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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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Finally, he accepts the Ghost Rider issues exist. You know,
folks, he's been in denial about these for so long.
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.
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.
are no plans to reprint my old Marvel stuff that I'm aware
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.
Paging Laura Gjovaag. paging Laura Gjovaag.
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.
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
it in a box for at least five years, I think.
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