Martin Bland was once the front man of a Brit-Pop band, Geezer. But now… who knows? What you will learn though, from ‘Geezer’ #1 by Will Potter and Philip Bond, is a man and a band that were at all the right parties, but never with the right moves. A hugely enjoyable romp through the ’90s brought to you by a creative team who had ringside seats a lot of the time.
They say if you remember the nineties, then you weren’t there. But writer Will Potter was, and as an active member of Brit-Pop band Cud, he had a front row seat to much of what transpired in those heady and hedonistic days. Much of which, I dare say, has made its way into the thougfhrly enjoyable and riotous Geezer #1, with artists Philip Bond along for the ride. And no stranger to the excesses of nineties Brit-Pop culture either.
But what is drawn from fact and what is totally fictitious I’ll leave to the reader’s imagination, as we follow the trials and tribulations of Martin Bland and his band, the eponymous Geezer. A band who fit in well with the real-life pop-rock upstarts like Blur and Oasis.
As such, this is a comic book that is a true labour of love for all involved, including self-professed Anglophile and stellar editor, Shelly Bond, who even today revels in the music of the era. And why not? It was our sixties and a time of great strides for British music in the face of the rise of American punk rock in the summer of ’94.
One part nostalgia trip, one part humour comic and another part knowing nods from our man on the inside, Will Potter, it’s a comic that knowledgeably sends up the era with great gusto and gags. And all printed in 7” format, y’know, like a single’s record sleeve. But with A side content throughout. And, if you don’t get that attempt at a humorous analogy, just as yer mum or dad.
We first meet lead singer Martin Bland on the set of a video, dripping in hip iconography of the time and wrapped up in a Union Jack. So, yeah, very much capturing the spirit of the time. This scene, and others in this issue, work to artist Philip Bond’s strengths immensely. An artist who loves to cram into his work as many sight gags and era specific detail as possible, and Potter’s script more than happily obliges Bond. A great partnership forged from years of friendship working together on a fun book.
From 1994 we get another time jump, back to where it all began and Bland’s moment of Nirvana (no, not the band) watching a punk rock band perform. And from there, more time jumps and more ‘90s inspired fun and adult antics. But, don’t get me wrong, you don’t have to be all too familiar with the music, or the scene, of the time to enjoy this comic book. In many ways it’s timeless. Northern oiks like the Gallagher brothers still exist in the music scene, as do the more polished and privately educated types like Blur. Plus, drunken shenanings and idiotic acts are universal, right? Furthermore, there’s always a Martin Bland knocking about on the peripheries of such scenes, music or otherwise. And almost-ran, who just didn’t white get there. But who enjoyed the ups, while facing the lows too. And there are plenty of them to witness in this comic book. And, like a true comic boom hero, Bland even gets his own arch-nemesis! It all makes for a entertaining, engrossing read.
Geezer #1 is a fun-packed, well observed and irreverently written and illustrated comic book that will appeal to many, regardless if you remember the nineties or not.
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