Image's "Phonogram" Shows The Magic Of Music

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Official Press Release

BERKELEY, CA -- Remember the first time a record senta divine shiver down your spine or when a band changed the way youdressed forever? How does something that is just noises arranged insequence do that? No one knows. It's just... magic.

Music is literally magic - that's the premise behind PHONOGRAM, amodern 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 trulyessential 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 whichinspired it – both the best pop records and the best pop comics –moved us," explains Kieron Gillen. "I just feel incredibly privilegedfor this to be my first book. If I die without ever doing anothercomic after this… well, I can't really complain. If I only have fiveminutes on stage, these are the five minutes I'd want."

PHONOGRAM traces the misadventures of Phonomancer David Kohl as hehunts for whoever is interfering with his old patron, the long-deadGoddess of Britpop, Britannia. If he fails, history itself will berewritten – and him entirely out of it. To do so the contemptuousKohl must survive the most brutal corners of his world, while hismind is slowly being unravelled. Appropriately, the covers for thesix-issue series are inspired by a handful of album covers associatedwith the Britpop boom of the mid-90s. Issue #1 pays homage toElastica's self-titled freshman release, while subsequent issues willreference Oasis' DEFINITELY MAYBE, Blur's MODERN LIFE IS RUBBISH,Back Grape's IT'S GREAT WHEN YOU'RE STRAIGHT, YEAH!, Manic StreetPreachers' THE HOLY BIBLE and Suede's self-titled debut.

"When I read the script for PHONOGRAM I just thought 'He's written ascript for me to draw, even though he doesn't know me'," says JamieMcKelvie.

"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 whatshe's like, but I'm still hopelessly in love with her. Songs havemade me kinder, crueller, smarter, dumber, funnier, happier, sadder,better and worse, and PHONOGRAM is me and McKelvie telling you allabout it."

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

Image Comics is a comics and graphic novels publisher formed in 1992by a collective of best-selling artists. Since that time, Image hasgone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the UnitedStates. There are currently four partners in Image Comics (ErikLarsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino), and Imageis currently divided into four major houses (Todd McFarlaneProductions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline and Image Central).Image comics and graphic novels cover nearly every genre, sub-genreand style imaginable, offering science fiction, romance, horror,crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finestartists and writers working in the medium today. Visitwww.imagecomics.com for more information. Image Comics - Putting theNEW back in to New Comic Book Day!(tm)

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