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Review: Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl #1

Posted by Seb Patrick at 10:12 on 07 Aug 2015
Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl #1
In 1985, Swedish synth-pop band A-ha had a huge hit with their debut single "Take on Me". It reached #2 in the UK (kept off the top by Jennifer Rush's "The Power of Love", a song that is staggeringly inferior to its two mid-80s namesakes) and #1 in the US. This success was due in no small part (although not entirely - it is a fantastic record) to its music video, directed by future Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles helmer Steve Barron. In case you've somehow never seen it, it portrays a young woman reading a comic in a cafe, who finds herself drawn into its pages by the handsome lead character (A-ha's singer Morten Harket, converted to pencil form by rotoscoped animation), before helping him escape from its confines.

It's filled with incredibly striking imagery - and although the soft pencil lines look like no actual comic ever published (I've often wondered if the woman was actually meant to be the artist herself, looking at a rough draft of her own work), it's sort of surprising that in the thirty years since it was made, there hasn't been a single comic that's gone "Hey, this is an iconic pop culture image that plays with our form, we should try and make use of it somehow!"

Fortunately, Phonogram is back.

Does your Mother know?

Posted by James Hunt at 15:51 on 13 Apr 2014
Does your Mother know?
GLAAD has just announced the winners of the 25th annual media awards, and wouldn't you know it? Young Avengers by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson has won the Outstanding Comic Book category, beating contenders Batwoman, Fearless Defenders, Husbands and Life With Archie into second place.