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    • CommentTimeJan 6th 2008
    It was Excalibur. I picked them up on a whim, loved the sense of humor. I think one of my first had the bit with Pete Wisdom sitting in a wheelchair with a bald cap poorly placed atop his head as he yells, 'TO ME, MY X-MEN!'
    That lead me to Doom 2009.
    And by that point I was into Ellis enough to get a little hard-on when I saw in an Image house ad that Warren was taking over Stormwatch.
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    I thought i saw something in 2000ad but I'm not sure... thats where I heard of all the usual (moore, Morrison, ennis et al)... such a long damn time ago. Then a friend at WHSmiths who claimed to have met Ellis and Furman (Death's head was great, eh?) said that if I liked Hunter S thompson and comics I should try... writing my own? No, wait... Transmet. Thats when I really came to know his... work/canon/scribbles/whatever.
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    The Excalibur where they run off to the pub. Beautiful little character piece and the genesis of my favourite phrase for going to the loo.

    "I'm off to water the daisies".

    But of course I didn't remember the name at the time, so I would guess that like a lot of folks Transmet would be where I thought, "fuck me, this writer's good - wossis name?"

    Which then resparked my interest in comics thereby costing me money that I could have spent on cheap whores.

    At least comics don't give you clap.
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2008
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2008
    It was his Marvel work on Excalibur (loved the Red court concept for the Hellfire Club) and Druid that first caught my attention. That carried over to Stormwatch and eventually Transmet and Planetary (and others).

    The funny thing is that I have an old, beat up, trade of Lazarus Churchyard that I picked up from a Half Price Books that I didn't actually connect to him for some reason.
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2008
    I'd known Ellis' work through college (2000-2004), when a friend of mine would talk about him, but at that time I'd only borrow my friend's Garth Ennis books to read. Then in 2006, I got back into comics (having quit collecting floppies back in the early 90's) when The Boys was first starting up. Since that book was getting me back into comic shops, I decided to start reading others, which is when I ending up getting newuniversal (I knew Ellis by name and I didn't need prior knowledge to get into the series). Soon after that, I started buying more TPBs (throughout the 90's and double-0's I would occasionally get an Alan Moore or Frank Miller trade) and ended up getting the Desolation Jones and Down trades. Now, I'm averaging eight to ten floppies per week (that's just new books, not back-issues, which I periodically horde). Funny, since the book that got me back into comics has been a fairly large disappointment to me, though I'll give Garth credit, this current "Glorious Five Year Plan" arc is infinitely better than the "Get Some" (Batman/Nightwing analogue) arc.
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2008
    Transmetropolitan, a friend of mine introduced me to it shortly after the first few TPBs were released. Read them, loved them, lost track.

    Same here. Then I picked up Crooked Little Vein and remembered how much I liked his warped sense of humor and twisted characters. Been chewing on the first few Doktor Sleepless issues lately...

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