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Warren Ellis has written around thirty graphic novels, comics, prose fiction, journalism, videogames and screenplays. Sometimes he take photographs. He also creates and co-creates websites, including this one. He has awards and stuff, he's been in big magazines and newspapers, and he's been published in NATURE, which he always mentions because it makes him laugh.

Warren Ellis is represented by agent Angela Cheng Caplan at Writers & Artists and manager Aaron Michiel. He's a consultant to artbomb.net and opi8.com He's on the web at warrenellis.com, strangemachine.com and diepunyhumans.com. He's thirty four and lives in England and he never ever sleeps. Never.

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36: Things Online That I Am Sick Of

35: A Foul Collection

34: Monetising The Fringe

33: Walking Camera

32: Microcast

31: All You Need Is Hate

30: Nothing Happened

29: New Spectator Sport

28: While I've Been Gone

27: Webcomics' Second Coming

26: Grey Fog

25: Notes From the Futureground

24: Saving Fantagraphics

23: Manhwa

22: Turning Point - The Anatomy Lesson

21: Planet Artbomb

20: The Ducks

19: Moving Books

18: Searchlight

17: Online

16: Singles

15: "03"

14: Nowhere Girl

13: The Full Head Tingle

12: Alternity

11: NoCal

10: Land of the Lotus Eaters

09: Five Thousand Miles

08: Norway

07: Nearly a Revolution

06: Mists of Time

05: Closing the WEF

04: Speed

03: Haircut Boy

02: The History Man

01: Firing Up


10: Land of the Lotus Eaters

That's what Laurenn McCubbin calls San Francisco. And here I am, having a double espresso and a cigarette outside Boudin's on O'Farrell, watching the world go by. An endless parade of pretty girls and crazy guys crocodiles past. Somewhere down on Market stalks Frank Chu, still proclaiming that those alien bastards Bill and Hillary Clinton fucked over him and twenty-six other galaxies. He's selling advertising on the back of his placard now.

The kid sitting next to me has just loudly proclaimed himself to be "the Lex Luthor of sex". I don't see how that's an entirely good thing.

The Cartoon Art Museum's not far from here. I want to find the time to get there. Shaenon Garrity's been talking to me about it for what seems like forever. But time goes strange for me here. Everything slows down, and yet the day is over too quickly. I lost all of yesterday to shooting photographs for a new book project I've half-conceived. Prowling around abandoned Navy yards and art studios in junkyards. A girl with orange hair and a cigarette determinedly clamped between her teeth, welding in the sunshine. Train tracks to nowhere. A TV set exposing its guts from within a forest of beer bottles. For the first time in what seems like months, I am totally relaxed.

A little girl riding shotgun on her baby brother's pram smiles at me as she rolls past. I can hear someone singing somewhere close. Perfect sky.

Meeting Larry Young for lunch today. Larry and his wife and wrangler Mimi Rosenheim are the publisher AiT/PlanetLar. Worst publisher name in history, yes. Also possibly the most energetic publisher in the black-and-white graphic novel business. They began with a brand; sf adventure of various strengths, established with Larry's own ASTRONAUTS IN TROUBLE sequence and the republication of Brian Wood's CHANNEL ZERO, the boundaries staked out by the likes of the comedy book SKY APE and the horror and spy-fiction tinges of NOBODY. They broke ranks by publishing the collected edition of my 52-part industry column COME IN ALONE, and then decided to become a full-range publisher.

They've a children's book, ELECTRIC GIRL. An alternate history of America for young adults, COLONIA. The Steinbeckian angst of ABEL. The superb Kennedy-conspiracy book BADLANDS. They've gone from thinking "what fits us?" to simply considering "what do we like?" This is an important step for any publisher, and illustrates the way the graphic novel business is edging towards a mainstream maturity. I mean, who the hell sits there and says, "I think I'll buy a HarperCollins book today"? Any publisher who wants to still be here next year needs to produce a variety of books for a variety of people. I personally don't care for very many books that HarperCollins releases. Some of AiT's books don't do it for me. This is as it should be. This is the sign of a publisher with their eye on the big game.

Plus, he's buying me lunch.

-- Warren

Warren Ellis can be reached at brainpowermail@aol.com. BRAINPOWERED is copyright (c) 2002-2004 Warren Ellis. All rights reserved.

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