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      CommentAuthorZ
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2008
     (1606.1)
    I realise this topic is getting old, so I'll assume this won't get answered:

    The Absolute edition of other books hasn't meant the removal or discontinuation of smaller volumes- is this something you think would be the case for Transmet in particular? I only ask this because a limited edition of <em>Crooked Little Vein</em> was produced, so I don't see 'limited' or 'special' editions being the concern.

    - Z
  1.  (1606.2)
    The Absolute edition of other books hasn't meant the removal or discontinuation of smaller volumes

    Given the trouble they seem to be having keeping the TPB version in print, I rather think as Absolute would be discontinuation-by-default. Better they keep their focus on keeping the TPB version around.
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      CommentAuthorZ
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2008
     (1606.3)
    Okay, thanks. Subject dropped.

    - Z
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      CommentAuthorMark R
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2008
     (1606.4)
    The last four posts make lots about the idea of an Absolute Transmet more clear to me.

    Warren - While the idea of a hardcover set of Transmet is cool, thanks for keeping the working folk in mind.

    Now like Z said... Subject dropped.
  2.  (1606.5)
    Keeping Transmet cheap is a very wise move. When I was first getting back into comics as a cash-strapped college student, one of the main reasons I picked up Back on the Street was because it was really cheap. It's now my favorite comic, and I've probably read about 90% of everything Ellis has ever written. If there had only been a $100 Absolute edition, I'd almost certainly never have been able to check it out.
  3.  (1606.6)

    There was nothing else happening that would explain a seriously unusual spike (which has pretty much stayed there). And, later, the fanmail confirmed it.


    As an anecdote, I've often discovered new writers by asking my comic shop guy for "anything else by so-and-so". Seen more than a few other people doing the same.

    Really good comic shops will have displays up that highlight the other work by someone getting mainstream attention. I've seen "Other works by Warren Ellis" at least two comic shops around me. Good shops know how to sell.
  4.  (1606.7)
    On reprints: Wasn't there a (planned?) rejig of the numbering early last year? Combining Vols 1 and 2 or something? I was under the impression from a thread on The Engine that the discontinuation of #2 was to allow for that...

    On cross-pollination: I'm the opposite to the UFF->Transmet types: It was reading Transmet in the library that got me buying comics again (first Transmet, then across to Preacher, then...) and it was our Mister Ellis' name that got me back onto superhero stuff (Planetary (if that counts), then Stormwatch, then the Authority), through I'm still very, very wary of buying Marvell stuff. They scared me off comics back in the Rob Liefield era, when I was barely approaching my teens...only Marvell books I've bought since were Nextwave.
  5.  (1606.8)
    And warrenellis spoke thusly:
    Given the trouble they seem to be having keeping the TPB version in print, I rather think as Absolute would be discontinuation-by-default. Better they keep their focus on keeping the TPB version around.

    I wish DC and Marvel would do an Avatar and release HCs and TPs simultaneously. The TPs are coming out sometimes a year and a half later than the annoyingly overpriced HC releases (or longer if you count in Marvel Zombies 1). Even HCs piss me off to such a point when the TP s released I've lost all interest in the title.

    Cheers,

    Chris.
    • CommentAuthorBClayMoore
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd 2008 edited
     (1606.9)
    There was nothing else happening that would explain a seriously unusual spike (which has pretty much stayed there). And, later, the fanmail confirmed it.

    They were both science fiction works. I wrote UFF as YA sf, and I think that's the correlation -- I think TRANSMET was the first "grown-up" sf graphic novel for a lot of them.


    I find that remarkable, if true.

    It's the kind of thing you always hope happens, but most evidence suggests it rarely does.

    I suppose the s/f correlation makes some sense.

    -BCM
  6.  (1606.10)
    It's the kind of thing you always hope happens, but most evidence suggests it rarely does.

    It freaked me out a little, too. Marvel ended up making some calls and doing a bit of demographics on my UFF run. I lucked into a sf-loving YA audience who were just on the cusp of moving on to something else -- as someone put it to me, "the smartest kids in the store".
    • CommentAuthorSullyEliot
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2008 edited
     (1606.11)
    I'm in that UFF-crowd, sort of. Someone got me back into comics by reading USM and UFF, and I rather enjoyed Warren's run, but I don't think I pursued him avidly until someone said "you know that guy who did UFF? He did this really awesome thing called Desolation Jones, and some other stuff, like that shit book Transmetropolitan." So I read DJ and, having enjoyed it, moved right on to Transmet... then just about everything else I could locate, which admittedly isn't as much I'd like. I suppose I could go rob my local comics shop, but it's not like they have a great selection or anything. I doubt I could find Tokyo Storm Warning or even Crecy.
  7.  (1606.12)
    I came in through Thunderbolts and Newuniversal, basically having gotten back into comics with Civil War. Despite that event giving me some hopes that mainstream comics could be done well, my superhero buying habits quickly dropped off (aside from some choice titles by mssrs such as Fraction and Mr Ellis himself)

    I have to say, Extremis is still one of my favourite comic arcs, mainstream or not.
  8.  (1606.13)
    @SullyEliot

    Unfortunately, TOKYO STORM WARNING is no longer in print. However, you LCS should be able to easily order CRECY for you.
    • CommentAuthorGilgurth
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2008
     (1606.14)
    I quit comics in 95, just out of college. Couldn't afford em, and most of my books (X books mainly) had started sucking badly. Spawn was showing no signs of getting to the point (I think it took 10 years to get that back on track), most of image had self destructed, some jackass had taken off stormwatch and revamped all the characters and so on and so forth.

    Two friends at work telling me of this comic where the FF were the badguys, all the things they've discovered, invented and found, but they couldn't put 15 minutes in to cure cancer or autism... hounding me to read them. Oldschool ties to ever work of sci fi and fantasy from doyle, wells, lovecraft and on through the early movies all the way to the golden and silver ages forward. Oddly, I gotta say thanks, man.

    Looking forward to AXM, Planetary 27, more stuff like Dr. Sleepless, Crecy and where you're going with Gravel. Luckily, in NY, I can get my hands on indy stuff if I know when it's comming out. Still took like a month to get Crecy. My friend got me the first 3 TPB of Transmet for xmas. Wait, was I supposed to ask a question?

    Um, Despite france having the All Black's #, do you think they really are the best side in the world, or did SA's weaker bracket have nothing to do with them winning the cup? ;)
  9.  (1606.15)
    Spiral, found TSW on Amazon tied with some other book I'd never even heard of. My shop sucks at getting me the books I ask for; I've waited two months for Scud 21. Now I must make the decision to forgo groceries for a week to buy it. It'll take me a few minutes, but I'm sure I'll come to it.
  10.  (1606.16)
    TOKYO STORM WARNING was published with another Ellis mini, RED. The same for RELOAD and MEK.
  11.  (1606.17)
    ooooooh, red is the genius. love it so much.
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      CommentAuthorMark R
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2008
     (1606.18)
    Just re-read Red. Love that book.

    I'm the monster...