August 22nd, 2017




Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water…you realised that you’d only just finished eating quite a stodgy lunch and if you went for a swim there’d be a good chance that you’d get a jolly nasty stitch. At best you’d have a very uncomfortable swim, at worst things could get dicey.

Oh and there’s a f*ck off great big shark in there with a grudge. Might want to give that one a swerve.

<ITEM> You lucky lucky people. You get not one, but TWO goshdurned podcasts today!

<ITEM> Firstly there’s the SILENCE! section. Just good old Gary Lactus and The Beast Must Die shooting the breeze. Terrible shots they are though so once again the breeze gets away free. Plus – who’s that there? A very special new guest…

<ITEM> My Two Dads – the comic

<ITEM> A review of the Defenders? Sort of…

<ITEM> A sideways jaunt into the Reviewniverse, dealing with Mister Miracle and Joe Matt’s Peep Show. Plus Squirrel Girl (spoiler = he liked it, it was good)

<ITEM> Then, for part two you get a bonus new podcast Walker’s Crisps, aka Trisps aka In The Bag, wherein Gary Lactus and special US guest Michael Walker eat crisps together. For humanity’s soul.



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This edition of SILENCE! is proudly sponsored by the greatest comics shop on the planet, DAVE’S COMICS of Brighton. It’s also sponsored the greatest comics shop on the planet GOSH! Comics of London.

5 Responses to “SILENCE! #235”

  1. Maid of Nails Says:


    Looking forward to Barry Lactus and the Mini-Beast’s spinoff in a few years :D

  2. John Bishop Says:

    Good to hear the SILENCE! chaps again. First appearance of Barry Lactus! If I could slab this episode I would. Congrats!

    I thought the same thing about Joe Matt. I felt a little uncomfortable that he was so open and honest. He comes across as pretty unlikable.

    The trisps hour was great listening, excellent work from Mr. Skyjogger! I want a fried pillow now!

  3. Tam Says:

    Fantastic news about the arrival of young space god, Barry Lactus, I reckon that makes up for the simultaneous departure of the Brian Aldiss, pretty much the last of the generation of legendary science fiction writers.
    Top class podding above and beyond the call of duty to record the show at such a hectic time and much appreciated! Bit of a shame Silence! is going to be less frequent for now but very appreciative that you’ve kept it going regularly for so long until now…

  4. Tam Says:

    TBMD Have you seen the one shot Mister Miracle comic by Mark Evanier and Steve Rude from 87? It’s one of my favorite comics, it doesn’t take itself too seriously but the love of the creators for Kirby shines through every page…

    Link to it here…

  5. Winty Says:

    Congrats to you and Mrs. Lactus on the birth of wee Barry!

    Joe Matt. I recently reread his slender volume of work. The first Kitchen Sink collection was incredibly inventive and showed so much promise. “The Poor Bastard” depicts Matt’s compulsive behaviour and his inability to find any meaningful form of fulfilment in his life. “Fair Weather” explains the fanboy origins of his neuroses and “Spent” shows the self-destructive path his compulsive behaviour continues to lead him. It is a tribute to Matt that he never flinches away from depicting the most debased and unlikable aspects of his behaviour but, then again, this could be part and parcel of this compulsion.

    It is, perhaps, quite telling that Matt’s creative output kept dwindling year after year and that he has produced virtually nothing in the decade since “Spent” was first published. An oft-promised self-contained extended work has never materialised. The stuff in the D & Q anniversary book was slight to say the least.

    His physical, emotional and creative self -abuse has literally left him spent and incapable of producing any new work.

    A shame.

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