“The Disappointed Optimist”, A Review of Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts


by Glen Downey Just over an hour into Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts, the charismatic chain-smoking troubadour of transhumanism observes that he isn’t—as some have suggested—a cynic: “I think it might be truer,” he says with a grin, “to think of myself as just a constantly disappointed optimist.” But Ellis’ true feelings about the human condition, […]

Warren Ellis on writing dialogue


In response to a reader, Warren Ellis passed along the following notes for writing dialog which strike us as very useful. With apologies, here’s the whole thing:

INTERVIEW: The 2012 Thought Bubble Anthology is Here!


Lisa Wood is the founder of Leeds’ Thought Bubble Festival, which is now only ten days away (AIIEEEE indeed, readers), but last year also saw her compile a Thought Bubble Anthology book, with all proceeds going to the children’s charity Barnardo’s. Last year’s anthology, released throughImage, saw creative talent like Mike Carey, Anthony Johnson and […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits: 10/3/12—a birth and anniversaries


§ First off, big congrats to Beat colleague Whitney Matheson on the birth of her baby girl! § Tony Isabella celebrates his 40th anniversary in comics I met Stan Lee that day and managed not to embarrass myself.  Stan told me I would also be assisting him with Monster Madness, which consisted of big photos […]

Title battle: Stephen King vs Warren Ellis

Okay not really. It’s just that Stephen King has just announcedthe looooong awaited sequel to The Shining and it’s called Doctor Sleep. It follows the grown-up adventures of Danny Torrance, the “redrum” lad of the original, who is now a middle-aged cat man.

Webcomics format examined by Ellis and Waid

This webcomics thing is heating up!

Actually, what’s heating up is that a new population of webcomics immigrants is moving to this new land and trying to learn the customs and shortcuts of the new society. And the natives—creators who came of age with the web as their native platform—are probably rolling their eyes and going on with business.

Warren Ellis on commenting and commenters: sometimes we all feel like this

Warren Ellis, the acerbic writer and social critic, discusses perhaps reinstating his commenting system, an idea he quickly rejects:

Warren Ellis gets two-book deal at Mulholland

Warren Ellis has signed up for a couple more novels. His new publisher is Mulholland Books and the first novel will be something called Gun Machine.

Warren Ellis and Mike Oeming collaborate on new project: HALF MOON

Over at Warren Ellis’s blog, a preview of HALF MOON, a new collaboration with Michael Avon Oeming that will feature a space girl:

Sequart releases details on Keeping the World Strange: A Planetary Guide

Sequart Research & Literacy Organization is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting comic books as a legitimate artform that has published studies on various topics including Batman, the X-Men, and Grant Morrison. Now they are promoting “A Year of Ellis” including several books -Shot in the Face:  A Savage Journey to the
Heart of Transmetropolitan
and Voyage in Noise:  Warren Ellis and the Demise of
Western Civilization
— as well as the movie Warren
Ellis:  Captured Ghosts
. However. first up is a study of PLANETARY — the multi-dimensional pastiche on genre fiction by Ellis and artist John Cassaday — called strong>Keeping the World Strange: A Planetary Guide. Details on the contents have just been released:

Kibbles 'n' Bits — 10/25/10

Are Muslim comics ruining America? Is Mark Millar the Simon Cowell of comics? What comics would you give to a 13-year-old girl? What is the secret of the 9-panel grid and what does it mean for your future? These and other sensationalistic questions will be answered in today’s Kibbles ‘n’ Bits!

RED redeems comic book movies at the 11th hour

Despite worries, RED held its own against the Jackass onslaught this weekend at the ox office. The Summit Pictures film — loosely based on the Warren Ellis/Cully Hamner comic of the same name, came in a solid second and appears to have had wide appe

Quote of the Day: Warren Ellis

There is a small, snivelling and flinching part of me that would rather not have his name inextricably linked with The Last Comic Book Movie Flop Of 2010. But, you know, I am today pretty much at peace with the whole thing. I’ve met fine people and I’ve learned many useful things, and that is the most you can ask of any walk.

The WildStorm Legacy

With the announcement of the closure of WildStorm imprint at DC and the retiring of the WildStorm name, it isn’t just another in a long list of comics imprints that have ended over the years. In its 18 year run WildStorm has been a vital part of several revolutions in commercial comics, and changed the game in many ways — Rob Liefeld’s post below gives a succinet run down of some of the highlights.

Founded by Jim Lee as one of the original six Image Studios (along with Marc Sillvestri’s Top Cow, Todd McFarlane’s McFarlane Productions, Rob Liefeld’s Extreme Studios, Jim Valentino’s ShadowLine and Erik Larsen’s Highbrow Entertainment), WildStorm immediately established itself as one of the most commercial, with huge sellers like WildCATS and Gen 13. A series of developing fan favorite artists, including of course Lee himself, but also J. Scott Campbell, Joe Madureira and Humberto Ramos, kept popularity up, while the creator owned Homage imprint delivered such strong properties as Astro City and Leave it To Chance.

Although known first for their art, by the end of the decade, WildStorm was really becoming known for some of the most daring mainstream writing of the period, with genre-defining work by Warren Ellis and Mark Millar, strong adventure material by Jimmy Palmiotti and Ed Brubaker, as well as daring experiments like Automatic Kafka, a book by Joe Casey and Ashley Wood that people are still figuring out.

And then there was America’s Best Comics, an new line of comics written by Alan Moore that would introduce the world to League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Tom Strong, Promethea and Top Ten, the superhero police procedural. And our favorite, Jack B. Quick, the boy inventor who solved science’s greatest non problems.

Of course, there are dark parts to the legacy as well, all of which will be trotted out and discussed at length, we’re sure. But for now, we asked creators and staff for some of their good memories, and this is what they came back with.

New RED clip: You wouldn’t like Helen Mirren when she’s bored

A new clip from RED, the Bruce Willis-starring movie loosely based on RED by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner, has been released, and to the surprise of no one, it features what is the most eagerly anticipated aspect of the film: Dame Helen Mirren blowing shit up.

We’re told RED has been tracking very well and may even be the graphic novel base hit that perks up an otherwise painful year.