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WAITING FOR TOMMY: WARREN ELLIS REMIXED
By Richard Johnston

JOERN GROTE: If you could make "Marvel - The End" or a "DC - The End", in the meaning of ending the complete universe, stopping all series and so on, do you would like to do it. Or rather, would you do a nice ending or a apocalyptic ending?
WARREN: What'd be the point of that? It wouldn't actually end either "universe," after all.

I remember someone asking Malcolm McDowell why he took the gig of portraying the bad guy in that Original STAR TREK/STAR TREK Next Gen movie. He said, "Because I get to be the man who killed Captain Kirk."

And then they changed the script and the ending on him, so that he didn't.

You don't get to win, doing that kind of thing.

BMSTRONG: Will Rent Girl come in Hardcover?
WARREN: I wouldn't have thought so. I mean, this isn't a comic from DC we're talking about here. It's being released in whatever form it's being released in and that's it. Thanks for pre-ordering it. Somewhere, cute tattooed girls are singing your name with sticky fondness.

ANDY: Always wanted to know who are you best friends in the comic book industry?? Are you close friends with Grant Morrison, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, etc??
WARREN: I don't know Gaiman at all. Alan and I have a marathon phone conversation two or three times a year, but I wouldn't say we're close friends. My best friend in the business is probably Garth Ennis.

CHRISTOPHER WARE: Any plans to do any work for Humanoids?
WARREN: No plans. We were in heavy negotiations for a long while, but we couldn't come to terms on the rights deal. We may try again in a few months.

MAliChoudhury-cactusmaac: I've just finished reading the Modern Masters book featuring George Perez. He was discussing his 90's work and said a real, positive, fun highlight of it -in the midst of being unenthused by comics in general- was when he collaborated with you for the ULTRAFORCE\AVENGERS crossover since he really got a kick out of your take on the Avengers and even managed to meet you in Blighty. Do you remember much about the experience?

 

ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #7 - SIGNED BY ARTIST WADE VON GRAWBADGER

WARREN: Not a whole hell of a lot. I remember George asking me to work plot/script on it, which I didn't usually do. This left me with these huge photocopies of gorgeous, detailed, crystal-clear pencilled pages from George, and having to write the dialogue for them. This involves both actually writing the dialogue, and taking a big marker pen and indicating on the pages where the dialogue goes. Which wasn't a problem except... George fills every goddamn millimetre of every panel with stuff. Beautifully, sensitively drawn stuff. Every goddamn millimetre.

No matter what I did, I was going to cover up lovely art.

It was f**king heartbreaking. I cut the dialogue to the bone -- sometimes, right through the bone and into the marrow. And I was still covering up all this amazing stuff with word balloons. Oh, it was 'orrible, it really was.

What do I remember... I remember wanting to give George stuff to draw that no-one else really had. It was a quite mental book, by the end, with dozens of alternate versions of the main characters running around. Thor as an English priest with a cross-shaped hammer, flying around in his black dress and collar, you know... I wanted to give him new stuff to think about.

George and his wife are lovely people.

AARON MEHTA: Did you hand pick the artists on Global Frequency, and are there any you would love to work with again? Any you didn't feel like you meshed well with? Personally, I felt that issue nine with Lee Bermejo was one of the best issues of last year, and definitely my favorite from the series. I'd kill to see you do something else with him. Thanks Warren (and an unrelated question- Favorite Pixies song?)
WARREN: Hand-picked them. I dunno that I should talk in public about the ones that didn't work out -- and there were one or two.

Lee's job was a highlight, yes. I thought Jon J Muth did an absolutely astonishing job, and getting to write something for him to draw -- hell, something that he'd choose to draw -- was a career optimum point for me. That man's gift just knocks me down. David Lloyd woke some people up. And I got the MARVELMAN artist to draw my comic, you know? Beat that. I haven't received my copy of GF 12 yet, so I don't know how Gene's done. And, of course, Brian Wood produced the twelve best digital covers of the last two years in comics next to, maybe, THE FILTH.

Favourite Pixies song? Tough one. "Levitate Me," probably. Or "Gigantic." Or...

MAliChoudhury-cactusmaac: Ever hang out at the John Byrne Forum for laughs?
WARREN: Nah.

I imagine it's pretty low on laughs.

NICO: How helpful is a college/university degree for an aspiring comic book writer? WARREN: No idea, mate. I left education at 18. So did Morrison. So did Alan Moore. I think Gaiman too. Garth left at 19, after fully three months of university.

So, um, that there may be an answer to your question...

AARON MEHTA: NINJAS or PIRATES?
WARREN: niiiinja

RICH: Hide your eyes!

DAN FISH1000: Do you remember doing a talk/Q&A in Harlow a year or two back, for Essex Book Week? It was attended by a handful of comic-savvy folk, a couple of giggling Manga girls, and a throng of pensionable age people, who must have attended every event, and were expecting something a little different than mad Alan Moore/Kevin Eastman anecdotes. Was that the most surreal public appearance you have made, if not what was?
WARREN: The surreal one was when I turned up in Iceland for a talk in the smallest public speaking room available, and something like 250 people turned up...

...and then people were recognising me on the street the next day.

RICH: To be fair, that is the population of Reykjavik right there.

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