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De los laburos de Milligan que aun no le , este pinta como uno de los m s desafiantes, sobre todo teniendo en cuenta que est s lo en ingl s y parece que el guion viene bastante loco Despu s me tengo que acordar de volver a subir la edici n que alg n Librarian pelotudo elimin. 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 high school it was the best comic book I had ever seen and expressed every idea I had had up to that point but in a way I could never hope to achieve I think I am having a similiar experience just looking at the cover of Rogan Gosh Who in the hell is Brendan McCarthy, and why don t I knowabout him 1 2 stars ROGAN GOSH is basically everything I wanted THE INCAL to be psychedelic, mind expanding, hurtling 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 1 2 stars ROGAN GOSH is basically everything I wanted THE INCAL to be psychedelic, mind expanding, hurtling 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 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 a hallucinatory montage that renders the reader confused as to the real plot The real question here is, who s dreaming who Rudyard Kipling, guilt ridden about the suicide of a servant boy with whom he had improper relations, goes to the House of Smoke He descends into a drug haze and dreams He finds Rogan G 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 a hallucinatory montage that renders the reader confused as to the real plot The real question here is, who s dreaming who Rudyard Kipling, guilt ridden about the suicide of a servant boy with whom he had improper relations, goes to the House of Smoke He descends into a drug haze and dreams He finds Rogan Gosh, a karmanaut who takes on the bad karma of others, and commissions his services.Raju a waiter of the Star of the East, an Indian eatery, encounters customer Dean Cripps who is heartbroken over a recent break up Their world is ripped apart by relentlessly pursuing hallucinatory visions, with Hanuman the monkey god as their unreliable tour guide The Boy is missing his girlfriend He reads a comic book about the adventures of Rogan Gosh, karmanaut He experiences a brightly swathed descent into depression.Their 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 something, trying to find something that they do not exactly find.IT 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 helix 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 Maybe Milligan knew what was going on but I think not too many other did not Maybe I should have taken some drugs to understand this but that is way too much effort for a comic.Just crap this was.
I get the feeling like everything here was done in genuine good faith and a desire to imitate a certain style.But it all felt very, let s say, racialized rather than homage 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 happening on so many levels either, but that s not a dealbreaker. 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 experience.Rogan Gosh is one of those psychedelic mindfucks that we have grown accustomed to at the hands of someone like Grant Morrison, who does it quite well In the hands of Milligan McCarthy, it s handled ably, but too often comes off as a little too self aware It s fun 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 experience.Rogan Gosh is one of those psychedelic mindfucks that we have grown accustomed to at the hands of someone like Grant Morrison, who does it quite well In the hands of Milligan McCarthy, it s 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 old heads Most of the comic is incomprehensible, the result of intertwining 6 7 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 house era of the early 90 s What a lovely era to remember If you re like me and we have no reason to think you aren t , then you re a big fan of everyone s favorite British Indian acid comic, Rogan GoshAnd if you re like me again, probably , you also can t make it past page 3 SO LET S TRY IT TOGETHER.p1 Rudyard Kipling wanders the opium dens of Cawnpore Kanpur in Northern India, full of bad karma after his romantic relationship with an Indian manservant led not only to Kipling being blackmailed, but to his lover s suicide Kipling now searches If you re like me and we have no reason to think you aren t , then you re a big fan of everyone s favorite British Indian acid comic, Rogan GoshAnd if you re like me again, probably , you also can t make it past page 3 SO LET S TRY IT TOGETHER.p1 Rudyard Kipling wanders the opium dens of Cawnpore Kanpur in Northern India, full of bad karma after his romantic relationship with an Indian manservant led not only to Kipling being blackmailed, but to his lover s suicide Kipling now searches for a karmanaut spiritual healer named Rogan Gosh, in the hopes that his soul can be cleansed Kipling finds the Jadoo Gher, a den nicknamed The Magic House After consuming opiates and subtle potions and meditating, Kipling reaches a higher plane called the Second Veil of Maya, a jasmine scented dream of the future p3 Kipling s dream transitions into a modern bedroom and a different narrator a young man lying in bed, just waking up A vision of Kipling is there too, along with Hanuman the Monkey God, and a female entity the narrator recognizes as the Dawn This modern narrator we ll call him The Boy has been awakened by the neighbor s baby crying, but Dawn lowers her veil so The Boy can continue dreaming.p4 The Boy, in turn, dreams of Jadoo Gher again but in his modern era, it s now an Indian restaurant called The Star of the East Currently, a sad Brit named Dean Cripps is attempting to order food from the dapper Raju Dhawan, a man of great potential whose family feels he s wasting his life Raju thinks in Indian food metaphors, while Dean is too depressed over a recent breakup to know what to order.p5 Kipling has found Rogan Gosh, and offers a golden totem in return for Rogan s aid Rogan, a blue faced deity, is aging and losing power, but meditates with Kipling only to find that Kipling has changed into Kali the Soma Swami, a malignant force that needed Rogan s karma cleansing powers to be free of an ancient curse Kali immediately attempts to kill Rogan, who decides he will escape his fate through reincarnation.p7 Just as Dean Cripps orders a rogan gosh mutton plate, Kali rips through the reality of the restaurant and decapitates both Dean and Raju Dhawan Both men live, and find themselves transported to a Future India, chased by cyborg Karma Kops until they reach Jadoo Gher, now called the House of Dreams Hanuman the Monkey God invites the men inside.Raju s skin is now blue, and Hanuman points to the old husk of Rogan Gosh in the corner Raju is the new Rogan, he explains, and now he must battle Kali the Soma Swami Dean and Raju try to run, finding confusion and horrors throughout the House of Dreams.From behind one door Raju hears himself singing in an American accentp11 Raju has become a four armed cowboy, and Dean his hoss a sacred cow Raju wonders aloud how it is that he s aware of each new iteration of his personality, and they wander through the Wild West Land of the Dead and into the psychedelic frontier town of Neither Nor, in order to find the Injun that might explain things.The Injun turns out to be a blue skinned Kipling in a Native American headdress He explains that Kali is a soul scalper and a vampire, and he s currently draining the souls of Raju and Dean Kipling invites them to suck on his Dream Pipe, and they dream of The Boyp13 The Boy wakes in his room next to his sleeping girlfriend perhaps this is still Dawn, but she s differently colored He dresses, leaves the house and goes to his local comic shop, where he picks up the new issue of Rogan Gosh from Mr Khan, the elephant faced proprietor Saying they re a bit easier to understand once you ve read a few, The Boy opens the newest issue, smelling Indian spices on its pages.p14 the original Rogan Gosh hides in The Real World of Lila the Dreamworld , stuck inside Taj MaHell, palace of Kali His soul is dying while he waits for Raju to become him Rogan gets lost in the palaces Corridors of Uncertainty, and is surrounded by Tantric nymphs who wrap themselves around him, turning him to stone.As Kali mocks him by speaking through a totem, Rogan grows a lotus flower from his stomach to heal himself He traps the totem inside the lotus, then changes the flower into a pink flying limousine Hanuman appears as the driver, and Rogan asks to be driven home.As they coast over the Vales of Maya, Rogan recalls his heyday, and mourns his fortunes upon realizing that with Raju taking over his mantle, his dreamself is due to be reborn in the past He thinks on Raju, who screamsp16 The Boy and Dawn finish making love in his bedroom while the neighbor s baby screams As they chat post coital, statues of Rogan and Kipling look on from the dresser.p17 Kipling awakens in the opium den He muses on guilt and sin, seeming to shout at the reader It wasn t a dress rehearsal, fuckheads It was all you get Jadoo Gher, now a pyramid with a man s body, rips Raju and Dean s hearts from their chests.p18 Mary Jane, Dean s ex, complains to her mother about watching too much TV In their small apartment, Jadoo Gher is on television while Jane reads Car Mechanics for Beginners.p18 Having lost their hearts, Raju and Dean reappear in Jadoo Gher, now called the House of Smoke Hanuman suggests they try another door in the Corridor of Uncertainty The two come out through the closet of The Boy s bedroom, and as their spark plugs explode, the pistons of their libidos pump ecstatically They undress and make love, as Raju becomes The Boy and Dean becomes Dawn.p20 The Boy wakes up in bed alone, thinking of Mary Jane and Dean and Raju He dresses in a bra and trenchcoat, writing I KNOW WHERE BEAUTY LIVES on his chest in lipstick He muses on the five miseries Birth, Death, Old Age, Disease, and Mediocrity He tells us that Mary Jane left him six months prior for having no feelings.The Boy walks through his city He is concerned that not only does he not believe in love, but no one else really believes it either He remembers feeling a different kind of love, after his mother died.When she died, he recalls, he felt awake He ceased to be, and became love itself.p26 Raju and Dean are themselves again, in some kind of abstract space Dean is embarrassed for his intimacy with Raju, while Raju is overwhelmed with emotion Hanuman appears, telling them to meet Rogan at the Ashram of the Absolute Dean questions Rogan s ridiculous name, and Hanuman insists such names keep deities humble, then says Actually, that s a lie There s no such person as Rogan Gosh p27 The Boy sits in his room, confused as to his identity, while Rogan meditates in the Ashram Both are waiting.Rogan longs for Raju, and remembers the spiritual masters Christ, Buddha that have come before, with the Soma Swami existing in order to keep Man from enlightenment.p30 a new first person narrative voice finds The Boy, naked in his room, licking a version of his own face in the mirror The other face is painted like one of Kali s totems The Boy smashes the glass with his face and then contemplates one of the glass shards while the new voice narrates in disgust.p31 the voice looks in on Raju and Dean, who ve arrived back at the Indian restaurant Hanuman ushers them inside as Kali chases after them, then explains that the last Hanuman they saw was Kali in disguise Raju asks what exactly Kali s been cursed with Hanuman explains that the curse combines having love snatched away, growing old and watching dreams wither, the awareness of death, and dying in misery and ignorance.Rogan Gosh, still waiting, says Oh Is that all At Hanuman s instruction, Raju meditates to connect with Rogan Time is squashed, and Raju and Dean are transported to the Ashram, and Dean realizes that the journey they ve been on has taken centuries, and many of their lifetimes.Dean and Raju take hands and enter the Ashram, seeing Everything and Nothing.p36 The Boy, naked and bleeding from his wrists, gets a call from a distressed Mary Jane One of her friends, she says, was running a Soma Swami rave and, in the throes of ecstasy, stepped off a roof and was decapitated.p36 the heads of Dean, Raju, Dawn, Mary Jane and Injun Kipling call out to Rudyard Kipling as he wakes up once again the Jadoo Gher of his own time He begins to stand.p37 Dean and Kaju rise from the material world as Rogan and Raju become one The Boy realizes it s his voice that s been looking down with disgust As Mary chastises him over the phone she becomes a totem of Kali Rogan raises his Raj Gun, which chants at Kali s totem until it shrinks into nothing.Rogan Raju, now a many headed cowboy, rides off through the desert toward the Jadoo Gher pyramid, leaving Dean to return to his Mary Jane.p39 The Boy tells Mary Jane he loves her over the phone, and waits for her response.p39 Kipling is attacked by a Sudra as he attempts to leave the House of Smoke In the ensuing struggle the House is set ablaze, and Kipling escapes as it explodes As it burns, Kipling comes to the realization that nothing is real.p40 the new Rogan is borne toward heaven Dean returns to the material world and immediately begins to regress from enlightenment.p41 Kipling wanders through the Cawnpore marketplace He sees a mother carrying her dead child and is struck with the idea that only real life brings enlightenment, and those who live in the House of Smokeare stunted, blind things, hiding from life He resolves to go back to his life and deal with the consequences of his actions, and disappears in the crowd.p42 Dean makes it to Mary Jane s house just as his enlightenment disappears All he s left with is a lotus flower, which he offers to Mary Jane She smiles and invites him in.p42 The Boy lies dying on his floor He s called the Star of the East, not to order food, but for someone to talk to He asks, Is this the way the dream begins His bedroom disappears, and his hands become Kali s hands His face is beginning to look like Kali s totem as he finishes,..Or the way the dream ends From the other end of the phone Hanuman says, you re going to have to find that one out for yourself The Boy s narration concludes, At least I m not pretending there s anything but darkness heredarkness and my voice A voice that s fadingand at the end of this sentencewill cease to be So, yeah Whatever THAT was ^FREE PDF ⇶ Rogan Gosh: Star of the East ⇶ Dean Cripps is a regular guy who just wants to order a nice hot curry from waiter Raju Dhawan until Kali, goddess of death, rips through the Star of the East restaurant and ruins everything Propelled into a futuristic India, Dean and Raju encounter exotic Hindu deities, sex magic, weird reincarnation, opium dens, Rudyard Kipling, 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 Edition