June 27th, 2017


With The Family Beast  busy pitching a Netflix series to cash in on the ecstatic reactions to Mini-Beast’s debut vocal track, and Illogical Volume hunched over an inter-dimensional toilet seat with time to kill, today is the day where we get to find out whether SILENCE! can survive a sudden influx of vile Northern nationalism!

It’s also the day where Illogical Volume gets himself banned from the nationalist dance party and from Dundee for mistakenly saying “Glaswegian” when he means “Scottish”, but no one ever said access to the Reviewniverse came cheap!

<ITEM!> Who is the nicest Mindless?  A hint: he’s not on this podcast!

<ITEM!> Since he’s mysteriously lacking in sponsorship deals from Dave’s Comics of Brighton, Illogical Volume takes a punt on his local library instead.  Somehow this devolves into Mssrs Lactus and Volume blethering on about how dead relatives can give you totally meaningless power – a “redeeming fart” is also mentioned but not heard.

<ITEM!> In a section that he didn’t remember to call SILENCE! at the Art Gallery, Mr Volume enthuses about the Frank Quitely: The Art of Comics exhibition currently running at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow and recommends that SILENCE! listeners from all dimensions take the opportunity to really immerse themselves in all those footery wee lines and brilliant panel layouts.

A preparatory sketch for Batman and Robin, by Frank Quitely

<ITEM!> After that’s done with the boyce head over to the Reviewniverse for a nice wee trudge through the wheat fields of comics.  Shirtless Bearfighter, Shaolin Cowboy, Stray Bullets, Kathryn Briggs’ Magpie and Triskelion (which you should totally buy!), Al Ewing’s Ultimates 2 (which Illogical Volume should totally read!), Douglas Noble’s The Dreadful Work and After The Sessions (with Sean Azzopardi), Helena Crash, Justice League of Captain America and more.

From 'Pieces of Earth' by Kathryn Briggs

<ITEAM> In “I Recky-Mend” Mssrs Lactus and Volume somehow manage to spoil the plot of the new Bladerunner movie without even seeing it, and Mr Volume gibbers on about Darkcell’s Nightmare Document part 1, which he totally didn’t buy after seeing John Darnielle big it up the other day

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27 Responses to “SILENCE! #231”

  1. Jonathan Dick Says:

    Overall, I found this episode on the wholesome side: supporting libraries and loving your Nana. Have to cop to jealously at not being able to see the Quietly exhibit. Sounds really great.

  2. Illogical Volume Says:

    Wholesome, nice… I’m going to have to come on here and be an absolute bastard next time aren’t I? Just shouting “fake fun!” and “Chip Zdarsky is a scab!” every time Gary Lactus tries to talk about a comic, saying “I wish he’d fucking hurry up about it” every time someone mentions The Beast Must Die, etc.

    Shame you can’t make the Quitely exhibit mate. My solution would be to read a huge bundle of Quitely comics in a row – bitter medicine but I’m sure you can take it.

    One thing I didn’t mention is that while Quitely’s Sandman work (isolated in its own fairly sterile wee room at the Kelvingrove) is beautiful but uninspiring, you can’t help but look at the way he draws the Endless, and the way he draws those Broons parodies, and think how great a piss-take Endless strip with Quitely art would be.

    The Beast Must Die could script it. It would be magic.

  3. Jonathan Dick Says:

    Yelling about how Chip Zdarsky is a scab is a favorite past time of mine as well, so I am all for it.

  4. Jonathan Dick Says:

    The really bitter pill with Quietly is knowing that there is so little of his art in the world and a good portion of it is with Mark Fucking Millar. Anyway, I’m done now and will stop clogging these lovely comments with my grumping.

  5. Illogical Volume Says:

    Jonathan – nah man, it’s all good, grump away!

    Love the fact that Mark Millar’s video intro to Jupiter’s Legacy at the exhibit (1) sees him mention the fact that he has spent time with Carrie Fisher almost immediately, and (2) ends up accidentally dissing Carrie by framing the allegedly Fisher-inspired Jupiter’s Legacy as a tale about people who are “a bit rubbish” compared to their parents.

  6. Illogical Volume Says:

    A few unnecessary notes on my pod-thoughts:

    [ITEM!] With regards to why Geof Darrow’s mix of broad, comic-booky satire and static action is more affecting than yet another essay about how we all want to fuck our phones, I think this ties into my later bibble about bodily knowledge and action vs. conscious narration.

    If you tell me something, I might not be inclined to listen if I don’t already agree, but if you make me experience something it’s on.

    A good essay could achieve this too, of course. I seldom read them but I believe they’re out there.

    [ITEM!] Mr Lactus was absolutely right to focus on the range and quality of facial expressions on display in David Lapham’s work.

    I wrote about this aspect of Stray Bullets when it returned – “here as always, Lapham is intensely focused on the facial expressions of his characters above all else” – but what I failed to express on both occasions is the way Lapham’s rigid, dense panel layouts makes Stray Bullets feel like it’s absolutely packed with damned faces.

    It’s wall-to-wall in there, and those moments of joy and excitement and laughter that make it into the strip just make the trauma that little bit sharper.

    [ITEM!] I feel like I let Kathryn Briggs’ work down while describing it here. For example, that performance of the passage from The Second Sex, I don’t talk about why it’s not just an illustration of the text – the composition forces you two see these two duelling archtypes at the same time, sure, but in doing so it also forces you to process them as something different, something your brain doesn’t immediately know how to map.

    See the above point about Geof Darrow and art as experience.

    [ITEM!] On Douglas Noble’s work (which is certainly not dreadful), a more precise thing to say would be that I am very conscious of my capacity for misreading when in contact with one of his pages, and that he manages to make this seem very useful and exciting indeed.

    A further note would be that the sparse, oppressive landscapes of The Dreadful Work and Horrible Folk aren’t just connected by my impression of both comics – they share the setting of Sandsend, and so the aesthetic of both comics isn’t just similar in the way that they both isolate their characters from the environment they walk through by way of the thick white panel borders that frame them, or in terms of the specific textures Noble depicts this landscape with, or even the strange stone shapes that crop up in both works.

    They both depict a place where troubles outside of my limited understanding of the world lurk. It’s good to be there.

    No. Wait – it’s good to admit that I’ve been there all along.

    [ITEM!] Having a fash Captain America as the villain or your piece is approximately 1,000 times better than having him as the hero of your comic – FACT!

    [ITEM!] When you find yourself saying that Chris Bachalo is an “intuitive” match for Doctor Strange, you should probably pause to consider what this means – that you grew up reading his work on one Ditko property, and that you have therefore been programmed to enjoy the idea of him working on another!

  7. James Wheeler Says:

    From Shade to Strange is a natural thought but no less correct for it. Apologies to Jason Aaron, but imagine (an engaged) Milligan on scripts!

  8. Illogical Volume Says:


  9. Paul Jon Thrillin' Says:

    “fake fun!” and “Chip Zdarsky is a scab” are very valid thoughts.

    I am a recent-ish Stray Bulleteer. got that big fuck-off collection at a reduced price as it has pages falling out due to the sheer unwieldy nature of binding that many issues together in a softcover. It is Top Stuff, but not sure how often I’ll revisit it as it is a very stressful read.

    I’m hoping some gigantic wad of Sunshine and Roses gets released when that’s done, too.

    I loved Bachalo on Dr. Strange but the whole thing didn’t feel very Dr. Strangey. Characterisation was off, he felt a bit like an American Dr. Who.
    Enjoyable enough read from The Library, though.

  10. Tam Says:

    I found stray Bullets: Uber Alles to be the most uncomfortable thing I’ve ever read for purely practical reasons, it’s the heaviest thing I’ve ever read and was very, very uncomfortable to rest on my chest. Really want to reread it but probably need to hit the gym a few times first

    The battle to find the nicest Mindless One reminds me of an old Joke from Mark Lamarr, ‘I’ve just won an award for the most reasonable person in the world. Well, actually I came second but kicked up such a fuss that the person who came first gave it to me’

  11. Paul Jon Thrillin' Says:

    I did fear falling asleep while reading Stray Bullets and it falling on my face, breaking my nose

  12. Illogical Volume Says:

    If that had happened the blood would have seeped into the page, becoming colour and transforming the book into Young Liars before your eyes.

  13. Jonathan Dick Says:

    Ease of reading is why I tend not to really buy large Omnbi. I need comics I can read in bed. Like the lazy slob I am.

  14. Illogical Volume Says:

    Get what you mean but sometomes I like a nice, hefty collected edition for all that.

    I got the massive, two-part Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind hardcover for my buffday and it just feels right to have it all there to work through, two big books full of uncanny wilderness, oppressive and dense with the weight of all those lines.

    It should still come with a health warning but in this case that feels quite appropriate, y’know?

  15. Gary Lactus Says:

    Hell’s bells, barnacles and beef! Does no one use a lectern anymore?!

  16. Illogical Volume Says:

    A lost art.

  17. Jonathan Dick Says:

    Not everybody is as posh as a Space God

  18. Nick Bryan Says:

    I got the digital version of Stray Bullets Uber Alles as part of a big Humble Bundle discount thing for about £15 (with a load of other stuff). Which is definitely a good value way to get into it, although it presents its own much more boring digital version of the space problem – my iPad barely has enough gigabytes spare to hold the whole file at once.

  19. Illogical Volume Says:

    Need to get yourself a cyber-lectern mate.

  20. Gary Lactus Says:

    If I’d known folks were so into the weight of comics I would have kept on with weighing everything we review. Guess I’ll break out the scales again next week.

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  22. Jonathan Dick Says:

    SILENCE! because I’m trying to read the scale

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