Here’s a little bit of news we managed to miss: Warren Ellis and Paul Duffield are doing a webcomic called FreakAngels:
FREAKANGELS is a free online comic debuting later this year, by myself and artist Paul Duffield, via Avatar Press. It’s an open-ended, long form story told in the equivalent of five pages a week. I never got to do weekly comics, unlike many of my British peers, so this is fun for me. We have a shitload of pages already done, so there’s a big buffer in place.
And in other Warren Ellis news, over on his blog he gives a FAQ for his run on ASTONSIHING X-MEN with Simone Bianchi:
* When I say, in the interview, that I want to leave Joss’ run alone, it doesn’t mean I’m treating Joss’ stuff as poison. It just means I don’t want to fuck up what he’s done.
* This has nothing to do with Joss threatening me on MySpace TV.
I can’t actually commence writing on the book for another month or so, as I’m waiting on a stack of editorial notes to come out of an X-Office summit. Because the first issue of AXM:SS doesn’t come out until next summer, I basically want to pick a point in the ongoing timeline that I can call “status quo” and write from. AXM:SS, like Joss & John’s AXM, runs parallel to mainline continuity, sort of looping in and out of the timeline like a drunk driver cutting you up on the open road.
(Shush. This sort of thing is important to some people.)
This means that, like Joss, I can do four stories without having to refer to, react to or otherwise deal with monthly shifts in continuity. It’s as close to complete creative freedom as you can get on a major franchise book. It means that I can ring changes without having to worry about anyone else. I already told the main X-writers that I am their blood enemy now. I don’t think they quite understood. This is why I don’t have any friends.