About

The Comic

SOLO is a serialized graphic novel by Hope Larson. The first long-form comic she has both written and illustrated since 2010's Mercury, she estimates it will run between four and five hundred pages long. It has no particular update schedule; Hope adds pages whenever she has time.

If you'd like to be notified of updates, please follow @SOLOcomix on Twitter.

The Author

Hope Larson is a Los Angeles-based cartoonist, writer and director. Her best-known work includes a New York Times bestselling graphic novel adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) and the music video she wrote and directed for Dan the Automator and Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s Got A Girl. She is the recipient of two Eisner awards and an Ignatz award.

You can e-mail Hope here or @ her on Twitter.

The Soundtrack

The soundtrack to SOLO was curated by Michael Stock, DJ of the Part Time Punks radio show on 88.9FM in Los Angeles since 2006 and DJ/promoter of the popular Part Time Punks club night at The Echo in LA since 2005.

Since 2008, Stock has been recording radio sessions with his favorite artists, obviously/shamelessly inspired by his hero, John Peel. Like John Peel’s legendary “Peel Sessions” for the BBC, the Part Time Punks Sessions are a hybrid mix of live and studio—meaning an afternoon of free recording time in the studio usually yields four tracks (with multiple takes and minimal overdubs).

And the only way to hear these exclusive tracks is by tuning in to the Part Time Punks radio show every Thursday 3-6pm PST on KXLU 88.9FM in Los Angeles (and kxlu.com everywhere else).

SOLO Soundtrack
01 SHY BOYS - Keeps Me On My Toes (Part Time Punks Session)
02 MARBLE ARCH - Bitter Spring
03 HALF STRING - Honeycut (Part Time Punks Session)
04 NOTHING - Hymn To The Pillory
05 WHIRR - Twist (Part Time Punks Session)
06 BLEAK BOYS - Lushed Away
07 CATWALK - I Don't Wanna Play That Game
08 MOSCOW OLYMPICS - Safe
09 HIBOU - Glow (Part Time Punks Session)
10 WEEKEND - Coma Summer (Part Time Punks Session)
11 TENNIS SYSTEM - Lovers & Fake Friends (Part Time Punks Session)
12 SAVAGES - Husbands (Part Time Punks Session)
13 TOY - Kopter (Part Time Punks Session)
14 TENDER AGE - Mirrors
15 BOUQUET - In A Dream (Part Time Punks Session)

Shy Boys

Beach Boys melodies fused with Galaxie 500 song structures and instrumentation—how could you go wrong? Kansas City's Shy Boys are one of PTP's favorite new bands.

Listen to Shy Boys.

Marble Arch

Marble Arch are another of PTP’s favorite discoveries of 2014. Stunning ethereal tunes fusing the gaziest gauze of dreampop and psychedelicate shades of lo-fi—and, fittingly, not a single song yet released in the physical world.

Listen to Marble Arch.

Half String

Formed in 1991, Half String created a lush, guitar-driven brand of noise pop that sounded far removed from Tempe, Arizona and the commercial desert jangle sound associated with the local bands of that era. While the group shared an aesthetic with much of the British shoegaze scene, and occasionally recalled the spirit of early 4AD and Factory Records, they carved out a beautiful noise of their own. Half String's recordings were released through Independent Project Records, and now Captured Tracks has issued a restrospective double-LP (Maps For Sleep) as part of the label’s Shoegaze Archives series.

Listen to Half String.

Nothing

If you've listened to Part Time Punks radio show (Thursdays 3-6pm PST on KXLU) in the past few months, you already know that Nothing released one of the best LPs of 2014. Fusing the textures (and volume) of shoegaze with anthemic 90s fist-in-the-air melodies, Nothing create a serene funnel of noise. The vocals are ambient but barely audible, with lyrics that preach of broken homes, lost youth and time spent in isolation. The guitars bleed and blend into a single powerful wave and the rhythms create a thunderous repeating pattern that lulls the listener into a seemingly opiate-induced slumber.

Listen to Nothing.

Whirr

Northern California's Whirr (formerly Whirl) make an effects-laden noise as loud and heavy as it is beautiful, giving the sounds of 90s shoegaze a widescreen update for the post-millennial era. The young sextet's wall of lush guitars, breathy vocals, dreamy synth and thunderous drumming propels listeners into a near-cinematic realm where catchy melodies and emotional, enveloping atmospheres hang in perfect balance.

Listen to Whirr.

Bleak Boys

Bleak Boys. God, what a band name. Destroys us every time (even while we stifle a giggle of giddy jubliance when announcing it on the air). “Bleak music for the bleak masses,” reads their slogan, but this Mexican band's sound is not down. Their sound is massive: wide slabs of sound and dense, crashing waves of shoegaze.

Listen to Bleak Boys.

Catwalk

Catwalk's debut LP is finally complete and due out this fall on Captured Tracks. And if you thought Beach Fossils' and Wild Nothing's debuts were good, just wait 'til you hear Catwalk's! The dreamier side of MBV meets The Wake and Wild Nothing and Beach Fossils.

Listen to Catwalk.

Moscow Olympics

Filipino quintet Moscow Olympics's Still was spinning at 45rpm for the first time and immediately Part Time Punks knew this was no sub-New Order, no new Wake. Not the way it was ringing dreamily through our ears to our heart and back again. Dreamy indie pop, ever so slightly jangly (in a Sarah Records kind of way), it's coated in a misty haze of effects that make it sound like it could have been recorded 20-plus years ago, during the golden age of Factory Records.

Listen to Moscow Olympics.

Hibou

Hibou are one of the best new dreampop bands in the country. Fronted by a former member of Craft Spells, this is for fans of Beach Fossils, DIIV, Wild Nothing and the dreamier side of Captured Tracks. In summary: Wow.

Listen to Hibou.

Weekend

Weekend are, without a doubt, one of Slumberland Records’ finest-ever signings. Their debut LP, Sports, with its buzzsaw mix of MBV/Mary Chain overdrive and Joy Division/Killing Joke darkness, topped critics' Best-Of lists for 2010 (including Pitchfork, Spin and Rolling Stone) and their Red EP did the same in 2011.

Listen to Weekend.

Tennis System

Sharing their namesake with a song by predecessor noise pop group The Lilys, Tennis System are keeping the legacies of Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine and the Jesus and Mary Chain alive with their expansive, catchy-as-hell pop songs. Matty Taylor and company are masters of loud and dirty anthems, but rising above the noise that blankets them are Taylor's beautifully sung, dreamy lyrics inspired by love and art, from the drawings of Egon Schiele to the writing of Aldous Huxley.

Listen to Tennis System.

Savages

Savages is not trying to give you something you didn’t have already; it's calling something out of you that you buried ages ago. Music and words strike like lightning, a punch in the face. The eleven uncompromising tracks on their debut LP, released last year on Pop Noire in the UK and Matador in the US, are delivered with fierce conviction.

Listen to Savages.

Toy

Hailed since the release of last year's debut as the UK's best shoegaze band since Ride, Toy's new LP finds them growing at light speed. Incorporating dreamy elements of psychedelia and the chugging, insistent motorik rhythms of Krautrock, as well as bits of Britpop and even some Factory Records sounds, Join The Dots is certain to make most critics' Best-of-the-Year lists—including PTP's.

Listen to Toy.

Tender Age

A lone 7" and a handful of tracks on Bandcamp were all it took to make Tender Age one of PTP's favorite favorite new bands. Think Slowdive fused with Galaxie 500 and Disintegration-era Cure and you're halfway there. Prepare to swoon.

Listen to Tender Age.

Bouquet

Bouquet is a kaleidoscopic pop duo from Los Angeles. Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs and Max Foreman set out to create an inviting, immersive sound, intoning delicate vocal harmonies to a rising, ghostlike mass of guitar, synthesizer and early rhythm machines. Bouquet echoes undefinable post-punk wonders Young Marble Giants and This Mortal Coil, synth heroes Cluster and Suicide and the dulcet sensibilities of Sibylle Baier and Sandy Denny.

Listen to Bouquet.