Warren Ellis’s latest newsletter is its usual chatty and information packed self. Injection, his collaboration with Declan Shalvey, is coming back on March 15th, and the above art was teased.

He also has a new edition of SPEKTRMODULE, an “ambient/haunted music” podcast he puts up from time to time. This is excellent music for walking around the city in a snowstorm. Try it!

One of Ellis’s notorious delayed projects is also finally wrapping up, Karnak, a six-issue mini series that launched in October 2015 and appeared intermittently after that.

KARNAK 6 is now wrapped – I proofed the colours and lettering on Tuesday night. Given its uniquely difficult run, I think Marvel will be happy to lay it to rest.  I was only ever on it for six issues, but I somehow doubt anyone will be following me on that property for a while.  Respect to my artists, Gerardo Zaffino and Roland Boschi, colourist Dan Brown, letterer Clayton Cowles, Darren Shan in the office and, particularly, editor Nick Lowe, for giving me the space to write this horrible little book.  I suspect I have outstayed my welcome at Marvel with this thing that was really just bad readings of philosophy, punching, and a character study of an absolute trashfire of a human being. But I like to think it was worth it.

The collected edition comes out in March for all to enjoy.



  1. Ha, always good to hear honest reports from creators.

    Do many writers have newsletters? This the first I had heard of one.

    Is Karnak worth reading?

  2. Just A Geek:

    Marvel’s new thing now is to release a ton of limited series, but not announcing them as such (exceptions are major events such as Civil War 2, and books that will sell anyway, such as Deadpool minis). Marvel’s thinking on this is that, for the most part, limited series have much worse sales than ongoings. Red Wolf, Nighthawk, Hyperion, and others are examples of this. Marvel feels that if one of the “undercover limited series” takes off, they can quietly switch it to an ongoing. Not really a bad strategy there.

  3. Except, of course, that the likes of Red Wolf, Nighthawk and Hyperion were never really going to take off, were they?


    Who really knows? In all fairness, the odds weren’t very good, considering the (total lack of) tastes of comics fans these days—how else to explain why most books debut dead in the water, while Batman (a good, yet by far the most overexposed character in comics history) is featured in at least half of DC’s offerings in any given month. Your average fan these days simply refuses to even attempt to try anything new, choosing instead to hold on to the same beyond stale characters year after year.

  4. Sam: I think it’s the new trend with comic writers – if Warren does it, others will follow.
    Ed Brubaker and Kieron Gillen both do them as well. I subscribe to all three, and they are all nice and entertaining reads. They exist for self promotion, but they all surround that with a decent read (Gillen’s especially – he just can’t reign himself in when it comes to writing about the things that interest him).

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