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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


12: Alternity

Old pictures, early photographs, have become fetish objects. They often speak to a time where repression shared a room with wild decadence, but with hard demarcations. Restrictive, decorative clothing evokes bondage -- once known as The English Vice -- without ever speaking its name.

Steve Cook's ALTERNITY fetishises the fetish. Careful digital manipulation places these proper ladies and gentlemen in a parallel world; a hyperreal interzone of rubber, piercings and tattoos.

Steve Cook's career has been tangential to comics for some years. He returns to comics next year, to design the cover for VERTIGO X, a special magazine-style object celebrating ten years of DC's adult-fiction imprint -- itself existing in a kind of parallel world where major commercial publishers still produce something other than children's fiction and film tie-ins.


Six or seven years ago, my book LAZARUS CHURCHYARD stood almost alone in the local library. Today, the smart retailer of graphic novels -- I immediately think of Amanda Fisher in Montana, Rory Root in Berkeley, Gib Bickel in Columbus, Ohio -- sell many hundreds of dollars' worth of graphic novels into the library system on a regular basis. It's part of an ongoing mission to find readers, rather than collectors, of the medium. At Artbomb, we're now finding that libraries want printable versions of the introduction to graphic novels that Jessica Abel did for us -- I've wanted to find a way to work with her since I met her in an airport in 1997, the first time I saw her work -- to use as a gateway for readers into their nascent graphic novel sections.

If you can't afford the things you see on Artbomb, it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world to go into your local library and ask for them. These are the things that need to be read. Read them any way you can.


Today, I celebrate Britain dumping a sack of religious fanatics on a big weird continent far away. I do this by going to Germany and having a Red Bull in the Hotel Vier Jahrezeiten, on the edge of the Inner Alster Lake in Hamburg. Belly warmed by potato cakes, sausage and mugs of mulled wine.

It's been a family trip, so I haven't had much time to go out on cultural investigation. To be honest, it's been nice to hang around the Christmas markets dotted around the centre of Hamburg; aromatic smoke from the wood-fired ovens baking fresh breads, the smells of bratwurst and wine and coffee. Champagne and roasted nuts in the evenings.

In LA, I saw a guy wearing a t-shirt reading DEFEND COMICS. In Germany this afternoon, I'd like to say; fuck comics. Even just for one day. It's a big world, and everything has its place.

-- 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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