Best Of 2010, Guest Editors: The Wedding Present’s David Gedge On “Marvels”

As 2010 comes to an end, we are taking a look back at some of our favorite posts of the year by our guest editors.

Gedgelogo1Over the course of a quarter of a century, Wedding Present and Cinerama auteur David Gedge has consistently documented the intricacies of interpersonal communication, mostly of the romantic kind. While currently writing new tunes in his tradition of celebrating romantic bliss and bemoaning lost love, Gedge is also revisiting some old flames. His label, Scopitones, last week released Live 1988, a double album of concert recordings from—you guessed it—1988, the second in a series of LPs collecting live cassettes that were sold at gigs and through their fanzine in the late ’80s. The band is also playing Bizarro, arguably the best Wedding Present effort, in its entirety during a tour that kicked off April 1 in San Diego. Gedge will be guest editing all week. Read our brand new Q&A with him and our 2005 career overview of the Wedding Present.


Gedge: This is something of a guilty pleasure in the U.K. because it’s not really deemed acceptable there for a middle-aged man to read comics. But I’ve always loved the medium. I’m a bit of a shopaholic when it comes to comic books, in fact; I can’t resist the artwork and the stories. I even love the smell of them. I sometimes wonder if it’s because I’m taken back to my childhood and it’s comforting. The best graphic novel I’ve read in a while is called Marvels, by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross, which came out a few years ago. It completely re-evaluates the amazing Marvel universe in a contemporary way without losing the charm of the original characters. But I’ve always got one of those Essential Marvel collections on the go, too; they’re just reprints of old comics from the ’60s and ’70s.

Video after the jump.