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    Apparently, it's an animated series of shorts. This is from the web site Hisstank.

    G.I. Joe Absolute

    Adult themed, PG-13
    Highly detailed animation
    Designed to bring adult fans back into the market
    10 5 minute episodes, 1 10 minute season finale
    No distribution decided upon yet.
    Could be webisodes, could be tv special, could be DVD, or all 3.
    Starts in first quarter 2009
    Will have deaths.
    Little to no blood (but, from what we've seen, that won't matter)
    Focus on core early characters.
    No Cobra La.

    Producers: Sam Register
    Director: Jaoquim De Santos
    Writer: Warren Ellis
    Lead Animator: Dave Johnson

    Cobra Commander, Destro, Baroness confirmed. Lady Jaye more like a Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica type role. Not major player. Cobra Commander is ruthless. Not a clown. Emphasized several times.

    Cobra Commander being played by 80s cartoon voice of Tripwire, Charlie Adler.

    Ninja moves based on real world techniques.

    Real guns, real bullets. No parachuting out of planes right before they blow up. People will die. They said they thought about sniping a guy in a parachute on his way down who actually did make it out of a plane in time.

    No direct benchmark for success, will include overall promotion, hits, feedback, news coverage, ratings, eventual DVD sales if sold, etc. But XYZ product making XYZ money doesn't need to happen to continue on, its a brand promotion tool.

    Entertainment being done first, and well, to stand on it's own, with product to follow, rather than the reverse. This is first outing with that philosophy

    Well this should be interesting...
    • CommentTimeJun 29th 2008
    I think I'd care about this more if I had at any point been a GI Joe fan, but as a fan of Warren's work I'm glad to know it's forthcoming. And knowing is half the battle..
    • CommentAuthorbuzzorhowl
    • CommentTimeJun 29th 2008
    Actually, I was a big fan of the G.I. Joe comic book, and I know from reading "Come In Alone" that Warren has at least a passing acquaintance with Larry Hama, who wrote almost all of that series, at least in its original incarnation. So I'm hoping that this will be more like the comic book and less like the horrendous TV series.
    • CommentTimeJun 29th 2008
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    they arent even being careful about these leaks....but seriously: ellis? cool. but LEAD ANIMATOR DAVE JOHNSON???? this could be really, really good.
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    It's actually called GI JOE: RESOLUTE. It got misreported.

    And, yes, I wrote it.
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    Thanks, fixed the headline.

    I've never watched a G.I. Joe thing in my life or read a single comic, although I seem to remember an action figure from my very younger days. This will be the first Joe media I'll ever see.

    The "Ninja moves based on real-world techniques" entertains me, though. So Cobra kill people in their sleep and are little more than sneaky thugs with sharpened junk-metal blades? This could be fun.
    • CommentAuthorBMTMTC
    • CommentTimeJun 29th 2008
    As long as it has William "The Refrigerator" Perry in it.......

    • CommentTimeJun 29th 2008
    I grew up on the GIJOE cartoons back in the 80s. I am very much looking forward to this.
    • CommentAuthorzacharius
    • CommentTimeJun 29th 2008

    so when are the "warren ellis defiled my childhood" t-shirts coming from cafepress?
    • CommentAuthorHarlotbug3
    • CommentTimeJun 30th 2008
    As a prime and partially pegged target for the 80s cartoon/toy chain, I still marvel at how inventive and cool it was. So many weapons, so much violence...but nobody ever died.

    It feels like death though, if you imagine Ellis playing with a few figures late late at night. For research.
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    I have never laid eyes on a GI Joe figure.
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    ...expect the flood of crappy Hasbro war toys in 3... 2... 1...


  7.  (2766.14)
    Warren is paired up with some other real good talent on this too. Jaoquim De Santos directed some of my favorite Justice League Unlimited episodes and Dave Johnson did character design on Ben 10 and illustrated most of the 100 Bullets covers. I was never a fan of G.I. Joe, but I'm looking forward to checking this out.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeJul 1st 2008
    @Wozza - Don't suppose you ever read any of the 80s British Action Force comic, did you? That was actually really good stuff that I'm guessing Pat Mills wrote.

    I've often thought there's room in the market for something with British sensibilities, like Garth's SAS-fetish stuff, but with the stupid costumes, vehicles and tech from GI Joe.
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2008 edited
    This'll be interesting to watch. I was quite a tomboy when I was little and watched G.I. Joe with some of my male friends so there's a bit of nostalgia where that's concerned.

    Warren, please PLEASE do the life lessons after each episode. That would just be gold.

    "...and that's how to kill a man with the corpse of a dog."
    "Now we know!"
    "And knowing is half the battle!"
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    I just saw a clip and it looked really awesome! I guess it will be shown at SDCC.

    Warren, have you seen any animation from it yet? I would imagine you'd be pleased.
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    No. I believe what you're seeing is the test animation that was rendered prior to my commencing the writing -- a proof-of-concept to show me the style they were shooting for.
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    @Warren- oh. I saw a scene set in a forest. Well, I hope the rest of it looks as good as what I just saw. I was never a fan of G.I. Joe, but I'm looking forward to seeing this.
    • CommentAuthorjzellis
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2008 edited

    "Serpentor, you miserable cunt. Have the decency to crawl back into whatever Tijuana genetic lab shithole you came out of and die there."

    Nothing, however, will beat the piss-take fanfic I wrote about GI Joe a few years ago (that got vanished by my server crash). The one where Snake Eyes is a gambling addict (hence the name) who had his teeth and tongue gouged out with a jackhammer by the yakuza when he couldn't pay his debts (hence the silence and the mask). He leaves a blood-red origami cobra for Scarlett on the table of the bar where he and Duke take her to recruit her for GI Joe.