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WAITING FOR TOMMY: WARREN ELLIS REMIXED
By Richard Johnston

Emergency Capsule! Emergency Capsule!

I've got questions in with numerous comic stars and celebs, eager, itching, to be Waiting For Tommied. But sometimes there's a snag. A gap. A catch. And right now, I'm sitting on a bunch of unfinished interviews from lots of people.

So what to do? Why don't I get other people to do my work for me?

Warren Ellis has been doing a Question And Answer session over at Millar world . He did a 5 Question Waiting for Tommy before, but he's notoriously hard to get to do an interview with the online comic biz.


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So I'm going to nick all their best questions and answers and present them as my own, with a few interjections. To be honest, there's 43 pages of it, and there's a lot of guff, I've saved you the effort by cutting the chaff, I really have.

You'll thank me. Seriously. Getting rid off all that nonsense about the Pixies has saved you a lifetime. Oh go on, then, if you must, you can get the whole discourse here

Or you could just start reading this. I stayed up all night cutting and pasting.

BRUNO: Can you tell us some projects that you will be doing for Marvel and DC and that have not be divulged yet?
WARREN: Not yet, no.

RICH: Okay, bad one to start with, let's find another.

HOOKS: Daddy, What's your closet X-Men fantasy?
WARREN: Doing an ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND on the couple of years I spent writing X-books.

DANNY: Are there any talks of you continuing any of your projects for DC or Marvel after your initial commitment? If not, is it back to small publishers or a departure from comics altogether?
WARREN: Okay, let's see. I have one sekrit work-for-hire gig there, and that's a one-time thing. I have two new long-form creator-owned series there, DESOLATION JONES and JACK CROSS, and they will go from contract to contract if they're successful enough that DC wants to continue publishing them. Aside from a few miniseries and the STEALTH TRIBES OGN, that's all I have at DC right now.

At Marvel, I have my 12 issues of UFF, the five-issue ULTIMATE NIGHTMARE, and six issues of another sekrit gig. Marvel have made it known that they're pleased with the work, and have invited me to continue working with them. I'm going to get ULTIMATE NIGHTMARE and some more of UFF finished off, and see what the lay of the land is.

I will be working with some smaller publishers over the next year.

JOHN MILLIGAN: Do you have projects coming that are outside of American comics, besides your novel?
WARREN: Well, I guess the last videogame I wrote cinematics and did plot consultation for, COLD WINTER, will come out at some point this year.

I've been invited on to the beta test of a system that'll provide content for mobile phones, and this month I have to shoot my photographs as an invited exhibitor to the SENT phonecam show in LA.

I wrote an episode of JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED for WB, called "Dark Heart."

Once I've gotten the first novel finished, in a month or so, I want to head straight into the second novel, which has been living in my head for almost a year now.

This year, though, I've been mostly concentrating on comics.

MIKE FURTH: Well i do want to know why you keep coming back to comics. That sounded more stand-offish than I meant it. But basically we all know you aren't really into superheroes, and the general state of comics these days. So why are keeping at it? Is there something specific you still want to do or is it something about the medium,etc?
WARREN: Well, let's get a few things straight. Superheroes aren't comics. They're not the sum total of the form. And although I don't particularly enjoy superhero fiction, my gripe has mostly been that they economically dominate the medium.

And, yeah, the general state of comics is, in my perception, pretty dismal these days.

None of this alters the fact that comics are the freest form of visual narrative fiction there is, and they are how I want to tell (most of) my stories.

ANDREW TRASK: Process question: when/why/how often do you do "warmups"? And have they ever paid off into longer salable works?
WARREN
: Every day. Every "morning" (which for me can be anywhere from 11am to 2pm), down the pub, with a Red Bull and a cigarette.

Sometimes it's just catching up with email. Sometimes it's a Bad Signal . Often it's a piece for SCREAM TALKING , which is where I dump ultrashort fictions.

STEALTH TRIBES started out as a warm-up piece -- partway through it I found myself thinking, hold on, this is bigger than a 200-word shot...

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