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    • CommentAuthorWelland
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2010
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    Two questions this time,

    Is there any part of the creative process (on any format) you particularly hate and love?

    Any stationary gems you have recently discovered, still thankful for the fieldnotes

    Cheers
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    What are your politics?
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      CommentAuthorSt.Wanger
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2010 edited
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    I want to bring up something, a friend and myself accidentally were discussing about comic book writers some weeks ago. He thought to have made the observation that your stories mostly seem to lack an actual “emotional” component. He thinks, it’s because you’re not really capable of it, I said “I guess it isn’t his thing … it’s just not what he does.” He insists on the opinion, that some emotional tones would upvalue stories in general, so to speak.

    I found a quote on Newsarama, where you – asked about “the lack of romance” in your work – said: “Do I come off as an animal if I say romance only happens in romance novels? Relationships between men and women are a lot more complex than that, usually a lot more edgy and nervous and spiky than that, and I don’t think it’s honest to write the kind of romances—Hollywood romances don’t get anywhere near the human condition.”

    So, I really think this is interesting, aside the romance thing – does your stuff mostly lack “emotional components” because you think human emotions are too complex to actually being properly mirrored into comic book fiction?
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    A question that's been rattling around in my head for a while - if you had to present someone completely unfamiliar with your portfolio with just one work as an example of what you do, what work would you choose? Or would you just tell them not to be so damn lazy? :)
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      CommentAuthorTheremina
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2010
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    What are your politics?


    Hahahahahahaha.
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    What are your politics?


    IngSoc.
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    I want to bring up something, a friend and myself accidentally were discussing about comic book writers some weeks ago. He thought to have made the observation that your stories mostly seem to lack an actual “emotional” component.

    I don't think you can read TRANSMET and call that a true statement. I just don't believe in emotional button-pressing.

    (And, frankly, when you hear writers say things like "but how do we say it emotionally?" - that's when you get things like GODFATHER 3.)
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    A question that's been rattling around in my head for a while - if you had to present someone completely unfamiliar with your portfolio with just one work as an example of what you do, what work would you choose?

    It's a daft question, because first you have to ask them what they like. If said person hates history, I'm not going to hand them CRECY. If they hate sf, I'm not going to hand them TRANSMET. These questions never take into account the person being presented with the work.

    If I'd never heard of Joss Whedon, and someone had said to me, "Joss is cool! Here's DR HORRIBLE!" I never would have read or watched another thing he did, because I loathe musical comedy.
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      CommentAuthorsdinma
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2010
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    -If your daughter expressed an interest in working in comics, would you encourage her or try and dissuade her from doing so?

    -Assuming that you did decide to encourage her, what are your thoughts as to what a parent that is famous in a particular industry should or shouldn't do in a situation where their children decide to enter the same field?
    • CommentAuthorUrbanAngel
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2010
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    Hey, Warren, where do your ideas come from?
    *runs and hides*
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      CommentAuthorBP
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2010
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    When are you going to give up all pretense and just start a religion? State side you can get some tax exempt stuffs...
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2010
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    i´m sure you´ve been asked this before, but who do you think could play you in the film "Warren Ellis - A life"? Personally i think Michael Caine would be a good fit after seeing him in Children of Men getting zonked out his box and listening to Aphex Twin....
    • CommentAuthorSpenceball
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2010
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    What would you do if you lived in a country that did to booze what England has done to smokes (or smoking, actually)?

    Also,

    What is up with Australians?
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    Mr. Ellis

    Thank you, always, for both the work you do and your interest in a continuing conversation with all of us here. My question for you is, where and how do you find your *people*? I mean, the imaginative and hard-working people who collaborate with you on projects like Whitechapel, or Freakangels, or The Engine, or any of your other non-profit-making creative ventures, as well as your agents and representatives. Because you seem to have a cadre of extremely talented conspirators and co-artists around you.
    • CommentAuthorDon Kelly
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2010
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    People tend to behave themselves around me as well. Except for this fella yesterday morning. Isn't it odd when they don't?

    But that's not what I was wondering.

    I was curious if you've seen a greater demand to turn your comic works into filmed entertainment. I know Red is filming and Gravel is in the works, but I was thinking more of the desire you stated the other day about working in television. Shows that defined the last decade (Sopranos, BSG, The Shield) as staples for their networks have ended and have yet to be replaced. Crooked Little Vein (I know it's not a comic) would make a fascinating TV show with the novel serving as a template for season 1.

    I suppose my question is do you have anything in the Ellis canon that you really want to see as a TV show?

    Thanks.
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      CommentAuthorAriana
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2010
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    Hey, Warren, where do your ideas come from?
    ACK. We need some sort of a secret signal so people that have read the book know if you're asking this because it's funny*, or because you're not one of us...!

    (*The answer to that question -- precisely that question -- is in the preview for Shivering Sands, even. As in, you don't even have to buy it to read that part.)
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2010
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    Hey, Warren, with how crazy your schedule has been (and will be, having just read your blog post re: February), what do you do to relax?

    Similarly, if you don't mind the twofer, what's your favorite alcohol (figuring that helps your relax)?
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      CommentAuthorAlastair
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2010
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    does your signifcant other ever ask you to try and change your sleeping pattern? i imagine it must be hell sleeping in the same bed as you... no offence meant
    • CommentAuthorJim Moore
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2010
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    sleeping pattern? Warren sleeps now? must be getting old
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    I was curious if you've seen a greater demand to turn your comic works into filmed entertainment.

    Little bit. Not a lot.