June 10th, 2014



There’s an ingratiating new boy in SILENCE! and he has everybody talking. Stunningly hairy and devastatingly digital, all the boys want him. However, The Beast Must Die has a secret – he’s a disease-ridden vampire.

Gary Lactus is a smug, giant boy who enjoys comics. He becomes fascinated by The Beast Must Die who can stop graphic novels with his bare hands. He doesn’t understand why he’s so standoffish.

His best friend, a goonish unicorn called SILENCE!, helps Gary Lactus begin to piece together the puzzle. Together, they discover the ultimate weapon – the useless, informative podcast.

When bodies start turning up all over SILENCE!, Gary Lactus begins to fear the worst. The unicorn urges her to report The Beast Must Die to the police and he knows he should, so what’s stopping him?

He may resist The Beast Must Die’s bite, but can he resist his charms?

Will he be caught crying with the vampire?

Which is all a smoke screen to hide the fact that what you have basically a malnourished half-formed edition of SILENCE! this week due to the Beast’s utterly aggravating ongoing technical issues with his computer. Disembodied Natrraotrbot X-15735 could of course have a word with some of his more dubious digital connections and sort out the unlucky Beast, but really, where would be the fun in that?

You do get some content though, as he duo bravely answer some more listener questions and Gary tells us all about his dental work, but there’s no getting round the fact that we’ve failed you again dear listeners, despite your seemingly endless patience with us…go to the back of the class boys. Must. Do. Better.

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This edition of SILENCE! is proudly sponsored by the greatest comics shop on the planet, DAVE’S COMICS of Brighton.
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8 Responses to “SILENCE! #104”

  1. Cass Says:

    Most indignant comics creator: Ditko. Granted, with Ditko, there aren’t any venomous Alan Moore style interviews, but most of his comics show opposing viewpoints, and the characters not on Ditko’s side are variously depicted as crybabies, crooks, and grinning idiots. That strikes me as pretty indignant.

  2. The Beast Must Die Says:

    Yes, and this is the man who did a comic called The Avenging World. You’re right I think.

  3. PapoCrapo Says:

    I forgot about the horrible voiceover in Season 1. Arrow does get a lot better, it went from my shameful guilty pleasure to a show I genuinely like. And the Flash spinoff gets me excited.

  4. Eyemelt Says:

    After all the discussion on how great the name ‘PapoCrapo’ is, I seem to notice it far more now. And I agree, the name is maybe the best thing ever.
    Anyway- great prog as usual gents, even though it was fraught with drug-addled broken-ness. I know what you’re talking about with the strange unconscious delirium Gary Lactus, I find myself in a similar state if I sit down to read any Avengers comic written by Hickman.

    The Alan Moore/ Grant Morrison comparison was excellent, I think getting the chaps themselves to record their responses was a great idea. I remember seeing Mr. Moore at some performance thing in Hackney a couple of years ago, with Stewart Lee and Robin Ince, and a young band from Northampton. For the last couple of songs they played, Mr. Moore himself accompanied, singing along and busting a few of his moves. I’m sure they were some sort of dark incantations, but he was no slouch, and wore a mean pair of leopardskin creepers. It was a bit like Aleister Crowley meets Slade.


  5. Nate A. Says:

    No creator is more indignant than John Byrne. Every story he tells is populated by collaborators and editors who want nothing more than to undermine his work. He cannot recall his own work on properties without reference to other creators who, as he has it, undid or sullied them. He won’t work for either company due to perceived slights. He does no sequential drawing at this point, and spends his time instead on Star Trek photo novels. At one point, he even recalled a visit to a child with cancer back in the 1990′s. He recalled, with anger, that the kid didn’t actually read comics, and only collected them. Byrne for the win!

  6. tam Says:

    This podcast nicely captures why I loathe Apple so much. They’re like the Don Corleones of IT. The built in obsolescence that means that once you’re tied to apple products you have to keep paying them their ‘dues’ or your computer just keep giving you grief…

    By the way, you mentioned Warren Ellis’ Trees last week. Haven’t read it yet but it sounds very similar to Thomas M Disch’s The Genocides. Not really a bad thing, since no one’s reading Disch any more, but it’s a shame he’s so forgotten except by other writers. His novel Camp Concentration (about a concentration camp where people are injected with a sort of syphilis that turns them into geniuses before killing them) is also really good as well as being an obvious influence on Alan Moore when he was writing V for Vendetta

  7. Erstlaub Says:

    I ended up getting really into Arrow, wifenoceros and I burned through both seasons in a few weeks. Really enjoyed the horrible cardboard soap opera acting, the type of clunky, expository conversations that no humans would ever have, the fact that Arrowman seems to only be able to turn his head and entire body in the same direction and in particular that whenever it’s time for him to Arrow around, he picks up his bow before putting on his suit, he must have put put it down again, or have one of those weird ‘trying to put trousers on when you’ve already got your shoes on’ things.

    The reference were all good fun, cameos decent and i thought Slade Wilson was a really good baddie.

    Missing it now and looking forward to The Flash for the same reasons (not so much the NotBatman show that’s coming up).

    It feels super weird (as a DC fanboy) that crap but enjoyable TV shows are better than the comics that they are using for source material. I realised today that having eventually given up on Batman Weakly, I’m now not actually reading any of their books. Sad times.

    I enjoyed Gary’s feltzed out on drugs podcasting this week. Good show, shame it was cut down so cruelly in its prime.

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