Don’t Call It A Comeback
Thursday March 01st 2012, 2:39 pm
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Yes, we’re back, site and Phonogram both.

(There was a problem with our old WordPress, which has had us on the Bad Sites register. We wiped the server to make sure anything iffy was gone, and come back with a clean installation. Bear with us as we rebuild the site into something both handy and useful.)

Enough housekeeping: the important news. We’re going to be doing a third Phonogram volume. Here’s the promo…

And here’s what Kieron wrote at the same time as its announcement at Image con.

Grand Image Uberlord Eric Stephenson has just announced Phonogram’s return in 2012. We’re still finalising the date, but I suspect PHONOGRAM: THE IMMATERIAL GIRL will drop in November. Clearly, with it being a little off, we don’t want to say too much now, but I’m sure there will be questions on your mind. We’ll try and answer the main ones.

Firstly, yes, we confirm it will be awesome.

Secondly, THE IMMATERIAL GIRL will be six issues. We’ve talked a little about what a hypothetical third Phonogram would be about in interviews, and almost all of that is in here. It’s primarily about the war between coven queen witch Emily Aster and the half of her personality she sold to whatever lies on the other side of the screen. It’s about identity, eighties music videos and further explorations of Phonogram’s core “Music = Magic” thesis. There is horror. There are jokes. There are emotions. There may even be a fight sequence. It also takes A-ha’s Take On Me with far too much seriousness – which, for us, is the correct amount of seriousness.

Thirdly, for those who don’t know about Phonogram, don’t worry. While part of a larger sequence, all Phonograms stand alone and can be consumed in any order. For example, we normally recommend people start with our second volume, THE SINGLE CLUB. What we’re saying is “You should feel free to start here.” Of course, if you want to run out and buy all the fine Phonogram product, we’re not going to try and talk you out of it.

Fourthly, we’re not talking about single-issue format yet. In fact, we may not talk about it at all and have it a surprise what you find inside each time. We hate to repeat ourselves.

And finally: we said we couldn’t do any further Phonogram. We’re doing more Phonogram. What’s changed? Circumstances have changed. Sorry to play enigmatic, but it’s just financial stuff and the day when the most important thing about Phonogram are lines on a graph is the day the little Phonofairy dies.

The most important reason for our return? Phonogram felt like unfinished business. While each volume stands alone, knowing we were so close to giving a little closure to Emily, Kohl and the rest was more than we could bear.

So we’re doing it again.

One more time.

Kieron Gillen
Jamie McKelvie
Matthew Wilson

Good to be back.

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So as an annoying question, does “one more time” mean:
a) This is it! Phonogram’s finish… forever!
b) We’re doing it again this time, no idea about the future.

Comment by SpoilerDuck 03.02.12 @ 11:37 am


Have you guys caught onto the Belbury Poly sound?

Comment by Scott 03.22.12 @ 4:23 pm

FINALLY. Thank god. I had to do awful, unforgivable things to get my hands on Phonogram while I was overseas. Now that I’m back in the states I imagine it should be much easier.

Also, congrats on being able to do the thing you obviously love so damn much.

Comment by Aaron 03.28.12 @ 1:07 am

pure sex sir

Comment by pudenfuhrer 03.29.12 @ 4:59 pm

..and I was to please to be informed of this, that I ran 20 red lights in his honour

Comment by robert 03.30.12 @ 8:07 pm

going to do a 5k moonwalk in celebration.

Comment by yeah 03.30.12 @ 8:18 pm

Wunderbar! When you told me at the NY Comic-con two falls ago that there would be no more Phonogram, I was crushed. I couldn’t accept it. So, every Satuday at 10:45 pm since October 9th 2010, I persevered and played Pull Shapes with “Clap your hands if you want some more.” I guess the spell worked.

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