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‘One More Time': Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie reunite

They’re getting the band back together. That’s the story hinted at with this teaser image (at right) that debuted this morning on iFanboy. Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson came into the public eye in 2007 with Phonogram from Image, and over the course of two limited series rose from their U.K. indie-comics roots to be notable figures in the comic scene. The comic also paved the way for all three to become in-demand creators at Marvel.

This mysterious teaser promising “One More Time” — that’s also the title of a 2000 Daft Punk song — doesn’t indicate whether that’s the name of a series or merely a tagline for something else. Many presume this heralds a third Phonogram series, especially since this weekend’s Image Expo is expected to have a host of new series announcements … but I’m not so sure. In a 2010 interview with ComicsAlliance, Gillen shot down the idea of a third Phonogram series pretty soundly due to low sales of the previous volumes.

“I feel frustrated. Enormously lucky, sure, but frustrated,” the writer admitted. “We’ve done this wonderful thing we’re crazy-proud about. But if the whole economic system was just a couple of degrees to the left, everything would have been different. I mean, just to give you an idea about narrow the margins are between what we are and what we could be, if we were selling 6K instead of 4K, we could have done those 44 issues. The difference between breaking even and actually being able to do it in comics is insane. It’s like being kept under ice, clawing. I feel like a bonsai plant.”

Have things changed since spring 2010 that could make a Phonogram project feasible? The comics market as a whole hasn’t gotten any better, but with Gillen entrenched as the writer of Uncanny X-Men and McKelvie coming off his X-Men: Season One book, they’re both at the height of their still-young careers. Maybe their experience and added sales draw makes them believe numbers would be different. Or maybe it’s something besides Phonogram completely.



Have been yearning for a PHONOGRAM resurrection at Icon while gleefully snatching up the colorized and new CASANOVAs. If this isn’t in fact a third series, the ad folk are terrible, terrible people.

Okay, honestly, can we retire the “black vertical rectangle with single image or snippet of text” “teaser” image gimmick? I think it’s been well done to death.

If new Phonogram…I’m in. I’d even buy floppies for that action.

If not new Phonogram…still probably in, as long as it isn’t some horrible fake out Marvel announcement.

I am really hoping it’s new Phonogram. I am one of those people who found it in TPB (I fell out of comics for a while, and still am kind of out of comics except for a rare few) and adored it, and I’m hoping the trade sales made it worthwhile.

I mean, it seems to have helped keep Casanova alive…

also, the font used at the bottom for the credits is the same (including the kerning) as for the previous Phonogram series…

(Yes. Font geek.)

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