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Inevitably, comparisons will be made to McKelvie’s and Gillen’s successful urban fantasy “Phonogram,” given the magic element of “Suburban Glamour” as well as its distinctly contemporary characters and graphic design-heavy sensibilities. However, McKelvie is prepared to defend his newest project as something markedly different from that previous success.
“For one, I think ‘Suburban Glamour’ is a lighter story,” McKelvie explained. “‘Phonogram’ is rich with reference and philosophy, which is great but for some people it didn’t make it an easy read. Which isn’t to say I’d want ‘Phonogram’ to be an easier read, it needs to be what it is. ‘SG’ on the other hand contains a lot of metaphor for the troubles of teenage life, but you can take it on a much more straightforward level.
“Also, there are fewer caption boxes.”
I discuss Suburban Glamour with CBR’s Andy Khouri. Click on over to read about the characters, themes and story of the book, and also a little about my influences and future projects.
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