August 11th, 2015



Blurb, man’s oldest friend.

Since time began it is blurb that has kept us warm, fed our children, bought our shoes, made us dance, laugh, cry and win prizes. Every day we take blurb for granted but no one truly knows what it is. Blurb, science’s last great mystery. As we discover more about our universe, it’s easy to feel there are are no mysteries left. We can put man on the moon, build robots that cook dinner and teleport to Kent but we are no closer to understanding blurb now than we were in the Flintstone age.

No point in bothering to figure it out when you consider all that, is there?

<ITEM> Here we go with another issue of SILENCE! Listen… yeah, that’s it… wait for it… the beat’s gonna drop… any second now, turn it up… here it comes… it’s sick when the beat drops… hold on… oh, sorry.

<ITEM> Lose your shit to our self deprecating chat including sponsorshunt, Safari Festival, Portslade Village Fete, Gary’s forthcoming BBC New Comedy Award performance (as Fraser Geesin),  and SILENCE! The Film Has Started with the animated adaptation of Dark Knight Returns. Oh yes, and the Two Alans.

<ITEM> The Reviewniverse then beckons you onto the dancefloor to throw shapes alongside Dark Corridor, Kaptara, John Flood, Wic Div, This Damned Band, Airboy, Battleworld: Seige, Ms. Marvel, Death in Oaxaca, Black Canary, The Omega Men and Age of Reptiles.

<ITEM> That’s it really, apart from some Begging

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13 Responses to “SILENCE! #152”

  1. David Wynne Says:

    It’s a shame the guy who makes that dinosaur comic will never hear this show, because the only podcast he listens to is Never Not Funny with Jimmy Pardo.

  2. Thrills Says:

    Worst instance of music in comics is the whole ‘Venus of the Hardsell’ Hellblazer stuff. Uuurgh.



    I put a song page of exposition in one of my comics, as a Mooro pisstake. It didn’t work as a pisstake or as a song, or as exposition, probably.

    Songs in comics: don’t do it, kids.

    I think the linework of Miller and Janson’s in DKR is a big part of the fun, and the cartoon smooths it out too much. Like the anime adaptation of a Tsutomu Nihei manga I saw recently, leeched all the charm and excitement out of it. It sort of looked like his art, but oh it lost his wonderful liiiines and with it all charisma.

    Stop adapting comics!

    Usual disclaimer: I hate everything that exists, seemingly. And not in an edgy “I’m an internet cynic” way. In a “I am a joyless grump” way.

  3. Matthew Craig Says:

    The songs always made the start of The Hobbit a pain in the honk. Reading that at night while trying to fall asleep as a puckish yout’, getting bollocked for attempting TRA LA LA LA LALLY, DOWN IN THE VALLEY. ‘sake.

    It is jam hot here today, but I was glad to have SILENCE! in my lugs while walking up to the shops. I bought a new second hand denim jacket, and a nice sangwich from Greggs that only tasted somewhat of rank salad creams and spray-oil. I read none of the comics you discuseed, having not now been to the comic shop for two months six days. Longest…that’s the longest between visits for over twenty years. Hang on while I tweet that with profound self-regard.

    I read a few good comics this week. There was an autobiographical one that I really liked up until the point where the author threw all my sympathy away – or really, when my own issues and life-long frustrations boiled over into a long loud F*** YOU with what was otherwise a charmingly-executed comic. And I feel bad about that. Like, hey, my issues are my issues, and this comic came from a place of genuine vulnerability. And it cost me all of 1.3 pence, I think. But sometimes, you can’t just leave your shoes at the door.

    Another comic I started and dropped was a really neat and beautifully-drawn American drama novel. Like one of those independent movies about sweaty blondes in vests being menaced by a grimble you see on Horror (Freeview ch.70; also home to Wonder Woman @ 5.50pm, Dr Who, etc..). Lots of dialogue, lots of set-up regarding the self-defeating male lead and the oh-so-wonderfully-perky-her-freck-frecks-shoot-glitter female lead. But I got to the second clunky geek reference and threw my arms up like Gerge Constanszo and walked out of the room saying “GOOD BYE, EVERYONE!”

    Which was not the best way to disembark the no. 2 to the TC.

    I mean, it was really good, really beautiful art and colours, but hide the references in the mash or leave them on the side of your plate, yes?

    And I don’t want to name that book, either, because a) i didn’t finish it, b) I’m sure that when I do, I will love it and c) who wants to be that much of a grimble?

    Bob And His Beer by Sarah & Cary Stringfield was a heartbreaking novella; perfectly-judged, drawn with a weight of life and sorrow. A widower with nothing but his daily routine and no friends but the guy behind the till at his local mini-mart makes a terrible mistake. And that’s it. Doesn’t outstay its welcome. The characters are real. Anything else would spoil it. Go read it, as and when and if.

    The latest load of jizz Viz feels a bit thin, but I’m sure there aren’t any fewer strips. The usual coiled snake of scatalogical delights – Healey/Farmer gutting British culture, Cat Sullivan is the smartest writer in British Comics, etc., etc..

    The jewel of this week’s supermarket comics was, of course, The Beano – or rather, the 36-page full-colour Commando format mini-comic that came with it, in which an uncredited Nigel Auchterlounie pit the Viking-era ancestors of Dennis, Roger and Minnie agin’ both Tumblr’s patron saint Loki and the artist’s own creative inconstancy. And it’s BEAUTIFUL. MORE AND MORW ANA BPRMO. Oh, and I asked The Beano if I could write the next one and they said UHHHH…OKAY, so I guess that means I’m writing for the Beano now.


    That enough? No. My non-comics recommendation for you this week is to watch the Fail Forward videos on the videogame website Rocks, Paper And Also Shot Gun. In these, Marsh Davies provides insightful and inclusive analysis of Some Video Games I’ve Never Played, but who cares, because Davies is both culturally-conscious and culturally-conscientious. The Tomb Raider and Wolfenstein vids are particular faves. I really wish someone would do more vids like that for Comics. I would do it, only I’ve got this trick hip, you see, and I’ve got to do me forms, and me Mam says I’ve to come in for me tea, and and and


  4. Zakaria Says:

    Why do I suspect that Tom Bombadil had quite the influence on young ingénue/singer-songwriter Alan-is Moore-issette.

    Hey! Come merry dol! derry dol! My darling!
    Light goes the weather-wind and the feathered starling.

    Down along under Hill, shining in the sunlight, Waiting on the doorstep for the cold starlight, There my pretty lady is, River-woman’s daughter, Slender as the willow-wand, clearer than the water.

  5. Johnny Says:

    Rich Tommaso made a cool comic in the 90s called The Horror of Collier County. The art is less stylized than Dark Corridors but the story and art were really good – a bit like Hernandez Bros stuff, semi surreal horror with comedy elements too. Had a creative idea where every page of it was always comic, the cover was the first panel and then it ran right through to the back cover.

  6. Nate A. Says:

    Another great pod! I’m biased (Tommaso is a friend), but I too think Dark Corridor is a great comic, and it’s different from the usual Image #1. He’s also self-published a bunch of stuff under his Recoil imprint. I’m not sure if they have those on your side of the Atlantic, (that’s what you guys call the “Pond”), but if they do you should check them out.
    Nitpick time: I’m pretty sure Oaxaca is pronounced Oh-ha-ka. Also, the “l” in John Flood is silent. The comic is actually called John Food.
    Speaking of food, I find myself looking forward to Matthew Craig’s incidental sandwich reviews. I look forward to getting his thoughts on Pret A Manger.

  7. John Bishop Says:

    Thank you sirs.

    Instead of 2x Alan Moore, I think an episode featuring Moore and Stan Lee would be a winner. Stan Lee could talk about how he created the Swamp Thing.

    I was about to mention The Horror of CC, but Johnny beat me to it. And its similarity to the Hernandez bros. I enjoyed it thoroughly, and also a slightly tougher to find 8 1/2 Ghosts. I would describe it, but I’ll copy and paste an online synopsis-

    “Paul Massina is a B-movie hack who knows he could become an A-list director, if only the studios would kick in more funding for his new horror film. But Fate hands him the perfect low budget prop: an enormous Victorian home, haunted by eight real ghosts! Once Paul has convinced the specters to perform in his film, all he has to do is keep his actors calm and his film costs low. But what about the 1/2 ghost at the story’s end…? Rich Tommaso’s newest comic, complete in one issue, might be described as a cross between Fellini’s 8 1/2 and William Castle’s 13 Ghosts as reimagined by Jack Cole…”

    You like the sound of that don’t you?

    I’ve found it strange Gon isn’t more popular with Western audiences. It’s pretty weird, but a fun read. Whenever I do find a Gon book cheap, I’ll pick it up and put it to one side for a birthday/Xmess pressie. Age of Reptiles is something I’ve always meant to read, but never got round to. A bit like 90% of all comics.

    Also, not to be pedantic (but being pedantic) I believe that’s pronounced WAHACA- similar to the spelling of the overcrowded ponce-infested restaurant chain. Although if you’ve reached this point of the comment you may already have fallen asleep/ lost interest.


  8. Matthew Craig Says:

    Gon turns up in Tekken 3. His victory vid is *smek* manifeek.

    Pret A Manger? I feel like I must’ve seen one in Leeds railway station, but the first time I went down to That London, it seemed like they were on every street corner. Unfortunately, this was back when I could almost take care of myself, and didn’t need ready-made sangwiches to sustain myself.


  9. Johnny Says:

    Thanks for the recommendation on 8 1/2 Ghosts, John. I’ll have to keep an eye out for it. Have you read any of his others?

  10. Thrills Says:

    Choosing Gon was frowned upon in my Tekken 3 days. It is not a game that lends itself well to dodging fireballs! Weird memories of longggg fights between Dr. Bosconovitch and Gon during shitty teen band practice.

    “Whenever I do find a Gon book cheap, I’ll pick it up and put it to one side for a birthday/Xmess pressie. ”

    Oh, same here! It’s so goddamn lovable and excellently drawn and easily understood etc.

    Great comic.

  11. John Bishop Says:

    Johnny, I haven’t actually read any more Tommaso- the last thing I almost read was a few years ago when I won an ebay auction (I can’t remember what the title of the book was) and it got lost in the post. Having a look at his more recent stuff online, it looks like he might have Clowes-ed it up a bit recently. I don’t think that’s necessary, and I hope his own style isn’t completely obliterated, like (in my opinion) Adrian Tomine’s.

  12. Johnny Says:

    Ah it’s possible, with Dark Corridors he definitely isn’t moving in a Clowes direction, though – It’s more heading towards Dick Tracy or something from Mad Magazine.

  13. John Bishop Says:

    I think you’re right there. I googled for some Dark Corridor stuff. I still see some similarities to Clowes, but more in the feel than the actual execution. Sort of a heavier brush, I like it a lot. Hope he keeps doing his own thing.

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