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    • CommentTimeApr 14th 2011
    had to google abney park.... they seem awfully self important
    • CommentTimeApr 14th 2011 edited
    Bullshit on the horrible voice. You sound like the villain in a Guy Ritchie crime flick. In a DeNiro-as-crime-boss kind of way.
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    How long does it take you to write a script for a single 22-page comic, generally? From start of scripting to end of scripting, and from idea to end of scripting?
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    You just made it impossible to quantify, really. Call it a week.
      CommentAuthorJon Wake
    • CommentTimeMay 1st 2011
    Their guitarist/banjoist is a friend of mine-- nicest guy you'll ever meet. Played Left 4 Dead 2 for four hours the other day.
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    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2011
    @ Warrenellis-Where, or what, gives you the inspiration to go far beyond the norm and into the abnormally absurd when you write your scripts.

    Don't get me wrong, you are my favorite comic writer. I enjoy your reading comics as much as reading Douglas Adams' Hitchiker's books or Frank Herbert's Dune Chronicles. I gravitate and connect to your "abnormally absurd" writing style and no other writer has given me as much joy as you have from reading your comics.

    That includes Grant Morrison, Kieron Gillen, and Brian K. Vaughan.
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    Where, or what, gives you the inspiration to go far beyond the norm and into the abnormally absurd when you write your scripts.

    Um. Possibly your definition of "abnormally absurd" is quite different from mine.
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    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2011
    @Warrenellis- I meant no offense, Mr. Warren Ellis. I connect with your works based on my connection to what I feel is "abnormally absurd" compared to my droll and boring life. You're writing is so out there, it is akin the best kind of escapist narcotic, I could imagine. Reading your comics is like mental freedom from how shitty and dull life is, and yes I do get out the of the house often. I volunteer at the local Library and the local Bookstore/Comic shop, and socialize with people in person.

    By abnormally absurd I mean: you go far and beyond addressing the point or showing it, you embrace it in the narrative and never hold back with the delivery, even if it means Giant String Space Viking Long Ships, Ray guns that melt people, using a lizard's irritable bowl syndrome to segue into food pellets being pooed out, Superheroes using a baby universe to pilot their giant "Bleed-fairing Carrier," Bombastic red heads who are experts in gunkata, or all the other things you write about.

    I probably used the wrong wording, but I can't quite get the right words to explain the exact quirkiness of your work that attracts me so much. Sorry, rambling.
    • CommentAuthorTom Akel
    • CommentTimeMay 17th 2011
    Warren, thoughts on Disney's application to trademark "seal team 6" and should the rest of us purchase the urls to seal teams 1-5?
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    This affects my life not at all. If the American governmental and legal machinery is seriously dumb enough to let that happen? If no-one's going to stand up and say no? All power to Disney for laughing in the face of America.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeMay 17th 2011
    Oh god. They're going to make something with terrorist fighting pinnipeds, aren't they?
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    With your quite often seemingly impossible workload, do you manage to read the work of other authors as much as you'd like to? In context, I mean novels or other "large" publications as opposed to articles and columns and such. Have you ever had such a piece of work detract you from your own desk?
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    *Transmetropolitan spoilers*

    Did I really have to do that? Anyway, Warren, I was wondering, was there any reason behind your choice of the way that Spider got sick? It was relatively mundane, compared to what was going on around him. Was that deliberate? Thanks.
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    What's going to be scarier to a working journalist than the inability to think properly? The inability to remember?
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    I don't read a lot of fiction when I'm writing fiction. In the term of Stephen King, leaving milk open in the fridge means it takes on the flavour of whatever else is open in the fridge.
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    Have you ever killed an idea because at the time, and in the moment it would make you look too much, like a cold-hearted bastard? I know that DC killed your school shooting storyline for "Hellblazer", but have you used your own judgment to squash something?
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    Two questions about your interests:

    1. As a fan of manned human space exploration, is there a national or private space exploration program whose progress you are currently following? If so, which one and why?

    2. The workings of espionage agencies has played a big part in your work. Which spy agencies have the most interesting history that you've admired (not liked, which is a different kettle of fish altogether)?
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    Have you ever killed an idea because at the time, and in the moment it would make you look too much, like a cold-hearted bastard?

    Not that I can think of?
    • CommentTimeMay 20th 2011
    Are there any properties you wouldn't mind seeing turned into an animation? Never mind that (Western) cartoons tend to blanch at serious/adult/complicated material, so ignoring that would you like to see, say, PLANETARY as a cartoon? (Feel free to assume high production value; this is a daydream so I certainly assume it!)

    I suppose live action would be most fun just for seeing actors carry the complexities your write on their faces. But it seems to me cartoons can carry out a lot more non-naturalistic settings and circumstances than live-action. Well...more easily, anyway. I suppose Jean-Pierre Jeunet could handle a time-moat. (And while his FreakAngels strikes me as intriguing to dream about, it wouldn't be *your* FreakAngels.)

    Anyway, yeah. Your original work as 'toons? Thoughts?
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    • CommentTimeJun 3rd 2011
    @ warrenellis- Which movie based on entering a person's dreams do you prefer?

    Christopher Nolan's "Inception," or Satoshi Kon's "Paprika?"

    I love both, but I just wondered what your opinion is, if you wouldn't mind.