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Image’s “Phonogram” Shows The Magic Of Music

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Image’s “Phonogram” Shows The Magic Of Music

Official Press Release

BERKELEY, CA — Remember the first time a record sent
a divine shiver down your spine or when a band changed the way you
dressed forever? How does something that is just noises arranged in
sequence do that? No one knows. It’s just… magic.

Music is literally magic – that’s the premise behind PHONOGRAM, a
modern dark-fantasy miniseries debuting this August from Image Comics.

The debut miniseries from award-winning journalist Kieron Gillen
(Plan B, Busted Wonder), PHONOGRAM features artwork by Jamie McKelvie
(LONG HOT SUMMER) and is already being dubbed “one of the few truly
essential comics of 2006” by Warren Ellis, who added with caution:
“Read this or lose.”

“We want PHONOGRAM to move people as much as the things which
inspired it – both the best pop records and the best pop comics –
moved us,” explains Kieron Gillen. “I just feel incredibly privileged
for this to be my first book. If I die without ever doing another
comic after this… well, I can’t really complain. If I only have five
minutes on stage, these are the five minutes I’d want.”

PHONOGRAM traces the misadventures of Phonomancer David Kohl as he
hunts for whoever is interfering with his old patron, the long-dead
Goddess of Britpop, Britannia. If he fails, history itself will be
rewritten – and him entirely out of it. To do so the contemptuous
Kohl must survive the most brutal corners of his world, while his
mind is slowly being unravelled. Appropriately, the covers for the
six-issue series are inspired by a handful of album covers associated
with the Britpop boom of the mid-90s. Issue #1 pays homage to
Elastica’s self-titled freshman release, while subsequent issues will
Preachers’ THE HOLY BIBLE and Suede’s self-titled debut.

“When I read the script for PHONOGRAM I just thought ‘He’s written a
script for me to draw, even though he doesn’t know me’,” says Jamie

“It’s my love letter to music,” says Gillen. “It’s an honest letter –
I’ve been shacked up with her for long enough to know EXACTLY what
she’s like, but I’m still hopelessly in love with her. Songs have
made me kinder, crueller, smarter, dumber, funnier, happier, sadder,
better and worse, and PHONOGRAM is me and McKelvie telling you all
about it.”

PHONOGRAM will be available for preordering from the June PREVIEWS
and the first issue of this black & white miniseries is in-stores
August 2nd, 2006. For more information, plus downloadable posters,
flyers and single-page narrative flyers called B-sides, please visit

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gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United
States. There are currently four partners in Image Comics (Erik
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Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline and Image Central).
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