September 15th, 2015




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Welcome to SILENCE! the internet’s answer to breathing. YOU NEED THIS. Gary Lactus & The Beast Must Die will hold your hands all the way. Trust us. YOU NEED THIS!

<ITEM> You’re looking down the business end of two barrels of admin son, so you’d best get your stuff together and get ready for some Sponsorship, a bit of Mike McMahon, some Thought Bubble 2015 promo and the whole fandango

<ITEM> The Reviewniverse is it? Is it? Well? Is it? Well okay then. So be it. Included: These periodicals: Headlopper, Batman, Deadly Class, Over The Garden Wall, All Star Section 8, Sammy Harkham’s Crickets, Rick & Morty, Siege, Ms Marvel, Mercury Heat and Phonogram.

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12 Responses to “SILENCE! #156”

  1. Thrills Says:

    When you both exit the Reviewniverse I listen to whoever is loudest and/or most coherent, while trying to focus on both, my ears twitching like some fucking cartoon pig. I’m sure my subconscious has an aural preference, but I am unsure what that might be.

    Really enjoying Deadly Class. I’m reading it in the collected editions, so I’m a bit behind. Definitely see the Ales Kot thing, but I think Deadly Class has a bit more heart, a bit less experimenting with the form. Remender writes solid adventure comics, I reckon, and there’s always an emotional authenticity to them, in a kinda Garth Ennisy way. Deals well with masculinity or summat?

    That said, could not get into his Havok and the Avengers comic (or whatever it was called).

    I don’t think I read any actual new comics this week. Ton of 90s pish and ace manga about children having an awful time in the aftermath of some near-apocalyptic event or that (Dragon Head and Drifting Classroom).

    Plus, finished Remender’s Fear Agent, which was not bad? Once again, some good shite about masculinity and family, good character work, but the space alien bits and wider plot were a bit ‘whatevso’. Interesting watching Tony Moore and Jerome Opena develop as artists as it went along.

    I also watched the first ep. of Rick and Morty and thought it was pretty irritating, but I’ll soldier on as everyone I know loves it and first episodes are universally shit, except maybe Twin Peaks.

  2. John Bishop Says:

    I picked up Headlopper, enjoyed it a lot. I’d seen an earlier version a while ago, but the cost to get it shipped over to the UK made it beyond reach. Now it’s sold out, the point is moot. BAH.

    According to Wiki, the Chuckle Brothers’ are actually the Elliott Brothers. They also have two other brothers. But they’re called the Patton Brothers. Obvs.

    That over the garden wall thing looks pretty ace, I keep meaning to check it out properly, but once again, life turds.

    Reviewniversewise I try to listen to both at the same time, if it ever gets really out there, I’ll happily re-listen to it until I’ve squeezed every aural iota from it.

    Considering trying to make Thought Bubble this year. I say that every year, but there you go.

  3. Tim B. Says:

    When listening to the exit song for the reviewniverse I’d like to say that I pause before the song, wait untill I’ve come home, meditated for 12 hours in my man-cave surrounded by old comics so as to inhale their very essence before an hour in my custom made isolation tank so as to completely empty my mind in preparation of the forthcoming wisdom, if it’s a Bobsy episode I’ll also light a candle fashioned from oils carefully disilled from the various (no doubt highly toxic) inks used in the thousands of 90s variant covers otherwised doomed to be landfill to further aid me in the interpretation of the insights I’m about to receive.

    Whilst I said I’d like to to that, I just listen to it. It’s not like I’m some kind of weirdo.

  4. Derek Says:

    Aw shucks, Beast. Top tip: Omnivorous dilettantism is the perfect smokescreen for a LACK of erudition.

    Not sure about exit music habits. It’s all just sound pudding to me. Who listens to lyrics?

    I picked up Lose 7 last week (one of the many many benefits of living in proximity to the Beguiling is getting Koyama Press stuff hot off the, erm, press). Anyways, realized that the two short pieces in On Topics may suffer from not being anchored to a longer story, as they often are in Lose.

    The longer piece here is a queasy doppelganger / body snatcher / lost twin cancer story about a woman whose father abandons her. I liked the linework a lot. It’s less slick than some of his more clearly computer-assisted work, but it has a level of detail that seems new to me. Maybe the use of colour is just more restrained. I’m struggling to remember the look of that secret society story from last issue. Seems like it was likewise minimalist and shape-based figure work, but less so? (I went to go find it on my shelves. I couldn’t find it on my shelves. Why can I never find anything on my shelves?) He also uses a lot of small panel “wide shots,” for lack of a better term, and the smallness of the figures makes them seem more delicate than they act. I particularly like the running scenes. There’s something graceful in their stiffness.

    It was good. I liked it.

    Also picked up Cole Closser’s new one, but I ain’t read it yet.

    I did read Josh Simmons’ Black River, which was at the library. I had had to interlibrary loan The Furry Trap a couple years ago, which must have been pretty harrowing for the librarians. (I know that book was WAYYY too much for me. I don’t have what it takes for The Furry Trap. Or I do, and that’s even worse, because that’s the point?)

    I guess nuclear wasteland nastiness is less threatening, because Black RIver was right there on the shelf. It’s a pretty good horror story, a more naturalistic Crossed+100, scarily feasible. I’ve forgotten a lot of the details. The post-apocalyptic Neil Hamburger routine was funny. You can basically imagine what the more perilous moments amounted to. Felt a bit redundant, as these things do, but I liked it. It was good. He can draw good. I think I’m supposed to like this more than I do. Maybe it’s not my thing. The interview at TCJ was good.

    That’s all. Anybody read Liz Suburbia’s book yet? I read it online and loved it sooo much. Highly recc’d.

  5. Derek Says:

    A few more self-centred thots on Simmons: I don’t want to be overly dismissive of Black River. The Furry Trap didn’t work for me, for reasons that are worth examining, but Black River is different in important ways. I wish I still had the copy I borrowed from the library in front of me to think through some of its complexities.

    As for Simmons’s short-form work, the TCJ interview (not Simmons himself) made explicit connections to certain strains of “shock cinema,” particularly of the French sort (Dumont, Noé, Aja). Those films often come packaged as an antidote to bourgeois complacency, a claim I find irksome. I’ve seen much of it; it ranges spotty to brilliant. But I find the idea that audience response to a piece of work situates that audience in meaningful ways to be glib and shallow. One needn’t appreciate the formal qualities of child rape to rise above social injustice, and there’s no inherent political value in representing the same. Spare me the righteous didacticism. That said, I do believe there are examples from this genre doing sophisticated political work. Haneke’s (Austrian, I know) Caché and Code Unknown are two of the most powerful films about imperialism that I’ve seen, while his Funny Games, as a statement, is basically stupid.

    Trying and failing to explore these ideas without resorting to strawmen. Anyways, “not loving” The Furry Trap makes me defensive. And so maybe I’m a little closed to Black River’s unique qualities. Take these thots for what they’re worth.

  6. Zakaria Says:

    You should always listen to the reviewniversal reverbarations as one listens to a choir.

    I don’t know why I keep reading Phonogram. It’s really not for me at all … But I think I enjoy it? I’m not sure why..

    If you get time post-thoughtbubble to ship a fabulous competetion-competetion prize, make sure to remind me to send you my new adresse as I may be moving within the next few months.

    The recent (though not most recent) Rick and Morty episode with the Stephen Colbert cameo, car battery nihilism and the “keep Summer safe” sub-plot was so good I’ve started to question why The Venture Brothers need years between seasons.

  7. The Beast Must Die Says:

    Z I promise you have not been forgotten, thank you for your eternal patience

    Is Venture Bros still going??

  8. Tim B. Says:

    re Venture Bros, new series february 2016

  9. Derek Says:

    Hey Beast: Have you had a look at this book?

    Sounds like something you’d be in to….

  10. The Beast Must Die Says:

    Sounds shite

  11. The Beast Must Die Says:

    I am of course being a heel. It’s s really lovely review and I’m actually blushing

  12. tam Says:

    I’ve long since given up trying to make out either singer during the exit from the reviewniverse. These days I just hum along to the lovely melody. Actually, what’d be great would be variant releases of each episode where we could hear your solo exits. And you could have other variants, like, for example, galacticat remixes. Everyone likes cute little kittens so I think these could be very popular.

    Bah! Thanks to your tardy news reporting the Mike McMahon website had already come down by the time I heard this episode. He really is a visionary artist. Ah well, have to go and reread the Last American instead…

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