I’m very proud to announce that I am working on a new collaborative book together with a group of some very talented people – it’s planned to be out in time for Thought Bubble in mid-November. Some of you will be thrilled to hear that it’s going to be a full-colour anthology about and inspired by Riot Grrrl!
I’m hoping to put together a book that celebrates, examines and critiques…
I noticed that in the recap page for Issue 2, you referred to the gods being reborn as "young people" instead of "teenagers" for the first time. Is this just a case of the two words often being used interchangeably, or an indicator that some of them might be 20+?
Teenagers is something that tended to come up in press a lot, as a shorthand.
But you would be correct to assume we’re leaving the option open.
I was in CEX yesterday and Black Sheep by Clash At Demonhead(/Metric) came on and I thought I was going to have to fight seven guys over a second-hand DVD of Brush Strokes. I would tell radiomaru this but I can't believe he cares as much about Howard Lew Lewis as you or I. PS: I am mildly obsessed with Chris Sievey's Camouflage at the(all) moment(s) (YT: 8u9ZyV-BHFA), and now need my own TV show so I can use it as the theme tune. PPS: Of course I bought the rest of YA yesterday too. METAhighFIVE
James Multiversity is doing an annotation column for the Wicked + the Divine, and it’s really good. This is their article on the first issue. Let me choose a random section…
Just because Laura’s defined by her desire doesn’t mean she’s an empty character. In fact it makes her even more universally relatable. Still, as someone aspiring to play as a god and play by the lethal rules that come with it, Laura’s definitely not someone playing for small stakes. You know, like an aspiring improviser or something.
The name Laura comes from Laurus, which is a late-Latin name (link here) that meant “laurel”. As laurels were used in the garlands that were awarded to victors, this name will hopefully give Laura some luck in becoming one of the Wicked and the Divine, maybe even the top dog. Her musical namesake, “Laura” by Bats for Lashes hints so as well.
“You’ll be famous for longer than them Your name is tattooed on every boy’s skin Ooh Laura, you’re more than a superstar”
Of course there’s more to that song than just those lyrics. Hell, I’d call it one of the best break-up songs of all time but I feel we need to be further along in the story before I properly analyze that.
Which gives you something to chew over before I get around to writing about Laura, y’know?
Would you ever write rumpypumpy into a graphic novel? Or do you think there's a lot to be said for leaving such things to the imagination of the reader?
I’d never write rumpypumpy, but I’m totally up for writing fucking.
Depends on the book and the intent. There’s sex scenes in the first issue of Phonogram: Rue Britannia. The Singles Club ends with a sex scene. There’s sex scenes in Uber, with a very different tone. It’d surprise me if a sex scene doesn’t turn up in WicDiv at some point.
(Some of the cast being 17 prevents them being in one, of course.)
I'm really surprised that Monkey Gone to Heaven by the Pixies wasn't on the wicdiv playlist since Tame from the same album was. Did you think of that song?
It may find its way on there eventually. Like pretty much every man of my age and aesthetics, I’m an enormous Pixies fan. They’re the only band who I’ve ever travelled to an entirely different country to see specifically.
Tame found its way on there due to its very precise timbre, and how it speaks to a certain character’s nature. A big part of her was directly inspired by the universe implicit in the Pixie’s records - sci-fi Southern inbred horror and screaming, translated to a very different mythology. Tame is a song which particularly leans heavily on that mood.
(I mean, the ending with Kim doing her ice cold distant ah-ha-ha’s while Frank is destroying the world? That’s the character right there.)
Monkey Gone To Heaven is the Pixies is them in their Stadium Rock mode, which isn’t my preferred Pixies Mode, but it’s undeniably one of their best songs. I’m always surprised by how many people love it don’t actually realise it’s an Environmental record, y’know? And obviously the build up to GOD! IS SEVEN! GOD IS SEVEN! is astounding. Plus “Rock me, Joe.”
Do you think that Phonogram could work with blues or 70s rock? I like the concept a lot, I like the storytelling, characters, art... unfortunately I just don't like britpop (well, with the exception of Oasis). Not that I will actually write blues phonogram fanfiction... just wondering.
Rue Britannia’s plot is pretty much translatable to any musical movement. We tried to use specifics to talk about general systemic processes.
(We often joked that if there ever was a film of Rue Britannia, they’d move it to Seattle and make it about grunge. It wasn’t really a joke, as they could do it, and it’d still work, in a similar way to that HIGH FIDELITY worked.)
Hi! I'm sorry for asking this, but could you give me a few information (name of the writer, name of the book and the page of the picture you took) about the book about women's personalities and the perfect girl? It's perfect for a scientific article I'm doing about women in two short-stories. It would help a lot. Thank you for your time!
It’s from the second chapter of Unspeakable Things by Laurie Penny. Came out a couple of weeks ago.