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If you've read Rue Britannia, tonight's cast may be more familiar to you.
Our host for the evening is Emily Aster, who "snipped away the bits [of herself] she didn't like and traded them for power."

About five and a third out of sixteen pages.

Kohl has somehow managed, despite her protests, to drag Emily to an indie night. He did this mostly by promising the first rule'll keep most of her least favorite music out, and that they'll play at least one song by the Knife.

It does end up involving a meeting with our misanthropic DJ, whom Emily shares some bad history with (they were apparently after the same girl, but are just a bad match to begin with). Seth is, as he is, very rude, but Emily rolls with every punch and comes out of it on top.

"Let's have some fun," she concludes, as Kid-With-Knife pops in to complete the triumvirate. He seems a little more...excited than usual.

(for those following along at home, KWK was the resident non-phonomancer of the cast. this is kind of a thing, we'll talk more on it in a later post)

Enough of that, though. Time for dancing!

(this panel pops up in reviews a lot, and for good reason. you can tell a lot about each of the three from it alone)

Emily excuses herself to the ladies' room.

Meet Claire. She's what was snipped away to create Emily.

Emily's interrupted when another lady recognizes her. As Claire.
"'Claire' has long been banished," she replies.

"I was never like anyone else," she tells the mirror. "Least of all you."

Heading back to the floor, she demands dancing. She even gets her Knife song, finally.

But things aren't feeling right somehow.

A sort of war between Emily and Claire is the premise for the hypothetical third Phonogram series, The Word "Girl", and while it would make for incredibly fascinating comics, there are currently no plans to pursue a third series, at least until Gillen and McKelvie are rich enough they won't have to worry about living month-to-month. The only way this can happen is to buy the books! The trade is due in a few weeks, and word is it might be on Longbox's launch list. I'll spread more information as I receive it, but I'm planning a giant-sized plug for the final post. Keep watching this space!

On with the glossary, then.

Date: 2010-03-08 03:26 am (UTC)
ghosty732: Cinderella from Vertigo's Fables (Default)
From: [personal profile] ghosty732
I mean, obviously if you're one of those people who does not get any of these experiences from music, this series would not be for you. But even if you're not part of this hipster/indie scene, as long as you have a love for ANY kind of music, you've most likely experienced most of the things that this series is about.

(Thanks for posting these scans!)

Date: 2010-03-08 06:01 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] darklorelei
See, the fact that I don't know any of the music makes me not like this comic. I've tried to read it in the past, and it just...doesn't click for me, and I feel bad for not liking it because I'm the only person who doesn't.

I mean, I adore music, it's my life. But I've never even heard of any of the bands referenced in the comic, so it's just kind of dead for me. And I read fast enough that looking it up on youtube or or something would just be a drag.

I don't know. I'm just a killjoy I guess.

Date: 2010-03-08 09:27 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lissa_quon
Motto, I'm not really feeling this series either.

I practically have music as an IV unit to my brain most of the time but not this music (though I have pretty odd taste). The music I don't know and when I look it up is defiantly not my taste and the stuff going on in this series just isn't grabbing me either.

I just chalk it up to this comic was made for someone else and move on.

Date: 2010-03-09 12:14 am (UTC)
ghosty732: Cinderella from Vertigo's Fables (Default)
From: [personal profile] ghosty732
I still don't think that getting the references are all that crucial. Of course, I'm obviously biased in that because I DO get (most of) the references, and don't have a frame of reference for someone who doesn't.

I just think that his personification of the way music affect people can transcend genre. ANY song can bring back the memories of a past love (as in issue 2), and ANY song can remind us of who we used to be during the period when we liked that song (as in this issue). But I suppose I can see how it may be hard to get past the references.


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