December 23rd, 2014



It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas.

So it’s the time of year when Gary Lactus & The Beast Must Die like to kick back, dress like Bruno Brookes and Janice Long and present their Very Special Christmas Jingle Spectacularmas…SILENCE! If there was a end of year best of lists for half-baked, ill-informed opinions and lazy plot recounting…well let me tell you, these boys would be topping that eggnoggin’ list!

<ITEM> A festive portion of Christmas sponsorship, ho ho ho yeah whatever. There’s some teary listener dedications from those rheumy eyed old sadsacks Gary & The Beast. Plus…the Grant Morrison / Midge Ure connection!

<ITEM> A festive portion of listener jingles courtesy of the one man walking Brill Building himself Gary Lactus. There will be blood.

<ITEM> A festive portion of The Reviewniverse ho ho ho with a festive portion of talk about Rumble, Zero, Thunderworld, Annihilator, Spiderman, Sex Criminals, Bitch Planet, Ms Marvel, Batgirl, All New X-Men and probably some other stuff.

<ITEM> A festive portion of favourite Christmas songs. Predictably.

All that plus some strange transmissions from the Multiversity…? I’LL TAKE TWO PLEASE MA’AM!!!

Well there’s only one. BUT WHAT A ONE!!!!!!

Merry cocking Christmas. One and all.

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This edition of SILENCE! is proudly sponsored by the greatest comics shop on the planet, DAVE’S COMICS of Brighton.



28 Responses to “SILENCE! #126 (HO HO HO)”

  1. Thrills Says:

    I was going to go to sleep, but as I am off to the family Christmas hell tomorrow, Silence! is the last chance I have to experience positive feelings until the 27th.


  2. The Beast Must Die Says:

    You will regret it.

  3. Gary Lactus Says:

    Yeah, sorry.

  4. Thrills Says:

    I REGRET NOTHING (other than the fact the podcast gave me unsettling comics dreams).

    I stared at the ‘superherostuff’ ad in Thunderworld for ages. It’s mesmerisingly awful. I’m not entirely sure why they decided “yeah, this’ll do”, but then superhero merchandising isn’t exactly a field known for its eye for design.

    Does Sex Criminals still go on about how great the male character is? ‘Cos he’s not, he’s awful, and Max Fractals isn’t a very funny writer, I don’t think. Which made the first trade of it I read fall so flattttt

    I was into Casanova when it first came out and I was all “wow! Comics! Pop! Short stories and backmatter! Use the medium, yeeeah!” but by jove I am not sure I ever actively enjoyed it any more than whatever X-dreck I was reading at the time, other than the art.

    PS I think you should point out in all your reviews from now on when comics are mainly good under duress.

    And FINALLY some ladchat about cars! I don’t drive either, but I like the aural spectre of a bomber-jacketed faux-alpha fuckwit bullying a tiny moral coward. VROOM VROOM

    And Merry Christmas to you all! Here’s hoping each and everyone one of us gets what we deserve.

  5. Tom Healey Says:

    I don’t comment often but I always enjoy the podcast. Thanks for another year of SILENCE! I liked it, it was good.

  6. Matthew Craig Says:

    Takk for the shout out, buoys. As to Spider-Man, ucch. More tossycock story threads thwipping off into other comics I won’t be reading. Lovely art though, but who cares? More DLC, mo’ problems.

    Merry Xmas!


  7. Saint Godard Says:

    How is Satellite Sam not Fraction’s best comic?

  8. Justin Victor Says:

    Aw, I was hoping for some kind of special episode for Christmas. I mean, this was totally fine, in a perfectly normal, regular sort of way. Maybe next year.

    I wish that Superhero stuff ad could be removed from Thunderworld altogether. It’s sullying the brilliance of an otherwise lovely comic. At first I thought it was fake, and meant to somehow comment on the issue itself. ‘But what do kidnapped models in cheap t-shirts have to do with Captain Marvel?’ I asked myself.

    I’m all for keeping trees in the house year-round. We once left our Christmas tree up until April. I don’t remember anything remarkable about that particular tree, apart from it’s staying power, but we actually pushed the couch up to it and would occasionally sit there as a family, chewing on stale candy in quiet reverence.

    Anyway, thank you for a terrific year of podding, guys. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!

  9. Anton B Says:

    I cooked and ate my Xmas dinner with you guys as the background soundtrack. Perfect timing and a great podcast. Let’s do it again next year.

  10. The Beast Must Die Says:

    Did you burn your sprouts?

  11. Derek Says:

    Happy New Year, guys. Your show has meant a lot to me this year. I don’t have any IRL friends who read comics, I don’t have the temerity to participate in Twitter or most message boards, and my wife only rarely succumbs to my recommendations, so I cherish the chat, however one-sided. I hope you continue to find time to do this for us. It is much, much appreciated.

  12. Gary Lactus Says:

    We love Derek!

  13. The Beast Must Die Says:

    Yeah we do. Gawd bless us one and all!

  14. Andrew, Son of Hend Says:

    Thanks for the song, hitmeisters! You may have thought I was being ironic when I requested something in the Euro-synth vein but I must confess that I love that stuff.

    I hope Santa was good to you. I was lucky enough to get the Hip Hop Family Tree box set without even needing to drop any hints about it. I’m only part way through the first volume, but I’ve already taken to declaring “That’s butter!” when something extra cool happens, such as receiving a special song on SILENCE! Mmm, butter!

  15. Gary Lactus Says:

    Son of Hend, I realised on re listen that the vocals were mixed too high on buried the thing you wanted. Sorry. Maybe I’ll get round to a remix at some point.

  16. The Beast Must Die Says:

    Hip Hop Family Tree gets my ‘Baby Bear’s Porridge’ comics award of 2014

  17. Illusionator Says:

    Awwww, what a lovely mulled podcast. Full of cinnamon and sick, the best festive flavour combination. Happy New Year to everyone. And coincidentally I got a “how to grow (should be shrink – classic) bonsai” book for Xmasssss.

  18. David Carden Says:


    Messy Crimbles and a Happy NeeeewYeeears and thanks for the amazing song (with additional thanks for not using the erection based rhymes that can be used in conjuncyion with my surname)

    Always enjoy listening to you guys and will continue to do so.

    lots of manly hugs and macho kisses


  19. Nate A. Says:

    Just listened to this… Great, great stuff.

    As to Bobsy’s role, I suggest that he’s the Brian Eno to your Talking Heads. Or maybe the Johnny Marr to your Modest Mouse? Or perhaps Jonny Marr to “Naked” era Talking Heads? Yeah, Johnny Marr it is!

    Anyhow, I see that you’ve posted a new episode. I listened to last year’s New Year episode on the day, January 1 2014… I plan to do the same with this one, but a year later. Hopefully, I’ll have less of a headache this time around. Bottoms up, cheers, etc.

  20. Ed A. Says:

    I liked your shout out at the end, it was very good.

    Here’s to another year of SILENCE! And also comics because they’re sometimes pretty good as well.

  21. James Wheeler Says:

    Clammyverse Gary and the Beast was brilliantly horrifying. Harley Quinn.

  22. Alex Scales Says:

    I never really comment, but Derek inspired me. I also adore this podcast and find it very cathartic for the comic nerd in me. Thank you for keeping it going.

  23. Gary Lactus Says:

    Really appreciate everyone who listens. Appreciate appreciation even more! Reminds me that we’re not just burping into the void. Kissing: xxxxxx

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