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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


17: Online

I have a metric fuckload of minicomics here, forwarded me in a huge box from Isotope Comics in San Francisco, but I don't have time to go through them yet. There's millions of the bastards, and a few of them are stained by vanilla vodka (don't ask). So next week's edition will be a great big beastie talking about tiny little comics what people made themselves.

Today, then; a little graphic novel publisher.

The other day, I felt like reading a graphic novel. It was, as Sod's Law would have it, three in the bloody morning. And it turns out that Comicsone.com has stopped offering online graphic novels. That manga business is booming in bookstores, and I guess they didn't want to dilute that action. Bugger, I thought. And then I recalled I wanted to check to see if Tim Truman's WILDERNESS is still in print.

And it is. On Unboundcomics.com.

Unbound is an online graphic novel publisher. Go and download the Adobe Ebook Reader first, it'll save you trouble later. And then go and see them at: http://www.unboundcomics.com. They allow you to download graphic novels in serial chunks for a nominal fee -- WILDERNESS is $1.75 per 32-page chunk. It's instant, very convenient -- and offers things the rest of the world have forgotten.

Like WILDERNESS, Timothy Truman's true history of American Western backwoodsman and "white betrayer" Simon Girty. Very deeply researched, praised by historians for its accuracy and intelligence, Truman presents Girty's story with great clarity, not allowing his dramatisations to dilute the truth of the tale. He grounds it so effectively, staying the hell away from any recognisable media portrayal of native Americans, that when Girty is first shown as an adoptive child of the tribe that killed his stepfather, he looks like an alien, pale and awful, mental damage glittering in his weird eyes. It's absolutely compelling stuff -- and not to be found on any shelf in a new printing. Aaron Thacker's Unbound Comics is entirely justified simply by carrying this one work.

They also carry Nick Abadzis' excellent HUGO TATE: O, AMERICA, a British graphic novel serialised in DEADLINE magazine some ten years ago. Abadzis is one of the brilliant "lost" figures of British comics. This was the great explosion of his talent after warming up with previous HUGO TATE serials and the children's stories MR PLEEBUS, and he faded from the sight of graphic novels following an abortive stab at the American market. O, AMERICA is a storming piece of work, the disaffected and unanchored British youth Hugo Tate giving up a sojourn in New York with nothing people for a road journey across America with, as he discovers, an authentic American monster.

These are two major works, and directing your attention to them can only make Unbound stronger, and help them in their goal of making "missing" graphic novels available again, cheaply and conveniently.

-- 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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