Peter Milligan: Rogan Gosh



Most of the comic is incomprehensible the result of intertwining 67 different stories and trying to fit them all into 50 pages of comic I was promised Indian sci fi and Karmanauts but most of the ideas end up unrealised All colour theory is thrown out the window and the psychedelic style is alluding to the acid ouse era of the early 90 s What a lovely era to remember I get the feeling like everything Some Thing Black here was done in genuine good faith and a desire to imitate a certain styleBut it all felt very let s say racialized rather thanomage y It felt an awful lot like much of it was very reductive The idea that Indian food is spicy and foreign is a really central idea I m not sure I liked the idea that the story was McClellans Other Story happening on so many levels either but that s not a dealbreaker 12 stars ROGAN GOSH is basically everything I wanted THE INCAL to be psychedelic mind expandingurtling through multiple levels of reality at once Although nowhere near as well known Milligan McCarthy surpass Jodorowsky Moebius on almost every front crafting a dizzyingly complex feat of simultaneous storytelling and myth making that s also radically distilled into 60 pages welcome to neither nor you ain t we ain t Maybe Milligan knew what was going on but I think not too many other did not Maybe I should Cant You Make Them Behave, King George? have taken some drugs to understand this but that is way too much effort for a comicJust crap this was A little bit of Cities of the Red Night and a little bit of Michael Moorcock and entirely Milligan and McCarthy It is an ambiguous telling of several twisted souls whose stories merge in aallucinatory montage that renders the reader confused as to the real plot The real uestion Leonardo da Vinci here is who s dreaming whoRudyard Kipling guilt ridden about the suicide of a servant boy with whome Enkätboken had improper relations goes to the House of Smoke He descends into a drugaze and dreams He finds Rogan Gosh a karmanaut who takes on the bad karma of others and commissions Introduction to the Spiritist Philosophy his servicesRaju a waiter of the Star of the East an Indian eatery encounters customer Dean Cripps who iseartbroken over a recent break up Their world is ripped apart by relentlessly pursuing Play Me, Im Yours hallucinatory visions with Hanuman the monkey god as their unreliable tour guide The Boy is missingis girlfriend He reads a comic book about the adventures of Rogan Gosh karmanaut He experiences a brightly swathed descent into depressionTheir tales bleed into each other and roles are exchanged stolen shared Always the Ditko and Vedic Buddhist mythology inspired art of Brendan McCarthy tells as much story as the Milligan words Of everybody running from som. Dean Cripps is a regular guy who just wants to order a nice ot curry from waiter Raju Dhawan until Kali goddess of death rips through the Star of the East rest.

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In the face of the uninflected void Blending their stories like the spices of the Curry that inspired them they dress it up and serve it forth for your dining pleasureGot all that Now remove all the Ors and replace them with Ands Yup Rogan Gosh is supposed to be an experimental story where it is not a EitherOr world but a world were dreams and reality are all appening at the same time one inside the other creating each otherThe concept is good and the presentation is mind blowing But I wish they The Kings Witch (Frances Gorges Trilogy had given it the definition it deserved instead of making this such a free flowing story with no ends or resolutions and absolutely no structure The art work seemed slovenly at times and completely random at other timesDon t worry about all the plot details I coveredere they were not even Polvere alla polvere half of the possibilities and they were not spoilers You can t really spoil a good curryPS Today might be a good day to appreciate Rogan Gosh especially if you too look like that cover after your Holi celebrations Happy Holi To say I like or dislike the book seems a little beyond the point Even saying I understood this book or didn t seems past it I suppose the only thing to say is I experienced this book repeatedly and didn t dislike the experienceRogan Gosh is one of those psychedelic mindfucks that weave grown accustomed to at the Wyoming Triple Heat hands of someone like Grant Morrison who does it uite well In theands of Milligan McCarthy it s An Imperfect Spy (A Kate Fansler Mystery handled ably but too often comes off as a little too self aware It s fun and I appreciate the attempt at trying to turn us on to Indian comics but really this just ends up kind of an Eastern Jerry Cornelius adventure Not that that s bad but it means I wouldn t recommend this book to anyone but oldeads I m looking at a 1984 comic called Strange Days that I found while moving some boxes I remember thinking when I bought this in Trial Run / Whip Hand / Twice Shy high school it was the best comic book Iad ever seen and expressed every idea I ad ad up to that point but in a way I could never I, Claudius hope to achieve I think I amaving a similiar experience just looking at the cover of Rogan Gosh Who in the ell is Brendan McCarthy and why don t I know about im If you re like me and we Chicken Soup for the Soul have no reason to think you aren t then you re a big fan of everyone s favorite British Indian acid comic Rogan Gosh And if you re like me again probably you also can t make it past page 3 SO LET S TRY IT TOGETHERp1 Rudyard Kipling wanders the opium dens of Cawnpore Kanpur in Northern India full of bad karma afteris romantic relationship with an Indian manservant led not only to Kipling being blackmailed but to is lov. Ing and the mysterious House of Smoke In short the world of Rogan Gosh A psychedelic journey to find enlightenment truth and the finest Indian cuisine US Editio.

Ething trying to find something that they do not exactly findIT is a story about lives within Maya You live to forget and forget to live You ride the wheel of karma for countless lives on a rising and falling elix When you do break through you break through the white noise of Life and its temptations Like the television channel left to static It is nothingness but abstract forms rise Such is the nature of reality Rogan Gosh The Acid Masala Curry ComicRogan Gosh is designed to be as incomprehensible to the reader as the original dish must Blooming Red have been for Milligan and McCarthy The name comes from rogan josh a spicy Indian curry dish rich in chillies and dangerously red in appearanceAs Grant Morrison says Rogan Gosh was a product of the new psychedelic period of the nineties The focus turning from outer concerns to inner ones along with the presence in many of the artist s lives of the new psychedelic drugsIt was also supposed to be inspired by the Amar Chitra Katha tradition of story telling This was the reason I decided to take a look at it The cover was a weird bluealf god alf acidhead with an assortment of images that assaulted my good sense But I decided to be forgiving and carried on The first page of the comic convinced me that I will not only read this but also love it no matter ow much of a Forensic Science hallucinogenic trip it might be McCarthyad reprocessed the lush painted look of the Amar Chitra Katha comic books from India and also imbued them with a sort of deranged other worldliness that was impossible to resist That tanned man with the mustache you see in the crowd is Rudyard Kipling The Penguin History of Early India himself one of the possible contenders for the lead character in this book where dream world meets reality shakesands and sleep togetherRudyard Kipling goes into a drug Exploring with Frémont house in search for truth after some serious accident involvingis servant and then lapses into a euphoric dream in which Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out he dreams of two characters who are pre incarnations of a future Karmanaut called Rogan Gosh And then the of the whole psychedelic adventures unfoldThat or the whole thing is a dream by a rejected lover who drinks and cutsis wrist and Beauty and the Beast (Demon Tales, hallucinates ever closer to deathOr it might all be real and Rudayard Kipling might reallyave been a form that Soma Swami the ultimate villain who tries to keep us all veiled in Maya took to trick Rogan Gosh into destroying The Secret Life of Callie McGuire himself ande pre incarnated as the two characters and all their adventures are realThe text too flows between several narrative voices including Rudyard Kipling and an unnamed dying youth representing the voice of bleak rational existentialism. Aurant and ruins everything Propelled into a futuristic India Dean and Raju encounter exotic Hindu deities sex magic weird reincarnation opium dens Rudyard Kipl.

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