Was “Phonogram” a mistake? Yeah, probably. But it was a glorious mistake and I’m lucky to be able to have been able to do it. I often think of people who’ve been working in comics for a lifetime and have never done something as warped and personal as “Phonogram.” We’re lucky. Despite what I said earlier, I know that totally. I managed to do something I wanted to do, just because it was right, just because I thought some other people would feel likewise. And — fucking hell — they did. How awesome is that?
We’ve changed the way people dressed. We’ve made people walk around clubs, deciding to cloak themsleves in my metaphor and found it true. We’ve made people decide to do comics. We’ve introduced a whole load of people to a whole bunch of shitty bands. We’ve — and these are ones I really treasure — made some people get what’s going on inside music obsessive’s heads, when they’ve previously never really got pop. We’ve even got a few people laid.
We totally got those people. We did the book because no-one else would do it, and we thought people would love it. And if people don’t continue to nag at me in 10 years time about it, I’d actually be somewhat disappointed. We became our own Kenickie, and that scares me, because that was always the plan and getting what you wanted is petrifying.
The price of doing “Phonogram” is the price of doing “Phonogram.” We were always willing to pay it.
- Kieron Gillen, author of “Phonogram” [via Comics Alliance]
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