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Phonogram Volume 2: The Singles Club (Phonogram: the Singles Club) [Paperback]

Jamie Mckelvie , Kieron Gillen
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6 April 2010 Phonogram: the Singles Club
We've put you on the guest list. Don't be late! This is one night you'll never forget! The second series of Phonogram separates itself from the frenzied mob of adoring critics just long enough to transform into this handsome collected volume, which features seven individual-yet-interconnected stories set in a single night in a single club, each starring a young phonomancer, and each exploring a different mystery of music and magic. Collects Phonogram: The Singles Club #1-7, including a cover gallery and "Making Of" extras.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (6 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607061791
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607061793
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 17 x 27.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 272,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars It's you! It's me! It's DANCING! 16 Jan 2010
If you've ever felt the magic of dancing in a club where everyone feels the music, there's that palpable taste of something special happening, where the mix of music, people, dancing combine to create one of those life-affirming moments, well Gillen and Mckelvie's Singles Club will be a place you recognise. A small indie night in Bristol. Three rules. Only girl vocalists allowed. You WILL dance. No Magic. Seth Bingo and Silent Girl rule the booth (standout episode for me is Konichiwa Bitches, with an almost static frame of the dj booth and we only see Seth and Silent's side of most conversations. Mainly withering and very familar to someone who has both dj-ed and been on the receiving end of several of those withering blasts). The night is seen from the viewpoints of the key characters. Penny, who just wants to dance, prferably with Marc. Marc himself, who can't shift the ghosts in his head. Emily Aster (from Suburban Glamour/Rue Britannia) with her ice-queen bitchery. Seth and Silent: "You're not my vinyl Moses". Laura, Penny's plain friend who talks in Long Blondes quotations. Lloyd, who needs to move on from his Dexy's fixation. And finally Kid With Knife (from Rue Britannia) to round things off. Each ep adds another dimension to the night, layers are built up and things become more clear as you read on. Plus, it has a pretty precise storming soundtrack. Finally, a comic you can dance to. Seriously, this is beautiful stuff: it feels real, the fractured narrative dovetails so satisfyingly and McKelvie's art is just stunning. If you don't fall in love with one of the characters, you might as well be smooth from the waist down, like some real-life Action Man/Barbie. What more can I say: just bloody buy it so McKelvie and Gillen can carry on making art that really is art. Give it to the indie snob in your life and they will love you for at least as long as Bang Bang Machine's Geek Love. It's THAT good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a gloriously bonkers comic book about one night in a club, from multiple perspectives - each part repeats bits from earlier but from a different point of view. The whole music = magic thing from Volume 1 (also ace) is played down somewhat, but still present. The music covered is more mainly modern than the Britpop of the first one; here we have Camera Obscura, TV On The Radio, The Pipettes etc.

A book for those music snobs who are trapped between the twin views that music is both utterly unimportant and absolutely essential.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Reading "Phongram, the singles club" now (though written much closer to 2006) conjures the hyper nostalgia of the 21st Century, when the pop scene of only a few years ago is already something to look back on with misty-eyes. This is helped by the format - the weaving together of the various lives in one night out, which catches that odd feeling of excitement and melancholy that only fleeting exchanges on a booze-fueled night out in some tiny pop-shrine can produce.

Narrated by the tracklist of the night, or, as I imagine it would be called on CD release: "Now that's what I call music 2006 (but actually the really good pop releases of that year), with some important pop music history as put together by someone who takes pop music with the upmost seriousness it justly deserves". The odd bit of 90s pop minutiae will be welcomed by any 80s born child. You all knew media starlet Lauren Laverne once fronted mid-late nineties band Kenickie, right?

If that all that sounds awesome (it does, it is) then get this.

The "phonomancer" side of things (People who do majic things with music? No, me neither) is, thankfully, played down somewhat. The format is more than strong enough without it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'll let others say it 26 Mar 2010
This has just jumped to the top 5 of my favourite comics ever. The official praise for the book is clear enough, but on the website the authors say:
"And here's four more we wanted on the back cover, but didn't have room for:"

"Just when I think I can't love this comic any more, Gillen and McKelvie set out to prove me wrong." - Sarah Jaffe, Newsarama
"We're past the point with Phonogram where it can really be judged by any sort of normal critical standard." - Seb Patrick, Comics Daily
"Image isn't putting out a more consistently awesome series." - Jesse Schedeen, IGN
"This comic is a holy book, a magical thing offering redemption and the tools to unbury meaning from the poorest of territories." - Bobsy, Mindless Ones

A hugely pleasing and impressive collection. They manage to make you excited about the music and excited about *enjoying* music just like the did with the Rue Britannia. Absolutely brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this story so much 11 Nov 2011
By James - Published on Amazon.com
I actually first read this in single issues, one of the few, and I cannot describe how much I love this book. McKelvie and Wilson just kill it on the art. It's so clean and expressive, and just feels perfect for the story Gillen tells. I only wish that more people read the story when it was coming out, but the talents of the creators have been recognized since. I love stories about magic, and the idea of magic as a metaphor and how art and other passions drive and affect us. So this put all of that together and has created one of the best stories I've ever read in my life.
5.0 out of 5 stars It's interesting and easy to follow 6 July 2014
By Margaret Kells - Published on Amazon.com
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I had to read it for a college course I took. It's interesting and easy to follow.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for comic and music geeks alike 27 Oct 2011
By Eli Edmunds - Published on Amazon.com
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The interwoven tales of several people all revolving around a single night at a club. It could have been a terrible romantic comedy plot, but in the hands of Gillen and McKelvie it is a riveting story with a dash of urban fantasy. HIGHLY recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Surprise 27 Aug 2010
By MechanisticMoth - Published on Amazon.com
Alright, I came into reading this by meeting the charming Kieron Gillen in person at a ECCC the day this came out. Naturally, my sister and I could not turn down the wonderful accent and selling tactics.

At first, I thought, "wow, I must have been such an easy target. I hope this isn't terrible."

Turns out, It was amazing.

Sure, having a deep familiarity with the music helps with understanding many of the tones and rhythm of the comic, but it is not necessary for a pleasurable reading experience.

I gobbled it up, and I instantly wished to be talking to Kieron yet again and profess my love for his work.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Graphic Novel of 2010 21 Jun 2010
By J. Shurin - Published on Amazon.com
The sequel to the indy hit, Rue Britannia, The Singles Club stands very well on its own.

The entire series takes place in one night - a night packed with magic, music and (er) mystery (for the sake of a third "m"). The same evening - told from six different angles - gives six very different stories, each of which building on the one before it. Masterfully plotted and deftly composed, this is a shamelessly brilliant piece of work, obsessively organized to the last piece of detail. It is alternately funny and painful, but never anything less than clever.

Easily the best graphic novel I've read so far in 2010.
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