Tuesday, 24 November 2009

"How I'd Love To Feel A Girl Your Age..."

I can't believe I've never written about Phonogram before.* In short, a comic about how music is magic, with a playlist of Kenickie, The Smiths and, relevantly, the Long Blondes. You can perhaps see why I like it. The latest issue, Lust Etc, finally inspired me to put finger to keyboard and produce this, a review.
"It’s hardly a criticism to say a comic left you wanting more, but given that Phonogram mk2 was always going to be my favourite/most important comic of ‘09, there’s something almost infuriating about the tiny 16 page stories told in the pages of The Singles Club. Almost. Each vignette falls very comfortably into the realms of small-but-perfectly-formed, and every time my (musical) worldview is subtly changed, and every time I find myself thinking ‘I wish I’d thought of that’. But there’s just not enough time to invest myself in these characters."
To watch me stumble through pain and praise, in both plain and purple prose, check the review out here. As usual, I can't resist taking the less obvious path, and wander into wider commentary and theory on music, comics and my huge man-crush on Kieron Gillen.

*Journalistically, anyway. Some corner of my dissertation will be forever Phonogram's.

1 comment:

Alex said...

Actually, thinking about it, I guess I have written about Phonogram before. I did my Music&Comics piece for Redbrick ages ago.

But, eh, doesn't count.

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