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WAITING FOR TOMMY: WARREN ELLIS REMIXED
By Richard Johnston

PETE MORTENSEN: Oh, comics-related...can you believe that Grant Morrison is basically doing exactly the same thing you just did at DC, a series of three-issue miniseries? Have you read Seaguy, and what did you think?

And does Global Frequency 12 wrap up the series in some way, or is it just another of the endless stories you can tell with the concept? When will the sequel GN be out?
WARREN: I read SEAGUY #1. It's an attractive book, and it was funny, with some lovely touches -- "Future Swamp" in the theme park just cracked me up, as much by the notion as by the distraught little people Stewart arranged so perfectly -- but it read like Morrison Lite, which I wasn't in the mood for. I'd like a blast of the real music. No slight to the work, it's me.

That said, coming off of a few years on the X-Books, he's owed some Morrison Lite time, just as I wanted to do lighter things coming off TRANSMET.

GF12 is another self-contained piece -- but it does contain a bunch of the characters from previous episodes. I really don't want to think about the sequel for a while. I want to get some other stuff done first.

 

PLANETARY: THE FOURTH MAN TPB

CHRIS M: Whats your inspiration on writing Dr. Doom for the Ultimate Universe. And would you ever consider writing a Ghost Rider story for Marvel?
WARREN: 1) Lots and lots of money.

2) I already did. I did a fill-in issue with Sal Larroca once, I did an annual with Javier Saltares, and I wrote a awful-sounding thing called GHOST RIDER MEETS BALLISTIC or something similar, which I played completely for laughs (including finally getting to do the gag where she lights a cigarette off his head).

RICH: Finally, he accepts the Ghost Rider issues exist. You know, folks, he's been in denial about these for so long.

CHET PRESLEY: Any chance of SUGARVIRUS being re-published like LAZARUS CHURCHYARD? Who drew it? This is the first time that I think I've heard of it.

Also, what about some of your first wave Marvel work? I haven't been following solicitations too much lately and was wondering if things like DRUID or RUINS were going to be re-printed considering your current work situation with Marvel.
WARREN: 1) SUGARVIRUS was illustrated by Martin Chaplin with inks by Garry Marshall. I have no idea where Martin is now, and have no contact details for him. Garry Marshall, I think, is still around, but he and Martin never had much contact to begin with. Without a way to contact Martin, I can't have SUGARVIRUS reprinted, as he owns the copyright on the art. In theory, as sole copyright holder of the script and property, I could get it redrawn by someone else, but that doesn't seem entirely ethical to me.

2) There are no plans to reprint my old Marvel stuff that I'm aware of.

DANIEL NOVA: How would you fix AquaMan ... I ask because no one seems to know what to do with him and i fear that he may be the dead character in Identity Crisis??
WARREN: You don't. It's a dumb character. He's the bloke who Fights Crime Underwater. Better people than me have tried and failed because it's a retarded concept. It's not worth expending the brainpower on. You can take a weasel with a spike through its head and put it in a billion-dollar exoskeleton that can fly and process more information than Deep Blue and it's still a weasel with a spike through its head. Put Peter David and Rick Veitch on Aquaman and it's still fucking Aquaman.

RICH: Paging Laura Gjovaag. paging Laura Gjovaag.

JAMIL: Awhile ago (a year? or two?) you mentioned an unnamed artist (who most people, including me, guessed and assumed was JHW3) who was wrapping up a long run on a series and wanted to work with you next on something, and that you were having trouble coming up with a good idea.

Did you ever find that idea and do we have that book to look forward to sometime in the near future?
WARREN: I don't know if contracts have been exchanged yet, so I can't say anything other than, yes, I have written something that JH Williams will be drawing.
THE ROB: 1) What are your thoughts on the current situation at CrossGen? 2) You've talked a lot about Star Trek, if they suddenly handed you the franchise with no strings attached what would you do with it?
WARREN: 1) Well, we all knew it was coming, because no-one was buying their comics and their outreach programs didn't seem to be paying off. It's a shame, because some of their outreach programs quite impressed me. But, at the end of the day, Alessi spent an awful lot of money producing an awful lot of comics which conceptually were really not very good.

2) Lock it in a box for at least five years, I think.

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