Aggregator aggravator

August 26th, 2011


Like I said last time, it’s been a while since we did one of these, eh? Still, that’s alright – it’s not like there’s been another Royal Wedding I could have sniped at or anything!

Anyway, enough of that (You’re telling us! – Ed) – I want to put some filth in you .  Best take your shots first, unless you actually want to catch something…

  • FRESH SCALPEL DEPT: So, this is easily the best thing I’ve found on the internet recently – an archive of unused covers that Carlos Segura created for The Filth:

    These images are rawer and more hysterical than the finished designs, which always maintained a clinical distance from the horrors contained within. I think that was probably the right decision, but some of these test designs attack the “tabloid pornography” aspect of the series with a feverish intensity:
    Like Dan McDaid said on That Twitter the other night, it’s enough to make you feel slightly unwell.
  • TOO FUNNY FOR COMICS DEPT: If you’re still not tired of jokes about Chester Brown’s “comic-strip memoir about being a john” Paying For It, you should probably check out this Johnny Ryan piss-take (link via Sean WitzkeEd).  Like Ryan, I just can’t wait for Brown to try to write sequel after living life on the other side of his regular interactions.  Somehow I think Getting Paid For It: Two Hundred Empty Pages Stained With Tears might not generate the same amount of attention that the moon headed goon’s current book has (Oh, so we’re making ugly jokes now? Classy stuff there! – Ed).
  • STILL TOO FUNNY FOR COMICS DEPT: I love being able to get regular doses of Kate Beaton excelling in the genre of Kate Beaton, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a physical copy of Hark, A Vagrant (That’s all well and good, but Amazon are still on my shit list because of the Wikileaks thing though pal – Ed). Also, this joke involving Rogue from Strange Tales is the best X-Men I’ve read since the end of Grant Morrison’s run:
  • MINDLESS NEWS, SPECIAL “TALES FROM THE MILLARDROME” EDITION: An exclusive source close to famous Scottish comic book writer, swimming instructor, and creator of the first mp3 blog Marky “Mark” Millar has revealed to us that Millar has a new movie in the works. Based on a doodle that Millar drew on the inside cover of  The Art of War while on holiday in Earth 2, the film will be called MMP3, and it will cover the period in the early 2000s where Mark Millar took a break from being a deluded, kill-hungry dick writing comics to create the first ever mp3 blog. Apparently Tony Scott is attached as director, and has been heard describing the movie as being like “Bad Boys meets The Social Network times two” at several high profile swim meets (Seems to me that you’re being both rude and kind of mental here Dave – Ed).
  • GOOD TIMES IN BAD COMPANY REDUX: I know I already mentioned this in my last Aggregator post (I’m not sure you did until five minutes ago, but oh well – Ed), but just look at Milligan leaning back into the couch, giving cool answers through his shades, and tell me that the whole Strange Days crew aren’t part of of the lineage of working class art-pop stars Owen Hatherly describes in his new book on Pulp:


  • TOO PULPY FOR COMICS DEPT: If you’re at all interested in Pulp or British pop in general, you should definitely give Uncommon a try. Here’s Hatherly laying out his thesis in an essay for the Guardian:

    From the early 1970s until the 1990s, hundreds of musicians from working or lower-middle class backgrounds, many educated at art schools, claiming state benefits and living in bedsits or council flats weeks before they found themselves staying at five-star hotels, were thrown up in the UK. From Roxy Music to the Smiths, from the Associates to the Pet Shop Boys, all balanced sexuality and literacy, ostentatious performance and austere rectitude, raging ambition and class resentment, translating it into records balancing experimentation with populist cohesion; it was possible to read the lyric sheets without embarrassment. You could dance to it.

    At some point in the 1990s this literary-experimental pop tradition disappeared. Some reasons are structural – workfare schemes meant that claiming the dole as a “musicians’ grant” was less and less practicable, art schools were absorbed by universities, council flats were unobtainable for any but the desperate, and squats became rarer, so the unstable alliance between bohemia and estate was broken. The result was a striking homogeneity of class as much as of sound. In October 2010, according to an oft-cited statistic, 60% of artists in the UK top 10 had been to public school, compared with 1% in 1990.

  • If you don’t care about any of this stuff, that’s okay – we can sort that out for you!

  • NEW ADVENTURES IN McCARTHYISM: Bob Temuka on Brendan McCarthy on Judge Dredd (link via Andrew HickeyEd). If that isn’t enough to get you clicking, this image should do the trick:
  • MINDLESS SELF PROMOTION DEPT: And while I’m on a roll, here are two excellent essays on Carla Speed McNeil’s “aboriginal science fiction” comic Finder, one by Matthew J. Brady, the other by some guy who’s going around calling himself Illogical Volume. Both of them are well worth your time, as is McNeil’s comic.

Anyway, that’s enough of that for one day (Agreed! – Ed). Hopefully you’ll let all of these horrible little seeds take root in your skull, safe in the knowledge that in a few days time you’ll end up looking like this:

Beautiful, isn’t it? Breath with me now: AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

(Don’t worry folks, we’re going to make sure Illogical Volume has a “wee lie down” now – hopefully he’ll be on better form next week when he writes his next two Finder essays!  – Ed)

20 Responses to “Aggregator aggravator”

  1. Ewins and Milligan on the telly | FYPA.NET Says:

    [...] via Mindless Ones where the observation is made: Just look at Milligan leaning back into the couch, giving cool [...]

  2. David Golding Says:

    Thanks for the links, but especially for the Segura covers and the music stats. The latter will be useful to ponder the next time someone bangs on about how the internet is the only thing affecting the modern music industry.

  3. Jason Says:

    “Getting Paid For It: Two Hundred Empty Pages Stained With Tears.”

    Sex-workers are victims. Apparently empty-headed victims too; or perhaps they’re just so busy being dismembered and slaughtered that they can’t find the time to write and draw.

  4. Illogical Volume Says:

    Jason – the joke I was making wasn’t that sex workers are empty headed, or that they are all victims. My target was Chester Brown & Chester Brown only, and the idea was that his career as a prostitute would because non-starter due to the fact that he is a moon-headed goon.

    This isn’t very sophisticated, and if you want to complain that I’m making jokes about the author’s appearance, then hey – guilty. But it’s not a joke made at the expense of sex workers.

    I thought this was clear from context (I do call the book a sequel), but I’ll add a line to clarify that in the post.

  5. Illogical Volume Says:

    Jason – Ok, that’s that done.

    As for Johnny Ryan’s strip, well… Ryan doesn’t seem like the kind of guy that would worry too much about causing offence, but I’m pretty sure that Brown is his target here too. Ryan’s having a pop at Brown’s glibertarian solipsism in that strip, and it was partly because of this that I felt comfortble taking a cheap shot at Chester with my own joke.

    David – Yeah, I could stare at those cover designs forever!

    Glad you found those music statistics interesting, but they’ve been imported from Hatherley’s original article so he deserves the credit here.

    It’s certainly something to think about though, given the anti-arts/anti-benefits rhetoric that dominates the moment.

  6. amypoodle Says:

    Nice one for sticking Warlord up there as a link. That is one amazing tune.

  7. Illogical Volume Says:

    Well, you got me started on the hype williams and now I can’t stop, so- thanks amy!

  8. Marc Says:

    Wow–that Guardian quote is such a perfect fit for Morrison, too (and especially apt now that he’s finally decided to advertise his working-class roots even as he becomes more firmly ensconced as DC’s top company man). Wish it had come out before the book was finished!

  9. Illogical Volume Says:

    Yeah, I was going to have a bit in there about how Moore and Morrison are part of this tradition too, but then I started to doubt myself because those two always seem like they’re trying to ride Allen Ginsberg over Gravity’s Rainbow or something.

    I’ve thought about that a bit more and decided that it’s a totally rubbish objection though. The Fall have always had their own sort of cryptic beatitude, and Hatherly’s so good at writing about the transcendental side of Pulp that you wish they’d had a slightly different career just so he had more to write about.

    So: I was talking pish, but at least I had the good sense to talk it to myself. Until today. Oops!

    Can’t wait to read your book Marc – it sounds brilliant!

  10. Marc Says:

    The cryptic beatitude is half the fun! The other half being the pop accessibility. The line about “balancing experimentation with populist cohesion” is a perfect encapsulation of a lost moment in comics, too, and Moore and Morrison were probably its two finest writers. Such a shame that each man seems to have more or less walked away from half of the formula.

    I suppose comics have a different set of reasons why that moment no longer exists–not in the least because the artistically ambitious artists found a new, more visible and profitable niche entirely outside the direct market–but I’m sure that working class (and even many middle class) artists have found themselves priced out of careers in comics too.

    My point being: that is a great quote, one of those quotes that explains so much more than it sets out to.

  11. Illogical Volume Says:


  12. Zom Says:

    That is a great quote.

  13. Steve Sand Says:

    “part of of the lineage of working class art-pop stars” this guy even more so.

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