Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl

Grand Image Uberlord Eric Stephenson has just announced Phonogram’s return in 2012. We’re still finalising the date, but I suspect PHONOGRAM: THE IMMATERIAL GIRL will drop in November. Clearly, with it being a little off, we don’t want to say too much now, but I’m sure there will be questions on your mind. We’ll try and answer the main ones.

Firstly, yes, we confirm it will be awesome.

Secondly, THE IMMATERIAL GIRL will be six issues. We’ve talked a little about what a hypothetical third Phonogram would be about in interviews, and almost all of that is in here. It’s primarily about the war between coven queen witch Emily Aster and the half of her personality she sold to whatever lies on the other side of the screen. It’s about identity, eighties music videos and further explorations of Phonogram’s core “Music = Magic” thesis. There is horror. There are jokes. There are emotions. There may even be a fight sequence. It also takes A-ha’s Take On Me with far too much seriousness — which, for us, is the correct amount of seriousness.

Thirdly, for those who don’t know about Phonogram, don’t worry. While part of a larger sequence, all Phonograms stand alone and can be consumed in any order. For example, we normally recommend people start with our second volume, THE SINGLE CLUB. What we’re saying is “You should feel free to start here.” Of course, if you want to run out and buy all the fine Phonogram product, we’re not going to try and talk you out of it.

Fourthly, we’re not talking about single-issue format yet. In fact, we may not talk about it at all and have it a surprise what you find inside each time. We hate to repeat ourselves.

And finally: we said we couldn’t do any further Phonogram. We’re doing more Phonogram. What’s changed? Circumstances have changed. Sorry to play enigmatic, but it’s just financial stuff and the day when the most important thing about Phonogram are lines on a graph is the day the little Phonofairy dies.

The most important reason for our return? Phonogram felt like unfinished business. While each volume stands alone, knowing we were so close to giving a little closure to Emily, Kohl and the rest was more than we could bear.

So we’re doing it again.

One more time.

Kieron Gillen
Jamie McKelvie
Matthew Wilson

SOOOOOOOOOO excited!!!

This is very very very good news.


I’m grinning ear to ear about this!I’m so excited and can’t fucking wait!

You have just made me a very happy Canadian. All the best to you guys in 2012 and forever.


I haven’t been this excited about new comics since Casaova’s return!

so. very. excited.

Awesome! Is the new series going to be available digitally?

My monies. Here they are.

Oh hell yes.

I am so fucking happy about this, on at least three levels, one of which might honestly be Aster’s perfect teardrop chin.

It’s four to four and there’s a pie in the oven: get right in.


This is thrilling, fantastic news. Positively cannot wait.

This is the best news in a while! Can’t wait!

Soo fucking excited! It almost feels like a dream. November cant come soon enough.


You guys are the all-time greats.

Wow, congratulations! Can’t wait.


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(Or maybe they’re smoochies. EITHER WAY, WHAT BLISS!)

I love you both. And Wilson, too.

One more time. With you all the way guys, so happy that this was the news!


Not only is this great news, but fuck me, that is a great poster / cover.

<3 <3 <3

Just last week I was talking Phonogram with a friend, and lent a different friend my trades of Rue Britannia and Singles Club.

I came home from that meeting and my iTunes played fight songs and Daft Punk.

November will be Magic again (to paraphase Kate Bush).


We gonna celebrate, oh yeah, alright!

This has made my week – amazing news :)

Yay yay yay yay woop woop squeeeeee!

This is amazing. Cannot wait to purchase. xo

Thank you so much for taking A-ha seriously (or too seriously). That was my first favourite music video.

(yes, I am that old.)

Please let me throw cash at you. six times. And then a seventh time for the hardcover uber collection…

Best piece of comic-news in an already very exciting year. I’m so glad circumstances have changed, and this Emily mini will see the light of day!!

I’m very excited about this!
How did you overcome the financial difficulties that were stopping you from doing this before?
Also, are the interiors, black and white or colour?


Yes. Yes yes yes. Yes!



Well, the wait for the announcement of the fourth volume starts… NOW!

Joining the joyful chorus. So, so happy to hear this. Congratulations on making it happen, fellows.

Question about digital distribution seconded. Preferably non-regionally restricted, so that we, comicless barbarians of the Eastern Europe could join the party as well.

I’m cry-dancing here. I didn’t even know cry-dancing was a thing until now.

I am so, so, so glad you guys are getting to do another Phonogram, and so glad that’s what you choose to do with your creative energy.

Fantastic! Can’t wait to see the musical identity politics! And great art! Let’s keep the phonofairy alive!


Thank you, everyone.

Re: Digital. I suspect so. I’ll be annoyed if not. All of Image’s stuff goes up on the Digital Services, so I can’t see why this would be any different.

Re: Money. Perhaps we’ll talk about this eventually, but we’re avoiding it for now, as said in the post.


This makes me SO INSANELY EXCITED, especially coming so soon after it looked like Phonogram was done forever. My soul is riding a roller coaster here, Gillen! Stop it!

After picking up a copy of The Singles Club trade paperback at last weekend’s London Super Comic-Con. I read it through last night and I really enjoyed it. I am very much onboard for this. As you put in the trade when you signed it Kieron Music = Magic. I am just happy you and Jamie are getting the chance to do some more of what you love (you guys must be over the moon).