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"There’s a lot of deceptively light-footed complexity in much of Kieron [Gillen]'s writing – I’m thinking now primarily of his weirdly symbiotic and merged collaborations with the excellent Jamie McKelvie, like PHONOGRAM and THE WICKED + THE DIVINE – where you can see a dance-like or musical sensibility creeping into the storytelling, a kind of fluorescence that he brings to his work from a dance culture that he’s grown up with and that I’m largely unfamiliar with in first-hand terms. I recall Brian Eno talking once about how despite his usage of it, he didn’t really like computer technology, because in his words there wasn’t “enough Africa” in the technology, by which I think he meant that it didn’t involve enough physical rhythm or ecstatic sway, something which I think Kieron’s best writing aspires to and reaches. He’s also possessed of an admirable range in his storytelling sensibilities, and effortlessly avoids using the same special effect twice or continually banging away thematically on a single note of the piano, for that way lies Frank Miller. Speaking of whom, Kieron’s breadth is such that he can move from an insightful riposte to the inane 300 in his splendid 3, through some perfectly-pitched YOUNG AVENGERS space-dust and some fit-inducing PHONOGRAM strobe effects, to the remarkable and probably gaming-influenced complexities of ÜBER, currently one of my very favourite comics, and a series to which I hope I have made a tiny but significant contribution that may be apparent in the long-awaited next arc." -- Alan Moore

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'One way of describing Phonogram would be that it fits into a middle ground. It’s a comic that uses much of the pulp idiom but is trying to engage with more philosophical topics. File next to things like, say, The Sandman, The Invisibles or Transmetropolitan.

'“Middlebrow” would be the term some would use, but I’d reject that dichotomy as hard as I’d reject anything, and I consider people who view the world in that way as my active aesthetic opponents. I think of Phonogram as “anti-brow”. I hate the polar dichotomy in all art, and Phonogram’s merging of pulpy tropes and literary nonsense was my attempt to try to mirror pop music itself.'
-- Kieron Gillen

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'Following some of the commentary, I suspect this is the first time in all criticism that an artificial sun above Hiroshima has been considered “too subtle.”' -- Kieron Gillen

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'There’s no scientific underpinning for why music affects us profoundly as it does. There are a few ideas about how it works, sure – but no “why”. Something like music, which does everything from changing your day to changing your life for no reason, may as well be magic. It’s certainly the closest thing in real life to it.' -- Kieron Gillen

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"A straight fantasy approach suggests that even the idea of music as a transmutatory force is fantastical, as ludicrous as believing fairies are waiting at the bottom of your garden. The non-fiction approach leaves it dry and historical, a piece of pure explanation with none of the raw poetry and inspiration that narrative allows, and is all too important in pop-music. And pure autobiography reduces everything to a grey sludge, the hammer of honesty flattening everything to a vague nihilistic description of 'just what happened,' but misses out what actually happened. Phonogram is about the tension between these three poles, which is the only way I could express the entirety of how pop music works." -- Kieron Gillen

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"A key element of the traditional superhero comic -- the thing that actually divorces it from science fiction -- is that there are these entities of incredible power, but despite all this it doesn't change the world in the slightest. Hence the persistence of the thrill of looking at your neighborhood fence and imagining a geeky teen gifted with arachnid powers propelling him over it at enormous velocity or the local school being razed beneath the fists of a towering green man. It contextualizes these characters into your everyday life. Equally, like the Transformers, through secret-identities there's this insertion of God-like figures into the human world. Superhero comic' closest genre neighbor is the modern fantasy, despite its science fiction or crime tropes." -- Kieron Gillen on urban fantasy

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"Most traditional fantasy gives you another world to run and hide in. A modern fantasy allows you to reclaim yours. Reality remixed, expanded, made precious, made you. As Le Parkour is to the physical geography of a city, so is a modern fantasy to its spiritual geography. Redefining it in terms to please you rather than chain you. That's a key part of PHONOGRAM ideology." -- Kieron Gillen

I posted pages from the first issue some time back. I meant to post from the rest of the series sooner but got sidetracked by other stuff. Well, here we go.

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"You get this strange idea from people who do a surface reading of what McKelvie and I do that it’s somehow pandering, when really what we do is tough as balls on our cast (and readers and ourselves). It’s the sort of reading which assumes that Young Avengers is about Evil Parents went it’s actually about Teenagers Fucking-Up And Eventually Realising It And Owning It. WicDiv is about fandom in many ways, but it’s not a complimentary portrait." -- Kieron Gillen

Trigger Warning: Misogyny, rape threats

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"7.5% of monthly comics in the Direct Market today are by me. White male written comics are suffocating other voices in the market. I am that white male." -- Kieron Gillen

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"'Music is Magic' means nothing by itself. It's a metaphor that has been probed by writers and musicians for as long as people have realized that a sequence of noises have the power to change people's emotions in fundamental ways, for no discernible reasons - and that's the closest thing to the genuine supernatural that we can find in the real world. It's a good metaphor.

"Problem is, I don't really mean it as a metaphor. I just mean it. If there's a God, it's in pop music, which means for me the stakes are higher than for the dilettantes."
-- Kieron Gillen

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