Phonogram Volume 1: Rue Britannia Paperback – 3 Jul 2007
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I suppose everyone feels this way about music when their enthusiasm for a band or a scene is at its height, so I can relate to where the author is coming from, even if I don't get all the Britpop references. I would probably have found it more fun to read one about punk, goth or shoegazing, but I suppose it's up to me to write that one.
It did make me look twice at my penchant for musical nostalgia, so it certainly did make me think if not change my ways.
Nice clean "ligne claire" artwork as well with a lot of white space and uncluttered panels.
Oh one thing - I didn't find Kula Shaker important (or long lasting) enough to hate them with the vehemence that the central character displays!
That said, all the previous reviewers are correct, it's odd. At first you think it'll be a straightforward "protagonist enters setting, cue monologue" which it is, but it flips very quickly and can be tricky to follow. I feel the need to state that this is indeed a book about magic and people who practice it, I found it at times hard to tell if Gillen was using magic as a metaphor or even just as a colloquialism, but turned out he really did mean good ol voodoo witchcraft.
Either way, its worth a read.
In summary if you like the format of works like hellblazer, the uniquely british style of comics, or are just are fascinated by the britpop movement you should get something from this. I certainly did :D
Good things first. The black and white artwork is lovely, super cool, super stylised, totally works.
Unfortunately I just found the book a bit hard to follow. I guess I'm just used to comics that spell it out for me. I think sometimes this book was a little too subtle for it's own good.
All that aside, if you like music and comics then definitely give this one a whirl. Especially if you consider yourself to have been a part of the 90's Britpop scene. Chances are you'll get it and I'm just being stupid.
I first got into Phonogram when I read some of the comics, then I ordered back issues since I liked them so much. It seems it has only improved over time, as this first outing, a collection of pretentious, self indulgent preening over the over rated, overhyped Britpop phenomenom, proves without doubt.
Was it even good?
I thought it was pretty damned bland and I lived through it at it's peak. Thank god it's over and we can all go back to not caring.
Absolute vanity in print.
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