstream superhero comics and alternative/indie/underground comics. Clearly they’re appealing for very different reasons, but have you come across a comic that effectively combines those two sensibilities?

    2). Are there any comic creators that find especially exciting right now? Do you predict a meteoric rise for anyone?

    3). Her eyes! What have you DONE to HER EYES?!

  6. PapoCrapo Says:

    If one of your favorite musical artists could suddenly obtain superpowers, who would it be and what would their powers be?

  7. Smaugsta #papertatooist Says:

    1-Which artist and/or writer would you choose for a Gary Lactus & TBMD comic?
    2-Would your superpowers involve beverages & blackouts?
    3-Is the song Fallin’ from de la soul & teenage fanclub related to some vivid memory of a young Gary Lactus?
    4-In which galaxy did you meet Lady Lactus & Beastette?
    5-When & where was the idea for the podcast hatched & the SILENCE broken?
    6-How are you dealing with the sudden rise to fame & how is it affecting your personal lives?
    7-What is the origin of the James Stokoe alien-egg pod-pic?

  8. Derek Says:

    I’m gonna think on this, because previous questions are all excellent and, while I’ve often wished you did this on occasion, I’m going blank at the moment. In the meantime, I just wanna thank you both so much for keeping this up. It brings me a lot of pleasure.

    You’ve pleasured me for hours.

    Hours and hours.

    Lots of pleasuring.

  9. David Wynne Says:

    If you could only read comics by one creator or creative team for the rest of your life, who would you each pick?

    You get the call from Scotty Nerdburgler, secret ruler of comics; he has chosen you as joint editors on the new book that will SAVE COMICS. The ultimate relaunch, a new number one in a joint Marvel DC published comic that will be the leading title for a whole new line. IT’S ALL RIDING ON THIS. If it fails, he’s closing down comics forever. Unfortunately, he wants it to be a team up book with marvel’s gun toting, teleporting, anti-terrorist superhero Solo and DC’s Aquaman. What’s your pitch, and who do you get to work on it?

    What’s your preferred alcoholic drink?

  10. Thrills Says:

    1. Which comics character is the biggest hunk?

    2. Who is more hott, Frank Quitely or Joe Sacco?

    3. Best leather jacket in comics?

    IMPORTANT QUESTIONS

  11. The Beast Must Die Says:

    All good, lovely boys, lovely questions

  12. Eyemelt Says:

    Dear SILENCE! team.

    1) What is your favourite/most treasured comic in your possession?

    2) Rom or Micronauts?

    3) If you could assemble an international all-star smorgasbord on 2000ad, which creators (mainstream or independent) on which projects would you choose?

    4) Which actors would play yourselves in SILENCE! THE MOVIE?

    Sorry for shit questions, I’m at work, pretending to work. Also all the good questions already got asked.

  13. Derek Says:

    I’ve been cultivating a pull list for the first time in my life, and it’s for me thinking about how that list might have looked at another time, so…

    Plop yourself down in any era. Imagine that the direct market has been a constant since days of old. You’re any age between 15-25:

    What is your dream pull list? What titles are you picking up every week? What concurrent classic runs are you experiencing for the very first time? Is it silver age Marvel? DC in the 80s? The black and white boom? Early Vertigo? The world wants to know!

  14. Derek Says:

    *it’s got me thinking

    Ugh.

    Why does autocorrect insist on sapping all the joy out of my life?

  15. Zakaria Says:

    First of all, I’m terribly sorry about my ignorance. This sites wikipedia-page seems to lack a lot of information however.

    Though it does mention that your first appearance was in Strange Tales #127 and that you are extra-dimensional creatures summoned via magic to do the bidding of others, having no will of your own.
    Sort of sounds like married life..eh, eh? A bit of the old cosmic golem humour for you boys.

    But lets move onto the questions themselves.
    (Very, very basic stuff).

    How did the site come about? Did any of the two of you have a hand in it’s creation or did you join the site later on? How did it get it’s name. What was it’s initial relationship to 4-colour shaman; GRANIT Son Of Morris-Dancers?

    Speaking of origin stories. How did you two get into the vibrant god-medium of comics and other sequential artsy-fartsyness?

    Where do Cosmic Deities shop for heralds?
    What colour is your herald and how radd is he?
    What’s a good size for a beginner’s herald?

    Why must the beast die?
    Can the beast not live? Where does the WWF stand on this?
    If the Garylactus eats the moon of the beast.. does the beast then die? Is the beast Lactus intolerant, or just Lactus tolerant enough?

    I await your answers. I’m certain they’ll be CLASSIC.

    Sincerely the kind of asshole who started listening at podcast 70 but not before going back and listening from episode 1. In equal measures you brighten up train rides and the train ride which is life..

    To 100 more!

  16. Matthew Craig Says:

    I was cleaning my room tonight and I stumbled across a My Least Favourite Comic Ever Made. So bad, so insulting to the intelligence that I threw it across the room after reading it. (and now I have two copies) But the kicker is, it’s by two of my favourite comicos of ever all.

    So. FOLLOW-UP QUESTION:

    What’s your favourite “clunker?” Your favourite bad comic by your best comicos.

    //\Oo/\\

  17. Al Ewing Says:

    I recently read all the way through this strange gem…

    http://fourcolorshadows.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/the-mighty-crusaders-rick-jerry-paul.html

    … and was struck by the panel towards the end containing Young Wizard’s unequivocal YOU DISGUST ME to his Older Self, who wept at his past’s accusing gaze, while Roy The Super-Boy, oddly distorted, narrated the plot like a weird Metatron.

    Which single panel in this indescribable mess do you most feel gropes fleetingly towards some inescapable cosmic truth? And why? Why?

  18. Matthew Craig Says:

    The one where the married man feigns arthritis to escape his wife for secret spandexing, only to be completely bamboozled, even by his own totem.

    I mean, that’s like fifty years of Marvel, plus Dark Knight Returns, plus Watchmen, all in one twenty-four page story. The redundancy built into that superhero universe, as well! It makes Captain America 2 look like Too Much Coffee Man.

    No joking, I think that’s an “up yer game” superhero story. There are no supervillains. The neurosis. The John Lennon. My god. My god.

    //\Oo/\\

  19. Justin Victor Says:

    Echoing some of the other questions a bit, I’d like to know what books/creators got you guys into comics, as well as favorite series/creators that maybe re-energized your interest over the years. Basically, what comics are the most personally important to you?

  20. AvidComicGuy Says:

    Tell us about your comic creating! Have you ever sent a Futureshock to Tharg? What did you do in that studio you used to share? TBMD, have you ever asked Friend of the Show Ales Kot if you can do a cover for ZERO? It would be CLASSIC.

  21. Aaron Says:

    Dear Gary and The,

    Congratulations on your hundredth scream into the dark infinity of talking about comic books, and here’s to a hundred or so more.

    My question: how do you talk to girls?

    I love you!
    =aaron

  22. Schmoe Says:

    1) Who would win the following contests?

    Cage fight, Dance off, Beat poetry slam, Pub quiz, Beauty contest

    Grant Morrison vs Alan Moore
    Gary vs The Beast

    2) With the recent trend in superheroics being the superhero movie what characters/scenes would you like to see in film?

  23. Brendan Says:

    Who do you suppose is the most indignant comics creator? Not limited to:

    Alan Moore, Steve Rude, Frank Miller, Bill Willingham, Paul Jenkins, Brendan McCarthy, Dave Sim…

    Followup: Do Brits excel at indignation over others?

  24. James Scott Says:

    Due to the current lack of calming dubstep all following questions will be shouted:

    WHY ARE ALL BRITISH TRUCKS NAMED LORIE???!!! WHY NOT SUSAN OR MARGARET??!!

    IF YOU HAD TO GET A FACIAL TATTOO WHICH CAREBEAR WOULD YOU CHOOSE?!

    IF GARY LACTUS WERE TO BECOME WITH PREGNANT WOULD HE GARY LACTATE??!

    DO BABIES COME FROM PEOPLES BUTTS IN ENGALAND TOO?!!

    COMICS ARE FOR BABYMEN!! DISCUSS!!!!

  25. James Scott Says:

    Follow up questions:

    IF COMICS WERE A FIGHTING GAME WHICH INDIE CARTOONIST WOULD HAVE THE BEST FINISHING MOVE???!! CHRIS WARE’S OLD-TIMEY BANJO HURRICANE SLASH?! JOE MATT’S SECRET 2-FISTED PUMPING ACTION EXPLOSION FIST OF THE NORTH STAR?! OTHER????!?!?!?!

    WHAT IS THE BEST COMIC!??!!!

    I LIKE IT WHEN JOHN CONSTANTINE SAYS “ME OLD CHINA” BUT IS HE TALKING ABOUT TEACUPS OR THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC?!?!

    IF COMICS AS A MEDIUM ALLOW READERS TO ACTIVELY EXPERIENCE THE SUBJECTIVITY OF SPACE-TIME AND IF THE GUTTERS BETWEEN PANELS ALLOW NARRATIVES TO ENTER SOMETHING SIMILIAR TO A QUANTUM SUPERPOSITIONAL STATE IN WHICH WE AS OBSERVERS/READERS DIRECTLY AFFECT THE FLOW OF NARRATIVES(I.E. THE AMOUNT OF TIME DEPECTED BY A STATIC IMAGE/PANEL AND THE UNENDING POSSIBILITES IN THE SPACES BETWEEN) BY THE MERE ACT OF OBSERVATION/READING AND THUS ALLOW US TO MORE FULLY COMPREHEND THE UNDERLYING FABRIC OF OUR OBSERVABLE REALITY WHY DO PEOPLE STILL KEEP MAKING COMICS ABOUT AQUAMAN?!?!

    THANK YOU FOR A HUNDRED CENTURIES OF SILENCE??!!

  26. Illusionator Says:

    Lactibeast

    Why do birds suddenly appear every time you are near?

    It’s really fucking annoying.

    Great pod tho

  27. Derek Says:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHF8tXaTIqg

  28. The Beast Must Die Says:

    Silence! 100 will be up on Monday true beliebers. Here’s a picture of Gary Lactus on the loo, gearing up for the big event: http://www.odordude.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/the-long-drop-open-air-toilet-kununurra.jpg

  29. Derek Says:

    Huzzah!

  30. tam Says:

    Ooh, if you haven’t yet recorded it, I’ve got another question.

    http://www.reddit.com/r/comicbooks/comments/1lrh29/definitive_list_of_comic_book_podcasts/

    If you look at the very informative link above, you’ll be glad to know that you make it onto this reddit thread of best comics podcasts, However, you’ll also note that Silence! is referred to as the ‘weird one in the list’. Hence do you conceed that you’re the wierdos of comics podcasting?

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