“Warren Ellis: King of the Internet”

You’ve got a lot to answer for, Dustin Harbin.


  1. Brian Spence says:

    That’s been my general experience with him as well. Talented, but cranky.

  2. Karen says:

    That captures his Twitter personal perfectly. Cranky, random, and highly sensitive to cold.

  3. Karen says:

    That captures his Twitter persona perfectly. Cranky, random, and highly sensitive to cold.

  4. Having met him years ago, I think this is pretty dead on. He was a very soft spoken, friendly, approachable guy.

    This was at a promotional tour supporting the debut of Planetary. A lot of years have passed, but I doubt he’s changed that much. His internet persona certainly hasn’t.

  5. Yup. THat’s him.

    I was following his Tweets for about a week. Then got depressed. What a downer.

    Wonderfully illustrated strip. REally well done.

  6. jacob lyon goddard says:

    who started releasing comics first, Dustin Harbin or Tom Gauld?

    no agenda or anything, just wondering. while i see similarities in their work, it’s completely possible they developed their styles without ever seeing the other’s stuff (with a little help from Mr Gorey).

  7. And you were in the parking lot
    Subterranean by your own design
    The virtue of your style inscribed
    On your contempt for mine

    The Boho Dance (excerpt)
    – Joni Mitchell

  8. Tom Spurgeon says:

    With Heidi’s responsible and professional linking to Dustin’s funny strip through full credit and a partial image in mind, I hope everyone will note Blog@Newsarama’s reprinting of the entire strip and if moved to do so take time to object in the comments section:


  9. Tom Spurgeon says:

    Matt was good enough to jump on it immediately. I apologize for being a crankypants about it and am glad to see that basic rule of Internet cordiality enforced. Thanks, Matt.

  10. I just saw this–my Internet savvy comes only in fits and spurts.

    Thanks for the mention, Heidi!
    Also thanks for the stickup, Tom! I’m sure all intentions were of all the best kind possible.

    Jacob Lyon Goddard: I’m not sure if you’re implying that I’m swiping from Tom Gauld or not. In either case, I am an ENORMOUS fan of his, and am surely heavily influenced by his work. In this case though, I would have thought the more criminal and obvious swipes would have been from Chester Brown and Harold Gray.

    If you’re not a fan of Tom Gauld already, I invite you to remedy that: http://www.cabanonpress.com/

  11. The Beat says:

    Tom, very funny __ I noticed tha same thing last night and was gonna send a note or make sport of it here, but luckily everything has been resolved.

  12. jacob lyon goddard says:

    not suggesting a swipe, just wondering if the two of you came up together or if one might have influenced the other

  13. Ironic title, considering Ellis was perpetrator of probably the biggest webcomics fiasco in internet history. He’s carefully erased as much as he can, but if you search it I’m sure you’ll find an article I wrote somewhere about his “Rocket Pilots” debacle.

    His demeanor is obviously the result of having a nose in the pint glass, not a charming eccentricity. It’s an illness, and a talent going to waste. It’s naive and harmful to celebrate it as colorful.

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