An Aversion to SILENCE!

February 15th, 2014

I’m reliably informed that there’s no SILENCE! this week, but in the absence of fresh podding from your favourite UK-based space god and his beastly (~plus annoyingly handsome/talented) friend, here’s a short video directed by Con Chrisoulis and featuring one half of the SILENCE! crew talking about Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and just generally doing stuff:


8 Responses to “An Aversion to SILENCE!”

  1. Figserello Says:

    Wonderful stuff.

    “I saw this man drawing and thought – ‘Why not create someone who draws all the time?’”

    Now that is funny.

    The Helmet is an enviable masterpiece. Lovely piece of work. (well designed too, whoever managed that.) You’ve talked it up on the podcast, so it had a lot to live up to.

    But why say Jack Kirby is rubbish? I suppose it’s an interesting and innovative inversion of the hipster approach of saying something is great when it’s actually shite.

    I suppose I can’t say that Jack Kirby has influenced my life, but if I’d tried to become a comics professional or work in the fields of writing or film-making, or somesuch, he would have been a monumental influence!

    But then again, without the groundwork he put into making the Marvel Universe such a fun place to get immersed in for whole tracts of my life, I might have actually acheived something by now…

  2. Thrills Says:

    The music in this, when the roar of the nearby motorway intrudes, is basically my favourite sort of noise. Was stuck in my head all day, which was certainly interesting.

    The thing I hate most about Kirby are the 40-something+ super-fans who gripe, gripe, gripe. I almost regret joining the Jack Kirby group on Facebook!*

    *modern problems

  3. Gary Lactus Says:

    As I initially understood it, the talking helmet shots were to be part of a larger set of interviews where people talked about what Kirby meant to them. In this context, it seemed funny to lie about how he’s rubbish. Con decided to split the contributions into individual bits though. I think the joke still works because if you look closely I am wearing a helmet based on a Jack Kirby design which was built by my pal, Ed 209

  4. Figserello Says:

    The helmet is marvellous, (kudos to ED 209) and it’s hard not to admire Kirby all the more just looking at it in 3D. Kirby found a visual way of saying ‘Here is an imaginitive world unencumbered by narrow doorways or low ceilings. Or any preconceptions whatever, come to that.’

    Has the helmet ever granced the stage of the Bristol Arms, I wonder?

    (Now I’m wondering why its called the Bristol Arms? Isn’t it in Brighton, miles from Bristol? Maybe it’s a reference to the rhyming slnag?)

  5. Gary Lactus Says:

    I have no idea why it’s called the Bristol Arms but then most pub names are ridiculous and have nothing to do with their function or location. Even though it’s right opposite my space ship I rarely go in there, especially now they’ve got rid of the ping pong table.

  6. Matthew Craig Says:

    It’s a reference to that famous Janet Jackson photo.


  7. Figserello Says:

    So which pub do you do the stand-up in? I thought it was this one?

    Does Gary Lactus, dans le Helmet, appear on stage?

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