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    When did you first encounter Warren's work? And how'd you feel?

    For me, it was Fell. After that, Transmet.

    I love the humor and social commentary of his work. There's a charged subtext that runs underneath like a pack of eels on PCP.

    One of the first writers I read when I came back to comics. And KEPT me in comics.
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2008
    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    The Authority/Planetary and it blew my freakin mind! It was not even his best work but the art was quite good and it was a great intro to both.
    I had heard of Transmet and actually went and sought out his stuff. I even found a few Xmen that he had done that I already owned and thought were excellent but never noticed the author.
    Before that the only author I was into was Ennis. It is interesting that even though they have completely different styles a lot of people love both of them.
    I do have a hunch there would be more fellow gun nuts on the Ennis forum(is their and Ennis forum?).

    I started getting the Authority and I got lucky ,because I live way in the boonies in northern Saskatchewan my local comic shop had the first 4 issues of the authority brand new sealed in plastic at half the cover price! He sold 30 copies of the KISS comic though. I have tried to get everything Warren's put out since then. I also get all of Garths stuff although I missed a few Avatar but I now have almost everything I missed ordered on TPB. I try to get all of Brubakers but my god the guys almost as prolific as Bendis.

    I have also hunted down a lot of Warrens work that he did before I clued in on TPB. I have most of the Transmet and the rest on computer. As a gonzo Hunter fan and a lover of quality mind expanding chemicals plus a news and politics fanatic it was almost like it was written for me personally. I also got that feeling from .303 by Ennis.

    I can't wait to read Crooked little vein.
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2008
    Transmetropolitan, a friend of mine introduced me to it shortly after the first few TPBs were released. Read them, loved them, lost track.

    Reintroduced to his work after Comic-Con this past year, his panel was definitely the week's highlight. Now that I'm older (read: more cynical) I appreciate Transmet so much more.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2008
    Was browsing the graphic novels in our local Ottakars (man, I miss that book shop), and they have those little 'staff recommends' cards. Someone had put one up for Global Frequency, and it sounded interesting so I picked it up.
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    Yeah, I remember I wasn't going to go Saturday to Comic-Con because I went Wednesday, Thurs, and Fri, was really tired, but I went -- first row, actually -- and I couldn't stop laughing. I really don't think anything can top that. I really hope Warren comes this year.
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    I guess it was probably either transmet or planetary when I recognized ellis as ellis...i can't remember which I read first...but, not too long ago I pulled out some old comics I had bought when I was much younger and was surprised to see his name on the old Hellstorm and Druid comics...I remember liking them a lot so I guess I was, ahem, exposed to Ellis pretty early in my comic reading beginnings...
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2008
    Transmet. to be honest, I don't think I've perused any of his other work yet, probably because it's inordinately expensive to order books and comics from the States.
    • CommentAuthortmofee
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2008
    Transmet for me too.. One of my fave webcomic artists was always ranting about it in his blog, so one holiday trip to Adelaide I found some of the Trades in a comic store. Havent looked back...
      CommentAuthormuse hick
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2008
    it was lazarus churchyard when it was first put out in blast! magazine -- it was one of those things that stuck in my head like a splinter for ages and i kept telling people about it all through those years when it was in limbo. i got the trade as soon as i could and by then i was permanently hooked on transmet
    • CommentAuthorWilf
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2008
    Transmet for me. I'd seen various people mention it, and *shame* downloaded some off the net. Loved what I saw, and ordered the entire set of TPBs! Since then, anything I've seen with Warren's name on gets bought (once it hits TPB - I don't go for monthlies, as they can be a pain to get hold of)
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2008
    For me it was the Lazarus Churchyard reprints that ran in Judge Dredd Megazine. The 'Lucy's Drowning' story amazed me, but I didn't really pay much attention to who actually wrote it. Things could have ended there, had it not been for a workmate who latched on to my evangelical Lazurus-related rantings and leant me all the Transmet TPB's that had been released so far. From thereon in, I was pretty much hooked.
      CommentAuthorIan Mayor
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2008
    I didn't know it at the time but it was Lazarus Churchyard in BLAST (bought for Paul Chadwick's Concrete I recall).

    When I started recognising 'a writer I liked' was Transmet.
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    Must have been either some Doom 2099 or Excalibur back when I was a kid and mainlining superheros - but I probably didn't know I was reading Warren. I may have noticed at the time, but I didn't remember later.

    First thing that got me to note the name and start reading other stuff by him was Transmetropolitan... I think it was #26? One of the issues that was just Spider writing a column as narration for the whole issue. Loved it and started tracking down the previous trades. After that I found a few stray issues of Planetary left over on a comic store shelf (I think #'s 2, 3, 5, but I could easily be remembering wrong) and thought it was a kick, and started tracking those down as well. At that point Warren's name on a book became a pretty likely sale for me, and that hasn't changed yet.
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    Transmetropolitan, issue one. Great, great start.
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    Doom 2099 for me too. And Excalibur, 'cause a friend just wuldn't shut up about it. With Transmet I was hooked for life.
    • CommentAuthorhank
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2008
    Transmet, consciously at least..

    I'm sure i have read a ton of his stuff and it would likely surprise me how much I have read.
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2008

    My friend Noel had loaned it to me.
    In fact, at the time he had the full set of trades in his Bioware office (it's possible he still does) and was pushing them on anyone who would listen to him. He got a whole bunch of us reading it that way.

    After that I picked up Apparat: The Singles Collection Volume 1.
    (All the works in there are fantastic and I highly recommend grabbing a copy if you haven't already.)
    That pushed me to view Warren as some variant of third-wave sex-positive feminist and (likely to his great eventual dismay) started off the chain of discoveries that won him my enormously awkward affection.
    (The women he writes are always actually women and aren't just men with breasts or cliched stereotypes with no attachment to the real AND he will go out of his way if necessary to support gifted women in his industry.)
    I mean the man clearly loves women and also loves women. If you get me.

    Umm.... That kind of overshot the answer a bit there. Stopping now.
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2008
    Can't remember if it was The Authority, Planetary or Global Frequency that opened my eyes. But one of them for sure.
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2008
    It was Excalibur when I really back into X-men comics in high school. But I didn't really start picking up on writers until my second go around in comics. I has started working at a comic shop part-time and while I knew (and still know) a lot about manga, I hadn't really read comics in years. When Nextwave came out, I was like this looks so wacky I need to read it. And read it I did, and wacky it was, throughly I enjoyed it. Around the same time I joined a tpb/manga club on a message board I frequent and Planetary was the choice one month. I really enjoyed that also, and that's when I was like I need to read other stuff this guy as written.
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2008
    It was probably the X-Calibre part of the Age of Apocalypse story, but I didn't have any appreciation for him then. Afterwards it would have been from flipping through Transmet in the store, and then truly first with getting the trades for Planetary. Since then I've gotten, Black Gas, Black Summer, Crecy, Transmet, and Ultimate Galactus.

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