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  1.  (9376.1)
    We did one of these last year, I see no reason not to do it again this year.

    I won't answer anything that's already in the FAQ, and you should probably read that first. It's not long, just the first post there. Just asking when something is coming out is a bit boring anyway.

    Other than that... for the next five days I'll field questions and probably jabber randomly at you a bit.

    And, by now, you'll know that I'm interested in more than comics, so there's no need to keep to that subject.

    Anyway. Yes. Hello. Back in the interrogation cell again for five days.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd 2011
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    Sweet, I loved this thread last year.

    Serious question: Why only one novel (since Listener faced an unfortunate, perinatal demise )? Is it that you simply prefer other formats of fiction? CLV was a fun, great read and I'd like more.
    Non-serious question: Jam or Jelly?
  2.  (9376.3)
    Haha. Shit. I need to amend the FAQ.

    The novel situation is, um... in flux. I seriously can't say any more than that right now.

    Bugger. That was a crap start, wasn't it? I'll get lynched if I say any more. My book agent monitors me from space.
    • CommentAuthorkyu915
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd 2011
     (9376.4)
    I don't know if this first question is taboo for a thread like this but I'll just ask and if it's not okay I'll edit the post and take it out.

    What were your favorite things from 2010? (Comics, books, movies, plays, TV, Music, gadgets, etc)

    Right now, what is the most attractive thing about working on a project for you?

    Planning to come to any conventions in the US this year?
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd 2011 edited
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    Weren't you working on a script for another Crecy-style history comic book about the first world war or something? ( i remember you commenting on researching WWI grenades) Did anything come of that?
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    "Weren't you working on a script for another Crecy-style history comic book about the first world war or something?"

    Yes. I'm hoping to get to that by summer. It's a pile of notes in a folder right now.
  4.  (9376.7)
    @Warren

    Ahh summer reading is sorted then....
  5.  (9376.8)
    First off, thanks for being foolish enough to submit yourself to this kind of torture again, you silly bastard.

    Second off, quick question:
    When you're starting a new story how do you decide on what to name the characters?
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    "Planning to come to any conventions in the US this year?"

    Nope. In fact, I don't expect to be at any conventions at all in 2011, unless I stop in at MCM Expo for a day to get drunk with friends.
  7.  (9376.10)
    Right now, what is the most attractive thing about working on a project for you?

    Given the state of my year -- and the NDAs I'm still under -- all I can say is, right now, the most attractive things about new projects is that they be 1) something I haven't done before 2) something I can say something through and 3) that they be very short indeed!
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    You've obviously had dozens and dozens of books with a wide array of concepts, but it's probably fair to say that there's an impression out there of what a "Warren Ellis comic" entails (black humoured hard SF, revisionist superhero comics etc.). Have you any pet projects that you haven't been able to try because publishers felt they were too "out there" or too far outside of your usual work? I've always been curious about this, so thanks for providing the opportunity to ask.
    • CommentAuthor9thGear
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd 2011
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    Could you ever see yourself writing a childrens book, illustrated or otherwise?

    Some might say that a child technically could read No Hero but I'm thinking more along the lines of something that Waterstones would be happy putting in its childrens section.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd 2011
     (9376.13)
    Has Red being 'not a flop' changed much?
  9.  (9376.14)
    Here's I hope an interesting question.

    A lot of your characters I've noticed are people that generally investigate, whether they be archeologists, journalists, private eyes, astronauts, etc. that are investigating some aspect of how things work in the world.

    If you weren't writing for a living, would you be doing any of the these things instead?
    • CommentAuthormbakunin
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd 2011
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    In an alternate reality, if you could do/redo ANY licensed property with total and absolute carte blanche, which would it be....?
  10.  (9376.16)
    When you're starting a new story how do you decide on what to name the characters?

    That is so complex, for me, as to be almost unanswerable. Weirdly overdeveloped instinct, if you like. Sounds. Character background. That which evokes. While trying not to end up with character names that'd make even Don McGregor throw up in his mouth. I do sometimes overdo it.

    For instance: I'm working on something right now where I think I've nailed the character name finally. Birch. Birch = wood = connotes a degree of strength and basic groundedness. But also birching = flagellation. Also, "John Birch Society," skeevy and untrustworthy. And it's a hard, sharp word. There's a lot about the character that unpacks out of the name.
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    Can you play a musical instrument or have you ever tried to?
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd 2011
     (9376.18)
    Any chance of another novel, along the lines of Crooked Vein?
  12.  (9376.19)
    Can you play a musical instrument or have you ever tried to?

    I have no aptitude for music. I can't even sing. I once lived with a singer who banned me from singing in the shower because the sound was so horrifying to her trained ears.
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    If you weren't writing for a living, would you be doing any of the these things instead?

    Journalism. I was going to train as a journalist, many moons ago... life decided otherwise.