Stool Pigeon – I’m here for the comics, I’ll stay for the music…

Published On November 28, 2010 | By Richard Bruton | Comics, Reviews

The Stool Pigeon #29

Phil Hebblethwaite, Editor. Mickey Gibbons, Designer.

Featuring comics by Krent Able, Lawrence ElwickPaul O’ConnellMartin KellermanRichard Cowdry, Luke Pearson, Josh Lesnick, JC & APK.

Another issue of Stool Pigeon arrives – the music paper with some comics in the middle (See here and here for past issues). And bloody hell I actually recognise the cover star! And I know of 5 of the bands mentioned on the front (I even like two of them – Motorhead and Jesus & Mary Chain if you’re interested).

I’m not going to linger on the actual music bit of The Stool Pigeon, but I will say that it’s an enjoyable read, nicely designed and full of decent writing about a wide variety of musicians that I haven’t heard of. However, the writing is such that I’ve made a mental note to look out for them – which is always a good sign.

As for the comics, there’s some nice work in The Stool Pigeon, with Krent Able’s double page a must for me, spinning a typically bizarre bit of muical weirdness, with the three members of Kraftwerk acting in a most un Kraftwerk-ian manner – bloody good fun though. Richard Cowdry’s work you’ll be familiar with from his Somersault strips on the FPI blog, and you may well know Luke Pearson as one of the rising stars in UK comics right now:

(Mosh by Luke Pearson)

The bad news for me particularly – no Charlie Parker, Handyman from Elwick and O’Conner this time, but the good news is that we do get a beautifully full colour episode of “The Flaming Chefs”, absolutely gorgeous, ridiculously over the top – Wayne Coyne would surely approve.

(Lawrence Elwick and David O’Connor’s Flaming Chefs mix up a technicolour feast for your eyes)

Josh Lesnick’s comic is a slight, daft, expletive laden thing and something I’ve seen done before, but it did at least send me on a quest for a link to his website and on that there’s a much nicer body of work, full of a confident, scratchy, loose line I rather enjoyed.

(InspirationA strip from Josh Lesnick’s website, far superior to “Fuck Everything” in The Stool Pigeon.)

Like it says in the paper: “Do you run a shop, bar, venue, launderette or brothel anywhere in the UK?” If you do, they’ll deliver a bundle to your door. Find out all the details of stockists, subscriptions and features online at The Stool Pigeon website.

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About The Author

Richard Bruton

– Started in comics retail aged 16 at Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham. Now located in Yorkshire, he’s written for the Forbidden Planet International Blog since 2007. Specialising in UK Comics and All-Ages comics, Richard’s day job in a primary school allowed him to build the best children’s graphic novel library in the country.

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