June 2nd, 2014



Today, for you smiling meatsax, Disembodied Narratorbot X-15735 will consult the great oracle DESREE to find for you the meaning of life. Speak oh great one:

“I don’t want to see a ghost
It’s a sight that I fear most
I’d rather have a piece of toast
And watch the evening news

Life, oh life, oh life, oh life
Doo, doo doo doo
Life, oh life, oh life, oh life
Doo, doo doo doo”

Disembodied Narratorbot X-15735 agrees Desree, toast rather than ghost! ALWAYS! Who would want ghost? And Life IS doo doo doo isn’t it? You really nailed it. No more questions! ALL ANSWERED.

Now onto the latest edition of SILENCE! featuring 100% more The Beast Must Die, but with almost 100% less Bobsy. Same Gary Lactus content though. Just right, as Goldilocks said before she nicked all the porridge and those three vegetarian peace loving bears starved to death.

After a cursory admin session, The Beast talks about his upcoming Cindy & Biscuit art installation up in that bloody London. More details follow after the blurb.

[ITEM] The ‘lads’ answer some more listenoid quizzlers in their slackadaisical fashion. Worth the wait? YOU DECIDE! Amongst the answerage: Doop, bad comics by good creators, Grant Morrison’s Spawn, The Family Must Die, planet-shaped dinner, Heralds, Mighty Crusaders, The Secret Origin of Mindless Ones, Frank Miller, Give Me Liberty, Robo-Hunter, humorous comics, Saturday Night Live, 2000AD, The Studio, creating comics, How To Talk To Girls, drawing comics, Sklent, Greatest Stories Ever Told, Tharg’s Future Shocks, Terminus

[ITEM] A quick dip in the shimmering surf of the Reviewniverse with talk of Southern Bastards, Ordinary, Sparta USA, Titan Comics, MPH, Trees, Saga, Mighty Avengers, SILENCE! Shout out, Deadly Class, non-drowsy decongestants, Red Rover Charlie and a bit more too.

But wait…I have thought of another question.. all is not answered…do not forsake me oh Desree…ANSWER ME!!!!

Click to download SILENCE!#104


Smiling friends

As some of you may already know, I have an installation at a local cafe in Walthamstow that will be up for the duration of the E17 Art Trail (curated by Brian Harvey – not). Cindy & Biscuit star in a strip produced specifically for the art trail, that incorporates the cafe itself into the narrative.
Here’s a teaser:
We will be holding a private view on Friday 6th June at the Arts & Crusts cafe from 7pm onwards. There’ll be some wine and beer, but bring along your own if you favour more adventurous tipples.
Please come along and join us – Carol and Andrew who run the cafe are lovely, and there are two other installations to view in and around the cafe. You can also experience the sights, smells and atmosphere of exotic Walthamstow.
It  would be lovely to see you there, so please come along, and bring whoever you like. The installation will be up for a month if not, so pop along at some point, have a coffee and enjoy.
The cafe’s website is here:
Hope to see you there!


Click to download SILENCE!#101

Contact us:

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This edition of SILENCE! is proudly sponsored by the greatest comics shop on the planet, DAVE’S COMICS of Brighton.
It’s also sponsored the greatest comics shop on the planet GOSH! Comics of London.

19 Responses to “SILENCE! #103”

  1. AvidComicGuy Says:

    Oh, squee!

  2. The Beast Must Die Says:

    5 galactic groats to eagle-eyed listener Tam, who spotted the DELIBERATE mistake in the above text. The C&B private view will be on the 6th June, not May of course…

  3. Thrills Says:

    As I am an art chump with window pictures in the pipeline, cheers for letting us know how you did the window art, Beast! It looks ace from the photos, and I was going to ask the method. I was thinking of using Posca pens, but recently tried them and it was sort of shite.Fancy window stickers seem a good alternative.

  4. Cass Says:

    The Cindy and Biscuit window art looks amazing. Maybe an in-living-color volume of Cindy and Biscuit in our future #daretodream?

  5. tam Says:

    A story themed around American football sounds like something I’d really struggle to get through, but it does make me realise I’d love to see a comic related to cricket; one of the great things about cricket is that it’s such an intricate, complicated game that you can find analogies for just about everything in life within it… Although I suspect I might have to wait a while for any US publisher to get around to doing this.

    Pat Mills definitely qualifies for the good comics by bad creators award, he’s done loads of truly brilliant comics, (Marshall Law, old and new versions of Bill Savage, Charley’s War, Nemesis, etc…) and also loads of unreadable dreck like the later bits of 3rd world war and Slaine, (though his current Slaine is pretty good, to be fair), Punisher and so on, although at least he always finds good artists.

    Also what was the beast’s brilliant bargain purchase he hinted at? Does it beat me finding ‘the best of Battle’, ‘Battle’s Johnny Red collection’ and a hardback collection of Jack Kirby’s ‘The Losers’ for a fiver in Streatham the other day?

  6. tam Says:

    oops sorry meant ‘Bad comics by good creators’ obviously!

  7. The Beast Must Die Says:

    Possibly not Tam – that’s quite a haul! I picked up Someday Funnies for £8, which for all it’s flaws is still a fascinating curio.

  8. Eyemelt Says:

    TBMD, I was in the ‘Stow the other day. I was making a half-arsed attempt at appeasing my other half, who was being a birthday brat. We ended up having a birthday fry-up in some weird cafe with loads of pics of Lady Di and seats with cartwheels on them. She still wasn’t happy, I mean what more does she want?

    I will try to make your shindig on Friday, but not 100% certain. The window looks rad. Did you have to cut them out yourself? I’ll check if Tam can play out as well. Tam is the most generous fellow I know, it’s ridiculous. HE GAVE ME THAT LOSERS BOOK! GRATIS!

    ‘Image- making comics that used to be published by Dark Horse and Vertigo’ made me chuckle. What is the point of Vertigo now? NO POINT.

    I love the idea of a studio, I do think it might motivate me a little more in a shared space, but I’d always be torn between what stuff I keep at home and what stuff I’d keep there. And ultimately it would just be used as more storage space for tat. Speaking of which, do you gents ever frequent the stinky London comic mart?

  9. Zakaria Says:

    I appreciate you slogging through my myriad of questions. Totally worth the wait to get some good window dressing as well.

  10. Matthew Craig Says:

    I’d happily throttle any twelve of history’s rustlest hearties to get the chance to write a Blood Bowl or Speedball 2 comic, but I think I’d probably balk at a straight gridiron story. Too much stop-start. Did think about writing a lingerie football comic a couple of years back, but happen not.

    Grikit, too, is a bit dry compared to the Bootiful Game, but I could see a modern/sub-Carla Lane take on a soap opera comic around a women’s cricket team.

    (why women? I don’t know. Seems like a good way of doing a non-trad female-driven action-driven comic, though.)

    Good luck with the Cinstallat-o-Bisc, Beastie. Take plein de picsturs/vids!


  11. Thrills Says:

    I bet some manga person could write a fucking great comic about cricket. Probably has, eh.

    A Speedball 2 comic’d work pretty well, it could keep the early-90s 2000AD painty-art thing loads of Bitmap Bros games had. Chaos Engine is the only steampunk I care about, in these extraneous cogs-on-gogs times.

    BLOOD BOWL. I recently found out I’d been playing Blood Bowl wrong as a teen, and it should have actually been less fast-paced and thrilling. Oops!

    And on Tam’s good-comics-by-bad-creators mistake, what ARE good comics by bad creators? And does that one good comic mean they are actually good creators? I don’t know.

    Gaiman’s on the cusp, I reckon. I still have a lot of time for Sandman and his Miracleman, but everything else he’s done has been fucking dire.

    Brian Wood? Has he ever written anything of merit? Does he have one treat in his secret catalogue? What about the Palmiotti/Gray team-up? No?

    Fuck, I hate comics.

    (goes off to read Howard Mackie’s Ghost Rider)

  12. Matthew Craig Says:

    We played Blood Bowl with my TSR Marvel Super Heroes ® Role Playing Game pieces, which meant that you had the unlikely sight of Aunt May Parker rolling for a Heroic Tackle against, essentially, Treebeard.

    Took that birch down first go, to be fair.


  13. Adam Says:

    My impression is that there’s still some pretty special comic shops in the U.S., Beasty

  14. jameswheeler Says:

    Good by Bad: I reckon Scott Lobdell’s Claremont-flavoured 90s X-soaps transcended for a moment or two.

  15. The Beast Must Die Says:

    Ad – yes, you’re probably right. I’m sure there are some grimholes out there.

  16. The Beast Must Die Says:

    I don’t think I gave the ‘Bad By Good’ comics anywhere near enough thought.

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