August 25th, 2015


Blurb, blurb changes everything
Hands and faces, earth and sky
Blurb, blurb changes everything ( reading comics)
How you live and how you die (and read comics)

Love can make the summer fly (like reading comics)
Or a night seem like a lifetime (of reading comics)

Yes, blurb, blurb changes everything (reading comics)
Now I tremble at your name (Batman)
Nothing in the world will ever
Be the same (apart from comics)

Welcome to another edition of SILENCE! the comics podcast that walks like a man, drinks like a fish and sh*ts like a train. Your hosts Gary Lactus & The Beast Must Die offer you a fine portion of comics criticism with a good slug of amusing gravy.

<ITEM> Some perfunctory but respectful Sponsorsowhaddywhaddy, and a special report from the recent Safari festival, run by Breakdown Press. Decadence Comics, Krent Able’s Big Book of Mischief, Silica Dream and more, Plus Steve Davis and Prog Rock.

<ITEM> The Reviewniverse uncurls it’s sweaty palm and scrunches the pair up into a tight little ball of comics reading joy. They tackle Phonogram: Immaterial girl, music journalism, The Freebutt, Beauty, Brandon Graham & Emma Rios’ Island, The Eltingville Comics Club, Constantine, Martian Manhunter, Stray Bullets, Wolf, Captain Britain & the Mighty Defenders and more.

<ITEM> Some cats I guess?

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


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8 Responses to “SILENCE! #153”

  1. Johnny Says:

    The Hidden is amazing! Crank was kind of along the same lines, although maybe a bit more dumb…

    I put that Martian Manhunter on hold last week but didn’t buy it, I’ll have to grab it today if I go by. I thought the alien thing looked weird, a bit like Parasyte or that Lemire run on Animal Man.

  2. Thrills Says:

    Krent Able’s Big Book of Mischief sounds right up my street. The strips described in t’podcast made me do a chuckle. Gonnae investigate further, ta for making us aware of it!

    Not picked up new Phonogram. Might ‘trade wait’? That first series felt ‘for me’ at that point in my life, ye ken? Richey Edwards and Britpop revisionism. Follow-up was good comics but was not FOR me. Don’t care about the characters all that much, so not am not super-enthused for the new one.

    I still like a good bit of music writing, though I am so far from being hip to what’s the nazz, I don’t know what it all means anymore.

    I like Cameo. I want a comic about Cameo.

  3. Gary Lactus Says:

    Word up to that!

    I’m worried that I came across as saying the comic Phonogram is embarrassing. It isn’t. I meant the way it reminds me of a younger, much more annoying me conjures up feelings of embarrassment. My issue, not the comic’s.

  4. Cass Says:

    One of the rewards for the Patreon campaign should be “Superman’s a good bloke” T-shirts. Or you could do a tee with excerpts from all of Gary’s classic reviews:
    “I liked it. It was good,”
    “And that was the Walking Dead,”
    “Superman’s a good bloke,”
    “But was it really worth six pounds fifty?”
    and so on.

  5. tam Says:

    I haven’t read Phonogram because it’s not my thing, (unlike Uber which is probably my favourite ongoing title) but one of my pet hates is the increasing tendancy of a lot of creators (in all mediums) to acknowledge somethings a bit crap or overrated but still bang on about it anyway as though the acknowledgement somehow then makes it impervious to criticism. It’s like those comedians who do knowingly crap jokes thinking that somehow makes them funny again. It rarely does and usually just smacks of the creators wanting to have their cake and eat it.

    I thought the final issue of Eltingville was one of my comics of the year. Evan Dorkin is one of the very few people in comics who can do pathos properly. He’s been mentioning on his blog how his hand hurts from drawing and looking at the wonderfully detailed art you can understand why…

    For some reason it also brought to mind this recent tribute to the late Yvonne Craig, who played Batwoman in the old tv show. Well worth a read…

  6. John Bishop Says:

    Yes, gentlemen! Again you entertained as I sat at my desk pretending to work.

    I saw Krent Able’s Alison Goldfrapp story in an issue of Stool Pigeon while I was waiting around at some gig or something. I found it massively entertaining, and was saddened when I got home and realised I’d left it in that venue. What was the comic? Who was it by? Well, yes I could have found out relatively easily, but a couple of years later, lo and behold, I am flicking through the Krent Able book. And there it was! His stuff is terrific, sort of a really tight EC style, and very chucklesome.

    I finally managed to back the patreon thing. Please put that 11p a month to good use.

    I was going to go to the Safari thing this time, and I wish I had but once again, life turds. In fact, might I suggest a ‘life turds’ t-shirt? Or at least a badge?

  7. Gary Lactus Says:

    Or a real-life turd?

  8. Matthew Craig Says:

    The skin in The Merc’ (for so shall it be named so) is excused as being a practicality on a planet that’s hotter than chilli kisses. It should def. be E-Kwops, though, with the boys flopping out the moobs if only to avoid having to install a sweat valve on their bulletproofs.

    I mean, it seems legit to me. Planet Swamp-Ass and all. Context. Although, obviously, given the ties to an altogether…different brand of crime-fighter, I would rather they wore velour shell-suits.

    I still haven’t made it to the LCS, so I haven’t read The Merc or anything else! for that matter. I mean, I’ve read loads of boss Beanos and Simpsons comics, sure. I picked up a book of Bart Simpson comics from the charidee, which featured some early Gail Simone scripts. They were okay. I’ve been enjoying Sammy Borras’ new slice-o-life-’em-up Misc Fits at miscfits dot tumblr dot com. Expressive art, great design and colours.

    God, if I didn’t go back to the comic shop for another two months, would I….



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