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*No Magic

Meant to do this yesterday, but my internet's been giving me trouble.

The second series of Phonogram ended last month, and in that time I've absolutely fallen in love with it, so I figured I'd share. I'll try to showcase an issue each day, as the internet'll allow me.

So let's take it from the beginning.
About five and two-thirds out of seventeen pages (you could argue that the title page also counts, since all the later stories incorporate it, but we'll err on the side of caution here). With regards to [personal profile] iskander for pages posted previously.

(pay attention to those last few line, it's called "foreshadowing")

Meet Penny B.

She'll be your host for the evening on our visit to Never On A Sunday.

She's actually forgetting the other two rules of the evening, but you don't need to make a rule to get Penny B to dance, and, well, we'll get to the other one when it comes up (though, for the record, she's already broken it on this page).

I'll skip the part where we meet Marc and his serious friend Lloyd for page limits. Boys aren't what Penny's all about, anyway. For her, it's all about the dance.

The worst? Oh, Penny just doesn't know our DJ. Some of you have already seen the fearsome Seth Bingo on the back cover and know how much worse he can make a refusal, but Penny's about to learn for herself. Here's where that third rule comes back to bite her.

Shot down in flames, Penny sees Marc leaning against a wall and decides to pick herself up and make the best of things as the wail of "Let's Make Love and Listen to Death from Above" begins. Her timing couldn't be worse, but we'll talk about that tomorrow.

Things don't go well for Penny after this. She thinks the DJ's stolen her magic, her friend Laura's ditched her, and, while feeling utterly defeated, he asks Lloyd if anything's wrong with her only to be told that she's "a precious, self-serving, egotistical bitch who feeds off people's attention like a leech."

And just then, when she's at her lowest, that's when the magic happens.

i've kinda butchered these next few pages for the sake of a compressed narrative
they're not totally ruined, but they originally had reaction shots from everyone else
which not only does a lot for the timing, but serves to introduce most of the cast
but enough of that

"Sorry," Penny tells us, "I'm really sorry."

You enjoy yourself, doll.

Now, while there are gratuitous references to musical things throughout the tory, I'd dare say they aren't essential to the enjoyment of the comic. Matter of fact, I was unfamiliar with the majority of them when first I read this.

Nevertheless, for those of you that must know, I've frankensteined together the relevant bits of the glossary for you. So open up a Youtube search box and enjoy!

Date: 2010-03-06 12:14 am (UTC)
protogarrett: (Default)
From: [personal profile] protogarrett
So I have seen bits of this before and I just don't, well, get it. I mean, what is the plot? They talk about magic but nothing ever seems to happen.

All I've ever seen just seems to be about a girl. Here she is. She says stuff. She dances. And so on.

A quick plot run down would be nice.

Also, at that point you tell the DJ to fuck himself in his self important asshole.

Date: 2010-03-06 12:23 am (UTC)
suzene: (Default)
From: [personal profile] suzene
So far as the magic goes, watch Penny's eyes.

Date: 2010-03-06 12:39 am (UTC)
nezchan: Navis at breakfast (Default)
From: [personal profile] nezchan
She...can make them turn black?

Gotta agree with [personal profile] protogarrett, I really don't know what's going on here at all.

Date: 2010-03-06 05:09 am (UTC)
pyynk: (pic#365294)
From: [personal profile] pyynk
It's kinda hard to tell from the scans, but to boil it down phonomancers can make things happen by kind of absorbing the emotions and feelings people experience while listening to or reacting to music. Penny, for example, is able to absorb and project those feelings while dancing.

I've managed to snag a few issues of the Singles Club and if you love music, if a song gets in your head and your heart and won't let go, then Phonogram is for you. Also while I like the first issue, the second and third issues of Singles Club are a little bit more direct about the magic.

Date: 2010-03-06 05:59 am (UTC)
pyynk: (Default)
From: [personal profile] pyynk
Awesome. I should also mention that this was one of the series I picked up because of s_d. Thanks scans_daily!

Date: 2010-03-06 06:15 am (UTC)
foxhack: (Default)
From: [personal profile] foxhack
It's not just you.

I found the original series to be utterly incomprehensible. It's the same problem I have with many long-running comics, except those long running comics often interest me enough to try and learn the character backstories, unlike this.

Date: 2010-03-06 12:19 am (UTC)
ghosty732: Cinderella from Vertigo's Fables (Default)
From: [personal profile] ghosty732
According to Kieron Gillen's workblog, the trade of this has just gone to press. So it should be released in trade in 2 weeks or so.

I'm not sure whether I want to continue reading your posts or wait and have it all un-spoiled for me when I pick up the trade.

It is IMPOSSIBLE to get these single issues (I believe all 7 issues just sold on e-bay for around 100$ U.S.)

Date: 2010-03-06 12:24 am (UTC)
ghosty732: Cinderella from Vertigo's Fables (Default)
From: [personal profile] ghosty732
Also, I never noticed the last line of the cover, and that's horribly depressing to think about...

Date: 2010-03-06 12:27 am (UTC)
suzene: (Default)
From: [personal profile] suzene
Holy fuck. O.O

Guess I won't be trying to find those last two then. Yay, trades.

Date: 2010-03-06 12:58 am (UTC)
ghosty732: Cinderella from Vertigo's Fables (Default)
From: [personal profile] ghosty732
Not at mine, unfortunately.

The trade will be good to get the overall story of the night, but I'm a bit peeved that I'll be missing out on the back-ups. I'm under the impression that they do a lot of world-building for the series (I know there's a focus on Indie Dave from Rue Brittania).

Date: 2010-03-06 12:30 am (UTC)
suzene: (Luff!)
From: [personal profile] suzene
Hey, Seth: tppppth!

But man, this art. This art makes me want to find a song to go get lost in and dance like no one can see me.

Date: 2010-03-06 01:39 am (UTC)
dorksidefiker: (Default)
From: [personal profile] dorksidefiker
OhmygodsYESplease! *tries to work out what she'll have to cut from her budget to buy that*

Date: 2010-03-06 12:59 am (UTC)
ghosty732: Cinderella from Vertigo's Fables (Default)
From: [personal profile] ghosty732
This art is fantastic. The added coloring is SUCH a treat, as good as the black-and-white pages of Rue Brittania were.

Date: 2010-03-06 12:40 am (UTC)
iondan: (Default)
From: [personal profile] iondan
I like Artic Monkeys or atleast their singles but boy singer so they break the rules. I know Le Tigre and Blondie too but I doubt I'd recognize their lyrics.

Date: 2010-03-06 01:20 am (UTC)
iondan: (Default)
From: [personal profile] iondan
Ah, I missed the "Parallel Lines" poster my focus was more on Penny and the magic(?) scribbles on the wall.

Date: 2010-03-06 03:49 am (UTC)
iondan: (Default)
From: [personal profile] iondan
looks like "what do you do when the music stops"

Date: 2010-03-06 04:34 am (UTC)
ghosty732: Cinderella from Vertigo's Fables (Default)
From: [personal profile] ghosty732
I never knew they were actual runes. I thought it was just nonsensical symbols. That is really neat.

Date: 2010-03-06 04:52 pm (UTC)
nezchan: Navis at breakfast (Default)
From: [personal profile] nezchan
Ah, I get that. I downloaded a live show that Robyn Hitchcock did (a benefit show where he and the band played the entirety of Sargent Pepper), and he frequently made jokes about the smoking ban.

Said it was the work of the Blue Meanies at one point.

Date: 2010-03-06 01:00 am (UTC)
retro_nouveau: AARP Bruce (72)
From: [personal profile] retro_nouveau
Pandora threw the Pipettes on about a year ago, love at first chorus. Of course, they had already gone separate ways by then. I have a YouTube playlist with ABC first, then Pull Shapes, then 15 other songs/clips. RiotBecki <3!

Date: 2010-03-06 10:49 am (UTC)
stubbleupdate: (Default)
From: [personal profile] stubbleupdate
I do like Lime Cordial, of the solo stuff

Date: 2010-03-06 01:06 am (UTC)
iskander: (Default)
From: [personal profile] iskander
I posted this when it came out.

Date: 2010-03-06 03:41 pm (UTC)
rhythmbandit: DJ (Default)
From: [personal profile] rhythmbandit
I saw this last time and didn't really *get* it either, maybe it seemed a little too pretentious. But Rue Brittania seems interesting, I might check that out.

Date: 2010-03-06 07:18 pm (UTC)
endis_ni: (Default)
From: [personal profile] endis_ni
Oh dammit, this is the series that gave me my brief one-week-phase of liking the Pipettes.

Though on the other hand I later developed an admiration for Diamanda Galas, so I'm going to call that a one-all draw for my brain.


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