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You know you’re a comic book nerd …

When the first thing you notice and the only reason you buy a CD is because you can recognize Jamie McKelvie’s artwork almost from across the record store:

Dang, McKelvie rocks

It’s not a bad CD, either. It’s very “English,” and the lead singer doesn’t have the greatest voice (not that that’s every stopped great bands from existing, I know), but the lyrics are pretty keen and the music is good, so there’s that. But yes, I bought a CD strictly because of the cover art. I didn’t know McKelvie was doing the artwork for it (he’s been promoting it on his tumblr, but I didn’t see it), but it was enough to get me to buy the recording! Yay, comic book artists!


Yeh the same thing happend to me when I saw Mike Allred’s Wonder Woman on some makeup. First and only time I’ll be the one dragging my girlfriend into a cosmetics shop.

* * * Eddie Argos, Lead singer/song-writer of Art Brut is the power behind “Spoiler Alert!” who produced three comic related pop-songs http://eddieargos.tumblr.com/post/934021729/songs-about-batman-blue-beetle-and-booster-gold – Well worth a listen (and purchase!)

This album’s not the best by Art Brut, but check out some of their older stuff. DC Comics and Chocolate milkshakes is a wonderful ode to being nerdy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeN1N1Le2dQ

About 10 years ago, when I was buying dvd’s in quantity, I bought the movie Happiness based just on the fact that Dan Clowes had done the cover illustration. Good movie, in that sort of indy-quirk vein although before it was everywhere. Still enjoy that illo.


You find a letter by Matthew Waterhouse (who went on to play Adric in Doctor Who) in a back issue of Machine Man. Run around the house to look a few facts up to ensure you’ve got your facts right, get very excited. Try to explain how cool this is to your wife… stop… ask “Is this going to far…” .To which she simply nobs… then realise its best just to let the matter drop.

Art Brut is amazing. I haven’t listened to them in a few years but maybe I’ll have to pick this up.

Jamie McKelvie

May 26, 2011 at 2:56 pm

We’re putting together a comic book based on the album, too. Whole bunch of great creators involved. Initially available at shows, but hopefully will be in stores later in the year.

You know you’ve made it as a comic blogger when…

the guy you’re talking about shows up in the the comments to say hi. (Love the work, Jamie.)

That sounds very neat, Jamie. I’ll have to look for it.

Don’t have the new Art Brut (yet), but it’s produced by PIxies’ Black Francis (aka Charles Thompson), so a promising start.

That said, their debut single, “Formed a Band” — untoppably awesome.

daniel the demon cleaner

May 27, 2011 at 12:57 am

Jeff Lemire did the album cover for Art Brut Vs. Satan (that’s the one before this one).


Hope the link works.

Have you seen the covers for the Wu-Massacre CD? Bachalo did some excellent work for that album.

I’d stab a dozen nuns through the hard parts of their face bones to get a chance to work with him. He’s amazing.

Travis Pelkie

May 27, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Whoa, cool. I heard their “It’s a Little Complicated” album and dug it, because the one song paraphrases the mantra from Kurt Vonnegut’s Timequake (you were sick, now you’re better, there’s work to be done)

I’ll have to check this out.

But tell me old man, what is this “record store” of which you speak?

Like at least a couple of others posting here, I didn’t realize they had a new one out. It’s on my Amazon list now. And I was prompted to dig out their first two & given them spins — cool! It’d been too long.

Neat CD art, that. McKelvie is great, anyway, & that looks extremely Pulp-ish (the band, not the publishing/literary medium). Even cooler!

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